Like a lot of people, I struggled with fitting in from a very young age. All I wanted was to not feel anything and eventually I found a solution to my problem. Most people couldn’t understand my desire to not feel. They looked at me, my life, my family, and it all looked so normal. I have two parents who love me and my two other siblings. We grew up in an upper middle class household. Going to private schools and involved in extracurricular activities. My dad owned his own business. My mom took care of us kids. We had a nice house, nice cars in the driveway, and had everything we could need in life and most of the things we wanted. Unfortunately, none of those things filled the gaping hole I felt inside of me.
By 15 I was using hard drugs in the form of cocaine, benzo’s, and crack cocaine. By the time I was in my 20’s I was using heroin intravenously as well as painkillers and cocaine. After countless stints in treatment centers across the country, going in and out of 12 step programs, worrying my family every day, and destroying anything and everything that got in my way, I decided it was time for a dramatic change. I had already gained the reputation as being one of those “homeless addicts” who would never find true recovery. This label made my insecurities triple in size, but it also did the same to my dedication and drive. I found that aligning myself with men and women that I admired helped a great deal. I stuck close to them and absorbed everything I could. I began acting better than I felt and found a new positive attitude emerging.
As I began to build my new sober life, I struggled with learning how this new “sober Ashlee” fit into the world. What would I do for work, how would I show up in my new family dynamic, what role would I play, what kinds of things did I enjoy doing, what were my passions in life, and what would this all look like on the outside. At the time I didn’t know much, but I did know that my life was forever changed because of the hundreds of hands that had helped to shape this new young woman. I decided that I wanted to work in the treatment industry. I wanted to help young people just like myself to find the freedom that I did. I wanted to reach out to other addicts labeled “hopeless.” Other addicts who have had backs turned on them and doors slammed in their face. I wanted to ensure that no addict ever felt alone or without hope.
I began working in the recovery field and with other addicts in 2014. I gained more experience and knowledge by working at two well-respected treatment centers in Los Angeles. Working my way from the bottom to various high level roles.
Within a few years, I had a firm understanding of what was working and what wasn’t working in this industry. In early 2016 I opened my own sober living company, Chateau Recovery. Chateau Recovery carried out its mission by offering affordable transitional living to people in early recovery. The model was based on providing a very structured living environment while building a community of love and support, all while having fun and finding individual passion. The combination of structure, accountability, community, love, and laughter proved a huge success. Chateau Recovery received multiple accolades in the news and in the treatment industry for its success in treating men and women struggling with addiction. The success of Chateau led to me joining forces and partnering with another recovery program in LA to open a licensed treatment center. I felt empowered through the process of owning both a flourishing and effective sober living program as well as a treatment center.
However, in early 2019 I decided to sell my stake in the company I helped to grow and change course. I wanted to pursue my dream of creating something that would uniquely position me to work closely with clients early on in recovery. I knew my talents were best utilized when working closely and 1 on 1 with clients. I wanted to use my gifts of connecting and helping those who had been failed by the traditional treatment industry and show them the amazing life that could still be theirs. As this new chapter in my career began to take shape, I took all of my life experiences and training in recovery to build something that gave each person a tailored program made to fit them and only them. With that thought in mind, LA Recovery Project was born.
What Our Clients Say
Ashlee has been a huge contributor to the healing process with my mental health and all around well being. When I was struggling and crippled with shame I couldn’t build the courage to reach out to my support group. Ashlee understood this and consistently texted me words of affirmation. The most loving part of it all was she made it clear that her texts were a message of hope without expectations of me texting her back. She understood that the added pressure of “please text me back… or I just want to know you are ok…” was a lot to ask as I couldn’t respond because I felt so ashamed. To this day, in my sobriety Ashlee is always interested in what’s going on in my life. She celebrates me and encourages me to never give up. I am truly grateful for her as she is such an inspiration.
— Michael M.
After years of battling my drug addiction, I was outside on a sunny day but it felt so dark. I was a prisoner to drugs and alcohol. I’d caused a 3 car collision, and paralyzed my leg for 2 months. I was disgusted. Don’t ask me how – I ended up on the phone with Ashlee, and my life hasn’t been the same since that day. Ashlee connects with you on a level that makes you feel like you have known her your entire life. She is patient, kind, empathetic, accommodating, and an all around beautiful human. If you are struggling and need to seek help Ashlee is the person you call!! Thank you Ashlee for helping me get my life back on track!
— Logan W.
I became introduced to an entirely new way of life the day I met Ashlee. Through her warmth and compassion, I was able to start taking steps to regain my life back. Through this journey, Ashlee is there every single step of the way. She is open and willing to share her own experience with you so that you can connect and understand your own struggles on a completely different level. I remember how down I was when I first started working with her and how in just a few weeks I started to WANT to change and the rest is history. I have over a year clean and sober because this woman never gave up on me and was there to lift me up whenever I wanted to give up on myself. I love you Ashlee !!!
— Hope H.
My life has taken so many insane twists and turns. I have been hopeless and just broken. I was introduced to Ashlee and I have to honestly say my world has changed completely. She doesn’t just talk the talk. She really does walk the walk and demonstrates to you what your life can look like and how to build the strength and confidence to get there. Ashlee helped me set goals in my recovery and than she held my hand while I achieved those goals. When you meet Ashlee, there is no expiration date on her love and guidance. I met her with the expectation to receive help, and I gained a lifetime new friend that I call family. Thanks Ashlee!
— Samantha R.
Los Angeles Recovery Center
Los Angeles, CA
Tel: (888) 631-1819