Santa Fe Recovery Center in Santa Fe, NM

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(3.4 of 5)
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4100 Lucia Lane
Santa Fe NM 87507

Santa Fe Recovery Center Philosophy

The Santa Fe Recovery Center works with individuals to sustain lifelong recovery from alcoholism, addictions and related mental illness, by providing culturally relevant evidence-based treatment and education in partnership with other community organizations. We operate with integrity and treat each client with compassion and respect in a safe and nurturing environment.

Areas of Specialization

  • Outpatient
    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

  • Residential Treatment
    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.

Facility Highlights

Art Therapy

Music Therapy


Meet the Staff

Sylvia Barela

Program Director

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Sylvia Barela is Chief Operations Officer of the Santa Fe Recovery Center. She is the business manager for SFRC and handles financials, human resources, accreditation, risk management, and building maintenance. She also supervises reception, intake, and direct care management. Sylvia was born and raised in New Mexico. She has been with the Santa Fe Recovery Center since February of 2006. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from New Mexico State University and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. She enjoys working in a field that "makes a difference in the world."

Patricia Spurio


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Patricia graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Southwestern College. While in school Patricia interned at the Santa Fe Recovery Center, and was delighted to join the residential counseling team after graduation. Patricia is passionate about using a holistic approach to recovery by addressing all levels of experience – mind, body and spirit. She believes that expanding awareness in all areas is an integral part of a successful recovery and employs various frameworks in her work with clients, including but not limited to, Integrative Body Psychotherapy, mindfulness, and 12-step recovery. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Santa Fe Recovery Center provides detox, residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), and outpatient treatment (OP) for adults dealing with substance abuse.


The admissions process includes a pre-admissions screening, financial process, and medical exam. Those needing admission into the residential unit interview with the intake coordinator and head nurse.

Detoxification is available for clients in need. A social detox model is used to treat patients along with 24/7 monitoring, and possible prescription to Suboxone for those with opioid addictions.

Clients typically stay 30 days in the organization's residential program, where they will participate in group counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, 12-Step meetings, and family workshops.

Outpatient treatment and Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) is evidence-based and incorporates individual and group therapy, 12-Step meetings, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Clients will also participate in anger management, health and fitness activities, grief/trauma counseling, and family education.


Santa Fe Recovery Center's website states that it offers a 1:6 counselor-to-client ratio and a 1:12 direct care staff-to-client ratio. Staff members include a medical doctor, masters level therapists and art therapists, and licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselors.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings.


Reviews submitted to to date are mixed. E.S. called treatment "fail proof" and staff "Amazing" and "caring." "The Counselors truly had their clients best interest at heart," E.S. wrote. "A day never went by that we weren't being encouraged."

Two other alumni polled by called the facility "dirty" and "filthy" J.P. wrote: "Did not feel safe. Don't feel I got the 1-on-1 that I needed."

On Google, five reviewers gave an average 4.4 out of five stars. Four reviewers left positive experiences. Staff was called "absolutely wonderful" and "very helpful and respectful."

One anonymous reviewer wrote: “Clients work together, helping and supporting each other and gaining strength from others with addictions,” [1]


Two reviews received by from loved ones were mixed.

One anonymous loved one called the facility “well maintained” and described staff as “great.” They commented that the facility offered "a wide variety of services to aid in the recovery of the individual attending this particular rehab center."

Another reviewer felt that "good classes" were a strength but that the center "should improve their facilities."


Though no current or former staff members have responded to a survey at this time, reviews on third-party sites are positive.

A program assistant called the workplace "fast paced" on Indeed, where the facility earned an average four out of five stars. They wrote: "The staff is client centered and compassionate. The executive team is equally as caring and treats everyone with respect." [2]

On Glassdoor, a former intern commented: "Great Staff. Excellent Program." [3]


The center accepts most private insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Behavioral Health, and Cigna. Private payments and financial counseling is available. A $10 drug screen charge is assessed at admission.


Published on July 2017

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Still clean and sober!

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The groups are well organized and run by highly trained clinicians. If one is entering the IOP section of this program please be advised that there is a 25 dollar assessment fee along with a 300 dollar administrative fee for those on medicaid. Make sure to get a referral from your doctor and a prior authorization either from your doctor or SFRC. Programs that work with those on MAT can be hard to find. This facility is doing the Santa Fe community a huge service by being ahead of the game and offering different forms of treatment that could be considered much more progressive that what is most commonly available.

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active listening, no judgement, food this facility is well maintained, has great staff, and offers a wide variety of services to aid in the recovery of the individual attending this particular rehab center

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Decent facility.

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Strengths: good classes. Weaknesses: its facilities, should improve their facilities.

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Do not chose this place. It is filthy, gross. It had bed bugs, was closed down for a bit. No 1 on 1. No outside activity. No connection to outside world except once a week for an hour.

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Dirty. Did not feel safe. Don't feel I got the 1-on-1 that I needed. Would not go back or recommend that dump!

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They were absolutely amazing. Amazing caring staff. The counselors truly had their clients best interest at heart. A day never went by that we weren't being encouraged. Of course, we are a huge part of our own success, but with the tools and support they gave us, in my opinion, it's fail proof!

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