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– Alcoholics Anonymous, page 17


Certification of Massachusetts sober homes expected to protect consumers

Posted on March 23, 2016

Sober homes are in the process of getting certified in Massachusetts, and under a new law the state Department of Public Health has contracted with organizations to train entities to conduct inspections and process certifications. Certification is voluntary, but under the law, treatment providers receiving state funding are not allowed to refer patients to any sober home that is not certified. The two organizations that will be doing the training for certification are the Massachusetts Association for Sober Housing (MASH) and the Massachusetts Recovery Homes Collaborative (part of the Gavin Foundation). One important distinction to point out for people not… 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 »

Questions to Ask a Potential Recovery Residence

Posted on April 21, 2014

There are a vast number of recovery residences, sober living homes, 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 you to identify organizations that are operating at a professional level and following industry standards. 1. What is the staff to resident ratio? The lower the staff to resident ratio, the more attention and care each resident receives. Some individuals are appropriate for programs with low supervision (NARR Levels 1 & 2) and a higher staff to resident ratio,… continue reading »

A Big Deal: Recovery Movement Endorsed by United Nations

Posted on March 26, 2014

The following comes from the Office of National Drug Control Policy: A resolution on the importance of recovery proposed by the United States at the 57th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was approved on March 21st in Vienna, Austria.  This resolution marks the first time in the more than 50-year history of the global anti-drug regime that the concept of recovery was formally accepted and supported by United Nations Member States. Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli said: “This is a historic moment.  For too long, the recovery movement has gone without a voice… continue reading »

“Making the transition to college easier for students in recovery”

Posted on January 22, 2014

Check out this great article written by Shannon Brys at Addiction Professional on our new Loft community in Charlotte, NC. Making the transition to college easier for students in recovery

Substance Abuse and the Criminal Offender

Posted on October 21, 2013

Substance Abuse and the Criminal Offender By Sonia Torrey, Counselor for Hope Homes Atlanta Sonia Torrey Is substance abuse treatment for the criminal offender worth the time, effort and money? Research shows that the benefit is markedly significant for society as a whole. Offenders who either use drugs or sell them have the ability to change the course of their life for the better with treatment. Such changed individuals once released from prison can become more productive members of society which also helps to reduce the amount of crime with their changed behavior. Staggering numbers of note indicate the benefit… continue reading »

A Wonderful Celebration of Recovery

Posted on October 1, 2013

Women’s Retreat on Lake Alatoona The Atlanta and Birmingham women’s communities had their annual retreat on Lake Alatoona in Clanton, GA. The weather was perfect! The women enjoyed a variety of activities including kayaking, canoeing, sunset cruising on a pontoon boat, and swimming. They also participated in many recovery oriented activities, among which guided meditation and a 12 Step walk were favorites. “The residents were active and really enjoyed all of the water activities. They talked about the previous positive experiences with lake activities in their lives,” said Birmingham counselor Adrienne Kelly. “Also, many of the women mentioned that it… 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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