By Design For Recovery

What We Do?

Design for Recovery is a structured sober living home with two locations in the heart of West Los Angeles. Our sober living home is designed to be a safe and supportive environment where young men struggling with substance abuse can focus on developing a strong foundation for long term sobriety. Our highly experienced staff use a variety of approaches firmly rooted in the 12 steps of recovery. 

Residents work to examine the underlying issues behind their drug and alcohol problems, develop new skills and coping strategies, and learn how to live a happy, joyous, and free life in newfound sobriety. Graduates of Design for Recovery’s sober living program go on to achieve their goals. Even years later, graduates continue to rely on the support of the sober community they formed at Design for Recovery, and many remain involved in the workings of the house.

At Design for Recovery, we believe that recovery from addiction is best achieved with the support of a larger community. Residents at our home have the opportunity to build a strong sober social support system. People who have similarly suffered from addiction are the people who are most likely to understand what you are going through. Living together with a group of individuals who are all working together to treat their addictions is a profound experience. Not only do newly sober residents benefit from the support and advice of those with more time sober,, but as an individual progresses along their own path they often find that being a support for others is the most healing activity — for themselves.

It is the philosophy of Design for Recovery that sobriety is achieved through rigorous action, not merely the state of physical abstinence from drugs or alcohol. Design for Recovery’s sober living program is highly structured. Every day, residents follow a daily schedule, set goals, and work to better themselves as people. 

Our program is strongly rooted in the principles of honesty, integrity, accountability, service, and responsibility. Many people come to Design for Recovery after repeatedly trying and failing to get sober at other sober living Los Angeles homes and recovery residences. These young, who often arrive broken and despondent, undergo a radical transformation during their time at Design for Recovery, ultimately emerging as confident, free, and above all sober young men.

Who We Help?

Design for Recovery works with young men who are trapped in the vicious cycle of addiction. Whether your substance of choice was alcohol, opioids, crystal meth, or even marijuana, Design for Recovery helps the thought and behavior patterns that lead to obsessive substance abuse. The staff at Design for Recovery understands that there are different levels of addiction.

 Some people arrive at a sober living Los Angeles having lost everything. Over the course of their addictions, they might have severed relations with friends and family, lost their jobs, and become homeless. Others arrive with their lives apparently intact, but with the demoralizing knowledge that they are helpless on their own to quit using drugs or alcohol. No matter your addiction, Design for Recovery is committed to helping you fundamentally change your life.

Populations we help include:

  • Individuals graduating from inpatient treatment programs or other formal treatment centers. Many people find it helpful to move into sober living homes during the transitional period between formal treatment and re-entering the world. Not only do sober living homes provide further addiction recovery as part of an aftercare plan, but they offer services that help people find work, return to school, and take steps toward other life goals.
  • People who hope to use a structured sober living home as a first line of recovery for their substance use disorder. Sober living homes in Los Angeles, especially structured sober living homes like Design for Recovery, offer recovery programs and support systems that individuals can make use of for months or even over a year.
  • Dual diagnosis addicts with comorbid substance use disorders. Quality and affordable sober living homes like Design for Recovery have extensive experience with the mental illnesses that arise from or are exacerbated by substance abuse. Your sober living home can help set you up with the psychiatric or therapeutic treatment you need.
  • People with a long history of relapse. Design for Recovery’s structured recovery program is uniquely helpful for young men who have tried and failed to get sober before. Our structured recovery program changes residents on a fundamental level. It may be demanding, but you will likely experience more personal growth than you ever thought possible.
  • Individuals who have only just begun to experience the adverse consequences of addiction. It’s never too early. If you have recognized that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, getting help early before the problem develops is the best course of action. Design for Recovery’s residents range from individuals who have lost everything due to addiction to people whose successful lives disguised a hidden struggle with drug

Services offered

Design for Recovery offers a range of recovery tools for individuals who are working to get relief from the obsessive desire to engage in substance abuse. 

 Over the course of each day, residents take part in a number of solo and group activities that facilitate recovery from substance use disorder. Not only do residents work to obtain sobriety in the here-and-now, they gain skills and strategies that will lower their likelihood of relapse even years down the line.

