COVID-19 Resources & Recommendations

NARR Best Practices Summit Update


Important information about the NARR Best Practices Summit

 With great reluctance and after much discussion NARR has decided to replace our October national conference with a virtual event. Although official travel and event restrictions will almost certainly be lifted by October these factors weighed heavily on decision:

  • Many people may still be reluctant to travel, especially those with conditions placing them at continuing risk of infection.
  • Our community is suffering extreme economic hardship resulting from stay-at-home orders, business closures and employment losses. Even with loosening of current restrictions many will find it financially difficult to afford travel and other event-related expenses.

Despite having made this difficult decision we know that the information presented at NARR conferences is highly valued. The virtual event we envision will occur in early to mid-October, the same time window in which our live conference usually occurs. It will be a well-produced multi-day affair featuring nationally known speakers and panelists. Participants will incur a modest registration fee to cover production costs.

You can aid us in preparing in two ways. First, please take this short survey about your interest in participating and the content you would like to see included. Second, please forward this information to the providers and residences you support. We have sent a similar announcement to our large distribution list, which contains only some of the people you serve.

We have not given up on re-starting our annual face-to-face conference, which has become a major event for our community. We will have more information about that to share with you in the near future. In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe.

With kind regards,

NARR Board of Directors and Staff


Virtually Inspired Recovery

"Clyde Sims, training partner with Kevin McLaughlin, and one of the first Recovery Coach trainers in the state of Michigan, will be talking with us tomorrow. We are also going to have Christmas from the Lighthouse Recovery Community Center in Manitwouc Wisconsin, a recovery community organization, share with us what they do and how they got started. It'll be an action packed hour, and probably more. More speakers are lined up each weekday. We hope you can join us!! Call or Click:1-857-444-6500 Conference ID: 304-131-359 or "



Michigan Deptartment of Labor and Economic Opportunity

"Thank you for being a valuable partner in our efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Following the announcement of the state’s first presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are providing recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of the virus. These recommendations apply at the individual, organizational, and community levels. They apply to businesses, workplaces, schools, community organizations, health care institutions, and individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and health profiles; everyone has an important role to play. Please take a moment to review the Interim Recommendations to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 (March 11, 2020). Information about this outbreak is changing rapidly. You can stay informed by regularly visiting and"

MARR recognizes that persons in recovery need to access recovery supports irrespective of travel restrictions that might be relevant to the Covid-19 crisis. MARR suggests that persons unable to go to recovery meetings consider attending digital meetings such as . 

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Attention All Recovery Program Operators!

MARR will be taking a huge leap forward this coming year 2020 with the utilization of Certemy! 

Here are a few convenient and efficient new things that Certemy will allow you to do!

  • Manage a profile for your program
  • Fill out online applications and documents
  • Electronically sign documents  
  • Pay certification fees online
  • Submit program documentation 
  • Monitor and update all documentation and program information at the click of a button

Here are a few convenient and efficient new things that Certemy will allow us to do!

  • Monitor and connect with you via your online profiles 
  • Provide you with one-on-one online support immediately whenever needed
  • Provide you with scheduled alerts for certification expiration
  • Process your payments faster
  • Complete your site reviews utilizing an online app vs paperwork
  • Send your certificates online

All of this and more will be available to everyone soon! Not to worry, this new process will NOT require you to do any extra work. All currently certified operators will have their profiles created for them, and this includes all of the documentation that currently resides in your electronic files that you helped us to create this year. Everything will soon be handy and readily available to you online. All you will need to do is create a username and password!  We will update you with more details as soon as this website is up and running. 

Say hello to a faster and more user friendly certification process!

An Empirically Based Theory on Life in Recovery Homes


 Key characteristics of recovery homes include governance style (which can play a central role in structuring recovery mechanisms), social embeddedness (e.g., social relationships within the home), economic viability (e.g., the individual’s ability to be self-supporting), and learned recovery skills (such as coping with stress, avoiding putting one’s self in risky situations, etc.). These domains can have important associations with perceived quality of life (measured across physical, psychological, social relationships, and environmental domains). The current study investigated relationships among these key “active ingredients” of recovery homes. In addition, we present a dynamic model consistent with these observed relationships, to illustrate how relevant mechanisms interact over time and affect system evolution. Data were collected from recovery home residents in three states. Findings supported our overall hypotheses, indicating that social embeddedness, stress, and self-efficacy were related to quality of life, and policy and treatment-design implications are further examined by simulating system dynamics.   

