Suggested Processes for Developing Code of Conduct
Involve Residents and/or People in Recovery
Another important aspect of the social model of recovery is that residents are involved in the development and leadership of the organization. If your organization is new, and you do not have current residents, you can engage others who are people in recovery to assist you as you develop the Code of Conduct.
Many people starting recovery housing are persons in recovery themselves. If that is the case for you, your personal experience is valuable and will certainly assist you as you seek to develop programming that supports others in recovery. However, recovery is multifaceted, and you are encouraged to seek perspectives that are different from your own – People who have used different pathways to recovery, people who are from different backgrounds, and people who have had different life experiences. The more diverse and inclusive your group, the richer and more productive your feedback will be.
The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to help create an environment that promotes recovery, enables the creation of positive relationships and ensures safety. Each Code of Conduct will be different depending on your home’s Level of Support, target population, number of people living in the residence, and even the physical structure of the property. Each of these items are offered for your consideration, as they are most frequently considered and included by other quality recovery homes. These items can fall into several categories
- Creating an environment that is free from alcohol and illicit drugs
- Promoting a community recovery environment with shared accountability
- Maintaining a healthy physical environment
- Establishing positive relationships where residents get along
- Promoting good neighbor relationships