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Desert Oasis Recovery (DOR) in Albuquerque, New Mexico offers detox, a 30 day residential substance abuse treatment program, an eight-week Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and a co-ed extended care campus for young adults between the ages of 18 and 24, just east of Taos, New Mexico. DOR is part of the Shadow Mountain Recovery network, which operates several facilities in the southwest. The organization was founded in 2007 by the Holub family after they found themselves dealing with a son who needed rehab. The Holubs were inspired to create a recovery program by their experience helping their son get clean. Today the entire family works in treatment with the hope they can prevent others from feeling the hopelessness of addiction without resources or support.

Accommodations and Food

In Albuquerque’s 30 day residential program clients are housed two to a room in an hospital-type setting. All meals are prepared in the onsite commercial kitchen and served in a cafeteria. Dietary restrictions for religious reasons and food allergies can be accommodated.

At DOR’s 90 day Taos house, clients stay in two or three bedroom cabins. Each room sleeps two to four, in bunk beds—there are six female-only beds and 18 for men. At the Taos facility there is a chef and food is provided, but clients also rotate kitchen shifts helping with cooking and cleaning.

Treatment and Staff

Treatment at DOR begins with a free consultation to determine the needs of each potential client and whether their programs are a good fit. This can be done via Skype or phone for those who do not live in the area. For people coming from outside the vicinity, sober travel companions and airport pickup are available if needed.

While the typical residential stay at Taos house is 90 days, it is common for it to extend up to six or eight months depending on the needs of the resident. The young adults follow a very structured schedule and do not leave the grounds except for daily 12-step meetings in the nearby town. They start each morning with guided meditation and fill their days with, chores, psychoeducational groups and lectures. Clients attend two group therapy sessions weekly and see a therapist individually once a week. The primary treatment modality is CBT, combined with elements of AA/NA.

Meanwhile, in DOR’s detox and residential unit in Albuquerque clients start with a seven to ten day medical detox, if necessary. They are under around-the-clock care of nurses, psychiatrists and medical doctors. After detox clients may stay at the facility up to 30 days for residential treatment and step down to IOP. During a residential stay clients participate in daily individual and group sessions, have AA/NA meetings on-site and may get dual-diagnosis support if needed.

Finally, DOR’s IOP offers three-hour group sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This IOP is focused on practical recovery which includes substance abuse education, weekly individual sessions to focus on personal issues and group work. Group topics include anger management, relationships and relapse prevention. IOP participants are asked to attend two on-site or outside AA/NA meetings per week as part of their treatment.

The staff includes CADCs, LCSWs, registered nurses, a psychologist and a two medical doctors, one who serves as the medical director and one who specializes in addiction medicine.


There is a family program offered that provides private counseling for the family unit as well as multi-family group. Topics include the disease concept of addiction, boundaries and communication skills.

Those in the Taos house many enjoy fun activities during their free time, such as using a music room, an art room and a gym.

In Summary

Desert Oasis Recovery features a highly credentialed staff and has been around almost a decade. Out of the services that it offers, the detox and residential stay are quite economical. Plus, the Taos extended care for young adults is a total bargain. For those who need substance abuse treatment and are in, or wish to visit, New Mexico, Desert Oasis is an excellent choice.

Desert Oasis Recovery Location

600 Paisano St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87123‎

Desert Oasis Recovery Cost

$600 (detox, per day), $10,000 (30 days, residential), $30,000 (90 days, Taos extended care). Reach Desert Oasis Recovery by phone at (866) 787-6699. Find Desert Oasis Recovery on Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn

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