We launched July 2017.
Opening in July of 2017, Design for Recovery quickly rose to prominence in the Los Angeles sober community. Beginning humbly with a single location, Design for Recovery expanded rapidly in Los Angeles who wanted what graduates of Design for Recovery had.
Meet the Team
David Beasley - Founder
Design for Recovery was founded on hope. The founder, David Beasley, moved to California from North Carolina after many failed attempts to get sober. Other treatment centers and sober living homes never seemed to provide what he needed.
Dejected and almost ready to give up, David decided to try a structured sober living home. The skills and tools he learned in the rigorous program that the structured sober living home provided not only helped David to get sober, but allowed him to excel as a mentor and a leader.
David quickly came to understand that his ambition was to help other seemingly hopeless young men discover the hope that he had fought so long and hard to attain. He recognized a need for more ethical sober living houses in the Los Angeles area. He envisioned a house built on principles—like honesty, integrity, accountability and discipline—that translated well not only to recovery, but to life outside of sober living as well.
David modeled his new sober living home off of what worked so well for him. He found that his history in addiction put him in the ideal position to understand the issues of other young men who have struggled to get sober.
David’s own experience in a structured sober living home taught him that recovery is about far more than being physically abstinent from drugs and alcohol — it is about modifying the underlying behavior. To that end, Design for Recovery worked with residents to develop new modes of life. It rapidly became apparent that graduates of Design for Recovery were remaining sober long after leaving. This was because during their time at the sober living home, they built lives that they valued and didn’t want to lose.
Derek Eckley - Co-Founder/Program Director
Derek Eckley, a native of New Jersey struggled for more than a decade to overcome his addiction. In and out of 18 treatment centers, he nearly lost all hope before trying one last hand in Los Angeles. He entered an all-male, structured sober living that taught him invaluable lessons he carries with him today-lessons he now works tirelessly to spread to young men struggling to navigate a path he knows all to well.
Derek understands that removing drugs and alcohol is just the first step toward rebuilding a fulfilling life in recovery. He mentors men who struggle with addiction and mental health, guiding them through obstacles often encountered in early recovery-including repairing broken relationships with family, learning how to budget, and navigating job and career placement.
Derek preaches continued involvement in a 12-step program, the same one he credits with his personal sobriety. He believes strongly in principles like discipline, accountability, responsibility and integrity. He adheres to the notion that recovery is not give, it is earned one day at a time with and eye toward a much brighter future.
Drew Brown - Director of Operations
Drew began his journey to recovery in a highly structured all-male sober living. Unwilling to admit he had a real problem with drugs and alcohol at the beginning, he slowly discovered his own truth.
Through living and working with his mentors and sober living managers, he was able to walk down a path he never knew he wanted, free from drugs and alcohol. The persistence of his mentors and former staff taught him the skills he needed to grow.
This experience afforded him the chance to change his life. It drastically revolutionized his reality and ignited his passion to help others today. Drew is now able to mentor young men who once had the same outlook on life as he did. He was also able to reinstate his passions and skills outside of recovery.
In The Words of the Founder
There is a wonderful world outside of addiction and a beautiful life any addict can have. We want to help them find that.