Recovery housing should be safe, stable, and affordable, but it isn’t always the case. Fortunately, advocates are working to improve recovery housing for everyone.
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One voice makes a difference
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Ryan Hampton is a person in recovery and has lived in recovery housing. His friend Tyler died in recovery housing when staff failed to recognize his overdose. After that tragedy, Ryan contacted Congresswoman Judy Chu to talk about improving recovery housing. When Rep. Chu introduced the Ensuring Access to Quality Sober Living Act, she asked Ryan to testify at a Congressional committee to support the bill. He did. The House passed the bill unanimously in June and is waiting for Senate approval. Track the bill as it moves through Congress.
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Key player
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When it passes, the Sober Living Act will require the creation of a set of best practices for recovery housing and technical support to states for putting the best practices in place for their residents.
A key player in that process will be National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR). Its mission is “supporting persons in recovery from addiction by improving their access to quality recovery residences through standards, support services, placement, education, research, and advocacy.”
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In your state
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You can find the NARR affiliate for your state.  Your state affiliate’s website should list the recovery homes that are members. It may also provide helpful information like the code of ethics and standards that the affiliate expects its members to follow.
If you are connected to a recovery home that is not a member of an NARR affiliate, you can still use the code of ethics and standards to help you understand what to expect from a quality recovery home. That kind of information is essential to individuals living in recovery housing, their families, and others in the community who support access to good quality safe, stable, and affordable recovery housing.
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What can I do?
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Share this information.  If you have a recovery housing issue, consider whether this information can help you. And remember, when you want to advocate, make sure you create a strategy, think it through, ask for input, and emotionally prepare yourself for the experience.
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Consider taking the SAY IT Program online self advocacy course or contact us. We want to see you succeed!

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