National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) has 4 levels of care to support those individuals in addiction recovery who are seeking recovery residences…

National Alliance for Recovery Residences

Recovery residences are a wise choice after drug rehab in order to maintain sobriety. Depending where you live, these shelters for addiction recovery may be referred to as halfway house, three-quarter house, transitional house or sober living home. In essence, NARR has deemed them to all fall under the category of recovery residences, with distinctions in terms of the level of care, support and services offered.

NARR defines recovery residence as a “sober, safe, and healthy living environment that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug use and associated problems.”

4 Levels of Recovery Residences

Level 1 – Peer Run Recovery Residence

This level is best for those who have stabilized their alcohol and drug abuse and are mature enough to self- manage and commit to their recovery, with a stay from 90 days to several years.

  • Democratically run
  • Manual or Policy and Procedures
  • Drug Screening
  • House meetings
  • Self-help meetings encouraged
  • Generally single family residences
  • No paid positions within the residence
  • Perhaps an overseeing officer

Level 2 – Monitored Recovery Residence

This level offers a minimal amount of support and structure, with access to affordable services over a longer period of time.

  • House manager or senior resident
  • Policy and Procedures
  • House rules provide structure
  • Peer run groups
  • Drug Screening
  • House meetings
  • Involvement in self-help and/or treatment services
  • Primarily single family residences
  • Possibly apartments or other dwelling types
  • At least 1 compensated position

Level 3 – Supervised Recovery Residence

This level provides greater support and structure, typically best for those individuals transitioning from a drug rehab or residential treatment center.

  • Organizational hierarchy
  • Administrative oversight for service providers
  • Policy and Procedures
  • Licensing varies from state to state
  • Life skill development emphasis
  • Clinical services utilized in outside community
  • Service hours provided in house
  • All types of residential settings
  • Facility manager
  • Certified staff or case managers

Level 4 – Service Provider Recovery Residence

This level had the highest degree of support and structure and is best for individuals new to recovery and may need life skills development.

  • Overseen organizational hierarchy
  • Clinical and administrative supervision
  • Policy and Procedures
  • Licensing varies from state to state
  • Clinical services and programming are provided in house
  • Life skills development
  • All types of residences
  • Often a step down phase within care continuum of a treatment center
  • May be a more institutional in environment
  • Credentialed staff

Junction House recovery residences for women provides level 2 care. They have three difference recovery residences in the Pennsylvania area, offering a serene and supportive environment. For more information on which recovery residence is best suited for your addiction recovery, please contact Junction House at 215-919-1558.


Kiki at 215-919-1558

Debbi at 215-815-0113


888-445-8628 | 888-44-JUNCTION


Junction House accepts credit cards for sober living homes in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Alliance for Recovery Residences



Relapse Prevention Is Critical For Long Term Recovery

You send a loved one with an addiction problem to treatment. They spend 30-90 days getting clean and sober, talking about their feelings, and getting healthy again. After treatment, they move to a Sober Living Residence or back home and start to live life again. Shortly thereafter, they relapse. You might repeat this cycle three or four times. What is missing?
Treatment is not a cure for addiction. Treatment, meaning attending a clinical recovery program, is an answer comprised of many different answers for living with addiction, without using drugs and alcohol. Relapse prevention is a particular set of tools which helps those in recovery learn how to live in a way which does not trigger them to use drugs and alcohol to cope. Without relapse prevention specific methods and techniques, treatment is a mere break form a hazardous lifestyle.
Stress Management:
Overall, stress management in every form is one of the most important methods for relapse prevention. Stress triggers the brain to seek relief from stress. In the addicted brain, most often that happens through some form of creating pleasure. Due to the way addiction causes learning and memory association, creating pleasure is intimately tied with drugs and alcohol or other harmful behaviors. Managing stress includes learning what causes stress, how to identify stress, how to cope with stress, and understanding how stress relates to triggers for cravings.
Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction can feel like having to start life over and learn everything new. Too often self-care refers to the luxurious pampering and quality time one spends with themselves to feel good. Self-care also refers to the everyday responsibilities which need to be fulfilled to take care of the self like eating, hygiene, paying bills, managing tasks, and getting enough rest. At Junction House, we call this “life skills” learning how to incorporate essential themes of recovery into everyday life is critical to living a new lifestyle free from dependency on drug and alcohol.
Being acknowledged, heard, and understood are core needs of every human being. For addicts and alcoholics in recovery, it couldn’t be more important. Healthy forms of communication help maintain proper boundaries, boost self-esteem, and articulate emotions, wants, and needs.
Relapse prevention is a primary focus at Junction House Inc where we show clients how to live along spiritual lines in a new life of recovery. For information on our recovery Residences and Sober Living homes for addiction, call us today at 888-44-JUNCTION or 215-919-1558.
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