Written by Carly Banks | NAU Communications.
At the age when most kids start learning to read, how to ride a bike without training wheels and how to color inside the lines, 6-year-old Roy DuPrez had his first drink.
Growing up in Venice Beach, it wasn’t uncommon for kids to try alcohol at a young age. Most of DuPrez’s friends started drinking in elementary school, and in third grade, he found himself filling his lunch thermos with Lancers wine—he was addicted. For the next 17 years, alcohol would consume his life.
Unlike a lot of his friends, DuPrez was a functioning alcoholic. Though not necessarily sober, he managed to graduate high school, and moved to Flagstaff to pursue a degree in Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies at Northern Arizona University.
The partying continued through his college years, and for the first time, he felt the negative effects excessive drinking was having on his life.
“I felt like I was being left behind,” he said. “I didn’t see myself growing and developing as a person, and no one was to blame but myself and the bad decisions I had been making.”
It wasn’t until after graduating from NAU with a master’s in education that he made the conscious decision to change his life. He had his last drink at the age of 26.
With sobriety came the age-old question: Now what?
DuPrez spent the six years of his studies falling in love with Flagstaff. He knew he wanted to stay, but wasn’t sure what to do. He got into real estate for a while, then academic development, then tried roasting coffee, but nothing seemed to leave him fulfilled. Even before getting sober, he enjoyed community service and liked the idea of a career that allowed him to help others. Now, nearly nine years sober, he felt he was ready to pursue one.
After what I had been through, I realized I had a lot to offer young adult men struggling with substance abuse. Starting a recovery program seemed like a no-brainer.
Thus, Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure Recovery (B2B) was born.
“B2B offers so much more than sobriety. It offers individuals the opportunity to explore the outdoors; pursue an education and learn life skills; engage in individual and group therapy and counseling; learn about nutrition and how to cook; and grow stronger mentally and physically. It teaches people how to be the best versions of themselves.”
B2B is a six-month program, with the option of joining the Beyond the Basics program upon completion…