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Two Years, One Thousand Second Chances
The Salvation Army celebrates the two-year anniversary of the reopening of its Detoxification Center. The facility is located on the grounds of The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center and is only one of two residential detox centers in San Francisco.
In its first two years, the Detox unit has served almost 1,000 people. About 90% have gone onto programs at the Harbor Light Center or other facilities for longer treatment.
“At The Salvation Army’s Detox Center, people are given a second chance at life,” said Captain Martin Cooper, administrator of the Harbor Light Center. “It’
The Salvation Army’s Detox Center provides a seven to 28-day program designed to provide both men and women with the first step on their path to addiction recovery. After a successful completion of the program, there are many options to continue treatment – including a residential twelve-step treatment program on the Harbor Light campus. Physical dependency involves a detoxification process to cope with withdrawal symptoms from regular use of a drug, and as such, the first step of a successful rehabilitation program is the detoxification process. The Harbor Light Center has provided critical substance abuse services in San Francisco for men and women caught in the cycle of addiction since 1941 and the Detox Center is only one of two residential detoxification programs in San Francisco.
How do you know if you or someone you care about needs to go through a rehabilitation program? Here are a few signs to look out for, adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders:
• Recurrent substance use resulting in failure to fulfill daily responsibilities
• Recurrent substance use in situations in which it is physically hazardous
• Current substance-related legal problems
• Continued substance use despite recurrent social or interpersonal problems.
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About The Salvation Army:
Since 1883, The Salvation Army has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area, offering practical support, spiritual comfort and a critical safety net to people in need. The Army has 16 facilities throughout San Francisco providing a myriad of services, including youth programs, meal delivery, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, transitional housing, and nutritional and housing support for seniors. For more information on Salvation Army activities in San Francisco and Central California, visit online at: www.tsagoldenstate.org.