What Makes New Mexico Women’s
Treatment Center For Addiction Stand Out?
For nearly 60 years, the Teen Challenge alcohol and substance abuse addiction treatment programs have provided long-term recovery for thousands of individuals. We are the largest and longest continuously operated group of addiction recovery centers in the world, with over 200 centers in the U.S. and over 1,000 more centers worldwide. New Mexico Women’s Rehab is a member of Teen Challenge.
New Mexico Women’s Rehab offers an affordable program to help women aged 18 and older overcome addiction and alcohol issues. Our year-long treatment center for addiction includes counseling in groups and one-on-one sessions, parenting classes, spiritual guidance, learning to prevent relapses, managing anger, understanding drugs and alcohol, enjoying recreational activities, and gaining job skills.
Our facility is a safe and welcoming place for women seeking recovery. Our kind and experienced staff, many of whom have been through similar challenges, treat every person with care and respect. Individuals must commit to a full year of recovery and life skills training to join our program.
At New Mexico Women’s Rehab, we’re focused on making lasting changes. Without these changes, people struggling with addiction often return to their old habits shortly after quitting drugs or alcohol, even if they’ve been in a closely monitored environment. Our main aim is to provide short-term relief and long-lasting recovery and help people stay away from addictive substances for life.
Addiction often starts as a way to deal with personal problems, like a need for love, success, forgiveness, belonging, acceptance, a sense of purpose, or a void in one’s life. People use drugs or alcohol to ease their mental pain temporarily. However, these substances can quickly become a physical need, making it hard to quit on your own. Trying to stop can lead to painful and sometimes dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
Once addiction takes hold, it can take over a person’s life, making it very tough to quit without help. It can lead to desperate actions, like stealing or selling drugs, which can get you in legal trouble. As time passes, you often need more of the substance or, more often, to get the same feeling, which can be harmful to your health or even life-threatening.
Without a new mindset and life focus to fill the void, the addict will repeatedly return to their addiction, ravaging their relationships, trustworthiness, career, finances, and physical and mental health. The addiction will utterly destroy them.
To understand how we tackle addiction, let’s break it down step by step. These steps can’t be rushed; when you grasp them, you’ll see why it takes a whole year to make a real change. Many fancy, high-priced rehab places claim they can fix addiction quickly, but often, that’s just not true. We hear about famous folks going to one rehab after another and still struggling with their addiction. The reason is simple: they haven’t dealt with their life issues.
Ever wonder why rehabs usually keep their programs short? Well, there are a couple of reasons. First, it sounds better to the person struggling with addiction, their employer, or their family if they think the problem can be fixed quickly. Second, most insurance plans only cover the first 90 days of rehab. So, expensive rehabs make more money by having people come in and out, which doesn’t help the person, and it creates a lot of ups and downs for them and their loved ones.
On the flip side, our centers are run as nonprofits, so we keep our fees low. We’re all about achieving lasting recovery, no matter how long it takes. We get most of our funding from donations in the community, which allows us the time to work with each person until their life is genuinely transformed. That’s why Teen Challenge treatment centers for addiction are so successful.
Why Addiction Treatment Can Last a Whole Year
The first step in recovery is detox, which is about getting rid of the substances and their control over the person. This part can take weeks or even months, depending on the substance. It happens in a closely monitored and tested environment because withdrawal can be tough and sometimes risky.
After detox, the real work begins. Change doesn’t come from a few days or weeks of counseling. It’s a gradual process that takes many months. During this time, the person lives in an environment where they’re constantly challenged to think and act differently. They learn from their mistakes and get guidance from the staff and people in the program longer. Time is our most important tool, along with the support of our staff and a sense of spiritual renewal.
We focus on rebuilding the person from the inside out. The person learns to admit mistakes, fix them, and avoid repeating them. Peers in the program longer play a big role in showing the way because they naturally want to help and guide the newer residents. Just like building any good habit, doing the right thing becomes easier with time and practice.
