Fiesta de Salud: Community Event to Promote Traditional Healing Techniques

Objective: To increase the community’s knowledge about the effectiveness of traditional healing for substance use problems.

Description: Hoy Recovery Program, Inc. has more than 11 years in using Ferias (now called Fiestas) de Salud to provide and promote traditional healing and to engage the community in the programs through festive and fun family friendly activities. The Fiestas de Salud is a free community event promoting traditional healing, natural medicine and curanderismo techniques to treat substance abuse.

Population of Focus: American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Adults, Elderly, Incarcerated/Formerly incarcerated, Limited English Proficient

Setting: Residential facility; Rural and/or frontier

Level of Intervention: County, Community, Individual

Resources/Qualifications Needed: Agency administrator and treatment staff, funding, community outreach, trained traditional healers and natural medicine practitioners

Partners: Kapulli Ixkalli, a traditional healing center

Background: The Hoy Recovery Program, Inc. is located in Rio Arriba County, which has the highest number of deaths due to drug overdose in the U.S. The primary mission of the Hoy Recovery Program is the enhancement and strengthening of individuals, families and the community by providing culturally relevant substance abuse services in a safe and friendly environment.

The Hoy Recovery Program approaches substance abuse treatment from a balance of evidenced-based/best-practice models and a traditional healing approach.  Using best-practice models we provide individual and group counseling for our clients, using methods that have been found to be effective with individuals struggling with addiction.  We also utilize a traditional approach in order to provide holistic treatment.  Our traditional model involves a ranch setting including farm animals and a traditional Northern New Mexico garden, where we grow much of our own food.  We use a curandera, or traditional healer, who leads the clients through meditation, relaxation, exercise and our temazcal, or sweat lodge.  We also utilize Accu-detox, poetry and art.


Adam Baca, Executive Director
Hoy Recovery Program, Inc.
PO Box 520 Espanola, New Mexico 87532