Services offered at Design for Recovery include but are not limited to:

  • One-on-One Mentoring. Young men who are facing the challenges of sober life shouldn’t have to face obstacles alone. By making use of the experiences of mentors who are further along in the process, they will not only see the road ahead more clearly but avoid many of the stumbling blocks that others have encountered.
  • House Unity Meetings. Group house meetings allows young men with substance use disorder to come to a better understanding of the underlying nature of their addictions in a safe, supportive environment. Together, residents work to build tools and strategies that allow them to meet the challenges of sobriety with calm and equanimity.
  • Medication Monitoring. It is not uncommon for people to arrive at a sober living home with untreated mental health disorders. Dual diagnosis individuals benefit greatly from having their other problems properly treated by a psychiatrist. We are not medical professionals, but can refer you to professional mental health resources we have in the community. This supports that their mental illness won’t trigger a relapse down the line.
  • Employment Support. Design for Recovery works with residents to make sure they are well-prepared for sober life outside of a treatment center. To that end, most residents begin working jobs while living at Design for Recovery. This is an additional challenge, especially for young men whose addictions barred them from consistent employment for years. For most, however, working while living at a sober living is an opportunity for tremendous growth.
  • Money Management. Even young men who never had a problem finding a job often find that their addictions drained away their money. Managing money, setting budgets, and getting out of debt are all major challenges for individuals with substance use disorder. Design for Recovery works with residents to make sure they are managing their wealth safely and effectively.
  • Family Services. Addiction harms more than just one individual. In most cases, addiction damages the whole family. Design for Recovery helps repair bonds between family members that might have at one point seemed irreparably broken. By facilitating communication between residents and family members, Design for Recovery offers young men an opportunity to heal not only themselves but their loved ones.

Our program is firmly rooted in the principles of 12-step recovery programs, as originally laid out by Alcoholics Anonymous. During their time at Design for Recovery, residents attend daily meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. Doing so allows them to expand their sober social support group beyond the confines of the sober living home and into the broader world. 

By the time an individual graduates from Design for Recovery, they will already have strong relationships in place at recovery meetings throughout Los Angeles County, leaving them well-prepared for sober life outside the walls of sober living. Residents also work through all of the 12 steps during their time at Design for Recovery, working with sober mentors, or sponsors, who provide a wealth of first-hand experiences in recovering from addiction.

Sober Living Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, both the county and the city, is an expansive and diverse place. Nestled between mountains and the Pacific coast, Los Angeles is also only a short drive away from desert terrain. This quintessential West Coast city is relatively close to the Mexican border, which only further strengthens its cultural richness.

Los Angeles has a population of 3,990,456 people, making it the second most populated city in the United States, following New York City. This population is diverse in terms of socioeconomic status and ethnic make-up. Due to Los Angeles’ proximity to the Mexican border, the city has become something of a haven for immigrants seeking a new life. 48.5% of the population identifies as hispanic or latino. 11% of the population identifies as Asian and 10% as African American. 

As a result, Los Angeles possesses a culture that is more diverse and extremely tolerant of human differences. Unfortunately, the socioeconomic differences within Los Angeles are less representative of diversity and are more indicative of tragic income disparities. While Los Angeles is known for its wealth and for the Beverly Hills mansions of the rich and famous, much of Los Angeles’ population lives below the poverty line. 22% of the city’s population qualifies as living in poverty, which means almost one fourth of the city struggles to afford food and rent. Even the average household income of $49,497 is somewhat insufficient for many, given that Los Angeles has a far higher cost of living than most American cities.

Los Angeles is a powerhouse for many industries, but it is certainly most well-known for being the center of the entertainment industry. Countless media companies call Los Angeles their home, and it remains the top location for filming movies and television shows. As a result, countless people come to Los Angeles every year hoping to realize their personal dreams and ambitions. In some ways, Los Angeles is a fantasy land.

While many people do achieve amazing success in Los Angeles, others get lost in the mire of the mirage and turn to other sources for satisfaction, such as drugs and alcohol. With its extreme poverty and the pressures associated with unrealistic fantasies of the “good life,” it’s no surprise that Los Angeles is also home to many drug addicts. 

Los Angeles is currently being heavily impacted by the opioid crisis, and substance abuse continues to rear its ugly head in many other forms as well. Mexican drug cartels have a powerful presence in Los Angeles, distributing and selling various substances, including crystal meth and fentanyl. While substance use disorder is a huge problem in Los Angeles, the city is also home to a wide variety of treatment facilities and sober living homes.

Areas We Serve in Los Angeles County

Design for Recovery is located in West Los Angeles, making it easily accessible for anyone in Los Angeles County. Selecting a sober living home can be a momentous choice, and for that reason many of our residents actually come from far away to make use of our program. Design for Recovery serves young men coming from all areas of Los Angeles. No matter where you’re from, if you suffer from addiction you will find plenty of commonality between yourself and the other residents.

San Fernando Valley

With a population of 1.77 million people, the San Fernando Valley encompasses much of Los Angeles as well as several independent cities, among them Glendale, Burbank, San Fernando, Calabasas, and Hidden Hills. San Fernando is well-known as the home of many companies in the movie industry, music production, and television production. It is also the birthplace of the adult film industry in Los Angeles. Much of the diverse population of the San Fernando Valley lives below the poverty line, though the natural beauty of this sprawling basin can’t be denied.

