Desert Hills Behavioral Health

Google Rating: 2.5
  • 5310 Sequoia Road NW, Albuquerque New Mexico, 87120
  • Contact:   Michael Gurlamo
  • (505) 836-7330

About Treatment Center

At Desert Hills Behavioral Health located in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico, we offer customized treatment plans tailored to fit the needs of our patients. Our main goal is to treat chronic addiction, as well as any underlying psychological disorders that may have aided in an addict’s initial substance abuse problem. Our caring staff of addiction specialists are dedicated towards the recovery of every patient. We specialize in 12-step faciltitation approach, Anger management and Buprenorphine used in treatment.We offer Intensive outpatient treatment, Long-term residential and Outpatient that are available to Adolescents. At Desert Hills Behavioral Health, we offer a peaceful, relaxing environment for the patient so that they can focus on their recovery with a positive attitude. We combine both holistic and traditional treatment methods to create the most effective treatment plan possible based on the patients’ unique needs. We accept Medicaid and other insurances. For the convenience of the patient, we also offer Services for the deaf and hard of hearing and Spanish to aid in the patients’ recovery. At Desert Hills Behavioral Health, we truly care about each and every person that walks through our doors. We want our patients to succeed in every aspect of their lives, and it all starts with the right addiction treatment.

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

Treatment Options

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


  • Adolescents


  • Lesbian gay bisexual or transgender (LGBT)

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
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Payment Methods

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

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Google Reviews

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.

Jeff Bryan, 4 months 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.

Bob Rowe, 5 months 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.

Thad Fuller, 5 months ago

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

Suvana Wilson, 8 months 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!

Gabe Nagle, 1 year ago

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