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The Supportive Aftercare Community Program (SAC) provides a low-intensity residential service social model program that is designed to allow the clients to remain in a supportive recovery environment after completing alcohol and drug detoxification and/or rehabilitative services.

This program provides clients with the opportunity to reintegrate back into the community as productive drug-free members of the community. The program provides a structured living environment that emphasizes daily living skills and long-term management of recovery through life skills training geared for substance abuse recovery clients. Clients in our community receive one on one help and coaching from staff and they all participate in group programming. SAC clients also engage in volunteering on our campus and within our community. 

The modality used for classes in SAC is the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA). Each client receives approximately 100 hours of programing each week. 

Program participation in the Supportive Aftercare Community (SAC) program is voluntary and is provided at no cost to qualifying New Mexico residents seeking a supportive recovery environment after completing alcohol and drug detoxification and/or rehabilitative services. Potential clients are screened by a team to ensure appropriateness for the level of care and support provided at the facility. 


How to Apply

An individual wanting to apply to our SAC program should be willing to acknowledge and want to address their addiction issues. Clients who are still active in their substance use will first need to go through a detox program. SAC clients need to be able to provide their own food, hygiene and cleaning products, and clothing. SAC clients must be able to complete all activities of daily living on their own; meaning they can cook for themselves, maintain their own hygiene, maintain cleanliness of their room and apartment, should not have any issues with standing or sitting for extended periods, should be able to lift at least 20 pounds, and be able to go up and down stairs without any issues or concerns. SAC applicants should not have any active warrants in Bernalillo County or any other county.

If you are interested in applying for our SAC program, please stop by our campus at 5901 Zuni SE, 87108, and ask for a SAC application. Once you have completed the entire application, please return it to Department of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) and a DBHS employee will follow up with you about the status of your application.

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