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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 to meet the demands of recovering addicts in Los Angeles who wanted what graduates of Design for Recovery had experienced.
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 Beasley 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 Los Angeles area. He envisioned a house built on principles of 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 and addressing the root causes that often lead to relapse. 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.
Through one-on-one mentoring, weekly house meetings, employment support, money management, family outreach, and a solid foundation based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, Design for Recovery paves the way for a successful life in long-term sobriety
Residents of Design for Recovery spend their time not only healing and repairing past damage, but building a new way forward in life. They find employment, often for the very first time, enroll in school, and develop connections with each other and within the broader Los Angeles recovery community.
There is a wonderful world outside of addiction and a beautiful life any addict can have. We want to help them find that.
Staying true to its mission and the core values upon which it was founded, Design for Recovery continues to help and influence the sober community. Its two residences — both located near the beach in the West Los Angeles neighborhoods of Mar Vista and Playa del Rey — provide a comfortable base to thrive in a safe and lively environment where opportunities for leisure activities, community support, and employment are abundant.
Design for Recovery envisions a future rooted in adherence to our roots, principles, and ambition for continual personal growth. Design for Recovery continues to extend branches of influence into the sober community at large. A strong Design for Recovery presence exists today at local 12-Step meetings and many Design for Recovery members now work at outside detoxes, treatment facilities, or youth centers in the greater Los Angeles area. Our residents and former graduates have not only built solid and prosperous lives for themselves, they have become leaders and mentors in the recovery community who are shaping the future for others.
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Excellent choice for anyone in need of support through challenging times in their lives. My brother entered the program almost 4 years ago and has never looked back. Now actually employed within the company and able to help others as they connect with him well knowing he has been in their shoes at one time! Been the best choice of his life and I couldn’t be prouder of him or the staff who helped him get there!
If I have ever felt truly apart of something positive, it would be Design For Recovery. I’ve spent alot of time in and out through different programs, some good, some bad, but nothing even comes close to the experience that I’ve had, and am still having at this place. Truly blessed and grateful that something has actually given me my life back. Professional staff, clean homes, and people that actually care about seeing you succeed. Thank you DFR!
My son has been living in a sober living home which has taught him how to control his addiction and become a better person. This house is very well maintained and beautiful. Because they have gone through the program themselves and are familiar with it, house managers are able to guide you during the whole process. Attending meetings on a weekly basis and keeping a clean environment contributed to his growth.
In my opinion, this is one of the TOP resources that contributed to saving my son’s life. Staff and managers go above and beyond to make sure your transition after detox or rehab is as smooth as possible. If you’re truly committed to your recovery, then this is the place for you. The house is comfortable and in an excellent location. Choosing a sober living home in Los Angeles for my son was the best decision I could have made.
My son Zachary was at his breaking point his mother and I had sent him to multiple rehabilitation centers and other sober livings. Nothing seemed to work. Then Design For Recovery gave Zach the gift of the opportunity to recover from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. The accountability within the house is amazing. The loving and understanding kindness of the staff gave him a good example of how to conduct himself as a sober person. Zach was never told what to do just given the opportunity to do it with kind understanding, guidance and direction. It was very clear to us that he was in a great place that genuinely cared about sobriety. The opportunity that Zach was given of a safe, sound and sane place to be at while he recovered from this horrific addiction has allowed him to re-establish my relationships with us, his family, Zach’s life was literally saved in this place I will forever be grateful for Design.
Design For Recovery’s sober living environment is definitely the best I’ve ever sent my son to for sure. Micah has been to other places that were not even close in comparison. If you follow their rules and actually open your mind up to new ways of living you won’t regret it. I recommend their sober living for those who really need a structured environment to grow in, the way they have it set up will definitely help change the way you view or do things for the better. It has truly set my son on the right path. Thank you Design!
This place saved my life when I needed it most!
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