About Us

The Santa Fe Recovery Center (SFRC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) substance use disorder (SUD) program based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

SFRC was established in 2005 to address the long-existing problem of substance abuse in Northern New Mexico. We operate the only Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited residential SUD treatment program within New Mexico. SFRC accepts clients from all areas of the state.


The Santa Fe Recovery Center envisions recovery for all individuals struggling with addictions.


The Santa Fe Recovery Center works with individuals to sustain lasting recovery from substance abuse disorders and related mental health disorders by providing culturally relevant, evidence based treatment and education in partnership with other community organizations.


We operate with integrity and treat each client with compassion and respect in a safe and nurturing environment.

SFRC provides a broad continuum of care with a wide array of services to ensure a transition from detoxification to long-term recovery.

Click here to view our annual report for fiscal year 2018-2019. (pdf)



We asked our staff to tell us why they believe so strongly in the work they do at Santa Fe Recovery Center. Here are a few of their answers.

“Every day I am able to plant seeds and watch them grow. Every day is a new beginning.” – Larry B.

“Here there are no failures, instead endless chances to keep coming back for hope and inspiration with like minded individuals.” – Lisa A.

“Each time I help someone, it helps me!” – Mark S.

“Because at the end of the day. I know I made a change to someone, somewhere, somehow.” – Jacob G.

“I continue to do this work because it has saved those I love and will be there for those that are loved.” – Lisa H.

“I got into this work because I felt that if I did something meaningful with my life, I would feel more fulfilled. And while that is true, and has always been true for me and this work, what I have also found to be true is that on a daily basis I am inspired, humbled, bolstered, touched, and uplifted by the clients we serve and the co-workers, board members, funders, and community of people who also choose to do this work. It means I am surrounded daily with joy, hope, passion, loyalty, sacrifice, and commitment. Who wouldn’t want more of that?”

Sylvia Barela
Chief Executive Officer

Fully Accredited Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program

CARF Accredited Gold SealOur CARF (Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited treatment programs blend the traditional 12-step philosophy with current state of the art, empirically based treatment practices. Clients experience how the stigma of addiction and mental illness can be overcome through compassionate and cooperative care provided by our community and staff.

*SFRC uses the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria and the Bio-Psychosocial Model for assessments and programmatic development.

* ASAM criteria consider several different dimensions in the client’s life from substance use, mental health conditions, medical conditions, and access to a safe stable living environment. The Bio-Psychosocial Model is a broad view that attributes disease outcome to the intricate, variable interaction of biological factors, psychological factors, and social factors.


Santa Fe Recovery Center services are provided without discrimination due to race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, religious belief, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or inability to pay. Sliding fee discounts for essential services are offered based on family size and income.

Los servicios de Santa Fe Recovery Center se brindan sin discriminación por motivos de raza, color, sexo, edad, nacionalidad, discapacidad, creencias religiosas, identidad de género, orientación sexual, afiliación política o incapacidad de pago. Descuentos para los servicios esenciales son ofrecidos dependiendo de tamaño de la familia y de los ingresos.

2021 Guidestar Platinum Seal