Bay Area Recovery Center was founded in Dickinson, Texas, just south of Houston, by recovering alcoholic Joe Shipley in 1992. Since then, the facility has expanded to keep up with local demand—aside from their men and women’s inpatient facilities in Dickinson, Bay Area has also added an outpatient location in Webster.
Some of the many programs offered at Bay Area Recovery center include detox (which lasts three to seven days), 30-, 60- and 90-day inpatient programs, outpatient programs, interventions, Partial Hospitalization (PHP), aftercare programs and alumni services. Dual diagnosis support is also available.
Accommodations and Food
Bay Area Recovery is designed to feel like a home away from home, with interior décor that exudes warm, southern hospitality. Houses have two wooden tables in the dining room, carpeted floors, several plush couches in the living room and a sizable kitchen with plenty of counter space.
The men and women’s facilities each have four shared bedrooms where residents room with between one and three other people in twin-sized beds. At maximum capacity each house has room for 24 clients. During down time, residents are free to relax in the living room on any of the numerous couches.
There are no strict rules against cellphone or laptop usage, though Bay Area Recovery does reserve the right to confiscate them if they become disruptive for a given client. Residents are free to read, watch TV and relax after lights-out provided they do so without disturbing others. Every Sunday, clients are assigned various house chores by drawing slips of paper from a hat.
There’s no gourmet meal plan in place at Bay Area Recovery. Instead, meal times are a communal affair where house managers get groceries and residents and staff take turns preparing menus and meals together for the house, all on a voluntary basis.
Treatment and Staff
Bay Area Recovery is backed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and offers a range of different treatment plans all rooted in the 12 steps.
Those who go through detox get a full medical and psychiatric evaluation, a physical exam and medical monitoring throughout the process. Once they move on to the inpatient program, clients go through a 12-step orientation and are taught about addiction as a disease through structured group counseling sessions.
Every day includes group therapy with rotating topics as well as CBT–based individual therapy. Clients must also attend both on and off-site AA meetings. Finally, Bay Area Recovery teaches residents relapse prevention, how to develop positive social skills and how to find and keep a job after treatment.
The staff includes licensed MDs, LPCs, nurses and LCDCs. There are eight to 10 staff on-site during the day at each location, though only one or two remain in the evenings. While the doctors aren’t available on-site 24/7, they are always on call.
One benefit of Bay Area Recovery’s programs is their strong ties to the Dickinson community. The facility is involved with several local Christian charities, and alumni sponsor frequent clean and sober events for newcomers and their families. These can include friendly softball, volleyball and basketball games.
Every Friday is family night where loved ones are invited to come and enjoy outdoor cooking of hotdogs and hamburgers with the residents for a few hours. Other events include dances, banquets, camp-outs and BBQs.
In all, Bay Area Recovery Center is a solid option for those seeking good care without many luxury amenities. Their facility offers basic 12-step care with a solid medical staff for additional support. Though it may not necessarily be explicit in their treatment, Bay Area Recovery does have some Christian affiliation worth noting for those who are not religious. Still, the facility is relatively comprehensive at its price point and provides all the recovery essentials.
Bay Area Recovery Center Locations
Private Men’s Inpatient
1807 Pine Dr
Dickinson, TX 77539
Bay Area Recovery Center Cost: $7,500 (30 days). Reach Bay Area Recovery Center by phone at (713) 705-3457 or (281) 924–9846, or by email at [email protected]. Find Bay Area Recovery Center on Facebook and Twitter
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