The National Alliance for Recovery Residences

The National Alliance for Recovery Residences

The National Alliance for Recovery Residences exists to support men and women in recovery from addiction by improving access to quality sober houses through establishing recovery home standards and support services.

NARR serves sober houses which are peer-run as well as licensed treatment programs with a mission to support recovery-oriented systems of care, the social model of rehabilitation, and communities that provide a therapeutic environment promoting recovery from addiction.

NARR, a non-profit organization, is evolving to address the needs of behavioral and physical healthcare systems that are stepping up to the challenges of today’s economic and socio-political demands for practice-based evidence of effectiveness for sober houses and treatment for men and women in recovery. In 2011, NARR organized a gathering of over 40 sober houses, recovery residences, halfway houses, and other organizations’ representative and stakeholders from across the United States. Their aim was to standardize the procedures in place at sober houses and residential addiction treatment programs and centers.


NARR’s formation whitepaper states:

Harnessing the experience and diversity of Development Committee members best serves the many pathways to recovery. Our coalition’s sustained and unified voice is influential regarding other issues such as funding; program evaluation and quality improvement; offender reentry or restorative justice; and the employment and housing discrimination that affects the millions of people and families in recovery.

NARR Mission and Vision

Our mission is to support persons in recovery from addiction by improving their access to quality recovery residences through standards, support services, placement, education, research and advocacy. We envision all persons in recovery from addiction having access to the recovery support they need to live happier, healthier lives. NARR values hope, compassion, respect, honesty, responsibility, and fairness. NARR works with federal government agencies, national addiction and recovery organizations, with our state-level recovery housing organizations, and with state addiction services agencies in pursuit of better and more accessible recovery housing opportunities.


Vanderburgh House and the National Alliance for Recovery Residences

Vanderburgh House is excited to participate in the great work NARR does every day. We are affiliated with many NARR member organizations, including the Massachusetts Alliance for Sober Houses,  the sober house certification organization in Massachusetts. Our recovery homes are built on the foundational elements recommended by NARR, and we work with the state-level certifying organizations to advocate for residents and improve all sober homes.

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