What to Expect as a New Patient

Each client admitted to the ALT Recovery treatment program will receive a confidential medical and clinical screening. Because everyone is unique, our comprehensive intake process is designed to ensure all individual patient needs are addressed. Once proper maintenance is achieved, ongoing counseling and doctor sessions help keep the client on the road to recovery.

Incoming patients can expect:
– Meeting with counselor to determine appropriate treatment plan and set goals and expectations
– Medical screening and assessment with the nurse
– One-on-one session with medical doctor to determine individual dosing needs
– Random drug screening in accordance with state and federal regulations
– Ongoing meetings with counselor, nurse and medical doctor to help monitor progress

The ALT Recovery Group New Way Forward uses a combined treatment approach with medication, counseling and support services in a person-centered approach for lifestyle changes to improve your quality of life. You are the most important member of the healthcare team. The more you know about different treatments, program requirements, and the recovery process, the better your outcomes with us will be in terms of achieving your health and wellness goals/objectives.

The three different medication assisted treatment (MAT) options for opioid use disorders approved by the FDA are:

Program Enrollment and Admission
We recommend completing the administrative paperwork packet in an office visit before your first clinic visit for medical evaluation and program admission (medication induction, first dose). You will need a photo ID and an insurance card if you are not a self pay patient. If eligible, you should apply for Medicaid prior to seeking services with us.

The first visit for methadone will be a long one (2-3 hours); you should have someone present to drive you home in case the new medication affects your ability to drive safely. You will need to bring all your pill bottles and have a full bladder for a urine drug screen sample. Currently initial visits for medical intake, evaluation and starting treatment are offered Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings starting at 6:00 am on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact us as indicated below to get information about buprenorphine (Suboxone) and naltreoxone (Vivitrol) since starting these two treatments are different. Appointments may be arranged. Buprenorphine services are offered in Las Cruces in the annex building across the street from the main facility. Buprenorphine may have a waiting list for open treatment slots.

During the induction period of the first two weeks of treatment with methadone, you will need close medication monitoring when you return for supervised dosing with a nurse. How you respond to treatment will help determine your dosing increases or changes until you are stabilized on your continuing dose to avoid withdrawal symptoms from opioid cessation and to reduce cravings for opioid use. New patients on buprenorphine will likely reach their stabilized safe and effective dose more quickly than those starting treatment with methadone. With methadone, new patients will visit the clinic 6 days a week for supervised dosing with a Sunday take-home dose. With buprenorphine, new patients will visit the clinic at least weekly and then later every 2-3 weeks to get their prescription from the physician to take to a retail pharmacy.

During the first 14 days after admission (first doses) each patient will complete a psychosocial assessment with a counselor and attend classes in ALT Recovery Group program orientation and Narcan overdose prevention.

Without insurance, the new patient intake fee is $70 and daily doses of methadonne are $12 each. NM Medicaid (Centennial Care) and most private insurance cover all three MAT treatments. Each Medicaid managed care organization (Molina, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Presbyterian, UnitedHealthcare) pays for patient transportation to and from medical appointments when needed.

For more information or assistance in Las Cruces, please contact us by calling toll-free 1-877-258-4301 or via email at info@altrecoverygroup.com.

Contact our Chatsworth clinic via email at infoca@altrecoverygroup.com.

Please view the documents below to be sure that our services are best suited for your desired recovery from using heroin or prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons.

Enrollment Forms (these five items are part of a larger packet of forms):
New Patient Contact/Registration Form
New Patient Appointment Deposit Notice
MAT Treatment Contract (Buprenorphine & Naltrexone)
Methadone Treatment Agreement
Patient Code of Conduct

If you are a provider who would like to refer a patient, please download the Referral Form and fax the completed form to 575-522-3151. You may also share our Break Your Addiction flyer with your patients.