As communities across the country continue to deal with the ongoing effects of the opioid epidemic and the need for addiction recovery services more broadly, the role of transitional housing has never been more crucial. As a valuable lifeline bridging those in recovery to a new life, there is a tremendous need for safe, stable housing. A warm bed and a place to call home can be the foundation on which someone in recovery builds a healthy, independent lifestyle away from substance use.


One such facility, the newly opened Magnolia Recovery Community, aims to address transitional housing needs in central Arkansas and the surrounding areas. Sitting on six acres, the Magnolia has over 200 beds for those on the journey to recovery. Founder Kasia Pabian, certified registered nurse anesthetist and president of the Arkansas Association of Nurse Anesthetists, has encountered hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals struggling with addiction throughout her years as a nurse and nurse anesthetist, she said. Seeing this gap in resources inspired her to open the Magnolia and provide support to those who need it most.


Kasia Pabian, MSN, CRNA

“We provide a structured living environment for those in recovery and in need of transitional living,” Pabian said. “My goal with the Magnolia Recovery Community is to provide as many opportunities and resources as possible. Each individual’s journey is different, meaning their needs are different, as well.”


The Magnolia Recovery Community has resources to assist those in recovery with mental health needs, employment, financial management, goal setting, peer support services and more. According to the American Addiction Centers, millions of those suffering from substance use disorder also suffer from a mental health disorder, making multifaceted approaches like those at the Magnolia even more vital.


While men may be more likely to abuse illicit drugs, according to the AAC, women are just as prone to addiction as men when they use them. This early on, the Magnolia offers services for men 18 and older, but Pabian has plans to open transitional living options for women in the near future.


“I want people to know that we will give 110 percent to every resident that enters our facility,” she said. “We will do our part by holding the residents accountable and performing random drug tests weekly. We require them to attend a minimum of four meetings a week and have a sponsor.”

Pabian also stressed the importance of community support for facilities like the Magnolia, whether it be monetary donations or offering resources such as job opportunities for those in recovery as they rebuild their lives.


“A lot of residents come to the Magnolia directly from detox, drug rehab or off the streets,” she said. “They come here with no money, no food, no transportation and no job.”


Regardless of their situation, every person at the Magnolia can receive the compassion and structured support needed to get back on their feet. They will become a part of a community focused on healing.


For more information about the Magnolia Recovery Community or to tour the facility, call 501-454-6811.


the Magnolia

Recovery Community

3601 W. Roosevelt Road, Little Rock