One of the Mary Lind Recovery Centers, an organization that was founded in 1949 in Los Angeles, Bimini Recovery Center provides extended care residential treatment for men, founded in the 12 steps and the social model of recovery. The Royal Palms and the Rena B Recovery Center are also on the Mary Lind treatment roster, each with its own intake process and unique approach to treatment.
Accommodations and Food
Providing treatment and housing in one location, Bimini is a renovated apartment complex with something of a Spanish hacienda feel. Inside, there are 82 beds for men and women, who are separated into wings of the complex. There are 36 bedrooms in total, and clients sleep two, three and four to a room, sharing six bathrooms.
The lobby doubles as the media room and group meeting area—clients can watch TV here together during the evenings and on weekends. There is also a computer room for vocational purposes, communal laundry facilities and an outside area with free weights. With the exception of an iPod and/or personal TV, no outside electronics are allowed at Bimini House.
The menu at Bimini Recovery Center revolves around comfort food, with the added bonus of fresh fruit and salad at every meal. For breakfast, clients enjoy items such as omelets, hash browns, eggs, potatoes, sausage, bacon and cold cereal. Lunch includes hot dogs, french fries, turkey sandwiches and fruit. For dinner, variations of chicken and fish are popular among residents. On Thursdays, residents have bag lunches in the park. Bimini employs three cooks who plan the menus. Not only is coffee allowed, but residents can bring their own grounds and store them in the community fridge.
Treatment and Staff
Upon registering at Bimini House, residents do a 90-day to six-month program. CADCs facilitate group therapy, based on the 12 steps. They also see clients for one-on-one sessions at least once a week, but also operate on an open door policy—if they’re needed, they make time. There are daily on-site AA meetings, Step Study and Big Book groups.
At Bimini, residents wake and eat breakfast between 6 and 7 am. Between 7 and 7:45 am, they clean their rooms and get ready for the day. From 7:45 to 8:15 am, everyone participates in morning meditation. Afterward, residents report to housekeeping for 30 minutes for chores. Between 9 and 11 am, everyone’s in groups. At 11:30 am, people break for lunch. At 1 pm, clients return to groups until 4 pm, which is followed by free time, dinner and the nightly meeting(s). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to 7 pm, residents attend a Big Book study. Every evening, from 8 to 9 pm, clients attend an AA or NA meeting. Lights out is at 10:30 pm. After an initial blackout period, clients can use the pay phone, have visitors and eventually sign in and out for meetings. During the week, visitation hours are from 4 to 7 pm. On the weekends, visitors can come between 1 and 5 pm.
Bimini House employs 13 people, including five counselors, a director, an assistant director and support staff. All counselors and management staff are CADCs, level one or above but this is not a CARF accredited facility. For 24/7 assistance there is always one tech to oversee clients needs.
Every Thursday, residents are taken to the park between 9 and 11:30 am for fresh air, basketball and exercise. Twice a week, they go on staff-liaised walks. Other extra-curricular activities include trips to the beach, on-site dances and bowling. There is no alumni association, but alums are invited to speak at on-site meetings so they can inspire and encourage residents to complete the program.
Bimini House prides itself on the social model of recovery, which its staff believes encourages residents to help each other. This is core 12-step philosophy—being of service. Bimini House aims to teach people to work together, talk to each other and form close-knit sober communities. For those who aren’t in need of more rigorous treatment or suffering from a dual diagnosis, Bimini is a solid option.
Bimini Recovery Center
155 S Bimini Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90004
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