Our Services

What is a Recovery Residence?

According to the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR), the term “recovery residence” refers to

A safe, healthy, home-like residential environment where vital skills for sustaining recovery are both learned and practiced.

Recovery residences provide individuals the opportunity to rebuild their lives while recovering from Substance Use Disorder.


These residences can also be known as “sober living”, “step down programs”, or “transitional programs”. Recovery residences are not halfway houses. They are specifically geared to those self-identifying as recovering from Substance Use Disorder (“addiction” or “alcoholism”) to provide tools and structure for recovery.

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VARR Levels of Support

Starfish Recovery & Wellness operates residences certified as Level II and Level III by the Virginia Association of Recovery Residences (VARR) and is held to specific standards regarding its operation. VARR is granted its authority by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). We go above and beyond by adhering to national standards, established by NARR, for these levels of support.

    What does this mean for you or your family member?

  • All our staff have undergone a minimum of 80 hours of training provided by state- licensed personnel.

  • All staff and residents receive regular/recurring REVIVE (overdose) training.

  • All our residences have video and audio monitoring on entrances and exits.

  • We are subject to inspection prior to opening any new residence and are subject to on-the-spot inspections or resident interviews at any time.

  • We are held accountable by a governing body through an established grievance process.

  • All our services are provided by licensed or accredited personnel.

  • We utilize an evaluation and assessment tool to create individualized recovery plans and track plan progress.

Programming and Structure via the 5-Pronged Approach

But what makes Starfish Recovery & Wellness truly different?


The 5-pronged approach, which translates to programming and structure.


Programming is offered at all stages of recovery, five days per week. Our program addresses the emotional, physical, social, mental and educational components of the individual. More information about our 5-pronged approach and its elements can be found here


Structure is the foundation of changed behavior. A typical day for a person in our intensive program includes a wellness or educational activity in the morning, clinical recovery groups or one-on-one services in the afternoon, and mutual aid recovery groups or wellness groups in the evening.


Our programming and structure are managed via direct oversight of trained staff.


We believe that in many cases, the catalyst for addiction is trauma. As a trauma-informed organization, we believe that only by addressing this root cause will individuals ever be able to truly recover.


The goal of our program is not to simply remove the desire to stop drinking or using.


The goal is to create a life that is so great that a person is unwilling to jeopardize it by using or drinking.

The Continuum: Intensive to Step Down

Intensive

Each recovery journey is as unique as the person seeking it. We customize each program based on the specific needs of the individual. All programs are designed to address specific needs while taking into account individual strengths and barriers. Programs utilize one-on-one sessions with our accredited providers, in addition to group wellness, to support outcomes. Programs last between 28 days and 6 months.

Step Down

Once a resident has reached a stage of continuous engagement and abstinence, he or she moves to a Step Down program. During this phase, residents begin working or attending school while remaining in a supportive and structured environment. This program is appropriate for clients who have completed an Intensive Program, clients recently discharged from inpatient treatment, or clients transferring from other recovery organizations who have completed an Intensive Phase.

Support For Families

Addiction is a family disease, and its effects reverberate throughout the entire family unit. While a loved one is undergoing treatment, it’s important to step back, breathe, and focus on healing from the trauma and impact of your loved one's addiction.


Starfish Recovery & Wellness recommends several resources and tools for family recovery:


For support groups, Al Anon and CRAFT are mutual aid groups that offer in person and online support. Al-Anon is based on the 12 Step Principles and Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. CRAFT, Community Reinforcement Approach to Family Training, is a system for helping friends and family members change the way that they interact with someone they love who is suffering from Substance Use Disorder.


The next resource is the Center for Motivation & Change YouTube Channel. These videos provide practical advice and tips for dealing with a loved one's addiction, including how to support them in early recovery and beyond. Most of the videos are 20 minutes or less.


Our final recommended resource is Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change. Through practical advice and exercises, this book teaches family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to help their loved ones change.