At Alta Loma, we believe that hope is fundamental to the recovery process. Through hard work and commitment, residents can conquer their substance use disorders while learning to manage their mental health symptoms successfully. The recovery process is unique to each patient and can take many forms, but we aim to help our residents grow and improve their health with a variety of evidence-based treatment methods and a unique phase system that guides them towards independent living.

As residents progress through the Alta Loma continuum of care and phase system, they will be given more independence while implementing the life skills, healthy habits and coping strategies they have learned. Our goal is to help residents overcome the barriers that have prevented them from living happy, healthy lives and begin a new chapter firmly grounded in the principles of recovery.

Phase System

The phase system at Alta Loma is designed to support and guide residents as they work toward sustainable recovery and independent living. Implementing a phase system helps to break down recovery-oriented goals into manageable steps and tangible achievements, providing residents and their families hope for the future.

Phase One

The first phase helps residents discover the stability and structure they need to heal. With access to substance use and mental health services, individualized treatment plans and an intimate recovery-oriented community, residents will be supported as they begin to address their substance use and mental health issues.

Action Items

  • Residents will actively participate in all daily scheduled activities, groups and outings.
  • Consistent self-initiative with responsibilities, including medication management, is expected.
  • Residents should acknowledge and respond appropriately to input from peers and staff.
  • Residents must be actively working on a program of substance abuse recovery.
  • Residents will be expected to complete therapists’ assignments and chores on time.
  • After 30 days in residence, if these requirements are met, residents may be moved to the next phase.


  • After the first week, onsite family visitation is granted on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.
  • Sponsors may come to Alta Loma for 12-step work during free time.
  • Residents are allowed personal electronic devices, including cell phones, during waking hours but may not take them off the property.

Phase 2

The second phase at Alta Loma is designed as a transitional period during which residents can begin to enjoy some more independence, such as paid work on the property and off-site passes for meetings and visitations. We focus on providing support and guidance as residents rediscover their interests, hobbies and goals and continue to grow.

Action Items

  • Residents in phase two will maintain all phase one action items.
  • Residents should demonstrate a willingness to process life happenings and recovery issues in healthy, consistent ways.
  • Residents should be supportive of their peers.
  • In phase two, residents can participate in paid work on the property for up to 10 hours a week. Work assignments will be determined by staff and resident interest.


  • Residents will be allowed two passes to attend outside meetings with their sponsor. Passes are for a duration of two hours and residents should complete a pass request 24 hours in advance.
  • While off-site and not with staff for meetings or outings, residents may have cell phones. They will be provided with a staff phone number to text or call in case of an emergency.
  • Residents may have off-site visitations on Sunday, as approved by staff.
  • After 60 days in residence and meeting these requirements, residents may be moved to the next phase.

Phase 3

Phase three is where residents will actively focus on the future and take additional steps toward independent living. We help residents further develop and refine the skills they have learned throughout the recovery process and prepare to apply them to life outside of Alta Loma.

Action Items

  • Residents in phase three should maintain all action items of previous phases one and two.
  • Residents may search for off-site employment or volunteer opportunities or continue to work on the property. Staff will assist residents by facilitating job interviews and transportation.
  • Residents will attend five afternoon groups of their choice each week. Community group must be one of these and art group should be attended by all residents.


  • Residents may pursue work or volunteer opportunities, up to 20 hours per week.
  • Residents will be allowed three two-hour passes to attend outside meetings with their sponsor. Residents should still complete a pass request 24 hours in advance.
  • Residents may have one additional pass in addition to Sunday visitations.

Once a resident has completed phase three, our dedicated team of healthcare professionals and clinicians will work with residents and their families to develop ongoing recovery goals and discuss next steps. Our treatment programs are flexible to allow each individual to proceed at a pace that makes sense to them and find solutions that best meet their unique needs.

Contact Alta Loma

Healing on Your Terms

If you or someone you care about is searching for the balance and stability needed to heal from mental health and substance use disorders, Alta Loma provides a safe place for dual diagnosis residents to work towards long-term recovery. Treatment plans are highly individualized and residents are supported as they progress toward independent living. For those who haven’t been successful at other treatment centers, Alta Loma could mean the difference between relapsing and sustainable sobriety. Contact or call our friendly representatives today at 866.457.3843 to learn more about our treatment programs and how they can help.