10 Guiding Principles

As directed by the SUPPORT Act of 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published 10 guiding principles for recovery residence best practices:

  1. Have a clear operational definition
  2. Recognize that a substance use disorder is a chronic condition requiring a range of recovery supports
  3. Recognize that co-occurring mental disorders often accompany substance-use disorders
  4. Assess applicant (potential resident) needs and the appropriateness of the residence to meet these needs
  5. Promote and use evidence-based practices
  6. Written policies, procedures, and resident expectations
  7. Ensures quality, integrity, and resident safety
  8. Learn and Practice Cultural Competence
  9. Maintain ongoing communication with interested parties and care specialists
  10. Evaluate program effectiveness and resident success


  • (SAMHSA)