Trendsetter to Know: Roy DuPrez of Back2Basics Outdoor Recovery

Age: 46

Title: Founder of Back2Basics Outdoor Recovery


Kids: I have a 10-year-old son.

City you live in: Flagstaff

A typical day in my life includes…  A big part of my day is my own personal recovery so I can share that with people in recovery. It is important to give people who are struggling with addiction something that they can work with. Finding fresh perspective to give patients different options on what their life could look like. My typical day involves building up myself and the people we work with. 

I was born… In Santa Monica California and but grew up in Venice Beach.

My favorite thing about Arizona… I love the diversity of the outdoors that is relatively easy to access. I come from a bigger city so I really appreciate the access to nature or other parts of the city itself. In Flagstaff I can go on a ten-mile hike ten minutes from my house. I can go kayaking 20 minuets from my house.

I’m listening to… I am a regular BBC podcasts listener. I love anything about history. I am also listening to the Dune Series on audio books and looking forward to the movie coming out next month.

My family… I am fortunate that my son is living with me and I get to have dinner with him regularly. I love that I am available for my family. I am a family guy who loves family reunions and spending time with them.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… I would love to eat with George Clooney, Sean Connery, and Nancy Pelosi. I just appreciate their accomplishments. They all come from different places and used their talent to go further. Clooney is a great actor and humanitarian. Sean is just an iconic male figure in our lives Red October was such an influential movie for me. Nancy Pelosi is the third most powerful person in the country and she worked hard to get there.

One thing I cannot live without… Hard shelled chicken tacos.

When I was younger, I wanted to be… I always wanted to be a navy submariner working on a nuclear sub. I love the movie Red October.

I’m inspired by… I am inspired by anonymous acts of humanity. It is always impressive to see the patients I work with go through their Cinderella story. Being honest with themselves and working to make life changes that take them off a bad path and put them on a good one.

The one person who motivates me is… I surround myself with people who challenge themselves. The friends I surround myself with people challenging themselves to be better people every day.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… Wasteful use of our natural resources and better awareness of climate change.

The perfect day would be… Hanging out on the porch with a cup of coffee, getting some food ,and welcoming whatever fun things might come my way.

My first job was… Working at my dad’s restaurant washing dishes.

My favorite escape… Is a surf trip to Mexico.

My life… Is a work in progress.

Always… Make your bed.

Never… Throw cigarette butts out the window.

More About Roy DuPrez and Back2Basics Outdoor Recovery:
Back2Basics Outdoor Recovery is an outdoor adventure recovery program for young adult males seeking treatment for substance abuse issues. We seek avenues for people to find a positive and meaningful life in recovery. Our program is a combination of wilderness therapy and addiction treatment programs that are proven to be successful in recovery.

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