How to Find Detox in New Mexico

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You may feel alone as you struggle with addiction, you aren’t the only one. Thousands of people in New Mexico struggle with addiction to various substances and roughly 530 overdose deaths occur annually.[1]

Addiction is a very real disease, and you don’t have to quit or change on your own. Just like any other disease, there are treatment options available for addiction.

While addiction treatment isn’t a magic pill, it is effective if you put effort into it. Studies show that it can reduce drug use by 40 to 60 percent, and it can also reduce incarceration by 40 percent.[2]

In fact, studies show that addiction treatment is even more effective than asthma treatment.[3]

If you’re not sure where to start, this guide will show you how you can find, afford, and select an addiction treatment center in New Mexico.

Treatment Center Accreditations in New Mexico

If you’ve ever tried looking for an addiction treatment facility, you’ve probably been overwhelmed with options. Many appear too good to be true, promising overnight results and a painless process. Unfortunately, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Therefore, to ensure you aren’t paying for fraudulent or low-quality treatment, it’s important to use only an accredited addiction treatment facility.

An accredited addiction treatment facility means that its staff, programs, and facilities have been inspected and reviewed by a third-party source.

For example, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is one of the most common accreditation organizations, and about 20 facilities in New Mexico hold their accreditation seal.[4]

Other popular accreditation organizations include the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the Joint Commission, and the Council on Accreditation (COA).

You can see the table below of the full list of accreditation organizations that have certified New Mexico treatment facilities.

Facility Licensing, Certification, or Accreditation, by number and percent
No. %
Any listed agency/organization 99 70.71%
State substance abuse agency 52 37.14%
State mental health department 43 30.71%
State department of health 63 45.00%
Hospital licensing authority 7 5.00%
The Joint Commission 23 16.43%
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 20 14.29%
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 6 4.29%
Council on Accreditation (COA) 5 3.57%
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) 0 0.00%
Other national organization or federal, state or local agency 10 7.14%
Total 140 100.00%

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Types of Rehab in New Mexico

Once you’ve found a few treatment facilities with quality accreditation, see if they offer the treatment options you need. First, they should offer a detox program. If not, you may have to enroll in a detox program and then move to your treatment facility.

Detoxification is essential before beginning treatment, as the point of addiction treatment is to rewire your brain to appreciate pleasures other than the substance you’re using. Therefore, it’s useless if your body is still intoxicated.

However, the detoxification process is often the most difficult aspect of treatment. You’ll likely experience cravings and even physical symptoms such as shakiness, sweating, and in severe cases, delirium tremens (DTs). DTs can be deadly if not properly treated, so don’t try to undergo the detoxification process alone.[5] In addition, a quality detoxification program can give you medications like methadone to curb your cravings.

Fortunately, there are 27 detoxification facilities across New Mexico, making treatment more accessible than ever before.

Once you’ve completed detoxification, you’ll enter a rehabilitation facility. If you immediately return to daily activities, you’ll likely relapse. In fact, one study found that 27 percent of those who returned to daily activities immediately after detoxification relapsed the day of their release and a total of 65 percent relapsed 30 days following their initial detoxification.[6]

Therefore, it’s important to enter an inpatient or outpatient detoxification facility.

An inpatient facility is generally very intense as you live at the facility and follow a structured schedule throughout the day. This schedule usually includes a variety of therapy sessions as well as exercise and other activities.

In an outpatient facility, you’ll live at home and drive to the facility for therapy sessions. Therapy may consist of several one-on-one sessions daily or just a few group classes several times per week. However, rest assured that even though you’ll have to drive to the facility, there are well over 100 different outpatient facilities throughout New Mexico, making treatment easily accessible to anyone. In fact, 89 percent of all treatment facilities in New Mexico are outpatient.[7]

Type of Care, by number and percent
No. %
Outpatient 125 89.29%
Regular 116 82.86%
Intensive 58 41.43%
Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization 11 7.86%
Detoxification 14 10.00%
Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment 33 23.57%
Residential (non-hospital) 22 15.71%
Short Term 13 9.29%
Long Term 17 12.14%
Detoxification 6 4.29%
Hospital Inpatient 7 5.00%
Treatment 5 3.57%
Detoxification 7 5.00%
Total 140 100.00%

Given the intensity of inpatient rehab facilities, they generally have higher success rates than outpatient rehabs. In addition, they only last 30 to 90 days, whereas outpatient rehab programs are usually at least 12 months long.

