In Spanish, the word “milagro” means miracle. Operated by the University of New Mexico Hospital, the Milagro Program is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Founded in 1989, the program offers medical services, outpatient substance abuse and addiction counseling, as well as case management and medication-assisted treatment for pregnant and postpartum women suffering from chemical dependency.
Treatment and Staff
The Milagro Program enrolls any pregnant woman with a history of or current substance abuse issues. Clients receive prenatal care from a physician every two weeks at an outpatient clinic. Medical care includes fetal ultrasounds, prenatal testing, lab work, checkups and other tests required for the monitoring of fetal health.
Following the harm reduction model, clients who are addicted to opiates are provided with medication-assisted treatment, typically Subutex (Suboxone) or methadone. The women must come to the clinic daily to receive their medicine and are also required to participate in addiction counseling. Dosing hours are from 6 am to 2 pm Mondays through Fridays, from 7 am to 10 am on Saturdays, and from 8 am to 9 am on Sundays.
The women receive outpatient counseling through Newstart, a 12-week CBT-based track. On a weekly basis, women participate in a minimum of two hours of individual and/or group therapy. Individual and group topics include life skills, healthy relationships, co-occurring disorders trauma, parenting and other female-oriented issues. The Milagro Program helps an average of 160 clients on a bi-weekly basis.
Women are assisted throughout their pregnancy, and a medical team from the University of New Mexico Hospital assists clients with the delivery of their infants and helps provide care for the newborns. Through frequent follow up and a team approach to wellness, the medical, nursing, and counseling staff work together to help the mothers and their families transition during the prenatal and postpartum period. The team of providers can follow the women and their newborns during inpatient hospital stays, forming a treatment plan based on their specific needs. The Milagro Program works closely with the FOCUS program to ensure that families continue receiving comprehensive treatment services after delivery.
The Milagro Program provides case managers that are available to help women sign up for Medicaid health insurance, food stamps and WIC, a special supplemental nutrition program for women and their children. The program also assists the women with housing resources, and transportation.
The highly-specialized Milagro Program provides comprehensive services for financially challenged pregnant women suffering from issues related to addiction. The program treats each woman as an individual—offering medication, counseling and help accessing social service programs as well as medical care to assure the health of their unborn children. For women struggling with addiction during pregnancy, this program could be the miracle they need.
Milagro Program Administration
2600 Yale Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Milagro Program Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Milagro Program by phone at (505) 463-8293.
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