A critical component of the continuum of care for substance use disorders: recovery homes in Philadelphia

J Psychoactive Drugs. Jan-Mar 2015;47(1):80-90. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2014.976726.


For many struggling with addiction, the ability to achieve stable recovery is often jeopardized by untenable housing or unsupportive living environments. Despite promising research on recovery residences, there are still significant gaps in the research on them. Using data collected from a stratified random sample of recovery homes in Philadelphia (N = 25), this study describes the organizational, operational, and programmatic characteristics of these homes and explores potential differences in these characteristics by funding source and gender of residents served. Although not licensed treatment providers, the majority of these homes operated in a recovery-oriented manner and offered a range of different services to their residents-all for a reasonable monthly fee (M = $340.40, SE = 18.60). Few differences emerged between homes that received funding from the Philadelphia Office of Addiction Services and those that did not or between those that served males as opposed to females. More research is needed to address resident outcomes and how Philadelphia recovery homes may compare with recovery residences in other parts of the country.

Keywords: addiction; recovery; recovery home; recovery residences; substance use disorders.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Continuity of Patient Care / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Housing* / standards
  • Housing* / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment
  • Philadelphia
  • Social Support
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers / methods
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / psychology
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / rehabilitation
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / therapy