First and foremost we are still people helping people to help themselves.
In 1971, a group of community activists in Newark, California started a project in a small abandoned house. Its purpose was to give people with drug and alcohol-related problems a place to meet to share knowledge and experience and try to get better. They named the place Second Chance.
Forty-five years later, we are heirs to a long tradition of that sharing of knowledge and experience. We are the successors of many dozens of staff who over the years welcomed everyone who came through the front door wanting to get better.
Today’s Drug and Alcohol treatment is a different world than it was in the 70’s. It is now called Substance Use Disorder treatment. Casual and informal individual and group counseling has been replaced by intake/Assessment, treatment planning, and more structured group and individual sessions.