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Pure Life Sober Living is FARR Certified


The Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) offers a voluntary certification program for transitional living facilities that wish to follow best practices in recovery support services as outlined by the National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR). Certification shows that the standards supported by the facility comply with these best practices.
Pure Life Sober Living has received FARR certification for our "women's transitional living program", which houses substance abuse clients.

Why does this matter?

As part of our continuous drive toward the very best care for all of our clients, applying for our recovery residence certification was a logical step forward. While we have always believed in meeting or exceeding national standards in recovery support delivery, we want all our clients to know that we also hold ourselves accountable through voluntary oversight programs such as this.

The Certification Process

The process starts with our application and submission of supporting documentation which is reviewed for compliance to the National Association of Recovery Residence (NARR) standards. FARR then performs an on-site visit to assess our facilities and ensure compliance. As part of our dedication to transparency, we agree to give FARR unrestricted access to staff members and facilities to ensure continued compliance.

We further agree to post documentation of resident rights and responsibilities at each of our transitional living locations. A freely available grievance link can be accessed via our website and any grievances with associated inspections can be investigated by FARR without prior notice.

What is Transitional Housing?

Transitional housing, sometimes referred to as halfway housing, is the optimum level of care that we offer here at Pure Life Sober Living. After successful residential treatment at one of the many reputable, licensed centers we refer to, clients may step down into transitional care with Pure Life Sober Living. While living with us they may opt to attend group therapy such as IOP, while also working towards normalizing their life through employment and social interaction. Our transitional living housing is supported by an experienced team and licensed professionals that ensures it runs smoothly. Clients that attend our transitional living program find they are better able to cope with normal life while having a support system to help them during the inevitable speed bumps that they encounter.



  1. Certified Residences ensure all owners, managers and staff receive an orientation to the FARR’s Code of Ethics and document their agreement to abide by these principles as a condition of employment

  2. This orientation includes confirmation that all owners, managers and staff successfully complete FARR Ethics and FARR Standards training annually. Certified Recovery Residences must ensure each newly hired staff member completes these two mandatory trainings within their first ninety (90) days of employment

  3. Where applicable, the professional staff at each site shall review all pertinent Codes of Ethics annually, and attest in writing to their willingness to abide by the principles

  4. Certified Residences ensure that residents receive an orientation as to their rights and responsibilities upon admission, including their right to receive ethical care. Confirmation of this orientation must be documented in each individual resident’s file

  5. Certified Residences ensure all residents are provided information during their orientation regarding the process and steps residents may take to report any ethical or standards violations. Confirmation of this orientation must be documented in each individual resident’s file

  6. The website of all Certified Residences must provide a prominently displayed link to the FARR Code of Ethics and the FARR Grievance Form shall also be posted on the Certified Residences website or clearly linked to same on the FARR website within thirty (30) days of issuance of the Certificate of Compliance

  7. Certified Residences should ensure that no retribution, intimidation, or any negative consequences shall occur if a grievance or complaint has been filed

Confidential Information

While employed at any Certified Recovery Residence and after such employment ends, confidential information must never be disclosed except with the resident’s written authorization or as allowed under Federal and/or State law. No employee or volunteer of any Certified Residence may use, or permit others to use, confidential information for the purpose of furthering a private interest or as a means of generating profit. The definition of confidential information is any information that has been entrusted and provided to Recovery Residence management assumed and considered private.

Responsibility to Residents

  1. The primary obligation of Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences is to respect the integrity and promote the welfare of the resident, whether the resident is assisted individually or in a community setting. In a community setting, Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences are also responsible for taking reasonable precautions to protect individuals from physical and/or psychological trauma resulting from interaction within the Community

  2. Certified Residences shall ensure that in any community setting, staff, volunteers and visiting sponsors, recovery coaches and/or counselors set a norm of confidentiality regarding all community participants’ disclosures

  3. Certified Residences ensure that if a resident is or has been in a therapeutic relationship with professional person or entity, staff attempts to make contact with that professional person or entity after obtaining proper releases for the exchange of relevant information from the resident. These contacts or attempts to contact must be documented in the resident record

  4. When it has been determined that the Resident’s needs are not being met at the current level of care/support, the Resident will receive assistance necessary to help them secure the appropriate level of care/support.

  5. Certified Residences should ensure that, if a resident’s condition indicates there is a clear and imminent danger to the resident or others, staff (per Certified Residence policy and procedure) alert first responders to address danger and risk and then apprise Recovery Residence supervisor/manager/administrator; staff should be trained to appreciate any and all imminent harm potential is beyond the scope of the Recovery Residences level of support and must be referred and deferred to professionals

  6. Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences refrain from any practice of intimation, bullying or otherwise threatening or discriminatory behavior; relying instead upon the appropriate, consistent and uniform application of written residence rules and consequences

  7. No Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences will solicit or accept any commission, fee, or anything of monetary value from residents, other related persons, or referral sources, including, but not limited to, the borrowing of money from a resident under any condition or circumstance (see Ethical Conflicts below)

  8. Certified Residences ensure that if a resident’s condition deteriorates, i.e. relapse or psychological deterioration, referral and linkage to appropriate interventions will be made.

