We Are Virginia’s Unified Voice for
Learn about the standards, ethics, and social model of recovery.
Our mission is to set high levels of standards for quality recovery residences in Virginia and accredit residences that meet such rigorous criteria in order to support persons in recovery with information and access to recovery residences bound together by the core principles of standards, ethics, and unity.
As the Virginia state affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR), VARR monitors, evaluates, and improves standards to build the highest level of quality for recovery residences; so all Virginian’s have timely access to effective recovery support services.
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Certified Recovery Residences
As a credentialing entity for state certification through the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), VARR certifies recovery residences around the NARR Standards and a Social Model of Recovery. VARR members provide the highest level of service to their residents in the state of Virginia. A “recovery residence” denotes a safe and healthy residential environment in which skills vital for sustaining recovery are learned and practiced in a home-like setting, based on Social Model principles. The Social Model is fundamental to all levels of recovery residences and is operationalized by the NARR Standards. Social Model philosophy promotes norms that reinforce healthy living skills and associated values, attitudes, and connection with self and community for sustaining recovery.