Based on the principle that "health care is a right, not a privilege," the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic (HAFMC) was founded in response to the large number of drug-using youth who flocked to the San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district in 1967 for the "Summer of Love." The clinic's experience with this population led to the philosophy that "addiction is a disease--the addict has a right to be treated," and prompted the almost immediate expansion of clinic services to drug crisis intervention and detoxification.
David Breithaupt, one of the first physicians associated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Ambulatory and Community Medicine program, trained medical students at HAFMC. He also organized "Dr.
Donald Wesson and I determined that a phenobarbitol withdrawal protocol we had developed at San Francisco General Hospital could be used to detox addicts, we instituted its use at HAFMC's outpatient Drug Detoxification, Rehabilitation and Aftercare program, combining medical intervention with psychological counseling and recovery groups.