Recovery Housing Basics
THE BASICS OF RECOVERY HOUSING
recovery residences are sober living environments structured around the peer support model to help individuals in their long term recovery. There are some variations to this definition.
The living arrangement can be dormitory style living (most often in a building or center), a single family home or an apartment. It is shared living with an emphasis on peer support. Most often it is shared bedroom space as well as shared common areas. Clinical services are not a part of recovery housing levels 1 & 2. Residential treatment is considered a Level IV, is part of a licensed treatment facility and follows a different structure then the others mentioned here.
Management of the recovery residence may differ based based on the Level of Support but it is expected that all residents participate in creating a supportive and positive environment. The social model is a key element as it revolves around the concept of supporting each other in maintaining sobriety and meeting recovery goals. The management style of the operator is key to the success of an individual having a positive outcome.
According to NARR standards there 4 levels of support. There may be some variations based on the individual recovery residence but these describe most. Level 4 is most commonly referred to as “Residential Treatment.”
According to best practices there should be no predetermined date for when individuals move out. It is based on individual goals.
Recovery housing can be accessed by seeking it out independently or through a treatment provider or other organizations who may refer their clients to recovery housing.
Individuals can pay privately or if eligible can receive assistance. Currently there are limited resources to pay for Recovery Housing. There are some local funding streams(usually County based) for individuals who are eligible. Some recovery housing providers may be able to accept individuals who have no means of paying as they are grant funded or receive donations. In any scenario the monthly fees for living in recovery housing are usually a flat fee to cover living expenses minus food and personal hygiene products. Rates vary but they typically start around the $300-$500/month range.
As with any provider of services satisfaction is very individual. What worked well for one person may not work as well for another. There are basic considerations that can provide some guidance during your search:
Provides a clean and safe environment that complies with all federal, state and local laws.
The recovery residence supports individual recovery goals.
There is no licensing or formal oversight for recovery housing but there are basic standards that can be voluntarily met. For example, Ohio Recovery Housing certifies providers meet NARR standards.
Understanding your rights before entering into recovery housing can be extremely beneficial. Recovery housing does fall under standard Fair Housing and Landlord/Tenant laws. Visit the Resident Toolbox or contact us for more information.
*The information provided is not intended to replace or substitute any professional, financial, medical or legal advice. To be listed the Service must be located in the Northeast Ohio and be a provider of recovery, treatment or support services. Ask us for more information. NEORRN does not endorse or recommend providers nor engage in verification of quality of services. Providers do not pay to be listed, mentioned or highlighted on the NEORRN website. All providers and services listed follow their own eligibility criteria and being listed on the NEORRN website does not guarantee that an individual will be accepted into their programs. NEORRN does not own or operate recovery housing.