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When you spend your day in treatment, your home environment must support your recovery journey rather than undermine your progress. Transitional housing helps you keep your momentum from day to day and month to month. It creates a solid foundation for sustainable recovery.

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Housing That Helps A Community of Like-Minded Peers

At Pinnacle Treatment Centers, our Transitional Housing Program (THP) supports patients who decide to stay within our continuum of care after completing one of our inpatient programs. Patients from our Detox or Inpatient programs who step down to our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) are eligible live in one of our homes and participate in the Pinnacle THP as they navigate the next phase of recovery.

48 Homes NationwideWhy Transitional Housing?

A robust support network improves the likelihood of successful, sustainable recovery. When a patient is in an inpatient/residential treatment program, the social support system is baked in. They live at the treatment facility, and during the evening, they can reflect on the progress they made during the day, participate in activities, share their insights or concerns with their peers, and prepare for the next day of treatment.

When patients step down from the inpatient or residential level of care, they often lose the 24/7 support they need. Some patients return to a home environment that’s not conducive to recovery, disapproving of recovery, or even hostile to the idea of treatment and/or the recovery lifestyle. This can impair progress and increase the likelihood of relapse. Transitional housing helps patients by ensuring the time between treatment sessions helps, rather than interrupts the recovery process.

Benefits of Pinnacle Transitional Housing Programs

  • Increased time in recovery
  • Consistent, uninterrupted support at the appropriate level of care
  • Improved outcomes in other life domains, including:
    • Medical
    • Mental Health
    • Legal
    • Vocational
    • Educational
  • Stability and structure that promotes recovery
  • Increased access to peer support
  • Increased access to professional support off-hours

We can summarize the goal of Transitional Housing in one sentence:

Make the home environment a protective factor rather than a risk factor.

Transitional Housing at Pinnacle: Who’s Eligible?

Patients stepping down from our Detox or Residential Treatment program to our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) are eligible for the Pinnacle Transitional Housing Program (THP). Patients stepping down from the residential level of care at other treatment centers to Pinnacle PHP, IOP, or OP may also apply to enter the Pinnacle THP. Members of the community who may not meet the criteria for inpatient treatment but still need PHP and a supportive living environment may also be eligible to directly admit to our program.

Patients who enter our THP pay a weekly room & board fee in line with fair market value.

Residents in Pinnacle THP follow principles established by the National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR), which include:


Residents will:

  • Not use alcohol, illicit drugs, cannabis products, or engage in non-medical use of prescription drugs
  • Take medication only as prescribed by their healthcare provider
  • Follow their treatment plan and allow house management to share information with treatment providers
  • Agree to re-enter the treatment center of their choice if relapse occurs
  • Agree to random urine screens and/or breathalyzer tests


Residents will:

  • Attend all house meeting unless excused by staff
  • Show positive regard for their peers and support one another in recovery
  • Complete house chores and share housework responsibilities
  • Follow rules for respectful communication/feedback and refrain from confrontation
  • Participate in activities organized by house staff and will eat dinner at the house, unless participating in a house activity


  • Mandatory attendance at all group meetings, PHP treatment, counseling appointments, 12-step meetings, recreation activities, and house events
  • Mandatory community service activities with house members
  • Residents will be good neighbors and refrain from disrespectful community behavior, such as littering, bad language, disruptive behavior, or playing loud music
  • Current residents will help new residents adjust to living in transitional housing, and help a housemate at least once a day
  • Residents will respect the rights of recovery peers, house staff, and neighbors

Admission and Important Information
Patients in IOP and PHP have different eligibility requirements and different levels of staff support.

Transitional Housing Program: PHP Patients


  • Meet criteria for PHP level of care


  • Recommendation from current clinical team
  • Complete financial agreement or hardship application


  • Staffed 24/7/365 by trained and qualified Residential Aides
  • Staff supervised by Residential Aide Manager or Housing Manager
  • Supported by Peer Support Specialists and Case Managers
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Transitional Housing Program: IOP Patients


  • Meet criteria for IOP level of care


  • Recommendation from current clinical team
  • Interview with House Manager or Peer Support Specialist
  • Endorsement from Community Leader
  • Complete financial agreement


  • Supported by Peer Support Specialists and Case Managers
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Transitional Housing Program Rules and Requirements

In general, the more immersive the level of care, the more structured the requirements for our transitional housing program. PHP patients have more structure than IOP patients.

Residents will follow an agreed-upon schedule:

  • IOP patients create a schedule with Case Manager or Peer Support Specialist
  • PHP patients follow a schedule provided by the facility

Residents will engage in treatment:

  • IOP/OP patients: 3 hrs week minimum
  • PHP patients: 5 hrs per day PHP programming 

Residents will participate in:

Weekly Meeting

  • Community Check In
  • Issues/Concerns
  • Gratitude Check In
Morning Meeting

  • Daily Check In
  • SMART Goals
  • Daily Readings
  • Affirmations
  • Coin ceremonies
Evening Meeting

  • Daily Check Out / Evening Wrap-Up
  • Review SMART Goals
  • Evening readings
  • Affirmations
  • Gratitude Check In
Encounter Groups for those in IOP

  • Structured conversations between peer residents
  • Address common problems in recovery
  • Increase compassion and concern for recovery peers
  • Model healthy processing of emotions and behavior
12-Step and Community Support Groups

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
  • SMART Recovery
During treatment, it’s essential to create and establish routines that promote long-term, sustainable recovery – but that can be difficult when your home environment is stressful, rather than restorative. Transitional Housing programs promote recovery by allowing patients in outpatient treatment to live the recovery lifestyle 24/7, rather than just while they’re at the treatment facility. In this way, patients create sustainable daily habits that form the template for long-term, sustainable recovery.
Pinnacle Treatment Transitional Housing Programs:
Making the Home a Protective Factor, Not a Risk Factor

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