An Oxford House is a democratically run, self-supporting and drug-free home for 6-15 residents who desire to prevent relapse. First organized in 1975 with a single house in Maryland, the Oxford House model has now been adopted by approximately 2000 houses, primarily in urban areas.
Recovery high schools are secondary schools designed specifically for students in recovery from substance use disorder or dependency. The schools share the goals of educating students who are in recovery from substance use disorder or co-occurring disorders; meeting state requirements for a diploma; and supporting students in their recovery programs.
In addition to teaching and administrative staff, recovery high schools typically also include substance abuse counselors and mental health professionals who support students entering the recovery lifestyle and their families. The Association of Recovery Schools provides a locator for recovery high schools and related support services.
These programs often include a treatment and monitoring component, particularly for those mandated by the criminal justice system. Residents usually have a pre-determined departure date (unless their actions spur a premature departure). These facilities are regulated and licensed, and have on-site staff
These homes typically offer a “no tolerance” drug/alcohol-free environment where residents are encouraged to attend AA, NA or other programs. Residents provide mutual support while treatment is provided by licensed professionals outside the house.