Help make all Recovery houses licensed

Help make all Recovery houses licensed

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Danyel Walker started this petition to President Donald Trump and

Let’s Make licensees, inspections, knowledge of recovery mandatory in ALL Recover and Sober Living homes.
Sober living homes," or "recovery residences" as they are also known, are group homes that bring together multiple unrelated individuals who are in drug recovery and pursuing sobriety. What could possibly be harmful about such places of healing, hope and support? Nothing, in the case of the many responsible residence owners who mean to help the homes' inhabitants.

However, there are also unscrupulous actors running sober living homes who profit off the misery of their occupants. Landlords exploit individuals with substance-use disorders for money or sex, and even encourage relapse over recovery. There is rampant abuse of the system, including patient brokering, devious marketing practices, kickbacks from treatment providers and insurance fraud. And neighborhood residents complain about noise, traffic problems, and public alcohol and drug use, particularly where sober living homes are in close proximity to each other.

Across the country, there is a growing proliferation of sober living homes, with thousands in operation in hundreds of communities. Our own communities! We see not only the benefits of these facilities but also the problems that flow from a lack of regulation and oversight - a shortcoming that local governments have little power to rectify.

No treatment is provided in sober living homes. Instead, those seeking sobriety usually attend outpatient rehab at a nearby facility. It is no accident that the surge of these homes is occurring against the backdrop of an opioid-abuse epidemic that claims more than a hundred lives nationwide each day.

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