Established in 1949 and located in the densely populated Westlake district of Los Angeles, Royal Palms Treatment Center provides long-term residential care as well as vocational guidance. It operates under the umbrella of Mary Lind Recovery Center’s network, which includes two other Los Angeles rehabs, the Bimini Recovery Center and the Rena B Recovery Center.
Accommodations and Food
Royal Palms Treatment Center houses up to 135 men in a five-story building. Accommodations are set up dorm-style, with up to eight men in a room. Three four-bed capacity rooms are reserved for detox. While most rooms have bathrooms, a communal restroom is available for those in need. As long as daily requirements are met, watching TV in the common area is allowed.
In a no-frills cafeteria, residents stand in a “chow line” to get their food, which they eat inside a dining room. Three hot meals, usually Mexican or American fare, are served daily. Coffee is a staple beverage.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment typically lasts six months. With an emphasis on the 12 steps, Royal Palms Treatment Center believes that recovery is outlined in the Big Book. Although detox accommodations are provided, access to medical care is off the premises.
Weekly treatment includes individual therapy, attendance at AA, NA, CA and CMA meetings and educational classes with topics including anger management, life skills, parenting, family reunification and substance abuse. Traditional psychotherapy is used during individual sessions, and dual diagnosis support is offered at a minimal level. Getting a sponsor and step work completion are mandatory.
Cell phones are not allowed, pay phone privileges are limited and family visitations are only permitted after 30 days. Residents may receive care packages, which must be dropped off at reception.
After 90 days, residents participate in vocational guidance and academic programs. Vocational guidance includes job search strategies, resume preparation, phone etiquette, interviewing skills, proper attire and employment applications.
The estimated number of employees is 49 and includes California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources counselors and CAARR Institute students. Residents often serve as peer support.
Although Royal Palms Treatment Center offers a limited number of free admissions to destitute clients, those are difficult to come by and require a 60-day waiting period. Cash-account residents are taken immediately. Upon admission, residents pay a $200 non-refundable intake fee and the monthly cost is $1,200.
Residents can take part in a “Night out on The Town” community cleanup program and the Mary Lind gospel choir, which performs at community and rehab events.
With an emphasis on the 12 steps and employment preparation, Royal Palms Treatment Center offers financially challenged clients a chance to become self-sufficient while in recovery.
Royal Palms Treatment Center
350 S Westlake Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Royal Palms Treatment Center Cost: $1,200 (30 days, not including $200 intake fee). Reach Royal Palms Treatment Center by phone at (213) 483-9201.
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