Introduction to Recovery Residences in the US

This course offers an introduction and overview of recovery residences in the United States. Recovery residences are sober, safe, and peer support living environments that promote recovery from substance use and co-occurring issues. All are rooted in the social model recovery philosophy; however, they range in the intensity of services they provide. This creates a spectrum of options that cost-effectively match the diverse and changing needs of individuals starting and learning to sustain recovery from substance use issues.


This course is open to anyone. No prerequisites are required.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe elements of the recovery residence marketplace
  • Identify preferred and common recovery residence language
  • Discuss relative policies given the various service components
  • Recognize key past, present, and future milestones
  • Contrast the different types or levels of support
  • Identify quality assurance mechanisms
  • Describe key governance and leadership roles
Est. Time6 hr 49 min

Table of Contents

Common Language
Policy Intersections
Past, Present and Future
Levels of Support
RR Best Practices
Roles and Responsibilities
Quiz: Recovery Residences in the US