Substance Use Treatment

Treatment for Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder

Why do we say treatment for substance use AND substance use disorder?

Drugs and alcohol are not optimum for healing the injured brain, so sometimes people with brain injury who don’t “technically” overuse a substance may want to cut down or eliminate their use to help their brain heal.  In this case, therapy may be helpful, particularly if it includes “motivational interviewing” that helps people get in touch with their own values and reasons for changing behaviors.

Treatment for Substance Use Disorder

We don’t know of any treatment facilities for substance use disorder in New Mexico that specifically treat people with brain injury and substance use disorder.

We have a model for successful treatment for these co-occurring conditions, and we are available to train recovery organizations in making accommodations for patients with brain injury.

Some people with brain injury find that Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous is helpful for them, but many with brain injury need accommodations that AA or NA groups may or may not be able to provide. For example, a member may be expected to read the Big Book, but if you have a brain injury, you may not be able to manage reading at all or more than a few sentences at a time.

Some people with brain injury need a more tailored approach, and for this reason, we suggest exploring CRAFT. CRAFT stands for Community Reinforcement and Family Training. It was developed in New Mexico, and it is becoming more widely available in our state.

The CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) approach is a therapeutic intervention designed to help families and significant others motivate their loved ones to enter treatment for substance abuse. It’s a structured program that empowers family members to positively influence the substance user’s behavior. Family members are taught to positively reinforce sober behaviors, and clients gain support for engaging in prosocial activities not focused on the use of substances. They learn the skills they need to take part in such activities.  Ultimately the result is that a sober lifestyle becomes more rewarding than a substance-using lifestyle.

Serna Solutions lists numerous organizations across New Mexico offering CRAFT through The Family Empowerment Project. For full details, please contact Serna Solutions.
6000 Uptown Blvd NE #140
Albuquerque, NM 87110.
Phone:  505-420-3377

For Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Gallup, please call the Albuquerque phone number above:  505-420-3377.

In Farmington, the Family Empowerment Project is offered through the 11th Judicial District Court Programs. Again, call 505-420-3377.

Other organizations in New Mexico participating in The Family Empowerment Project are below:

Angel’s Network Counseling Service, LLC
811 E. Amador Ave
Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, NM 88001
Phone:  575-312-2348

1900 Westridge Rd.
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Phone: 575-725-5552

Restorative Paths Counseling
4011 Barbara Loop SE Ste 103
Rio Rancho, NM 87124-1040
Phone:  505-526-3307″

Tewa Roots Society
Nambe Pueblo
16A Tayeh Huu U
Nambe Pueblo, NM 87506
Ryan Martinez, Program Director
Phone: 505-455-5591
Services offered by the Tewa Roots Society are open to all Native Americans. Services are offered at Nambe Pueblo and in the mobile office  unit as needed.