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Brain Plasticity in Addiction

Long-term drug use is a contributing factor in brain cell death, brain shrinkage, cognitive disease and many other issues. However, the brain's flexibility enables it to heal even after experiencing significant hardship. It won't always return to its original functioning, but enough healing is possible that many people succeed...


The Power of Nature in Recovery

The setting for Vista Taos Nature & Recovery Center is no accident. For centuries, the expansive turquoise skies and breathtaking mountains edging the Taos Valley have captured the imagination and enriched the spirits of those who come to magical Northern New Mexico. Nature dominates life here: Magnificent views stretch...

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Decluttering Your Sober Life: Benefits of Organization During Recovery

You’ve probably heard about the clutter-anxiety-depression link. Put simply, an excess amount of “stuff” leads to chronic stress. It can be a vicious cycle: Disorganization fuels anxiety, which leads to depression, which lends itself to more disorganization. While you may not have associated this cycle with your recovery from...

Coming Out of Our Isolation

Coming Out of Our Isolation

For many of us, living with addiction has been a very isolating experience. We’ve essentially been alone with our drug or behavior of choice. There are many different reasons why we isolate. Sometimes we’re ashamed of the mistakes we’ve made and the ways in which we’ve hurt other people....

Maintaining Our Serenity

Maintaining Our Serenity

Living with addiction and mental health issues means we’re often confronted with things and people that challenge our serenity and sense of peace. We’re presented with things that make us feel uncomfortable, stressed, anxious, angry, even depressed. Addiction creates all kinds of challenging situations in our lives, frustrating daily...

COVID-19 update: The health and safety of our clients at Vista Taos Renewal Center continues to be our highest priority. Due to the national rise in cases of COVID-19, all potential clients entering the Vista Taos program shall be tested for the virus and must receive their results prior to admission. Vista Taos continues to work closely with the New Mexico Department of Health, adhering to the highest standards of care for our clients, and will provide subsequent testing after admission as needed. For assistance in finding the most efficient testing sites, please contact our Director of Community Relations, Jeremy Lihte, at (575) 425-1913