Founded in 1952 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Turquoise Lodge Hospital is a division of the New Mexico Department of Health and offers short-term inpatient detox and addiction treatment. Treatment is for adults only and is co-ed but offers specialty programs for pregnant women, IV drug users and women in the process of regaining custody of their children.
Accommodations and Food
Though Turquoise is a hospital, it aims to offer comfortable, home-like accommodations. With a total of 40 beds available, rooms are gender-specific and based on double occupancy, each equipped with twin beds and private bathrooms. The hospital’s campus offers an outdoor workout area, basketball court, picnic tables and benches. The grounds resemble a quaint town park with trees that provide a shaded area on a large open lawn. There are designated areas on campus where the clients are permitted to smoke.
The facility provides three meals a day, served cafeteria-style, and there are usually several healthy options available.
Treatment and Staff
After an initial phone interview, clients enter a medically-monitored detox (if needed), typically lasting between three and six days, at which point they are assigned a counselor and case worker and begin to participate in a daily schedule of group therapy. Clients also meet with a physician and psychiatrist during this time and receive medication management if a dual diagnosis is determined. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is also available to help manage opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Once detox is complete, clients are given an individualized treatment plan consisting of structured group and individual therapy that uses evidence-based practices, such as CBT. Most programs are based in a group setting, though there are weekly individual sessions scheduled as needed. Therapy modalities are combined with 12-step integration.
Treatment begins early in the morning, usually around 8:00 am, and ends around 8:00 pm. All programs last for 21 to 30 days.
Aftercare planning is an essential part of the programs and the staff provides case management to connect clients with a support community and/or outpatient services. There is also a family program for loved ones once a the client is admitted to treatment.
The programs offered at Turquoise Lodge are thorough and caring, providing specific treatment for each client. Though the programs are hospital-based, the staff aims to make the clients comfortable during their short stay; offering a continuum of care once an individual leaves the confines of structured treatment.
Turquoise Lodge Hospital Location
5901 Zuni Rd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Turquoise Lodge Hospital Cost
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