Buyer’s Guide to Recovery

Recovery from substance use issues is more than possible. It should be expected within a recovery-oriented system of care. Recovery is a person-drive and family-guided process, but even in the most well developed recovery ecosystem, decisions can be overwhelming and options can be confusing. The following resources are intend to help individuals and affected family members make more informed and empowered choices.

Recovery Housing

Recovery residences are sober, safe and peer supportive living environments where residents learn to live recovery from substance use issues. They are all based on social model recovery, but they widely range in the type intensity of services the provide. This creates a continue of options that cost effectively match individuals evolving needs. NARR has identified four types, known as Levels of Support, and has established best practice standards. NARR state affiliates certify local recovery homes that meet those standards.

When choosing a recovery home, make sure they have a current certification.

Recovery Community Centers

Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) are nonprofit organizations governed by the local recovery community. RCOs mobilize resources to help individuals, families and communities recovery. Based on local recovery community input, an RCO will provide various types of recovery support. This could be a recovery community center, recovery housing, recovery high school, recovery coaching, support groups, awareness campaigns, educations, events and/or activities.

Faces and Voices of Recovery has established national standards and a CAPRSS accreditation. When choosing an RCO ask if the are CAPRSS accredited.