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Addiction Treatment Services
Are you struggling with drug or alcohol abuse? Our addiction treatment services include different levels of care so we can meet you where you are.

We will get to know you and your specific needs and then we can suggest:

There is nothing shameful about experiencing addiction. Though it may feel like an isolating experience, struggling with addiction is more common than you may think. In fact, nearly 20 million Americans experienced addiction in 2017 alone. The process of recognizing and helping addiction is different for everyone, and unfortunately, some people never get there. However, millions of people experiencing addiction do get the help and support they need to live healthy, substance-free lives. There is no singular way to begin the path to recovery, but there are certain services that can help you begin your journey.
At Sage Neuroscience Center, we offer some of the most effective addiction treatment services in Albuquerque and offer a supportive, nurturing environment for healing to begin.

Substance Abuse Recovery

At Sage Neuroscience Center, we aim to provide holistic, individualized care for people experiencing addiction. When you contact us to begin your journey, our intake department will have an in-depth conversation with you to determine the level of care you may need at the current time. Not all addiction situations are the same, and different courses of action are best for different people. While the thought of rehabilitation may conjure media-created images of recovery, in actuality, the process is quite individualized and personal. Your intake is simply a determination of where to begin.

At Sage Neuroscience Center, we offer three distinct programs for individuals experiencing addiction: outpatient drug and alcohol detox, intensive outpatient program, and aftercare support group.

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Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Detox

Our outpatient services offer all of the programs and benefits of detoxification without the confinement of an overnight stay. We believe in approaching healing holistically, and that includes ensuring that our patients are medically safe when they detox from drugs and alcohol. Everyone who begins our outpatient drug and alcohol detox program receives a thorough medical exam upon intake to ensure that your body is in good health to begin the detoxification process.

After this, one or more of the following treatment options will be recommended to you:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Medically supervised detox
  • Long-term medical detox resources
  • Community support services

This treatment plan is developed with you, not for you. You will be part of the process of your own healing and will be fully informed every step of the way.

Medically Supervised Detox

It’s important to remember that addiction is not just mental; it’s physical as well. When your body is dependent on any substance to function, eliminating that substance can be jarring to the system. Our medical supervision detox program ensures that your body is being fully supported and safe during the detoxification process. Having someone there to support you, especially someone well-versed in what is happening to your body as you detox, can be incredibly encouraging for our patients in this program. Sometimes, the symptoms of detox can be severe, and it’s important to have a medical professional with you to assist and monitor your condition. Detoxing is an incredibly difficult step, but it’s an important one to take to begin recovery.

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Detox Symptoms

While some people experience mild symptoms of withdrawal, others experience profound effects. These symptoms depend on the substance you use and the frequency with which you’ve been using it.

Potential symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors
  • Cardiac Arrest

Though this sounds scary, rest assured that at Sage Neuroscience Center, a medical professional will monitor you through the entire process to ensure that you are safe and medically sound.

Using Medication to Detox

Though it may seem counterintuitive, several useful and safe medications can help with the initial detox process. These medications manage symptoms of discomfort and ensure that your body is safe while you detox.

As with everything at Sage, we involve you in every decision about using medications during detox. We give you evidence-based information about the medication options and help to administer them on the correct schedule. This resource can be incredibly helpful in overcoming the initial recovery hurdle and can even decrease your chances of relapse.

Advantages of Outpatient Detox Services

Outpatient detox services are a wonderful resource for many people. These services are less expensive than residential or inpatient treatments and offer the same level of medical supervision and attention. You can experience a blend of medical support with family support while you take this difficult step. These services also work well for those with schedules that would otherwise prevent them from seeking care. Outpatient detox services are flexible, so you don’t have to quit a job or find extended childcare to begin your recovery journey.

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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Overcoming addiction extends beyond initial detox. At Sage Neuroscience Center, we wanted to create an alcohol rehab and drug rehab in Albuquerque that is judgment-free, supportive, and custom-tailored to each individual who walks through our doors. Our staff understands that addiction is a disease, not a choice. We begin all of our programs with that belief in mind. Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) is no exception.

Speaking in general terms, you can expect the following from IOP:

  • Three-hour meetings, three times a week, for twelve weeks
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Drug testing
All care options are a collaborative effort between our patients and providers. No decisions about treatment or care are made without full consent and enthusiasm from all involved. More detailed treatment aspects are described below.

Why IOP?

