3.I.28. Internal community

NARR Standard 3.0: 3.I.28. Foster ethical, peer-based mutually supportive relationships among residents and staff

Recovery housing operators are set apart from other helping professions. While appropriate ethical boundaries remain important, it’s acceptable for operators and managers to be more informal in their engagement and support. These relationships enhance the community and social recovery capital of residents and address social model recovery (staff role; authority base). — NARR Standard 3.0 Compendium

The standard is upheld by the following rules:

  • 3.I.28.a.  Engagement in informal activities is encouraged.
  • 3.I.28.b.  Engagement in formal activities is required.
  • 3.I.28.c.  Community gatherings, recreational events and/or other social activities occur periodically.
  • 3.I.28.d.  Transition (e.g. entry, phase movement and exit) rituals promote residents’ sense of belonging and confer progressive status and increasing opportunities within the recovery living environment and community.


3.I.28.a. Informal activities
3.I.28.b. Formal activities
3.I.28.c. Social activities
3.I.28.d. Milestone rituals

Course Syllabus

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