Code of Ethics


The Arizona Recovery Housing Association is committed to hold the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles to ensure the welfare of the persons we serve and to protect the reputation and integrity of our profession.

Our Code of Ethics is a guide for our professionals to support day-to-day decision-making related to our fiduciary responsibility to our consumers and is applicable to all those associated with the ownership and operation of the recovery residence: owners, operators, staff and volunteers.

Our Code of Ethics are established the four ethical principles of autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, and justice.

Autonomy: to acknowledge the rights of our consumers to hold views, to make choices,
and to take actions based on their personal beliefs and values.

Non-maleficence: the obligation to do no harm; to not engage in any activities of fraud or deceit; to avoid abuse or harassment or other abuses of power over the consumer.

Beneficence: act for the benefit of others; provide benefit to consumers and contribute to their welfare.

Justice: treating others fairly, equals must be treated equally and unequals must be treated unequally; focus on the interest of the consumers and not on any personal or financial stake that would constitute a conflict of interest.


  1. Assess each potential resident’s strengths and needs, and determine whether the level of support available within the residence is appropriate. Provide assistance to the residents with appropriate referrals.
  2. Value diversity and non-discrimination.
  3. Provide a safe, homelike environment that meets NARR Standards.
  4. Maintain an alcohol- and illicit-drug-free environment.
  5. Honor individuals’ rights to choose their recovery paths within the parameters defined by the residence organization.
  6. Protect the privacy, confidentiality and personal rights of each resident.
  7. Provide consistent and uniformly applied rules.
  8. Provide for the health, safety and welfare of each resident.
  9. Address each resident fairly in all situations.
  10. Encourage residents to sustain relationships with professionals, recovery support service
    providers and allies.
  11. Take appropriate action to stop intimidation, bullying, sexual harassment and/or otherwise threatening behavior of residents, staff and visitors within the residence.
  12. Take appropriate action to stop retribution, intimidation, or any negative consequences that could occur as the result of a grievance or complaint.
  13. Provide consistent, fair practices for drug testing that promote the residents’ recovery and the health and safety of the recovery environment.
  14. Provide an environment in which each resident’s recovery needs are the primary factors in all decision making.
  15. Promote the residence with marketing or advertising that is supported by accurate, open and honest claims.
  16. Decline taking a primary role in the recovery plans of relatives, close friends, and/or business acquaintances.
  17. Sustain transparency in operational and financial decisions.
  18. Maintain clear personal and professional boundaries.
  19. Operate within the residence’s scope of service and within professional training and credentials.
  20. Maintain an environment that promotes the peace and safety of the surrounding neighborhood and the community at large.