Intensive outpatient programs are beneficial in numerous ways. While many of the same services are offered in residential treatment facilities, IOP allows you to heal on your own schedule. No round-the-clock care is required, so you can maintain your job and support your family if need be. IOP treatment is similarly effective to residential programs but without the full-time commitment. Our programs are also helpful for those who went through a residential treatment program and are looking for a step into independence without completely leaving support and healing behind.

IOP at Sage

When working through our intensive inpatient program at Sage Neuroscience Center, the process begins with a medical and psychiatric evaluation. This evaluation allows us to understand where you are beginning your journey mentally and physically. From here, you and a provider will discuss what might be the best course of action to follow for you as a unique individual.

You will always have a say in your treatment protocol.

Some specific treatment options available to you are:

  • Nutrition training
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness training
  • Trigger identification
  • Chemistry of addiction training
  • Boundaries and impulse control training
  • Family and couples counseling

There are many more specific and individualized options here at Sage, and your healing program will depend entirely on your history, addiction experience, and your goals for recovery.

Who Benefits From IOP?

Anyone struggling with substance use disorders or addictions can benefit from our intensive outpatient programs. Substance use disorders are defined as any situation in which a person’s brain is unable to stop them from using a substance.

These substances include:

  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs
  • Prescription medication
  • Nicotine
Once an addiction is formed to one of these substances, it can be difficult and dangerous to attempt to quit on one’s own. Our programs give people experiencing addiction a safe space and stable routine in which to access the support needed to escape their impulses. These programs rewire the brain to be able to better avoid substances that were previously irresistible.
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Aftercare Support

Aftercare Support Groups

The third main service offered by Sage Neuroscience Center is our therapy and aftercare support group services. These services are meant for anyone who has gone through addiction recovery programs, either with us or elsewhere, and is looking for a stable, reliable, supportive place to continue their sobriety and avoid relapse. We believe that having support after the initial recovery process is crucial to long-term health and wellbeing and keeps our community from experiencing relapses.

Benefits of Aftercare Support Groups

Recovering from substance abuse disorder is not a finite process. A person may have to deal with sobriety challenges throughout their lifetime. In the weeks and months after going through an intensive care program, many people often feel alone or intimidated by their new life. Our aftercare support groups give them a structured support system to help them manage their new post-recovery life and to give them a community that understands their experiences. Many people who experience addiction are better able to maintain sobriety because of the relationships, tools, and trigger management that they develop in our aftercare support group.

Lessons of Aftercare Support Groups

Because aftercare support groups provide you with a network and community, it’s entirely common to learn unique lessons in these groups that you may not learn during your outpatient care. Our aftercare support groups are full of individuals in all stages of recovery, many of whom experience addiction differently than you do. Others’ insights often reveal important lessons and tools that may not have come up during an outpatient program. These tools may bring your recovery to the next level and make the journey easier for you.

The community to be found here is also incredibly precious. As you learn to adapt to a substance-free life, there will be individuals that fall away from your life in response. In support groups, you can form new relationships with strong foundations, with people who understand what you’re going through.

You can expect the following benefits from participating in long-term support care:

  • Additional resources after IOP
  • Recovery goal tracking and encouragement
  • Trigger management skills
  • Relapse prevention
  • Tips for making the most out of sober life
  • Strong, lasting relationships based on values, not substances

Aftercare Support Group Structure

Our aftercare support group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. The meetings are facilitated by a specialist from our clinic, and you are free to listen to others’ experiences and share your own.

Substance Abuse in New Mexico

Unfortunately, substance abuse is a significant problem in the state of New Mexico. Teen substance abuse ranks among the highest in the nation, with adolescents struggling with everything from ecstasy to heroin to methamphetamines. Overdose rates in New Mexico are startlingly high as well, with prescription drugs as the leading cause of death in the state. This discrepancy indicates a lack of supportive, effective resources in the area. Here at Sage Neuroscience Center, we aim to bridge that gap and bring safe, accessible, affordable rehabilitation services to the Albuquerque area.

Drug Rehab Albuquerque, New Mexico

For drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, turn to Sage Neuroscience Neuroscience Center. We offer a wide range of resources that allow our patients to access holistic, personalized care that is truly life-changing. Our judgment-free environment allows for healing and growth to take place and for your new substance-free life to begin.

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Contact us now to get started or visit our Addiction Treatment FAQ’s to learn more about the program.

For more information about our services, contact us today at

1 (505) 884-1114

Our mission at Sage Neuroscience Center is to create collaborative teams of healthcare providers to engage those we serve to achieve sustainable wellness.

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