Long Beach

At the most southern end of Los Angeles County lies Long Beach, the 7th most populous city in California. Built over an oilfield, Long Beach also attracts many industries due to its status as a major shipping port. Long Beach draws tourists throughout the year for its waterfront attractions. It is also home to one of the biggest state schools in the country, Cal State Long Beach.


Glendale is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County. Located in the southeast of the San Fernando Valley, this central city is bordered by Sun Valley, La Cañada Flintridge, Burbank, Eagle Rock, and Pasadena. Glendale is known for its rich cultural diversity. It is home to one of the greatest populations of people of Armenian descent in the country. Glendale is also famous for its Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where some of the most famous celebrities of the country are buried. Tourists from all over the county travel to Glendale, however, for its famous malls, the Glendale Galleria and the Americana.


Located in Kern County, California, Bakersfield is a major industrial center for energy production and agriculture. It is also the 9th most populated city in California. Bakersfield’s lies in very close proximity to major mountain passes and major freeways, making it an important transportation hub for people living in the Greater Los Angeles Area.


Past the San Gabriel Mountains lies the city of Palmdale, which is located in the most northerly point of Los Angeles County. Palmdale is in the Antelope Valley. Palmdale and the Antelope Valley have a long history, having been occupied by Native Americans for thousands of years. The Antelope Valley was used as a trade route for indigenous people traveling to the Pacific Coast. In 1962, Palmdale became the first city in the Antelope Valley to become incorporated as an independent city rather than a township. Currently Palmdale is experiencing rapid growth and is the sixth most populous city in Los Angeles County.


Lancaster is located slightly to the north of its twin city, Palmdale. Together, the two cities have a population of over half a million people. Lancaster is part of Los Angeles County but lies close to the border of Kern County. Lancaster is known for its expansive areas of parkland. From dogparks to playgrounds, Lancaster boasts an impressive 600 acres of open parkland.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica is a city nestled upon against the Pacific coast, bordered by Los Angeles. Its pleasant climate and beachfront location make it a highly desired tourist location. Santa Monica is known for its shopping districts, among them the 3rd Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. Its beaches are also major attractions, with thousands of people flocking every year to the Santa Monica Pier’s restaurants, rides, and arcades.


Malibu, another beachfront city, is famous for being the home to the rich and famous. While it is true that many celebrities and affluent individuals live there, there is also a sizeable middle class. Malibu attracts many people from outside the city, who come to surf or swim in its pristine beaches, among them Zuma Beach and Point Dume. Malibu is also home to a number of state parks, including Leo Carrillo, Point Mugu, and Malibu Creek State Park. Bordered by Topanga and the Santa Monica Mountains, this beachfront city is undeniably beautiful.

Drug Abuse in Los Angeles County

Despite its reputation for glitz and glamour, Los Angeles has also been known to a major epicenter for drug abuse in the United States. The reasons behind Los Angeles’ substance abuse problems are complex. Socioeconomic factors impact the problem in a major way. Much of the population of Los Angeles suffers from significant poverty, and high levels of homelessness and crime also drive many people to take refuge in addictive substances. 

Untreated mental illness is more prevalent among much of this disenfranchised population, and self-medication via recreational drugs is more accessible for many people than psychiatrists. Even among the well-to-do, drug use has a major presence. In the entertainment industry and what many refer to as Hollywood’s “dream factory, partying and designer drugs are par for the course. It should come as no surprise, then, that addiction afflicts people from all walks of life throughout Los Angeles.

In addition to socioeconomic factors, geography contributes to Los Angeles’ substance abuse problem. Los Angeles’ close proximity to the Mexican border means that many of the Mexican drug cartels use Los Angeles as a major base for their operations, distributing drugs originating from Mexico itself as well as South America. As a result, Los Angeles has been named a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) by the federal government. While in recent years the most problematic substances have been synthetic opioids like fentanyl, these criminal enterprises sell and distribute other drugs in large quantities as well, including crystal meth, heroin, and cocaine.

Los Angeles’ reputation as an epicenter for drug addiction has a long history. Some experts believe that Los Angeles was the origin of the crack cocaine epidemic, which ran from the 1980s to the late 90s. Crack cocaine, a concentrated form of cocaine that is both cheaper and more accessible, is also far more addictive. During the crack cocaine epidemic, impoverished communities in Los Angeles were the most heavily impacted. 

