September 20, 2011 was a memorable day of celebration at NCAD 2011 – the official launch day of NARR – the National Association of Recovery Residences. A year of dynamic development culminated in the formal acceptance of a national standard for all levels of recovery residences. Additionally, 12 regional and state associations providing many thousands of recovery beds were inducted as charter members of the new national association. NARR is now an official entity, offering a national standard long needed in the field of residential recovery services.
NARR has evolved rapidly in its year of development. In addition to the creation of a national standard for recovery residences, universal nomenclature has been devised to replace vague, stigma laden terms such as ‘halfway’ or ‘three-quarter’ houses. Defined levels describe residences, ranging from the simple sober home (Level 1), to the residential treatment setting (Level 4). Long needed in our field, this clear delineation will facilitate the appropriate placement of individuals for residential services that best meet the presenting need.
NARR is committed to helping states develop standards for recovery residences where none exist, and will support and assist any existing state or regional associations in their development and implementation of standards. NARR certification will ultimately exemplify a ‘gold standard’ of operation for recovery residences.
NARR continues to grow through monthly membership calls, open to all interested in membership or recovery residences generally. The next NARR call is 10/7 – call–in information can be found on the website at www.narronline.com . The website itself is rapidly evolving, and ultimately will provide a clearinghouse of information encompassing all aspects of issues related to recovery residences.
NARR is the national unified voice for recovery residences. We hope you will join us in the dialogue.