Hoy Recovery Program is located in the hamlet of Velarde, New Mexico, in the Española Valley, 45 miles north of Santa Fe, and 25 miles south of Taos. Opened in 1974 by pharmaceutical professional Abe Torres, Hoy is a grassroots, non-profit facility which implements a culturally-sensitive, holistic approach to recovery while utilizing contemporary evidence-based best practices. Rich in Native American and Spanish culture, Hoy is on 40 acres in a valley between the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges that reflects the therapeutic, communal nature of the program.
Accommodations and Food
Hoy has a 40-bed capacity and hospital-style layout, accommodating 20 women and 20 men, with an additional 12-bed casita (small house) on the property. Both treatment and housing are administered at this location, with four clients per room, a twin bed for each. The casita allows for two clients per room, and private rooms may be set up in other casita structures on-site. While there is no media room or business center, and cell phones and all Wi-Fi-enabled devices are prohibited, TV is allowed at designated times and there’s a pay phone on-site.
Meals are prepared according to a dietitian-approved menu, with Mexican cultural dishes being popular. Meals vary, however, with the facility garden supplying a variety of organic fruits and vegetables. Sugar and caffeine are allowed.
Treatment and Staff
Services are offered for those who are 18 and older. Residents are assigned a treatment team consisting of a clinical therapist, substance abuse counselor, case manager, spiritual care counselor, family counselor and activities director working together, with the resident, to develop an individualized treatment program. Treatment activities include, but are not limited to, individual therapy, agriculture therapy, fitness, 12-step meetings and group therapies. SMART Recovery is offered in addition to 12-step programs. When appropriate, family and loved ones are encouraged to participate in Hoy Recovery’s family program; sessions are Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm and are followed by two hours of family visitation time.
Treatment modalities consist of CBT and DBT, existential and Adlerian therapies, traditional healing, psychoeducational and ecotherapy methods along with EMDR for trauma. Dual diagnosis support is administered by substance abuse and mental health professionals. Alternative and homeopathic recovery methods offered include art therapy, ear acupuncture that assists in detox and a sweat lodge in a wet-heat, curative ceremony that detoxes and purifies the body. A doctor and nurse are available on an on-call basis.
Wake-up time is 6 am. Mindfulness practice is from 6:10 to 6:20 am, followed by chores and hygiene regimen, with breakfast at 7:30 am, groups meeting from 8:30 to 11 am and 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Lights out is 10:30 pm. Free time occurs at designated times throughout the day, with exercise built into the program.
Treatment completed, clients possess an understanding of addiction as a brain disease, and that sobriety and harm reduction can be achieved through education, skills training and social support, including, but not limited to, continued 12-step adherence.
Two or three attendants work around the clock. There are three cooks, four therapists, two psychologists and three substance-abuse counselors, making the staff-to-resident ration one-to-10. The staff is comprised of both men and women, with credentials ranging from PhD and Master’s-level to trained and qualified paraprofessionals.
Following residential treatment, clients can attend outpatient therapy for a minimum of nine hours a week, Monday through Sunday, for 16 weeks.
Hoy is presently looking into incorporating an on-site gym into therapy. Off-site hiking and visits to a ropes course can be arranged.
Potential clients who want to take advantage of one of the widest range of therapies offered at any facility for this price, not to mention the New Mexican style and cuisine, should be able to recover with serenity here.
HOY Recovery Program, Inc. Location
P.O. Box 520
Espaňola, NM 87532
Hoy Recovery Program Cost
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