There are many factors that impact a successful recovery, and SAMHSA has delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:
HEALTH: Overcoming or managing one’s disease or symptoms and for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional wellbeing.
HOME: A stable and safe place to live
PURPOSE: Meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, and the independence income and resources to participate in society
COMMUNITY: Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.
We would like to focus on the importance of a stable and safe place to live. Some individuals are successful, despite the lack of support in their living environment. But for the majority, a place to live that provides peer support and a sober, safe, stable, and healthy living environment can make the difference in their efforts to change and improve their life. MRN emphasizes that in a recovery-oriented system of care the importance of supportive housing services for those in and seeking recovery cannot be overstated.
- Housing issues need to be addressed in order to improve long term recovery outcomes;
- Recovery housing has received little to no money and attention from the treatment system, and limited support from private sources and/or the legislature;
- As a result, the quality of, capacity of and access to supportive housing varies widely; and
- There are no generally accepted standards or guidelines in Missouri that constitute a well-run program that facilitates and cultivates the recovery process.
Recovery residence is defined as, “…a broad term describing a sober, safe, and healthy living environment that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug use and associated problems. The purpose of a recovery residence is to provide a safe and healthy living environment to initiate and sustain recovery—defined as abstinence from alcohol and other non-prescribed drug use and improvement in one’s physical, mental, spiritual, and social wellbeing.” A Brief Primer on Recovery Residences – FAQs: NARR September 20, 2012
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is there a national organization that represents recovery residences in the US? There are four organizations representing recovery residences in the United States: the National Association of Recovery Residences, the Association of Halfway House Alcoholism Programs, Oxford House, Inc., and Therapeutic Communities of America.
How are recovery residences financially supported? Most recovery residences (particularly Levels 1 and 2) are self-funded through resident contribution, but recovery residences with higher levels of support often receive other forms of federal, state, and private support.
Has there been research conducted on recovery residences?
Outcomes have been reported for all four of the levels described in the National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR) Standards for Recovery Services. Overall, the available studies across the different levels are encouraging. Longitudinal studies of residents housed within each of the levels show improvements in a range of areas. When comparisons have been made between recovery residences and appropriate alternatives, the results have shown recovery homes yield comparable or better abstinence and related recovery outcomes.
MRN has made an attempt to identify recovery residences throughout the state. This list may not be inclusive of all recovery residences throughout Missouri and was developed so that it could be used as a recovery resource tool. If you are aware of other recovery residences not included on our list, please e-mail our office with name of the house, the contact person’s name, and a phone number.
The Missouri Recovery Network has compiled this list of recovery residences which have reported to us that they provide housing for those in recovery from substance use disorders. The Board of Directors of the Missouri Recovery Network (MRN) has not verified the level or quality of services provided by any residence included on this list. The Board does not endorse any particular provider, and is merely providing this list for general informational purposes only, hoping it can be utilized as a recovery resource.
The unmet need of adequate recovery housing is having a significant social and economic impact on individuals, families, communities, and the state. Strengthening and expanding the access to recovery housing in Missouri would improve outcomes for individuals in recovery, substance use disorder treatment providers, criminal justice agencies such as the courts and probation and parole, as well as the community and state as a whole with reduced associated direct and indirect costs. Understanding the importance of stable, supportive housing to improve recovery related outcomes is an important issue for MRN and other recovery advocates.
Click here to view MRN’s recovery housing list!