The Coleman Institute - San Francisco

1860 El Camino Real Suite 301, Burlingame, California, 94010



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Founded in 1998, the Coleman Institute (TCI) offers short-term outpatient detox services for individuals struggling with addiction to opiates and opioids, Suboxone, methadone, alcohol, and benzodiazepines. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., TCI operates numerous facilities around the U.S., including this one near the San Francisco International Airport and another in Orange County, California. The facility is one of 207 facilities in the state that offers outpatient-based detox.


TCI's treatment is founded on the goal of providing fast, safe detox from harmful substances. The facility's website boasts that clients typically detox from their drugs of choice in three to eight days.

In order to provide these results, TCI uses an "accelerated detox technique." This involves using the craving-curbing drug Naltrexone (via implant or a monthly injection) and a host of other medications that ease the symptoms of withdrawal. Naltrexone is available in only 20.9 percent of facilities in California. For alcohol detox, TCI also gives clients a boost of the vitamins and minerals depleted during active addiction, which are necessary for the healthy functioning of the brain.

New clients should arrive on the first day of treatment in a state of mild withdrawal. They'll have to return to the center daily for several days to receive further medications and an IV drip.

After the rapid detox — the "Get Clean" phase — clients are helped to "Stay Clean" through Naltrexone, which they're encouraged to keep using for at least 12 months, and through an individualized treatment plan that includes contact information for local treatment professionals and other resources. Clients also receive lifetime "aftercare coordination services," comprising referrals to further treatment whenever necessary.


TCI is named for Dr. Peter Coleman, a doctor specializing in family practice medicine and addiction medicine who himself has 30 years in recovery from addiction. The organization also contracts with addiction medicine physicians around the U.S. and employs several nurse practitioners and clinical supervisors. The single alum polled by to date gave TCI four out of five stars for its staff's level of training and experience.


The single alum polled by to date would recommend the Coleman Institute, writing: "I wouldn't be the person I am today without this center. Very good." They gave TCI four stars for its holistic offerings and its ability to treat co-occurring disorders and five stars for its counseling options — though they criticized the center's food and exercise options.

On the facility's Facebook page, which it may have the ability to control, 32 reviewers gave the facility an average rating of 4.8 out of five stars. It should be noted that this is in reference to The Coleman Institute as a whole rather than solely the San Francisco Location[1]. However, many reviewers praised the facility's staff and the efficacy of programming. "I'm 4 years off of opiates .Dr. Coleman saved my life. I cannot recommend this treatment enough," Patricia, a representative reviewer, wrote.


TCI accepts some insurances, and has a relationship with a medical loans company. The cost of treatment varies according to the client's location and the type of treatment required. The single alum polled by to date wrote that treatment was "very expensive," and gave TCI three out of five stars for its affordability.


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    attentive, organized, professional not a enough exercise options, food nutrition is mediocre, very expensive. I wouldn't be the person I am today without this center. Very good.