Recovery residence community needs code of ethics

Posted on July 11, 2016

NARR (the National Alliance for Recovery Residences) has become a leader and voice for the field of recovery residences (i.e., sober living, extended care). Organizing nationally in 2011, NARR has gone on to create a national Standard providing a guide and objective measure for operation of all levels of the residential continuum, ranging from peer-based sober living (Level 1) to residential treatment (Level 4). The national Standard and certification offered by NARR affiliates provide a much-needed code of best practices for residential operators, in what historically had been an unregulated part of the recovery industry. Appropriate quality measures are offered in the Standard… continue reading »

Looking for a Recovery Residence?

Posted on March 5, 2015

There are a vast number of sober living homes, extended care, ‘halfway houses’ and transitional living programs that are currently operating, and new ones open up each day. How do you know which programs are providing quality services? The following questions can help identify organizations that are operating at a professional level and following industry standards. 1. What level of structure and support is offered in a given day? All homes fall under the apt descriptor recovery residence. Services and structure offered in these settings can vary considerably. The National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) has standardized levels of homes… continue reading »

Recovery residences have found their home

Posted on February 17, 2015

They still face the sting of unwelcoming neighbors and the stigma from bad-apple operators in their own ranks, but overwhelming evidence suggests that these may be the best times yet for recovery residences in the continuum of services for addictions. In developments ranging from Ohio legislators’ commitment of cash to Florida home operators’ rush to embrace standards of quality, sober home operators are changing the language of treatment and recovery. They also are transitioning in many communities from ugly stepchild to bona fide partner with treatment facilities. To some, the present and future success of recovery residences comes down to… continue reading »

Recovery Residence vs. Halfway House

Posted on August 8, 2014

Often I am asked ‘where can I find a good halfway house?’ That can be a difficult question to answer these days. The term ‘halfway house’ has come to mean different things in different parts of the country – for instance in Pennsylvania, a halfway house is a structured residential treatment center, whereas in Florida it might be a transitional residence following treatment. Additionally, the term halfway house tends to be associated with some stigma – there has been much in the news about ill reputed operations and overdoses at halfway houses. The language used to describe the residential milieu… continue reading »

FAQ’s About Recovery Residences

Posted on September 4, 2013

As the Outreach Coordinator for Hope Homes, I often encounter a lack of understanding about recovery residences. I recently read a policy paper put out by The Society of Community Research and Action entitled “The Role of Recovery Residences in Promoting Long-term Addiction Recovery” that addressed many of these questions. I have used the information and research put forward in the paper to compose a list of “Frequently Asked Questions” about recovery residences. What is a Recovery Residence? Recovery residences are abstinence-based living environments that provide mutual support for three elements of recovery: Sobriety Improvement in overall health (physical, emotional,… continue reading »

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