Addiction treatment centers in Las Cruces provide a range of services, including methadone maintenance treatment, inpatient therapy and detox services. The city is also home to facilities that have received accreditations for high-quality service from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities or the Joint Commission. Rehab centers in Las Cruces can help you begin your path to sobriety.
Find support from others in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction by attending a support group meeting near Las Cruces. More than 300 Alcoholics Anonymous groups meet each week in Area 46, District 4 of AA. The district serves most of Doña Ana County. The Lower Organ Mountain Area of Narcotics Anonymous, which serves Alamogordo, Deming, Las Cruces, Ruidoso Downs and Silver City, hosts 17 meetings each week.
The two biggest higher-learning institutions in Las Cruces provide limited outpatient counseling services for students affected by substance use disorders. New Mexico State University and its subsidiary Doña Ana Community College also refer students to long-term treatment for addiction if necessary.
Outpatient Counseling, Group Counseling, Crisis Services, Social Work, Outreach, Referrals
3080 Breland Dr.
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Brief Outpatient Counseling, Brief Crisis Intervention, Group Counseling, Referrals
2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM 88011
The 2016 Doña Ana County Community Survey revealed that nearly half of the county’s residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days, but only 5 percent of residents said they drank heavily. Drinking heavily was defined as consuming more than seven drinks in a week for women and more than 14 drinks in a week for men. About 42 percent of those who drank alcohol also reported binge drinking in the past 30 days.
More than a third of residents said they received a prescription painkiller for any reason in the past year, and 35 percent of people who used a prescription painkiller used it to get high. Overall, 6 percent of survey respondents said they used a prescription painkiller to get high in the past year.
The top reasons for using a prescription painkiller were:
Opioid abuse, including prescription opioid misuse, is a leading cause of death in New Mexico. An estimated 176 people died from drug overdoses in Doña Ana County between 2011 and 2015, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. The county’s death rate was lower than the state average during that time frame.
The Unified Prevention Coalition is a drug prevention program working in Doña Ana County to reduce use and misuse of alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs, and to reduce engagement in adverse health behaviors.
Substances used in Doña Ana County vary. Data shows that alcohol is the leading drug of choice among youth. Marijuana is a close second. The UP! Coalition’s partners have presented data showing that methamphetamine and marijuana are the drugs of choice among adults.
Coalition partners are working in a variety of ways to reduce use and support individuals with current addictions. Specific to those with current addictions, the Mesilla Valley Hospital provides services for both adults and youth. Local physicians and clinics providing medicated-assisted treatment programs and others are working to educate individuals on local resources. The coalition also provides free Narcan/naloxone trainings, which help prevent opioid overdoses, to any resident, organization or business who is interested.
UP! has worked for several years to pass social host ordinances in Doña Ana County. In the past six months, two communities, Anthony and Sunland Park, both passed SHOs. SHOs give law enforcement an additional tool to hold adults responsible for allowing or providing settings for underage drinking to occur.
In 2017, the UP! Coalition worked with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office and the Hatch Police Department to place permanent prescription drug drop boxes in central sites to offer community residents free disposal sites for their prescription drugs. UP! supports law enforcement to put on the twice-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and community education events.