Fred Way, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Alliance of Recovery Residences, spoke to our Solutions Journalism: Covering Addiction class on Tuesday. Way is also on the board of directors for the National Alliance of Recovery Residences, which has 27 established affiliates and helps support nearly 30,000 people across the country.

PARR helps evaluate and monitor standards in recovery residences; though a PARR certification is voluntary, Way said. A list of PARR-certified houses can be found here.

Way discussed what qualifications a recovery residence needs to meet to become certified, like securing the correct zoning.