Sangre de Cristo House is a Transitional Living Program for women ages 18-25 who have substance use disorders and a range of other needs including assistance with needs relating to medical and mental health care, family and parenting skills, and occupational and educational status. Many of our residents have responsibilities for dependent children; some have small children with them during treatment.
Our campus is set in Pena Blanca, New Mexico located 32 miles West of Santa Fe. Set on 5 majestic arcs in a peaceful and private setting.
The goal of our program is stable recovery from substance disorders, improved management of co-occurring medical and emotional problems, and development of a healthy, productive lifestyle within the community.
The Sangre de Cristo House approach is based on these principles:
Acknowledge the differences among women that can impact treatment outcome
Women arrive in treatment at different stages of life, with diverse needs based on individual circumstances and challenges. SDC recognizes these differences and addresses the unique needs of a woman’s life and recovery.
Promote cultural competence
Treatment must be designed with awareness of and sensitivity to cultural diversity with respect to ethnicity, social class, age, marital status, disability, religion, and other variables.
Recognize the significance of relationships in women’s lives
The best women’s treatment takes a family-centered approach, inclusive of persons the woman views as her significant support. Because women are often primary caregivers for children, grandchildren, parents, and other dependents, this may heavily influence their willingness to seek help or fully engage in recovery unless they are appropriately included in recovery planning.
Address women’s health concerns
Women suffer more health-related consequences from substance use; are more likely to have co-occurring medical and emotional problems; and are at higher risk for infectious disease. Their substance use also presents a direct threat during pregnancy, in terms of fetal effects and miscarriage.
Adopt a trauma-informed perspective
Women experience violence, victimization, and abuse during active addiction. For many, this represents the continuation of abuse that began earlier in childhood. Effective evidence-based treatments exist to help heal the effects of trauma, and these must be integrated into the treatment experience.
Emphasize the client’s strengths
The best treatment builds on a woman’s natural strengths. That means making use of available resources to build recovery skills, enhance her sense of personal self-worth and self-respect, and assist her in making measurable improvements in the quality of her life.