Providing the tools for recovery from drugs and alcohol for over 10 years, Mescalero Tribal Human Services is a government-funded, 12-step focused facility serving the Apache Nation in Mescalero, New Mexico.
Accommodations and Food
Northeast of Las Cruces, the accommodations are simple, even by small town standards. Twenty residents (10 men and 10 women—kept separately) share small rooms with a roommate, sleeping in twin-sized beds. Three of the women’s rooms are reserved for mothers who can bring their children under the age of 12 to live at the facility with them during treatment.
Three meals a day are prepared by the kitchen staff using local ingredients whenever possible. All clients eat together in the dining hall.
Treatment and Staff
Residential treatment at Mescalero lasts for 90 days, providing treatment for those in need—including criminal justice clients and those with dual diagnoses. There is no MD on staff but clients can be referred to a local hospital as part of their treatment plan.
Programming has a solid 12-step foundation; supplemented with group therapy, relapse prevention and addiction classes. Clients see their individual therapists once a week; out of the 13 staff members, only the clinical director is credentialed; the rest are experienced peer counselors.
A typical day at Mescalero involves getting up at 6 am for breakfast at 7 followed by group processing and classes until lunch at noon. After lunch are more group therapy sessions as well as classes and free time to exercise (either outside or in the on-site weight room). Dinner is at 6 pm followed by a 12-step meeting—both NA and AA meetings are accessible. All clients must be in their rooms by 9:30 pm followed by lights out at 10. Weekend scheduling incorporates extra-curricular activities like horseback riding and attendance at the local high-school football games.
Family programming revolves around the mothers with young children and visitation on Sundays from 2 to 4 pm.
Mescalero may be bare bones but they’re currently doing a huge overhaul of their treatment plan. They are looking to add more individual therapy, to increase the number of on-site 12-step meetings and to hire additional qualified staff. The mothers with young children programming and the fact that treatment is offered at no cost is proof that Mescalero Tribal Human Services is taking steps to preserve the health of its people.
Mescalero Tribal Human Services
107 Sunset Loop
Mescalero, NM 88340
Mescalero Tribal Human Services Cost: $0 (Apache only). Reach Mescalero Tribal Human Services by phone at (575) 464-4432.
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