Addiction to crack cocaine in Los Angeles not only stole lives, but it wrecked families, increased poverty, and contributed to rising crime rates. Fortunately, while crack cocaine is less of a widespread problem now in Los Angeles, other drugs were quick to take its place. Methamphetamine increased in popularity, with similarly disastrous effects. Today, an opioid epidemic is taking place, with synthetic opioids like fentanyl claiming countless lives every day.

Addiction Statistics in Los Angeles County

For young people, drug overdose has overtaken automobile accidents as the number one cause of premature death. This is particularly true in California, which consistently has the fourth highest number of drug overdose deaths in the United States. 4,868 lives were lost due to drug overdose in 2017 alone. Opioids, which take on average 464 lives every year, are in large part responsible for these harrowing statistics. While drug use does not always result in a fatal overdose, nonfatal overdoses and medical problems associated with substance abuse significantly tax Los Angeles’ medical infrastructure. 

The opioid epidemic has resulted in the rate of hospitalizations and emergency room visits increasing by 31% and 51% respectively. Because drug addiction affects people of different financial means unequally, there are, of course, many individuals who cannot even make use of these medical services. Others find themselves in considerable medical debt even after having survived an overdose — and remain addicted! The effects of Los Angeles’ addiction problem are manifest in every aspect of life, affecting individual health, families’ ability to stay together, financial well-being, and crime rates.

Los Angeles and its vicinity, which includes Long Beach and Santa Ana, are usually grouped together for statistical purposes. Research has shown that within Los Angeles, 8.7% of residents 12 years of age and older were found to suffer from substance use disorders. That amounts to 892,000 individuals, many of them minors. 

Unfortunately, many of these individuals are unable or unwilling to seek treatment. The statistics also do not account for the countless individuals who haven’t received a formal diagnosis of substance use disorder. The reasons people are not treated or counted stem from drug addiction itself, which results in increased mental illness, shattered families, crime, and decreased quality of life — consequences that limit a person’s access to crucial resources.

Many people suffering from substance use disorders avoid asking for help because of the stigma surrounding addiction. The United States, and Los Angeles in particular, promotes a pick-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps value system, wherein individuals are expected to rise above life’s challenges through sheer force of will. Unfortunately, addiction is never cured through willpower alone, since it actually operates by suppressing an individual’s ability to freely make choices. 

The only way to get relief is to seek outside help. Fortunately, Los Angeles has an enormous sober community and a variety of treatment centers and sober living environments from which to choose. Sober life is possible even for people who have seemingly lost everything due to addiction. It’s just a matter of recognizing the problem and seeking help.

Design for Recovery Sober Living House for Men in LA

Design for Recovery stands out from other sober living homes not only because it is strongly rooted in the 12 steps of recovery, but it is also a highly structured program centered on the principles of honesty, integrity, accountability, responsibility, and service. Addicts who are floundering in recovery and repeatedly relapsing can find lasting sobriety in Design for Recovery, which is known as one of the best sober living homes in the Santa Monica area.

Design for Recovery is committed to the idea that recovery from drug addiction is about more than just the removal of substances from the body. The process of recovery involves dealing with the underlying issues behind the addiction as well as developing the tools and coping strategies required for long term success in sober life down the road.

Design for Recovery offers a number of services to aid people along their paths to recovery. These include:

  • One-on-One Mentoring
  • House Unity Meetings
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Employment Support
  • Money Management
  • Family Outreach

The founders of Design for Recovery bring with them a wealth of experiences in recovery and structured sober living. They are passionate about helping young men who are trapped in the cycle of substance abuse. The mission of this sober living for men is to help these individuals rebuild their lives from the ground up, a process that is demanding yet carried out with a great deal of compassion. Through commitment to the Design for Recovery program, countless young men have been able to break free from the chains of addiction.

Anyone living in southern California who is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction would benefit from enrolling in Design for Recovery. Located in nearby West Los Angeles, Design for Recovery provides individuals with a safe sober community and a structured program of behavioral modification strongly rooted in the 12 steps. 

Design for Recovery can also point potential residents toward possible sources for financial assistance for sober living enrollment. Design for Recovery’s convenient location as well as its proven track record of helping people recover from substance abuse disorder makes Design for Recovery the clear solution for individuals who are eager to find a newfound freedom and happiness.

For anyone seeking more information about the history of Design for Recovery, its core values, or details about the day-to-day workings of its program, feel free to reach out and contact us today.

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Located in the heart of West Los Angeles, our residences are centrally located near the beach, downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and LAX international airport. It provides a safe and comfortable base for men to involve themselves in the community and to thrive as new and growing individuals. Our central location allows easy access from the 405, 105, 10 and 110 freeways. We cater to men who are looking for a sober living home on the Westside of Los Angeles County.

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