FAQs

Stepping Stone is for working women. What if I don’t have a job?

Each resident is given up to 30 days to find employment or other regular activity (education or volunteer work), provided she has the ability to keep her fees current. Job seeking skills and assistance are provided on a referral basis at no charge to our residents.

Who are the women who come to Stepping Stone?

While the specific mix of life roles varies, typical residents have included students, office and sales managers, nurses and other health care professionals, teachers, financial professionals, attorneys, and volunteer workers.

Are all of your programs in-house?

No. Residents are expected to attend a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous every day. In addition, at Stepping Stone there is an open women’s AA meeting (every Monday at 7:30 p.m.) and a Stepping Stone-only women’s meeting (1st and 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.). There is also an Alumni Dinner and Meeting (3rd Wednesday of the month). There is a monthly H&I meeting on Sunday nights.

Can I come to Stepping Stone if I do not have a problem with alcohol?

Stepping Stone is primarily an alcohol treatment program. If you have a problem with alcohol or want to stop drinking (whether or not you have problems with other drugs) you are welcome at Stepping Stone.  If you have a problem with drugs primarily,  please call the Admissions phone number- 833-SOBERSF (762-3773) to talk to an Admissions Counselor about what you are seeking treatment for.  Please be willing to be active in a 12 Step Program like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

Can I bring my children?

Unfortunately, Stepping Stone does not have space or facilities for children. Women with children need to make other arrangements for their children’s care during their stay at Stepping Stone. Visits with children can be arranged on a case-by-case basis.

What does ‘zero tolerance’ mean?

Stepping Stone is a clean, warm, and safe home. Alcohol and illicit drug use are not tolerated. Random UA tests are conducted. When a resident is found to have used drugs or alcohol, she is immediately dismissed from the program.

Is your program effective?

Stepping Stone offers a warm, safe and comfortable environment in which residents can learn to work and live in sobriety. Peer support and the commitment to the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have given hundreds of women long term sobriety. A survey of recent Stepping Stone graduates showed the following:

  • 100% said that their life has improved since leaving Stepping Stone.
  • 86% felt that Stepping Stone gave them the tools to live a productive life in sobriety.
  • 71% are currently sober.

I want to participate in another treatment center program for Outpatient or Day Treatment Services.  Can I still come to Stepping Stone?  Can I go to outside appointments such as other doctor, psychiatrists, or therapists?

Absolutely.  Yes.  We can also coordinate care with all providers on a regular basis, if needed, to ensure that you are getting your needs met by all entities.  If you need other providers coming in to Stepping Stone, we can help you find other recovery programs, and outside providers that fit your needs.

​​​​What forms of payment do you accept?

Residents may pay their fees by check or money order made payable to STEPPING STONE. Visa and MasterCard are accepted with a 3% convenience fee. Cash is also accepted.

Do you all accept any forms of insurance?

No.  We are not contracted with any insurance companies or Medi-Cal.

How much does the program cost?

Please call 833-SOBERSF (762-3773) and speak to an Admissions Counselor to discuss the prices for the program that you need.  We can work with you financially.

​Do I need money for anything other than my fees?

Yes. You need money for personal items, bus fare and laundry. You also need cash for contributions at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings during the practice of AA’s 7th Tradition, which states that “we are self-supporting through our own contributions.” A typical contribution is $1 to $2 per meeting.

Do I need a car?

No. Stepping Stone is located within a block or two of four major MUNI lines. Parking is at a premium in the neighborhood, so cars are not recommended.