San Francisco Social Services?
December 6, 2011 4:04 PM Subscribe
About to end up in SF/Oakland needing some help. Most important: a sliding-scale methadone clinic.
posted by generalist to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm about to hightail it from Chicago to the bay area. I will be arriving with very little money, no solid place to stay, and a significant methadone dependency. The last thing is especially problematic because once I start getting sick from withdrawal, figuring out anything else will be much, much harder. I am grudgingly willing to "substitute" (I haven't used any illicit opiates in over a year) but I would like to get hooked up with a good methadone clinic ASAP, preferably one that has a sliding scale and/or other options for indigent/broke people. And of course I will need to sleep somewhere; I'm willing to rough it, and would appreciate tips for doing so in the SF/Oakland area. My minimal experience with shelters is they are worse than any other alternative; if this is not the case in SF, great, and where are the good ones? Any other social services that I should avail myself of would be appreciated as well. [I am a white male in my early thirties with major addiction issues, for which I have been undergoing treatment, with varied success; otherwise I am physically healthy. I am a skilled metalworker and have experience in several other fields and will be looking for work immediately. I know this is a bad idea. In fact, a terrible one. But other options are, or seem, worse. I know I should be rethinking this, talking to a therapist, etc etc, but pretend I won't do any of those things: what then?]