Recurrence of Use: Develop Positive Relationships with Staff

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Help staff and leaders develop positive relationships with residents.  

Recovery homes that offer a higher level of support have paid staff.  Recovery homes at lower levels of support may not have paid staff, but there are often residents or others who are seen as community leaders.

Recovery homes can ensure that staff and leaders model recovery principles and are available to help residents prevent recurrence of use by…

  • Ensuring that all staff, no matter their role, are trained on, and understand the basics of the disease of addiction, recovery and the Social Model of Recovery.
  • Ensuring that any staff who are peers have a support system and can monitor their own recovery.
  • Provide training on culture and diversity for populations served by the recovery home.
  • Require training on appropriate boundaries for staff and peer leaders.
  • Encourage staff and peer leaders to engage with residents informally, to develop friendships, and to create an environment where residents feel safe sharing information and challenges.
  • Have staff practice engaging in active listening and motivational interviewing.