Since 2003, Bridges to Recovery has helped hundreds of individuals successfully heal and get on their way to a better life. The facility has three co-ed, well-appointed locations, one in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, between Beverly Hills and Westwood; one in the Pacific Palisades and one in San Diego.
Accommodations and Food
The Beverly Hills location has six gargantuan personal quarters, with a few private rooms available. All have king-sized beds with dressers, plush chairs and carpeted floors; most have their own bathrooms. The main area is comprised of three sections. The first is a dining area, where residents eat at a round table with Victorian-rendered chairs. Next is a living area furnished with two couches, staged around the wood-trimmed fireplace. Finally, there’s a third sitting area arranged with a table and high-back chairs.
Multiple group therapy rooms provide both comfort and space, as does their media room which comes with an L-shaped sectional couch, a fireplace with a flat-screen television above and bookshelves lining the walls. Clients take advantage of an on-site gym equipped with two treadmills, free weights, yoga mats and a weight machine; a personal trainer visits twice a week to lead fitness courses. Their garden offers residents a lush and serene area to meditate, socialize or take a casual stroll, just beyond which is a pool to cool off in.
Pacific Palisades’ location is equally posh, though it’s seaside living here. Like the Beverly Hills house, all six rooms have king-sized beds—and most have their own bathrooms. (Private quarters are available upon request.) Additionally, rather than a single, confined area, the house has indoor and outdoor therapy nooks. The first of two common areas is staged with an elongated couch, love seat and stone fireplace. The second space is similar, though it also boasts a padded windowsill where clients can sit.
The kitchen comes complete with marble countertops and an island, and the dining room is replete with a brass chandelier and long dining table. The on-site gym is furnished with a treadmill, elliptical, two weight benches, free weights and therapy balls. Twice a week, a personal trainer visits the house and leads clients in a myriad of cardio and core classes. Several outdoor patios provide quiet time or opportunities for private conversations with housemates. Finally, both locations employ in-house chefs to prepare meals tailored to meet all residents’ dietary needs (whether that means food allergies, organic food preferences or anything else).
The San Diego location is in the neighborhood known as Mount Helix and boasts two acres of land. From one of the homes multiple balconies, residents can enjoy views of the hills and plenty of lush, green foliage adorning the property. There is also a state of the art kitchen and huge living room complete with comfortable leather sofas and a large flat-screen TV. The San Deigo home has six beds, with a mix of shared and private rooms available.
Treatment and Staff
Bridges’ four-to-six week 12-step oriented program starts with a 10-day assessment period that includes DBT and EMDR. Following this, other treatment methods include psychotherapy, group therapy and one-on-one sessions which are offered at least three times a week (with couples and family sessions available as well). In addition to substance abuse care, Bridges caters to dual diagnosis clients as well and medication management can be facilitated.
Upon admission, residents’ personal belongings are searched and any prohibited items are removed from the premises. Still, outside electronics are permitted at both locations and visitation is not only allowed but encouraged. A Bridges day starts with breakfast then journaling followed by individual psychotherapy sessions. After that, clients take part in multiple groups and have lunch. The remainder of the day is comprised of nutritional education, physical fitness and various outings. Upon returning to the facility, residents enjoy a healthy dinner and a range of relaxation activities; 12-step meetings also take place at this time.
Bridges ensures there’s between a one-to-one and a one-to-two staff-to-client ratio, with residents’ needs and concerns met with the highest level of care and credentials. All core staff members have doctorates while many others have Master’s degrees. Among their team are psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, EMDR specialists, nutritionists, masseuses and more.
If the luxurious accommodations don’t count as enough of a bonus themselves, Bridges also offers a multitude of alternative therapies including art therapy, acupuncture, meditation, drumming circles, pottery classes, somatic experience and psychological testing. And in addition to the aforementioned personal training, yoga and massage therapy are also available to residents.
Bridges to Recovery has an impressive scope of services and more-than-comfortable housing. Its programming skew more 12-step than evidence-based but both the staff and the treatment plans are still very comprehensive. It’s high quality residential treatment in an intimate, supportive atmosphere.
Bridges to Recovery
10201 Charing Cross Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
1460 San Remo Dr
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
10383 Bonnie Lane
San Diego, CA 91941
Bridges to Recovery Cost: $50,000 (30 days). Reach Bridges to Recovery by phone at (888) 831-1578 or by email at [email protected]. Find Bridges to Recovery on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest
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