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Pueblo of Acoma New MexicoThe Basics

The Pueblo of Acoma provides behavioral health services designed to assist registered Tribal members of the Acoma Nation using holistic treatment practices. Falling under the umbrella of the Acoma Behavioral Health Services Department, Pueblo of Acoma incorporates the rich heritage of the Acoma people into treatment practices to ensure that recovery is tailored to unique tribal needs and customs. In addition to outpatient substance abuse treatment, ABHSD provides gambling addiction treatment and general mental health care.

Treatment and Staff

The Pueblo of Acoma substance abuse treatment program is designed to help tribal members reclaim their health and mental clarity. Prior to enrolling into treatment, clients must make an appointment with an intake counselor for a bio-psycho-social assessment. Clients requiring medically-supervised detox prior to enrollment are referred to a trusted facility. After the assessment, clients are assigned to a primary counselor and together they develop an individualized treatment plan. All clients attend the same 14-week program but specific groups attended vary depending upon the individual’s needs.

During the 14-week outpatient program, clients attend group therapy sessions typically divided by gender or topic. Group topics include psycho-education, anger management, spiritual development, relapse prevention skills, process and 12-step studies. In addition to attending 12-step study groups using the Big Book of AA, all clients are required to attend meetings at least five times per week and are encouraged to get a sponsor and to develop a support system outside of treatment. Clients also schedule individual therapy with their counselor at least once per week.

The large clinical staff at Acoma Behavioral Health includes mental health professionals with a diverse range of credentials and specialties. With more than 30 staff members, clients work with LISWs, LCSWs, LADACs, Licensed Master’s Social Workers (LMSWs), Cultural Liaisons, Prevention Gerneralists, Mental Health Clinicians and individuals working towards their credentials. Counselors and therapists utilize evidence-based practices in conjunction with 12-step principles. CBT and DBT techniques are used in individual, group, family and couples therapy sessions. Clients requiring dual diagnosis support or medication management outside of the Acoma Behavioral Health scope of care are referred to trusted community resources.

Extras

In addition to substance abuse treatment, Acoma Behavioral Health provides gambling addiction and suicide prevention programs that meet on a weekly basis. The gambling program provides screenings and assessments as well as group and individual counseling. Massage and cranial therapy are available as well as support groups and crisis intervention.

The suicide prevention group, or Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) group provides empowerment and tribal support for those in crisis. Transportation and lunch are provided for those who support others as a part of the Pueblo life, contributing to the health and wellness of the community in order to carry on sacred traditions.

In Summary

Pueblo of Acoma provides complimentary outpatient treatment for substance abuse. Tribal members participate in traditional therapeutic groups that use techniques which combine the 12-steps and the cultural beliefs of the Acoma people. Additional mental and behavioral health services are available including suicide prevention groups and gambling addiction programs, making this comprehensive organization an ideal choice for Acoma tribe members seeking outpatient care.

Pueblo of Acoma
P.O. Box 328
Pueblo of Acoma, NM 87034

Pueblo of Acoma Cost: Free for tribal members. Reach Pueblo of Acoma by phone at (505) 552-6661 ext. 5164 or by email at [email protected].

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