Founder's Message

“Why does this experience only happen here?”  As the volunteer coach of a Los Angeles Marathon team comprised of clients and supporters of a West L.A. residential addiction recovery program, I started asking myself that question more and more often. 

Since 2013, I’ve had the honor and privilege of helping people experience the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual rewards of training for a major endurance event, while turning their lives around.​ The joy and pride on people’s faces as they cross the finish line and put on their hard earned medals is indescribable.  So many of the participants describe the training and that day as not only life changing but critical to their long-term sobriety.

As I reflected on the many success stories people shared with me over the years, I felt compelled to bring similar experiences to other addiction recovery communities. In 2018, Strides in Recovery was born. Today, we bring the healing power of goal-oriented group training to addiction recovery communities throughout Southern California. Our goal is to offer this relapse prevention tool nationwide.

Substance use disorders have derailed so many lives, but it doesn't have to be that way.  With your support, and the support of our partner organizations, donors, volunteers, and team members, the Strides in Recovery community is working together to be part of the solution.

Thank you for your interest and support.

-Leslie Gold