the Connecticut Coalition of Recovery Resources in ACCORD WITH THE National Sober living Homes ASSOCIATION STANDARDS


“Sober Living” is a broad term describing a sober, safe, and healthy living environment that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug use and associated problems. Our vision incorporated both the older version of sober living into a more pro-active CCORR version: a house with quality safety and ethical standards - about use and readmission, theft, violence and fire safety - that also follows the scientifically-proven methods, the four pillars from SAMSHA, for sustainable recovery outlined below. CCORR homes publish the community based resources that they utilize in their area and in-house activities that truly reflect the research thatH says recovery is more then simple abstinence in a safe environment, it is found in using the group living situation creating a personalized recovery lifestyle.

Additional standards directly from samsha research

The standards for sustaining recovery that have been researched and proven successful are found on the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration website.(SAMHSA). They have been researched and peer reviewed for nearly 75 years and continue to be researched today. According to SAMSHA, sustaining recovery arises from a new lifestyle. SAMHSA puts it simply:

"Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. There are four major dimensions that support recovery:

Health—overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being.

Home—having a stable and safe place to live.

Purpose—conducting meaningful daily activities and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.

Community—having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope."

From samsha research INTO ACTION

CCORR homes hope to change the idea of variable sober living homes into a single standard of structure that provides self-directed independence during the day and convergence together over dinner and a meeting in the evening. Home members will choose and direct the "random fun activities".  Home members will meet with the house manager or certified recovery coach for regular recovery coaching that helps the resident shift into a recovery lifestyle at their pace. The homes will be utilizing the evidence-based opportunities to recover found in group living.  Too many sober living homes have strayed from the original version of sober living where members once actively participated in group living like a family and could rise in the ranks to senior positions to coach others. Many houses only offer part-time management and only converge as a group at the weekly house meeting in contrast to the homes that already offer the four pillar structure and where operating a structured home is a full-time position.  We at CCORR would like to change the very notion of sober living house into home where people spend structured time together.  

"Following the concept of "community as method," Sober Living uses active participation in group living

and activities to drive individual change and the attainment of therapeutic goals (Dye et al., 2009;

Dye et al., 2012; Vanderplasschen et al., 2013; Vanderplasschen et al., 2014; Bunt et al., 2008)"

From sober houses to sober living homes: the structure

All houses are aimed at promoting abstinence based, sustainable recovery. Sober Living houses are sober living environments, meaning that residents are expected to abstain from alcohol and illegal drug use. CCORR goes a step further and asks sober living homes to define how they will offer their members the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration's research based structure and activities. Each credentialed sober living publishes policies on relapse sanctions and readmission criteria and often asks their residents to obtain work or volunteer positions along with other rules governing group living in order to keep the resident in the house safe from fire and theft. Since CCORR homes publish their structure to create community in the home, assist a resident's in re-orientation toward wellness in physical, mental and spiritual health, and develop a personal structured recovery routine. Sober living homes may require abstinence from particular types of medications according to individual policy. The standard provides a road map for developing the sober living house to better match the needs of a person emerging from rehab or detox and a blue print for housing providers to be their pro-active best. The standard defines the essential elements of a properly operated sober living house that people in recovery should demand.

educating families about THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION

CCORR recognizes that addiction is a disease that harms the individual that struggles as well as their family. While the individual has access to a variety of healing modalities, so does the family but they often are not aware of these opportunities to heal. CCORR sober living homes offer a referral list of local resources in an effort to introduce the family to recovery and offer recovery support. 


how we are FUNDING BEDS for those in need  

Since CCORR workers are volunteers and do not accept salaries, ALL of the funds raised by CCORR through our fund-raisers go directly to funding beds for those who can demonstrate that they and their family have need. Please submit an electronic application directly to CCORR for review by the funding committee.

STATE-wide directory for recovery services

We gathered information about the many resources that Connecticut offers and prepared a free PDF for download. If you would like a service listed please contact Lisa at

directory of sober living

Our directory lists the houses that have completed our rigorous process to become certified.