LEVel ii recovery housing
What is 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
What does level II mean?
Level II. Monitored residences, often called Sober Living Homes, have one compensated person on staff that serves as a house manager to monitor activities and screen potential residents (NARR, 2011). Sober Living Homes offer a structured environment with support services, predominantly facilitated by peer providers, for people in recovery to gain access to an interim environment where they can transition from rehabilitation environments to their former lives (Polcin, 2010). Sober Living Homes have shown favorable outcomes in research on sustained recovery when partnered with 12-Step Programs (Polcin, 2010).
National Association of Recovery Residences. (2011). National Association of Recovery Residences: Standards for Recovery Residences. Retrieved from http://www.narronline.com/NARR_formation_website/Resource_Files_files/NARR%20Standards%2020110920.pdf
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