Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Visits Lancaster County Recovery House, Discusses Becoming Licensed

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) visited licensed recovery house, R3 House, LLC, to highlight their programs for residents in recovery from substance use disorder and discuss the importance of becoming licensed.

“The Wolf Administration is committed to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians are supported through each phase of their recovery journey,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. Having safe, supportive housing available to Pennsylvanians in recovery from substance use disorder is essential to that continued commitment. I encourage other recovery houses across the state to follow R3 House’s lead and become licensed.”

The purpose of the recovery house licensure program is to help empower sustained recovery for individuals with substance use disorder by ensuring a network of safe drug and alcohol recovery houses across the commonwealth. Individuals can find a listing of licensed recovery houses on the DDAP website. Since the opening of DDAP’s licensure program, more than 120 recovery houses in Pennsylvania have obtained a license.

The mission of R3 House is to provide a high standard of living for people recovering from substance use disorder by providing a quality home, in an accountable atmosphere, with opportunities to flourish spiritually, emotionally and physically. R3 House has four licensed recovery houses which serve over 50 male and female individuals in recovery in Lancaster County. R3 House provides access to a variety of recovery-oriented supports, including alcohol use disorder recovery programming, Dharma recovery, Yoga of 12-Step Recovery programming, as well as social, legal, and spiritual coaching and mentoring.

“Getting licensed and partnering with DDAP on quality, safe, and ethical recovery homes in Pennsylvania was the right thing to do for our community and the greater good,” said John Roberts, owner of R3 House. “R3 House stands with the people in our communities to provide pathways for success for our sons, daughters, brothers and sisters battling addiction and seeking safe housing in an ethical business model. We want to thank DDAP for their partnership and look forward to working together to provide more options for long term sobriety and rebuilding lives for the recovery community both in Lancaster and Pennsylvania.”

The recovery house licensing regulations contain a number of provisions designed to protect residents in the areas of health and safety, finances, and resident rights, some of which include staff training on administering naloxone, CPR, first aid, and requirement of naloxone on the premises; nondiscriminatory practices based on age, sex, race, ethnicity, religion, economic status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression; and documentation of all financial transactions with residents and establishment of a written agreement before assisting in any management of resident funds.

Recovery houses can find more information regarding the application process on the DDAP website. DDAP offers a free one-day training workshop designed to answer the various questions associated with the application process. Participation in the workshop decreases the amount of time it takes to approve applications, resulting in the license being issued sooner to those applicants who participate. To register for the workshop please email or call 717-783-8675.

Individuals seeking treatment or substance use supports for themselves or a loved one can always call the toll-free PA Get Help Now helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). The free, confidential hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and staffed by trained professionals. A live chat option is also available online or via text message at 717-216-0905 for those seeking help who may not be comfortable speaking to a helpline operator.