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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  • One study explored the outcomes of mothers in Oxford Houses compared to women in a control group.  Over 30% in recovery housing regained custody of children compared to 13% of the control group.  (Jason & Ferrari, 2010)

  • Another study compared individuals in a peer-run recovery home to peers who returned to their own community of origin after exiting treatment.  After 24 months, the recovery housing group showed decreased substance use, decreased incarceration rates, and increased income.  (Jason et al., 2007a; Jason et al., 2006)

  • Multiple studies show that recovery housing leads to high rates of employment (79-86%).  (Jason et al., 2007a; Polcin et al., 2010)

Jason, L. A. & Ferrari, J. R. (2010). Oxford House recovery homes: Characteristics and effectiveness. Psychological Services, 7(2), 92-102. doi:10.1037/a0017932.

Jason, L. A., Olson, B. D., Ferrari, J. R., & Lo Sasso, A. T. (2006). Communal housing settings enhance substance abuse recovery. American Journal of Public Health, 96(10), 1727-1729. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2005.070839

Jason, L. A., Davis, M. I., Ferrari, J. R., & Anderson, E. (2007a). The need for substance abuse aftercare: Longitudinal analysis of Oxford House. Addictive Behaviors, 32(4), 803-818. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2006.06.014

Polcin, D. L., Korcha, R. A., Bond, J., & Galloway, G. (2010). Sober living houses for alcohol and drug dependence: 18-month outcomes. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment,

38(4), 356-365.doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2010.02.003


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