MAT Patients Finding a Fit in Recovery Housing


As the effects of the opioid crisis continue to grow, awareness of the need for recovery housing also has grown quickly. Among other treatment and recovery supports, access to high-quality recovery housing is essential for many people. Yet the demand for recovery housing far outpaces the need. Even when recovery housing is available, residences vary greatly in terms of the level of services and supports provided, the populations and regions served, and the culture. Acceptance of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is one such factor that varies greatly—impacting access to recovery housing for people with opioid use disorder (OUD). 

Parents with Children Living In Recovery Housing

Best Practice Guidence 2019 (pdf)




What is the number of serious attempts required to achieve stable resolution of a significant alcohol or other drug (AOD) problem? Previous studies of addiction treatment populations suggest prolonged addiction careers, and a substantial proportion (over half) of people in the United States admitted to addiction treatment indicate one or more prior treatment admissions. These reports stand as justification for the characterization of addiction as a “chronic relapsing” disorder. Such clinical studies, however, may not be representative of the larger pool of people experiencing AOD-related problems.  


2019 Best Practices Summit

St. Louis Missouri

Be part of NARR’s annual conference, entirely dedicated to best practices in the operation of recovery residences. The event will feature three days of presentations, panels and participant discussion. This year’s conference will feature a reception on Monday evening for all conference attendees, and for our friends in the recovery movement. 

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Who should attend

Location and Hotel Information

Sponsorship Opportunities

Registration Information

NARR News Letter April 2019 (pdf)


New NARR Publications

Compendium to the NARR Version 3 Recovery Housing Standards

"Responding to widespread interest in the NARR Version 3 Standard for Recovery Residences, we’ve created a new information resource, the National Standard 3.0 Compendium. This document responds to numerous requests from recovery residence operators and others interested in the genesis and application of recovery residence best practices. It is a detailed guide to the sources and rationale for the individual requirements comprising the standard. This guide will be helpful to recovery housing operators, residence staff, and to anyone interested in the development of our best practice standards." 


Recovery Housing Boost

Federal Initiative Could Boost Recovery Housing in Rural Areas

 “We know that the opioid crisis has hit rural communities hard, and we need to leverage all possible partnerships to support these communities,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore McCance-Katz, MD. “Housing plays a vital part in the recovery process for those living with opioid use disorders.” 

The Loss of Our Founder


Donald Kevin O'Hare

12/21/1956 - 12/26/2018 of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away peacefully December 26, 2018 at the age of 62, with his beloved wife by his side. Kevin had a long battle with lung cancer which he fought with dignity and grace, until the Lord was ready to take him home. Kevin was the soulmate and loving husband of Katherine O'Hare, and committed father to his son Shannon, and daughters Meaghan, Kaitlyn and Kayla. Kevin was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was raised by his maternal grandparents Vera and Otis Key.  He's been described by others as a "Dinamo," "Inspirational," "Powerhouse," "Walking talking Recovery Encyclopedia," "Passionate," and who's work was "Life giving to many." Kevin had many talents and joys. He loved singing and playing his guitar, traveling, sailing, playing golf, telling jokes, playing trivia, and just making others smile.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and all that had the pleasure to know him.  


His Grandfather was in the service, so Kevin traveled the world at a young age.  He graduated Tucson High School in 1974, served 4 years in the Air Force in Pararescue during the Viet Nam Conflict and was decorated with valor and given the Purple Heart. He later attended the University of Arizona until 1982. He was a world class swimmer in the 500 Meter and 1,500 Meter Freestyle, from 1973 to 1982. He is most recently known for his commitment to Recovery Housing, founding the Michigan Association of Recovery Residences, (MARR) in 2008, and co-founding the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, (NARR) in 2010. He volunteered as a member of the Transformational Steering Committee for the office of OROSC for the Michigan Department of Community Health where he received the "Giving Back" Award in September 2012. He also served on the Behavioral Health Advisory Council from 2012-2018. He was committed to getting funding and assuring there were standards in place for Recovery Residences to provide supportive services to those in early recovery. Kevin was also the founder of Touchstone Recovery which will continue to help men in early recovery for years to come. Kevin was a happy, fun loving soul who had a great passion for "Changing the world one life at a time." 

 May his legacy live on in the lives of others as his work will continue to change the world.    

Corey Waller, MD, Center for Integrated Medicine.

Dr. Waller discusses the neurology of addiction.