Vista Taos Renewal Center Philosophy
Located in beautiful Northern New Mexico, Vista Taos Renewal Center is a residential treatment center for adult men and women struggling with chemical dependency and the co-occurring disorders that often accompany addiction. Our balanced, integrated approach and intimate setting allow us to provide a level of personalized care essential for long-term recovery and sobriety. Addiction is a multifaceted disease afflicting the whole person. Our model balances each client’s medical, psychiatric and therapeutic needs with their personal journey of recovery. At Vista Taos Renewal Center, our residential treatment program is tailored to the individual needs of each client. We offer a beautiful southwestern setting at the base of Taos Mountain. Each quiet and comfortable semi-private room has their own bathroom and private patio area with expansive views of the surrounding mountains. Our accommodations, combined with the daily guidance and support of our staff, inspire clients to begin the journey toward recovery and renewal. Each patient is given a thorough evaluation and is provided with an individualized treatment plan. Our highly trained and experienced clinical team and full time medical director/addiction psychiatrist provide a level of care that is unmatched. Services available to each patient include: Medical and Psychiatric directed Detoxification and Assessment, Individual and Group Therapy, included Family program, 12 Step introduction and support, Outside Experiential Therapies including Trauma, Grief, and Loss, Psychodrama, Yoga, Native elements experience, and Relapse Prevention.
Areas of Specialization
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Meet the Staff
Alana Smith, LCSW
Alana Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She has worked in Inpatient, Outpatient and Private Practice Settings for 12 years and has developed chemical dependency treatment programming and family treatment programs. She received her B. A. in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work in 2004 from the University of Houston under the professorship and tenure of Dr. Brene’ Brown. Alana has a passion for educating families and empowering them to heal from the disease of addiction. She is the Vice Chair of the International Association of Family Addiction Professionals and presents at conferences on family recovery. A native Texan, Alana and her family frequented New Mexico during her childhood. Being in Taos is a homecoming for her, and being at Vista Taos is an opportunity to provide addiction treatment in an amazing setting with dedicated professionals.
Jeff is a 28-year veteran in the substance abuse recovery community and holds a certificate as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. He was born in Roswell, New Mexico yet spent most of his adult life in Texas where he attended the University of Texas at Dallas and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 1988. Jeff began his career by working with adolescents at an in-patient unit of Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital in Dallas where he developed a tremendous compassion for those who suffer and need care. He has held various positions in both psychiatric hospitals and substance abuse treatment centers since his own personal journey into recovery began in 1987. In the substance abuse treatment industry, Jeff is well-known as someone who understands what solid recovery looks like and supports that reputation through daily action. Over the years Jeff has witnessed countless miracles in the ravaged lives of many, many people who have been touched by alcoholism and drug addiction and he has made it his own personal mission to help those who have lived under the profound oppression of their disease to find their way to the recovery that he knows all too well.
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ABOUT VISTA TAOS RENEWAL CENTER
Located near the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico, Vista Taos Renewal Center provides inpatient substance abuse treatment for adult men and women. The typical length of stay is four to six weeks for primary treatment and anywhere from 60 days to 12 months for extended care. Programming addresses co-occurring disorders and process addictions, including gambling and co-dependence. Detoxification services are provided on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients meet with a physician, nurse, and multiple counselors who work together to create an individualized treatment plan for the client. Clients experiencing withdrawal symptoms may first undergo medically supervised detoxification. Following detox, clients begin primary treatment, which includes individual and group therapy, family programming, relapse prevention education, grief and loss therapy, and 12-step work. The facility also offers holistic treatment such as massage therapy, meditation, yoga, and acupuncture.
After completing four to six weeks of primary treatment, clients may choose to enter extended care, which is designed to “re-engage their interests and passions in a safe, sober environment.” Extended care includes program components that are similar to those found in primary treatment, plus work, volunteer, and educational opportunities. Clients also have access to staff 24 hours a day.
The multidisciplinary treatment team is led by a medical director and includes a physician, master’s level counselors, nurses, licensed social workers, massage therapists, and other health and wellness professionals.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Up to 16 residents live in southwestern-style dorms with adobe decor and Saltillo tile. Clients are required to share rooms but each room has a private bathroom and patio area. Meals are home-cooked, and clients have access to exercise facilities, the nearby spa, and health club. Regular trips are taken to Taos Mountain, the village of Taos Pueblo, and the surrounding scenic deserts.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
There was one alumni review that has been submitted to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing. The alum, G.F., made a personal choice to enter the facility (which was over 2,000 miles from the alum’s home). This reviewer chose the facility based on a personal search and was treated for substance abuse. She stayed for 15 to 29 days and has been gone from the facility for over 90 days and felt that treatment was worth the cost. The alum gave the facility five out of five stars for accommodations & amenities, meals & nutrition, the quality of staff support, and the facility’s holistic offerings. The alum gave the facility an overall score of five out of five stars.
On its Facebook page, which may be managed by the facility, the majority of the center’s 17 Facebook reviews were positive, rendering an overall rating of 4.8 out of five stars. One reviewer, J.L., wrote that the facility staff are excellent caregivers: “Choose Vista for the staff. They are a highly professional and caring group of people, most of whom are in recovery and have LONG-TERM sobriety themselves.”
Yet not all alumni were satisfied with the care they received at Vista Taos. P.S. was not happy with the payment requirements or the quality of care. P.S. gave the facility’s treatment effectiveness just one star, writing to Rehabs.com: “You have to pay for the treatment by the 3rd week. After that they want you to leave so someone else can have ur bed…Of all the individuals that were there while I was, relapsed, Me included.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
At the time of this writing there are two friends or family members who have been polled by Rehabs.com. One anonymous loved one gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations & amenities, and meals & nutrition. The loved one was satisfied with the quality of care offered, strongly agreeing that the facility staff were experienced and well-trained; that the facility was adequately equipped and staffed to treat co-occurring mental health problems in addition to substance use disorders; and that the facility strictly offered a faith-based program.
The family member also strongly agreed that there were many counseling options to choose from depending on the client’s preference; that the treatment plan was affordable and/or payment plans, scholarships, or financial assistance were made available; and that the loved one would recommend this facility to a friend or loved one who was considering rehab.
The loved one also wrote that the facility had great staff, cooks, RAs, groundskeepers, counselors, and that Vista Taos is a great place to make positive change in your life.
Vista Taos has private-pay options and contracts directly with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Presbyterian Insurance of New Mexico. The center’s admission staff will also coordinate with out-of-network providers. Vista Taos does not work with Medicare or Medicaid, but personal loans are available through a partnership with Prosper HealthCare Lending.
Updated April 2017
Published on May 2017
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