Therefore, inpatient rehab is usually a larger upfront investment, whereas the cost of outpatient treatment is generally more spread out.

Cost of Rehab Treatment in New Mexico

Addiction treatment is undoubtedly expensive, though the exact cost varies drastically on both your situation and your desired luxury level.

For example, a minimal inpatient treatment program may cost $4,000 per month, whereas a luxury inpatient treatment program with resort-style amenities may cost upwards of $30,000.

However, that doesn’t mean you have to pay the full price out of pocket.

In addition, the cost of not attending treatment is much higher. In fact, treatment increases your prospect of employment by 40 percent.

Health Insurance Options for Rehab in New Mexico

Under the Affordable Care Act, substance abuse treatment is considered an essential health benefit and must be covered by your health insurance provider.[8] However, the extent that it covers may vary. For example, while your insurance company must cover essential medication costs and basic board at an inpatient facility, they likely won’t cover extra costs that a luxury addiction treatment center offers.

Private health insurance is also accepted by over 72 percent of treatment centers in New Mexico, making it the second most widely accepted payment option (behind self-pay).

Federal military insurance also covers similar treatment and is accepted by 60 percent of New Mexican treatment centers.

If you don’t have insurance, you may be eligible for Medicare or Medicaid insurance.

Medicare is available to those over the age of 65 or those with disabilities. You can learn more about eligibility requirements on their website.[8] If you’re under the age of 65 and are from a low income household, you may qualify for Medicaid.[9] In fact, Medicaid covers about 730,000 New Mexican residents.[10]

Additionally, 85.7 percent of New Mexican treatment facilities accept Medicaid, making it the most widely accepted treatment option.

Here’s a full breakdown of the most common payment options for addiction treatment in New Mexico.

Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent
No. %
Cash or self-payment 108 77.14%
Private Health Insurance 102 72.86%
Medicare 66 47.14%
Medicaid 120 85.71%
State-financed Health insurance 84 60.00%
Federal military insurance 59 42.14%
No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients) 8 5.71%
IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds 41 29.29%
Other payments 0 0.00%
Sliding fee scale 63 45.00%
Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay 82 58.57%
Total 140 100.00%

Private Rehab & State-Funded Rehab in New Mexico

If you don’t qualify for any of the above health insurance options, there is still hope.

The New Mexican government spends about $2.2 billion on incarceration and criminal activity caused by addiction. Therefore, they’ve taken steps to fund treatment centers to cure the root of the problem.

Therefore, you can attend treatment for free.

After applying to a state-funded rehab facility, you’ll be accepted or denied based on your situation and likely put on a waiting list. Once a spot opens up, you’ll be able to take the treatment program for free.

The drawback with a state-funded treatment program is that they often have a waitlist due to popularity. If you need help immediately, you may not be able to wait for a spot to open up.

Therefore, you may want to turn to a private non-profit treatment facility. A non-profit private treatment facility is funded by charitable donations and endowments, making them free to attend for those in need. These also often have a waitlist and may be difficult to enter, though their staff can help point you in the right direction.

Facility Operation, by number and percent
No. %
Private Non-Profit 63 45.00%
Private for Profit 48 34.29%
Local, county, or community government 2 1.43%
State government 5 3.57%
Federal Government 2 1.43%
Tribal Government 20 14.29%
Total 140 100.00%

Finding Addiction Treatment in New Mexico

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