David vandervelde

Executive Director and Co-Founder

https://awakeningrecovery.org/

David got clean and sober in 1988 at the age of 19, close to death from his own struggles with drug addiction and alcoholism. Now 34+ years clean and sober, he has been consistently active in his recovery community by mentoring others, serves on recovery and youth related non-profit Boards such as LifeWorks and the West Hollywood Recovery Center, and serves on panels at institutions speaking from his own experience about recovery.

 

In 2015, David chose to transition from a 25-year career in producing large-scale corporate events for the sports, entertainment and non-profit sectors, to co-founding Awakening Recovery, a sober living in Los Angeles, as its Executive Director and Board member, helping those looking for a long-term recovery solution regardless of access to funds.  Additionally, David has successfully completed his Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling from UCLA.  He now devotes his personal and professional life to helping people find a long-term recovery solution from drug addiction and alcoholism through the life-saving work at Awakening Recovery and in his recovery community at large. 

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September is National Recovery Month.
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2022 National Recovery Month

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2022 Overdose Awareness Day Brings Despair and Hope

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LGBTQ+ and Substance Addiction Recovery

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Co-Occurring Mental Health Issues with Drug and Alcohol Addiction

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A Look at the Mirage of Dry January

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Thriving In Recovery During The Holidays

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How to Navigate Addiction with Adolescents

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Stigma and Addiction Recovery

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The Evolution Of Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery

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The Hero’s Journey and Addiction Recovery

by David vandervelde
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Adverse Childhood Experiences as it Relates to Addiction Recovery

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The Stigma of Faith in Addiction Recovery

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The Role of Friends and Family in Early Recovery

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Pharmaceuticals Alone Are Not The Answer to Achieve Long-Term Recovery From Addiction

by David vandervelde
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Why We Should Prioritize Alternatives to Incarceration for People Struggling With Addiction & Mental Health Issues

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Abstinence is the Beginning of Long-term Recovery

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Staying Sober Through the Holidays

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