Self-help recovery homes protect residents from COVID infection, death


Research findings released by DePaul University indicate that residents who live in Oxford House recovery residences, one of America’s largest and longest-standing recovery residence systems, experience drastically lower rates of COVID infection and death. The report says that Oxford House residents experience 1.6 percent infection rates compared to 7 percent among the general population. Additionally, COVID-related deaths among Oxford House residents were ten times lower than that of the general public.

Findings like those cited in this study join a body of research that supports the role of recovery housing in reducing rates of adverse health effects on people seeking and living in recovery from substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. NUWAY Alliance is currently partnering with the Center for Practice Transformation at the University of Minnesota to conduct a large-scale study of recovery residence outcomes. With a mission of Recovery In Supportive Environments, NUWAY has been helping people in recovery access safe and supportive recovery housing for more than 56 years.

During the height of the COVID pandemic, NUWAY worked with its network of independent recovery residence partners to ensure that clients in need had access to safe housing and could access treatment via telehealth. Access to housing played a significant role in allowing people with low recovery capital to reduce their risk of COVID exposure while continuing to engage in treatment.

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