Recovery Housing

Recovery requires a community!

Over the past 47 year history of the Hancock County ADAMHS Board, we have set the bar high, aiming to bring the most effective prevention, early intervention and treatment services to this community.  It is important to the ADAMHS Board of Hancock County that all of the members of our community feel as though they are a part of making our community a better place.  We especially are concerned with a part of our population who many times are overlooked: those who are or have experienced Mental Illness or Addiction. We know that treatment works and that people recover.  We also understand it takes a community willing to exchange mistrust & stigma for vision & hope.  There are individuals in recovery everywhere: in our schools; government; churches; places we eat, shop and play daily. Recovery is something to be celebrated, not feared.  We are committed to making sure people who want help can and do change for the better, and in doing so help change the face of our community.

                                                     ~Precia Stuby, Executive Director

So what is a Peer Recovery House?

Recovery housing has been around since 1846. It is also known as recovery residence, sober homes and sober living. Recovery homes exist in all types of neighborhoods. Recovery housing programs tend to fall into four broad categories or “levels” as defined by the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR). The type of  recovery home which the ADAMHS Board is desiring to set up, is a Level II: monitored peer-run residences with a dedicated house manager. Recovery housing is distinct from addiction treatment by its: “homelike environment, self-determined lengths of stay, democratic self-governance, and their reliance on experiential rather than professional authority – no paid professional staff” (White, Kelly and Roth 2012) Recovery housing offer a structured environment with support services, predominantly facilitated by peer providers, for people in recovery to gain access to an interim environment where they can transition from rehabilitation environments to their former lives.

Building a flexible array of housing options for people with substance use disorders requires: affordable, mainstream housing where people can be safely housed and motivated toward recovery at their own pace PLUS recovery-focused housing where people who are actively seeking sobriety can find safety in an alcohol and drug free setting. It is our desire to be sure that each individual residing in the recovery homes are equipped to handle the challenges of recovery, both by creating a structured and safe environment, as well as being sure that they are employed and getting any and all treatment that they need as they continue on their path of recovery. The goal is to surpass the NARR standards for peer-led recovery housing, and to be a premier example for the state.


What should I expect if a Recovery Residence is in my neighborhood?

  • Expect recovery.
  • Expect the individuals living there to be employed, community focused, and motivated to changing their lives and leaving their past behind.
  • Expect a property that is well maintained and makes the neighborhood look better.
  • Expect people who want to be good neighbors who are looking for stable friendships, who want to be an asset to the neighborhood they are living in.
  • Expect people just like all of us, who have made bad choices and decisions, who have realized that there is a better way, and want to be given the same chance as anyone to be everything they were meant to be.
  • Expect to see success stories.  Expect to see that recovery can be beautiful.

We are sure that you may have more questions and that you would like more facts about the recovery homes and their impact on the neighborhood, please read:  Responses to Questions from the Neighborhood.  This was compiled from the questions which were posed at the neighborhood meeting in February.  We take seriously the questions and accusations being asked of this Board and staff, by individuals within out community.  We have an open door policy to all of our meetings, and there are staff members who are willing to discuss concerns, questions, or give information to individuals as well as groups in the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Comments from the Executive Director – February 24, 2015
A Brief Primer on Recovery Residences: FAQs


One page info sheets about Recovery Homes

Recovery Homes and the Community
Recovery Homes and ADAMHS
Addiction and Recovery


Ohio Resources

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Housing Categories and Definitions
Recovery Housing in the State of Ohio
Ohio Revised Code – Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services
Ohio Revised Code – Recovery Housing


National Resources

Standard for Recovery Residences
Community Context of Sober Living Houses
The Role of Recovery Residences in Promoting Long-term Addiction Recovery
An Introduction and Membership Invitation from the National Association of Recovery Residences



National Alliance for Recovery Residences
Ohio Recovery Housing
Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services



Lori Criss – [email protected] – Principal, Ohio Recovery Housing
Alicia Clark – [email protected] – Project Director, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services