Finding Freedom through a Higher Power
Addiction often leaves people feeling like they’ve failed repeatedly and can’t change independently. That’s why, right from the start of our program, we stress the importance of relying on a “higher power.”
We believe in the powerful impact a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can have on someone struggling with addiction. We know we can’t change our hearts; we must turn to our Creator and let Him do the heavy lifting. Christ and the Holy Spirit become constant companions for those in recovery, bringing them peace, fulfillment, purpose, kindness, honesty, and a desire to live clean and do what’s right.
At first, addicts often feel unforgivable and burdened by guilt for the harm they’ve caused. But when they realize that Jesus Christ accepts them as they are and forgives them completely, it opens a new door for them. They begin to feel worthy of moving forward because the Creator of the Universe has forgiven them and taken a big burden off their shoulders. This stirs up a strong desire to seek forgiveness from others and to help them. It’s a crucial step forward.
They find the strength and a deep urge to seek forgiveness from those they’ve harmed through Christ. Surprisingly, others who see the change in their behavior and attitude are usually more than willing to forgive them, bringing tremendous relief.
Bringing Truth Back into the Lives of Those Struggling with Addiction
One common thing among all addicts is that they tend to be good at not telling the truth – to their friends, family, bosses, and even themselves. They often avoid taking responsibility for what they’ve done and like to blame others. When we bring Christ into their lives, we also bring back the importance of telling the truth, which they might have lost.
Many of our staff members used to struggle with addiction themselves, so they can see when residents aren’t being honest. From this point on, we strongly emphasize being truthful and open. We might be tough sometimes, but it’s always done with understanding and care. Eventually, the person with addiction realizes that the best way to live is by being honest and facing life’s challenges with the support of Christ.
Real Change Happens When You Live It
After a few months in our program, residents have successfully overcome their drug and alcohol problems and are reconnecting with God. They’re also getting better at being honest with themselves and others. But to ensure they stay on the right track, we must add some positive elements to their lives.
We start focusing on helping others, being kind, learning job skills, and having a strong work ethic. There’s still a part of their life that needs to be filled with meaning and direction. So, we spent several months working on this. We help them feel more sure of themselves and help them find a job they enjoy. We also prepare them to live outside our facility, where they can continue to live a clean life.
Doing community service not only helps them feel good but also teaches them to be humble. Even small tasks can be meaningful. At first, they work together in groups, looking out for each other and ensuring they all stay on track. Later, we help them find a job they like and can do well, especially if they didn’t have one before. We give them the support they need to start their new career.
How Our Treatment Center for Addiction Stays Affordable
Our Adult & Teen Challenge programs are backed by the community and only charge a small portion of the overall cost in tuition fees. With nearly 60 years of proven success, the community stands firmly with us. We excel at helping individuals break free from addiction and become vibrant, productive, and caring members of society. As a result, the community is deeply appreciative of our work!
Results That Speak for Themselves
Here are some eye-opening figures from a study by The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):
- A year after finishing the program, 92% of Adult & Teen Challenge graduates said they felt good and excellent.
- 86% proudly reported being drug-free one year later.
- After completing the program, 72% of our graduates continued their education.
- A year later, 75% of our graduates had jobs, and a solid 73% were fully supporting themselves.
Now, compare these numbers with what most other short-term rehabs achieve – usually just in the single-digit percentages!
- Legal Trouble?
We accept individuals who have been in trouble with the law or are in jail. Courts have allowed addicts time here in place of jail because they know how effective our program can be in completely changing hearts and lives.
- Personal Growth
We help the addict sprout new leaves and grow a new life, free of addiction and the pain that led them to their addiction. We are all about planting the seeds of new life and helping the individual grow into a new creature in Christ.
- Vocationally Focused
We teach humility, care, trustworthiness, and the traits of a good worker. We help the former addict find a new vocation and rebuild their future. Having a strong plan keeps the individual excited about life and self-supporting.