Mary Lind Recovery Centers - Rena B Recovery Center in Los Angeles, CA

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4445 Burns Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90029

Mary Lind Recovery Centers - Rena B Recovery Center Philosophy

Rena B. Recovery Home’s mission is to provide quality addiction treatment services to welfare-dependent men and women. The residential rehab offers a six-month recovery program in a safe, structured and supportive living environment designed to educate and empower each resident. Adult education and vocational guidance programs give clients the opportunity to take control and plan for the future, while 12-Step work, one-on-one therapy, group counseling and other therapeutic modalities help clients learn to manage their addiction and live a sober life.

Areas of Specialization

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

  • 12-Step
    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Facility Highlights

Life Skills Development

Individual Counseling

Anger Management 360 Guide

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Since 1949, Mary Lind Recovery Centers has been providing residential substance abuse treatment for men and women. Rena B Recovery Center located in Los Angeles, Calif., was one of its locations. However, it is now a part of Social Model Recovery Systems. It’s six-month residential program is co-ed and serves many of Los Angeles’s poorest areas. Medical detox is not available on-site.


The organization’s mission is to provide men and women with affordable access to addiction recovery, adult education, and job training. It utilizes the social model philosophy in a community-based program. When clients enter treatment, they are assigned a case manager, who develops an individualized treatment plan.

At Rena B Recovery Center, the first 90 days of treatment are focused on leading the client into sobriety, especially by utilizing the 12-Steps, individual and group counseling, substance abuse education, anger management classes, and grief counseling. Although daily twelve step meetings are available on-site, clients are required to attend a minimum of five Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings in the community each week.

The second half of treatment is mostly spent in academic and vocational classes to prepare for employment. The facility offers literacy training, classes on interpersonal skills, résumé preparation, job-search strategy, and interview practice. There are also workshops in parenting and family reunification.

Throughout the six months of treatment, residents take part in a minimum of six hours of recovery-related activity every day.


According to the facility’s website, all counselors are either certified by the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR) or are enrolled to become certified. The treatment team includes kitchen staff, counselors, and case managers.


The facility’s website features pictures of a homelike setting. There are fully-furnished bedrooms and common areas, and the center provides three hot meals a day prepared by kitchen staff and other residents. The facility is located within walking distance to public transportation and shopping venues. The facility consists of three buildings, a patio area, and a large, multi-use room.

In order to gain visiting privileges, residents must be in the program for at least 30 days. Weekday visiting hours occur between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and weekend hours last from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


As of this writing, has received four reviews about the facility. Two of the reviews were negative and two were positive.

The negative reviews focused on the transition from Mary Lind to the Social Model Recovery, where a lot of the program seems to have changed. One staff member noted that "The days of dragging people with no money off of skid row or out of McArthur Park are over. We have VERY VERY few indigent beds and even at that it is200.00 to come in. I've been there longer than a minute seen lots of changes."

The two positive reviews gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, and meals and nutrition. One alum praised the facility's vocational program.

On Google, the facility earned 4.4 out of five stars from seven reviews to date. [1] Many alumni praised the quality of the meetings. In a representative review, alum Darin wrote: "Excellent meetings there."


According to Social Model Recovery's website, health insurance plans are accepted. In addition, self pay is available.


Published on March 2016

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I am a recovering addict and this place saved my life. I went in having depression, anxiety attack, and a meth addict. I didn't want to live but the staffs and fellow residents really support me throughout my recovery and now i am clean for 4 months and equip to face the world instead of just want to use meth to kill myself slowly. You have to be humble and really surrender all so the program can work you and not attempt to run your own progarm.


The luxurious Rena B saved my life, and If you are ready it can and will save yours..the entire staff from the kitchen to the director has something to offer IF you have an open mind and are READY for a new experiance... layaside everything you think you know about the steps, the book, the program, your disease (yes it is a disease), yourself, and ESPECIALLY everything you think you know about GOD.. You can always pick those beliefs back up later so don't throw them away just lay them aside for 60 or 90 days ....every single staff member has knowledge and are eager to give you some of that knowledge but you have to be open to receive it. You get feed physically, mentally, and spiritually. .i didn't want to use names out of respect for your privacy but y'all know who you are I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU ... You all have given me bits and pieces knowledge, love, guidance, strength, encouragement and hope I am forever grateful for the Rena B...


