Vista Taos Renewal Center in El Prado, NM

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259 Blueberry Hill Rd
El Prado NM 87529

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

  • Holistic Therapy
    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.

  • 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



Alcohol/Drug Addiction

Meet the Staff

Alana Smith, LCSW

Clinical Director

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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 LaMure

Executive Director

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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. 360 Guide

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Vista Taos, located in Taos, N.M., offers residential and detoxification treatment to adult men and women struggling with addiction and dual diagnosis. The facility is family-owned and has been in business for over 20 years. Vista Taos also operates a separate, long-term care facility called Casa Feliz.


To be admitted, clients begin by calling Vista Taos for a free, confidential phone consultation. Most client stay in residential treatment for an average of four to six weeks. Extended care at the facility’s other location, Casa Feliz, can last from 60 days to 12 months.

The facility’s residential treatment program follows the 12-Step method of recovery. Throughout treatment, clients receive individual therapy once a week and group therapy three to four times a week. Clients also benefit from relapse prevention education, Trauma Informed Care, grief and loss therapy, and mindfulness-based relapse prevention.

Vista Taos offers medically-supervised detoxification with medical staff on call 24/7. The facility also provides unique treatments and therapy including yoga, massage, acupuncture, equine assisted learning, spiritual guidance, and outdoor activities. Families may participate in treatment through a family seminar that occurs every other week.
After completing 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.


The treatment team at Vista Taos includes a medical doctor, registered nurse, Ph.D. and master’s-level clinicians, two chefs, a massage therapist, and a yoga instructor.


Vista Taos offers 18 beds for adult clients in a Southwestern retreat-like setting. The facility's shared bedrooms each have a private bathroom and patio. Vista Taos boasts views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and home-made meals are prepared daily by two full-time chefs.


Vista Taos has received four alumni user reviews, most of which were positive, awarding high four and five-star ratings for the metrics of treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition. However, still have yet to receive a survey response from a facility alum.

However, on the facility's Google page, Vista Taos has an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars based upon five reviews.[1] In their commentary, alumni spoke of a "life changing experience," with many claiming to be doing well and staying sober several years after finishing treatment.


At time of writing, the two loved ones polled by gave generally positive reviews. Both reviewers said they would recommend Vista Taos to a friend or family member considering treatment.

Both anonymous loved ones said they believed treatment was affordable or offered at a fair price. They gave the facility perfect five-star ratings for cleanliness and for exercise options. Additionally, they found the staff's level of training and experience to be high, and offers specifici praise to the counselors. “Awesome staff: counselors, cooks, RAs, grounds keepers," one loved one wrote. The other added additional commentary, “Vista Taos works with each patient individually as well as as with the family as a whole.”


There is currently no information provided by Vista Taos regarding its costs. However, the facility accepts insurance including Blue Cross Blue Shield and Presbyterian Insurance. Vista Taos does not accept Medicare, Medicaid, Centennial Care, or Molina Healthcare.


Published on January 2018

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Very Spiritual experience, with attentive support staff to encourage full recovery process and beyond.


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Vista Taos is located in a beautiful setting in Taos, NM. It was a place for me that provided healing and growth in my recovery journey. The staff is very respectful and knowledgeable and really take care of the clients needs. I would reccomend Vista Taos to anyone in serach of sobriety.


This is the only treatment center I have ever attended. My experience was very positive. It is what you make of it that can determine the experience. The facility is great and in an awesome location. The staff is excellent and caring. The surrounding area is beautiful and you get to be with nature which is highly therapeutic. I would recommend this place to anyone suffering from addiction.


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Love this place! Life changing!


Vista Taos was an incredible experience for me. The staff was very professional and my counselor was the bomb!! The family program was also awesome! The counselors helped me resolve problems with my family that we had struggled with for YEARS!! I can\'t say enough good things about my experience at Vista. I am a totally new person because of my sobriety and I could NOT have done it without Vista. I know because I had tried, and TRIED to get sober on my own. SO grateful for my sobriety and SO, SO grateful for Vista Taos!!! 💕 Oh, and the food was super delicious! 👍👍.


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Place stinks. 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. No 21 day or 30 day stay here. Of all the individuals that were there while I was, relapsed, Me included. I kept in touch with most every one. so I know. Go here and you will be spitting against the wind. Just send your money to me instead! By the way, by keeping in touch with all the people there are only 2 of us who are now together and for several years. We helped each other which is a great thing. Love her and she's my rock. Understand Vista Taos did nothing for either one of us. And we were 2 of the people kicked out to open beds and pull in income for two poor soles begging for help!

Official Facility Response

I have worked in the addiction treatment field first as a counselor, now 20+ years as an addiction psychiatrist. I have experience with a large number of treatment facilities and I have learned that no matter how good a program is, it absolutely depends on the quality of the staff. Unfortunately, this field has a way of attracting less than quality providers. Your comment suggests that your experience at Vista dates back several years. I was asked to become Medical Director to assist in making Vista Taos a premier facility for healing both patients and families struggling with alcoholism and related drug addictions. This can only occur when everyone employed shares a similar dedication to caring for those that come to us. Our Executive Director, Clinical Director, Spiritual Leader, Nursing Manager, from intake, house keeping to dietary - they are all united in providing quality, ethical healing in one of the most beautiful environments I have ever seen. What you experienced is common in some treatment programs but I came to Vista 18 months ago with the understanding that it would not happen here. The staff at Vista Taos has changed a great deal over the past several years and now is without doubt among the best I have ever worked with. We just celebrated our first annual Gratitude Gathering for Alumni and I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of emotion from attendees and staff for what Vista Taos has become. This is a special place and I am grateful to be a part of it.


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Awesome staff: counselors, cooks, RAs, grounds keepers. It was an amazing place to turn your life around!

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