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] (Read More...)



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

Presentations on Recovery Housing

Recovery Housing Research

Recovery Housing Environmental Report 2013

 "Recovery Housing in the State of Ohio describes various historical, national, state, and local contexts that contribute to the findings and recommendations. As a source for long-term recovery supports and affordable housing—along with several other social, relational, and economic benefits—recovery housing sits at the intersection of several converging systems and ongoing national dialogues."

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Carter Center National Journalism Guide for Reporting on Behavioral Health

"The resource guide aims to increase accurate reporting of behavioral health issues, decrease stereotypes, and help journalists better understand mental health and substance use issues and access expert resources. The guide was officially shared by Mrs. Carter and Paolo del Vecchio, Director of the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA in part provided funding and subject matter expertise in the development of the guide. The guide release was followed by a panel discussion of journalists and experts."

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