Value in Certification

CCORR follows the William White theory about creating a culture of recovery to replace the culture of addiction and the Social Model of Recovery Philosophy (SMRP) which emerged in California some seventy years ago, attracted science-based, academic researchers over the following decades which, in turn, led to sober living homes nationwide in the late 60’s and beyond. Sober living housing, founded on SMRP principles continues to be studied academically due to its proven effectiveness in promoting and sustaining long-term recovery. In 2017, CCORR was formed and immediately adopted our standards; we invite you to become part of a movement that makes a difference.


We are a state-wide initiative providing standards and inspections of sober homes that covers safety, cleanliness and the effectiveness of house programming. CCORR is also here to help people choose the level of care that will make their time at the sober living home successful when they are struggling to maintain their recovery. CCORR goes the extra mile to share every community's resources for counseling, interventions, and the community 12-step groups for recovery. Through a voluntary process, Certified sober livings provide CCORR unrestricted access to interview management, staff and residents to verify implementation of policies, procedures and protocols previously documented by the sober living house. Certification to the CCORR Standard ensures, for all stakeholders, provider compliance with measures demonstrated to enhance the quality of recovery support in a community-based, residential setting. Please click on the link below if you are the owner or manager of a sober living home and want to get started on the certification process.

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Distinct standards

We recommend careful consideration of CCORR standards before commencing your inspection process. One set of programming is not better than another; rather it offers distinctly different support characteristics and intensity of service. The effort you invest to familiarize yourself with you program helps to ensure your support fits and makes the unique DNA of your home, your home.

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There are 37 individual standards that form the CCORR Standard. Developed through consensus and drawing on vast experience accumulated by a broad spectrum of recovery housing providers, CCORR Quality Standards for Sober Living Houses provide for safe, alcohol & drug free, dignified, peer-supportive environments designed to "promote house residents' development of Recovery Capital".  We recommend careful consideration of CCORR standards before commencing your inspection process. The effort you invest in fielding these standards and describing their application to your house will lend itself to refining your mission and making your house better organized.

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Effective October 1st, 2018, all recovery residences in Connecticut may choose to be inspected and certified through one of the three certifying boards. CCORR is one of these boards and has been working in earnest since January of 2017 to refine a coalition that would serve the recovering people of Connecticut. We have never and will never forget that our mission is to save lives. We have simplified the certification process into two main parts. First, there is a manager and owner training and then, secondly, there is an inspection of the sober living home. Both sections must be completed before certification. Please click on the link below to get started right away. 

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CCORR offers a broad selection of certified homes from which to choose. Where do you fit in? Criteria varys according to your home's structure and the specific populations and recovery pathways that you serve and adhere to. 

National discussion continues regarding the efficacy of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment modalities. Some advocates for longer term protocols suggest that sober livings provide an ideal platform for engaging clients, post-rehab, in intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment through a blending of the Social Model of Recovery and Medical Model of Recovery philosophies. Studies confirm the efficacy of this approach and more research is underway. Clearly evidenced is that when persons, internally motivated to develop the necessary skills to sustain long-term recovery, live together as a ‘family unit’ for extended periods ranging from four (4) to twenty-four (24) months, greater numbers achieve measurable, positive results through engagement in peer supportive activities while residing in these micro-communities.

CCORR receives calls, emails and, in some limited instances, grievance submissions from residents and their family that originate out of misguided expectations related to the service intensity or recovery support level offered by the provider. Therefore, please read this website thoroughly before you make your selection and ask as many questions of house management as you would like when interviewing the prospective home. 



CCORR requires all residents and staff have full access to NARCAN and be trained in its use. NARCAN blocks or reverses the effects of opioid medication, including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness. NARCAN (for use in the nose) is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation. It is used while waiting for emergency medical care for an overdose to arrive.

Resident Rights & Responsibilities

All residents have an inherent right to be treated with respect and dignity by management, staff and peers. All residents have an inherent responsibility to abide by house rules and to actively engage in support of fellow residents. First and foremost, a recovery residence is home to persons in recovery who elect to live together as the functional equivalent of a ‘family unit’ and help one another to enhance their individual recovery capital.

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