2.F.16. Sober living

NARR Standard 3.0: 2.F.16. Provide an alcohol and illicit drug free environment

For many people in recovery, a stable and safe place to live (SAMHSA’s dimension of Home) requires an environment of abstinence. This standard also provides guidance for creating a community of accountability and fostering a sober environment. This standard reflects the social model (physical environment) and should be communicated to residence operators via written policies and procedures. (See Appendix C for the NARR Position Statement on Medication-assisted Treatment.) — NARR Standard 3.0 Compendium

The standard is upheld by the following rules:

  • 2.F.16.a.  Policy prohibits the use of alcohol and/or illicit drug use or seeking.
  • 2.F.16.b.  Policy lists prohibited items and states procedures for associated searches by staff
  • 2.F.16.c.  Policy and procedures for drug screening and/or toxicology protocols.
  • 2.F.16.d.  Policy and procedures that address residents’ prescription and non-prescription medication usage and storage consistent with the residence’s level and with relevant state law.
  • 2.F.16.e.  Policies and procedures that encourage residents to take responsibility for their own and other residents’ safety and



2.F.16.a. Prohibited substances
2.F.16.b. Prohibited items
2.F.16.c. Drug screening
2.F.16.d. Medication storage
2.F.16.e. Peer accountability

Course Syllabus

  • NARR 3.0 | 2.F.16. Sober living