Desert Hills Behavioral Health

Rating: 2.6   (5)

Treatment approach

  • Cognitive/behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Rational emotive behavioral therapy
  • Substance abuse counseling approach
  • Trauma-related counseling

Treatment Options

  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Long-term residential
  • Outpatient
  • Outpatient day treatment or partial hospitalization
  • Regular outpatient treatment
  • Residential


  • Services for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Spanish


  • Adolescents


  • Female
  • Male


  • Lesbian gay bisexual or transgender (LGBT)


  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Drug Abuse
  • Drug Addiction
  • Intervention center
  • Medical Detox
  • Substance Abuse

Areas of Specialization

  • 12-step faciltitation approach
  • Anger management
  • Buprenorphine used in treatment
  • Clients referred from the court/judicial system
  • Contingency management/motivational incentive
  • Do not use medication for opioid addiction
  • Family Addiction Counseling
  • Group counseling offered
  • Individual counseling offered
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
  • Relapse Prevention

Payment Options

  • American Express
  • Cash or self-payment
  • Check
  • Federal or any government funding for substance abuse programs
  • Mastercard
  • Medicaid
  • Military insurance
  • Private health insurance
  • State financed health insurance plan other than Medicaid
  • Visa

Accepted Insurances

  • Medicaid


Desert Hills Behavioral Health, a drug and alcohol addiction rehab facility that is situated at 5310 Sequoia Road NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is committed to helping those who are addicted, get the addiction treatment they need. Getting quality care through a professional treatment center can give the patient the confidence that is needed to successfully overcome drug and alcohol addiction. Even if one is experiencing addictive tendencies, it is important that they seek help in order to mitigate the chances of addiction down the road.

Effective treatment for addiction is designed to help the addict overcome their reliance on drugs and alcohol through various multi-step programs. At Desert Hills Behavioral Health, staff members and counselors are there to support the patient every step of the way. By providing a solid treatment foundation and framework, patients will have the best possible chance of overcoming their addiction.

The right addiction treatment is intended to relieve the addict of their addiction. Locating the main origin of the addict's desire to continually use and abuse substances of abuse is the key to beating addiction. At Desert Hills Behavioral Health, proven treatment programs will allow patients to get an idea of what life is like after overcoming drug abuse. Once treatment is complete, patients are urged to attend relapse prevention programs in order to lessen the likelihood of relapse in the future.

There are many types of different treatment programs for those aged Adolescents that aim to help patients overcome addiction. Group counseling, 12-step programs, medically assisted detox, and individual counseling are just some of the many styles of treatment that patients may go through while at Desert Hills Behavioral Health. The treatment program that is best suited for the patient will be determined after a thorough initial patient evaluation and assessment. The staff members at Desert Hills Behavioral Health will also work with the patient's insurance company in order to determine what is covered under their medical plan.

With a personalized treatment program that is designed uniquely for the patient, recovery is attainable. Connect with Desert Hills Behavioral Health by visiting them online at and understand how addiction treatment can enhance the quality of life. Attending a treatment program will allow for a new beginning in life, one that is more fulfilled and content.

Contact Details

+1(505) 836-7330
5310 Sequoia Road NWAlbuquerqueNew Mexico  87120

Google Reviews

  5.0   6 months ago

I've been in the Behavioral Health field for over 7 years. This facility has some of the best staff and programming I've ever seen. They are dedicated to the community and children it serves, and I'm proud to be a part of their team!!

  5.0   7 months ago

I have tryed alot of places to seek help for my son I finally found one that he likes. The day treatment is great my son likes going to school now. And we have aswome therapist!federico Apuzzo

  5.0   11 months ago

i was in the RTC for 4 months and i was in pretty bad shape when i got their i did not like listening to the staff got in a lot of fights but after a few months a got a lot better and now i have been out of desert hills for almost a year. their was a lot of staff that helped me but the one that helped me most was the sycamore therapist Yvonne. she is not the sycamore therapist anymore but she is the one who helped the the most

  5.0   11 months ago

I have mixed emotions about my experience here but one person who helped me the most was Yvonne Nunez (Therapist) She was extremely knowledgeable in all kinds of trauma and different things I was dealing with in life. She helped me fix relationships with my family. She was extremely kind and understanding and patient. I had been in therapy most of my life and I can happily say I made the most progress with her. I loved how individualized my treatment plan was and I loved how if something we were trying wasn't working there were multiple other approaches we could take. It was so nice knowing I had someone who genuinely cared and didnt give up on me. Definitely most amazing person I worked with at Desert Hills.

  5.0   1 year ago

I have trued alot of places to seek help for my son I finally found one that he likes. The day treatment is great my son likes going to school now. And we have aswome therapist!federico Apuzzo

  5.0   1 year ago

I have trued alot of places to seek help for my son I finally found one that he likes. The day treatment is great my son likes going to school now. And we have aswome therapist!

  5.0   1 year ago

Our 17 year old daughter discharged a few weeks ago. She had several challenges going in to the program. We had previously used a wilderness therapy program with little to no success. Per a recommendation of an educational consultant, we contacted Desert Hills. We toured and talked to several places around the country before deciding on Desert Hills. I would say we were 90% satisfied with everything that happened while she was there. When you have that many (maybe 8-10) emotionally challenged teenagers in a unit, things are bound to happen. If you go into a program like this expecting perfection, you will be sadly disappointed. What we liked most about the program was her therapist Yvonne. Our daughter truly bonded with her and had a great working relationship with her. They kept us informed about any problems that arose very quickly, yes even in the middle of the night, because of a time difference. The billing and travel arranging staff were always helpful. We were able to visit at least once a month and take her out for a day on pass. She was also able to call home almost every night. Her stay was approximately 4 months. We see lots of positive changed in her ability to deal with her personal issues. As I stated before, if you think you are going to get a perfect child back, think again. Our daughter, because of her bonding with Yvonne, had a positive outcome because she wanted it. Not because she was forced to. Some of the negatives include daily unit staff being sometimes ill equipped to deal with unruly teenagers. (although I would not want there job) Lack of time off the units to get out into the community to relieve boredom and stress was sometimes an issue. Our daughter gained weight as a result. Also, on the day of admission, no one was clearly in charge of taking parent on a tour of the facility and explaining who the contacts were for each department. Overall it was a positive experience and but the residents will only get out of the program what they are willing to receive.

  5.0   2 years ago

My experience here at Desert Hills really helped me. Staff here are helpful toward client's treatment. This place was a great facility for me. I knew the moment I walked in. Desert Hills is nice and organized. I felt very positive about this place and did what I had to do. Desert Hills is the place where I would go to help sort my life and discharge successfully and begin on the right path in my life.

  5.0   2 years ago

Desert Hills was a God send for my granddaughter. The staff of her unit provided her with the tools to become a functional teenager. Her therapist was exceptional. It is a difficult task to transition a person back to highschool life. They did a great job. No it is not perfect. There are a lot of challenges. They handled them well. The calling is hard to connect to your adolescent but when you handle that many callers it is tough. Thanks again for everything you have done for us.

  5.0   2 years ago

I think it's a good place for kids that need the help

  4.0   3 years ago

I was able to think over the years, and actually after all, they were a pretty good place! Ya I dealt with some nasty things there, but it got me into a better living and helped me understand, that knowing I should live and not die over stupid things! Depending on who you are sending/what you are sending your children there for, it's considered to be a good way to teach/have your children understand, not to do crappy things in life!! After I've gotten out of there, I've noticed a brighter future!! I've (even though it hasn't happened to me yet). I know that I myself will have a better life to understand and to enjoy!

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