Recovery Housing Basics

Defining Recovery Housing:  There are several documented definitions of recovery

housing, and many are provided here for your reference.  According to Ohio Revised Code Section

340.01 (A) (3), “Recovery Housing” means housing for individuals recovering from drug addiction

that provides an alcohol and drug-free living environment, peer support, assistance with obtaining

drug addiction services, and other drug addiction recovery assistance.   [Effective 9/15/2016]
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NARR Levels of Recovery Residences: NARR has established four levels of recovery residences that offer differing levels of care.  Rather than serving as a linear, step-down continuum of services, the models meet the varying needs of people in recovery, allowing them to move in and out of the levels as needed, and as the resources are available.  Each tier delineates the services and supports that are available to residents.

While recovery housing may encompass models outside of NARR’s four levels of recovery residences, this framework is useful for understanding the research base behind recovery housing. Each level of recovery residence provides peer-based recovery support with a varying range of structured and peer support services (e.g., in-residence case management, employment support, or life skills training) to meet the needs of residents.   (Read More...)


Outcomes: Research on recovery housing shows positive outcomes and reflects all of the pieces that are needed to help a person regain stability, and the personal, social, and economic domains that are affected by addiction.  While there are many studies, here are some findings of note: (Read More…)


Costs and Benefits of Recovery Housing: Studies attempting to calculate the economic costs and benefits of establishing recovery homes have overwhelmingly found that the benefits far outweigh the costs.  Numerous other studies have evaluated other tangible outcomes for individuals living in recovery homes.  (Read More…)


Definitions for Recovery Housing

Research on Recovery Housing 

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Defining Recovery Housing


NARR defines recovery residences as sober, safe, and healthy living environments dedicated to promoting recovery from alcohol, drugs, and other associated problems (Fisher, 2012; NARR,2012).  They note that recovery housing fosters communities where individuals are able to improve their physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being (NARR, 2012).  These communities enable individuals to build their resources by providing additional support as people transition toward independent and productive living.  Recovery housing may be particularly important for low-income groups who have the least number of affordable and recovery-oriented housing options (Polcin et al., 2012b).  

White, Kelly, and Roth (2012) define recovery housing as distinct from addiction treatment by its “homelike environment, self-determined lengths of stay, democratic self-governance, and their reliance on experiential rather than professional authority” (p. 7). 


Fisher, B. (2012). Building on a rich history. Retrieved from http://www.addictionpro.com/article/building-rich-history 


National Association of Recovery Residences. (2012). A primer on recovery residences: FAQs from the National Association of Recovery Residences. Retrieved from http://www.narronline.com/NARR_formation_website/Recovery%20Residence%20Primer%20-%20Long.pdf


Polcin, D. L., Henderson, D., Trocki, K., & Evans, K. (2012b). Community context of sober living houses. Addiction Research & Theory, 20(6), 480-491. doi:10.3109/16066359.2012.665967


White, W. L., Kelly, J. F., & Roth, J. D. (2012). New addiction-recovery support institutions: Mobilizing support beyond professional addiction treatment and recovery mutual aid. Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery, 7(2-4), 297-317.doi:10.1080/1556035X.2012.705719



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