I don't agree with the way the system is but I absolutely loved my counselor she was good ppl Idk her name but she had super short blond hair at the very back of the building kudos for helping me with the taxi still clean and sober and loving life I'm very blessed thank God


I come my first program was the Maryland Foundation Rena B Recovery Home Royal Palms Recovery Home in Bimini recovery home I've been to all three houses many of times is it good program and always been a good program I just wasn't ready but that was back in the days when is accepted General Relief and food stamps I want back to the Maryland foundation in 2001 Rena B and I completed the program and I start volunteering as a housekeeper I got hired as an employee and I got promoted as a first face advocate and I work for the Rena B for 2002 to 2006 and then back then the manager didn't like me end up getting me fired back then the director for what he said and I end up going out and using and drinking over it then I came back to the Maryland Foundation in 2011 of June 16th Bimini house got me a sponsor want through the 12 steps and been clean and sober every since when I got to the Bimini recovery home I had a desire to stay clean and sober I am coming up on 7 years now by the grace of God when I got to the Bimini house it was assistant manager mr. Manuel the manager was curl very very very very good people I'm very spiritual fit and they helped me a lot and I love them I think the Bimini from my life and I think the Maryland foundation for my life amen have a blessed wonderful day


This place should be under government review. It appears that they week internal controls and they don't appear to have the patients best interest in mind. The staff is ill equipped to handle the seriousness of which they are being entrusted to do. They have a high turn-over rate which shows that they have week controls. They process payments and provide no accounting for those payments. The premises are not well kept, it looks like any run down ghetto, project housing unit. Suggestions- Prepare a mission statement and stick to it. replace the existing staff and get people in there that are professionals, not X addicts with limited use of the therapeutic techniques and languages. Bottom line this place is a mess and it will not treat anyone's addiction.


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I was a client at Rena B twice for over 8 months both times. I am not from LA and this was my first treatment center. It was amazing start to my journey of recover and now I have over 2 years clean and sober, I have a full time job, own my own company, and I am doing amazing things with my life. This facility teaches you how to live in the real world, and yes the staff is a little tough but the REAL WORLD, is tougher and the lessons you learn there are to set you off into the world clean and sober and STAY CLEAN AND SOBER. I also got my GED at the Royal Palms which is amazing as well (they paid for everything) and now my life is amazing. Thanks


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They have a few indigent beds but awful to get one. Mgmt HR were negatives. The facility has too many vague rules food is awful some staff just screams all day.


Unfortunately Mary Lind no longer exists. Social model recovery centers has taken over. The days of dragging people with no money off of skid row or out of McArthur Park are over. We have VERY VERY few indigent beds and even at that it is200.00 to come in. I've been there longer than a minute seen lots of changes, we accept AB109 clients SSI SDI CAL WORKS BUT AGAIN ON A VERY LIMITED BASIS. It is 3,500.00 per month unless your insurance will cover you. I can't remember the Rena B ever being as empty as it is now we all must pray if we generate income we will be able to help more indigent clients. In 2011 we nearly closed and that's part of the reason for all the money where can you live for 266.00 per mo NOWHERE God has our backs


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After I learned about my disease in this facility and found that it was ran by recovering addicts I was able to trust the process having seen proof standing in front of me. ... It was stern but we as addicts play the game so well if we didn't have someone who knew the game we could run the game... but not here. I was [upset] at first but then that's what I needed to do was get [upset], not be able to control the outcome of the drama and eventually not wanting to be apart of the drama. After completing the program I volunteered for a year then worked there for 2 years after that. This was one of the best things that has happened to and for me. Rena B. has a staff of well educated (street and book) counselors that will help you through the process and that was what I needed.....HELP.

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