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Locate Quality Sober Living In Your Community

Introducing the National Alliance for Recovery Residences

Important Links

To find quality sober living in Southern California, use the drop-down locator above, and on every other site page. Listings are organized by area.

Recovery Summit

The Southern California Recovery Summit is held annually in the early Fall, at Loyola Marymount University.

Click here for details.

Venice Recovery Center

Information and registration for training workshops for sober living operators and managers is in our training section, at the link below:

Training Section

Our Problem Home Information Line is a resource for neighborhoods.

Los Angeles County Coalition

Our new section on housing rights includes source documents and analysis. (soon to be expanded!) Find it here

Network Public Policy and Research Network staff and supporters have published recent articles on recovery and public policy.Click for more information..

For toll-free referral information to quality Southern California sober living, see our referral page at this link:

referral hotline

To learn more about the Network's history and mission, visit this page:

mission and organization

If you want information about joining a local sober living coalition, membership requirements and materials can be found here:

membership information

For information about local Coalition and Chapter meetings, click this link:

coalition and chapter meetings

Our Safe & Healthy Homes program benefits homes for women with children.
For more information, including how to apply for assistance, click here.

The Network has a new, easy way to report problem residences in your neighborhood. Currently available in Los Angeles County.Click for more information.

Finally, a national voice for Network homes

The Network has been extensively involved as a founding member of an exciting new national organization dedicated to people in recovery, and focusing on our expertise in recovery housing. The National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) is quickly becoming established as the national voice of recovery housing and the advocate for people in recovery who need it. NARR currently has affiliates in fifteen states, with several others in formation.

Sober living homes (and their counterparts across the country) have proven tremendously effective in helping their residents achieve recovery and personal success. Despite their growth in popularity these valuable resources have existed largely outside established health care and addiction treatment systems.

For several years, policy makers in Washington DC have been suggesting that this situation needs to change. In a meeting at our first Recovery Summit in 2007, Dr. Westley Clark, then the Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, urged the Sober Living Network to "find a way" to extend our work outside Southern California to at least the Western United States.

A small group of organizations similar to the Network had the same idea. In late 2010 a few of us began laying the groundwork for NARR. The Network has been extensively involved in this effort, and is currently represented on NARR’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. NARR’s first annual conference was held in Atlanta in May 2011. The second, a year later, was held in Washington DC. Network volunteers participated and presented at both conferences... See more.

NARR has codified a national Standard for Recovery Residences, is developing a unifying terminology for recovery residences and published two research papers on the subject. The latest paper, A Primer on Recovery Residences: FAQs from the National Association of Recovery Residences was written in collaboration with an independent expert panel that included Leonard A. Jason, PhD, Director, Center for Community Research, DePaul University; Amy A. Mericle, PhD, Research Scientist, Treatment Research Institute; Douglas L. Polcin, EdD, Senior Scientist, Alcohol Research Group; and William L. White, MA, Senior Research Consultant, Chestnut Health Systems. Assistance in reviewing existing research was also provided by Ronald Harvey, MA, and Bronwyn Hunter, MA, DePaul University, and Fried Wittman, Ph.D., Alcohol Research Group. Read the full version of the paper here (downloadable PDF document). A shorter version is also available.

NARR’s mission

Like the Sober Living Network, NARR’s primary mission is to assist individuals suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and other substance use disorders. It also serves as a unifying voice for recovery residences nationally. This is NARR’s mission in its own words:

The National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR) supports people in recovery from alcohol and other drug use. We accomplish this by creating, evaluating and improving recovery residence standards and quality measures. NARR provides a uniform nomenclature for recovery residences, a forum for exchanging ideas, technical assistance, problem solving, training and public policy development. We assist existing regional recovery residence organizations and foster the development of stakeholder organizations where none exist.

NARR is the national recovery residence resource for people in recovery, health and recovery professionals, social service agencies, state and local governments and recovery residence providers.

What does NARR mean to me?

If you’re seeking recovery in a sober living home, the Network’s affiliation with NARR means that Network-affiliated coalition homes are now part of a large and growing national organization that seeks to provide standards, accountability and access to the best practices developed across the country. Network standards already meet the NARR standard, and were an important component of the NARR development effort. In some areas the Network standard is more specific than the national standard. However Network-affiliated homes can now tap into the experience of the best of their counterparts across the country.

If you’re a health care professional or someone seeking safe and recovery-supportive living environments for others, NARR affiliation provides confirmation that Network-affiliated homes meet the only comprehensive national standard for recovery residences. In other parts of the country without strong organizations, the NARR standard will provide even more benefits. Recovery residences in those areas now have an objective, evidence-based standard against which their services can be measured.

If you’re a sober living home, the benefits depend on whether or not you’re a member of a Network-affiliated sober living coalition. Sober living homes affiliated with the Network automatically receive the benefits of NARR through their local coalitions. Those homes may display the NARR logo on their websites and communication material. This privilege is conditional on remaining coalition members in good standing. If you’d like to display the NARR logo, please contact your county coalition. In California, homes must be members of the Network or of CAARR in order to earn NARR recognition.

Unifying terminology

One aspect of NARR’s mission is to create a unifying terminology for the residential recovery field. The term "recovery residence" was adopted in response to the fact that different types of residential recovery environments are called different things in different parts of the country. For example, knowledgeable Californians generally understand what a "sober living home" provides for its residents. However the same term is understood differently in Michigan and New York. The problem is even worse for terms such as "halfway house," "recovery home" and "residential recovery program." Existing terminology and local usage have conflated several things including services provided, populations served and even whether or not a residence can be considered someone’s home or merely a place people go to receive services.

NARR categorizes residences on the basis of services provided, and has identified four classifications, or levels, of recovery support. For a description of what levels mean, you can view or download a copy of the NARR Standard for Recovery Residences at the NARR website. It contains a quick overview. Sober living homes in California are either Level 1 or Level 2 recovery residences. Most Sober Living Network homes are Level 2 homes. Level 2 residences are peer-based recovery environments typically operated with a degree of structure but which offer no clinical services. In California, licensed treatment providers are all either Level 3 or Level 4 residences since they provide at least some services that require State licensure.

To clarify some confusion expressed to the Network, the term "sober living" is not going away. Sober living homes have a long and well-established history in California. The new terminology is useful at the national level and also in parts of the country without the rich history and variety of peer-based residential recovery that we are fortunate to enjoy here.

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For more information

If you’d like more information about NARR, please visit their website. NARR also hosts open conference calls on the first Friday of each month. Call-in information can be found on the NARR site. If you’re in Southern California you can also find out more about NARR at your county or area Sober Living Coalition meetings.

NARR statement on shared housing abuses in New York City

The Network and NARR exist to ensure that recovering individuals have access to safe, supportive and ethically managed places to live as they begin their recocvery journies. Many people do not have that option. NARR issued this statement in response to conditions described in a recent New York Times article. The Network concurs with the sentiments expressed and recommendations it makes.

The Sober Living Network
P.O. Box 5235
Santa Monica, CA 90409
(310) 396-5270