  9. Certified Residences ensure fair and equitable financial policies and procedures pertaining to scholarships and repayment processes, i.e.

    1. Scholarships: (Partial or Full) Residents are orientated to the type of scholarship and specifically what is and is not included in the scholarship. Orientation is acknowledged by resident signature and documentation is maintained in the resident file.

    2. Repayment Structure: Certified Residences who structure a payment plan for admission and/or ongoing fees should ensure the payment plan is fair and equitable, and the resident is afforded the financial means to personally care for repayment.

    3. Fees should be renegotiable if the resident’s financial ability is altered and in no way inhibit the resident from seeking alternative employment which would strengthen their wellbeing.

Ethical Conflicts

  1. Certified Residences and their employees shall excuse themselves from taking an active part in the recovery and/or treatment plans of relatives, close friends, and/or business acquaintances

  2. Certified Residences and their employees may participate in political activities on their own time and in accordance with their individual desires and preferences, but it must be clear at all times that they are doing so as individuals and not as representatives of FARR or their organization unless specifically agreed to by FARR or their Recovery Residence Administrator

  3. Certified Residences and their employees may not offer, pay, solicit, or receive any commission, bonus, rebate, kick-back, or bribe, directly or indirectly, in cash or in-kind, or engage in any split fee arrangement, in any form whatsoever, to induce the referral or in return for the acceptance or acknowledgment of treatment, of patients or patronage to or from a health care provider or health care facility as defined in FS 817.505. licenseable entities must remain compliant with defined by Section 397.321, F.S. and Rule 65D-30, F.A.C.

  4. Certified Residences ensure that former clients are not be hired as an employee at any site unless a significant period of time has elapsed. At a minimum, a six (6) month prohibition period should be clearly stated in the Certified Recovery Residences policy and procedures regarding employment of former clients

  5. Certified Residences ensure all program associates refrain from engaging in any non-therapeutic dual relationships for a minimum of 2 (two) years. If a more restrictive time frame is listed in an employee’s professional ethics code, then that time frame shall apply

  6. Certified Residences shall not provide clinical or therapeutic interventions which are licensable under Chapter 65D-30, Florida Administrative Code without a license issued by the Department of Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office

Responsibility to Colleagues

  1. Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences having knowledge of unethical practices on the part of another colleague shall report such practices to the Recovery Residence Administrator and/or, as needed, to the colleague’s professional Ethics Board

  2. Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences should not use the workplace for proselytizing religious, political, or economic issues. However, faith-based programs are encouraged to share their personal testimony and experience as a peer with residents who have elected to reside in the faith-based Certified Recovery Residence

Marketing Ethics

Owners, Managers, Staff and Volunteers of Certified Residences shall not knowingly make marketing claims or create any advertising, or allow for any advertising to be created on their behalf, which contain: 
A. False or misleading statements or exaggerations;
B. Testimonials that do not really reflect the real opinion of the involved individual;
C. Price claims that are misleading;
D. Promotional offers designed to induce enrollment in exchange for free rent, air travel, grocery cards, gym member-ships and/or other such “freebies”
E. Therapeutic strategies for which licensure and/or counseling certifications are required but not applicable at the Certified Recovery Residence.

FARR Grievance Policy and Procedure

Pure Life Sober Living is committed to meeting the needs and expectations of our clients. We will work with clients to try to resolve any conflict and try to provide a satisfactory outcome for all parties involved within seventy-two (72) hours, whenever possible. If you have a complaint and/or grievance or wish to participate or convey your feelings regarding any ethical issue during your stay at Pure Life Sober Living, please follow the procedures outlined.
A GRIEVANCE FORM has been submitted to you upon admission. If you express a grievance in writing or in person, it has the same importance. If you make a verbal complaint to the owners or management, we will complete the Grievance Slip. The form will be signed by both you and the staff member.  A copy will be kept in your file. House Director will meet with you to discuss your grievance/complaint within forty-eight hours. During the initial interview, the House Director will discuss the nature of the complaint/grievance, the impact on your stay (if applicable) and possible resolutions. You will be provided with a written response to your complaint/grievance with resolutions within seventy-two hours of receipt. The House Director or owner will sign this response. You have the right to contact FARR (The Florida Association of Recovery Residences) and file a grievance by going to or by calling FARR at 561-299-0405.  You have the right to file a grievance to the credentialing entity FARR without fear of retribution.

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