ISSUE: RECOVERY RESIDENCES
STATEMENT: As a disease, addiction has biological, psychological, behavioral and social components. Treatment of the disease is critical, but ongoing recovery support is equally important. Re-covery housing plays a vital role in the social and behavioral aspects of this disease. Main-taining abstinence for individuals in recovery from substance use is a challenging task. Post-treatment relapse rates vary across studies and definitions of relapse but often exceed 50% within 12 months of treatment. For example, one study found approximately 65% of individuals exiting substance abuse treatment did not remain abstinent two years following the end of substance abuse treatment. Among a sample of over 2,200 participants, another study found a 69% relapse rate at a one-year follow-up. A study conducted by the NIDA determined that 30-day treatment centers were approximately 30-35% more successful in treating addictions. The same study found that if clients transitioned from residential care into some form of aftercare for 6 months or more that the success rates increased to 65-70%.
Recovery housing, an evidence-based practice recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) must meet standards of quality in order to be effective. The National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR) has developed quality standards for recovery housing that includes comprehensive nomenclature, national standards to promote quality, and a certifi-cation program. It has 20 state affiliates, INARR (Indiana Alliance of Recovery Residenc-es) being one.
MHAI supports increased access to Recovery Residences and certification for quality as-surance.
PRIORITY LEVEL: I