Ideal Option Opens Second Addiction Clinic in Albuquerque

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The new clinic offers specialized medication-assisted treatment for fentanyl, meth, heroin, alcohol and other substances.

Ideal Option, a national leader in evidence-based outpatient treatment for addiction to opioids, methamphetamine, alcohol and polysubstance, is now welcoming patients at its newest location at 8400 Osuna Rd NE in Albuquerque. Patients will receive personalized, evidence-based treatment with buprenorphine and other FDA-approved medications from an onsite addiction medicine specialist.

Fentanyl, a dangerous and highly addictive synthetic opioid, is widely available in New Mexico. According to the CDC National Center for Health Statistics, there were 595 drug overdose deaths due to synthetic opioids reported in New Mexico during the 12-month period ending in December 2021, an 89% increase from the 315 deaths reported during the same period the year before.

“What we are hearing from so many folks is...people don’t know that fentanyl is out there pill can kill,” said Adriann Barboa, county commission chair with Bernalillo County.

Ideal Option’s 2021 Annual Patient Outcomes Report for New Mexico shows fentanyl positive rates at enrollment were up by 104% displacing heroin positive rates which were down by 44% compared to 2020. The data also support the effectiveness of treatment. Among patients who remained in treatment with Ideal Option during 2021, urine drug testing shows:

  • 96% less fentanyl use
  • 92% less total opioid use
  • 95% less heroin use
  • 88% less methamphetamine use

The new clinic in Albuquerque comes at a time of desperate need for expanded access to evidence-based treatment from experienced providers. Ideal Option has been specializing in addiction medicine using buprenorphine-based medications such as Suboxone® for 10 years and currently operates 84 clinics across 11 states.

“Because of our scale, we’re able to start new patients within 1-3 days, not several weeks like many other providers who are overwhelmed by the demand. Opening a second clinic in Albuquerque means we can help so many more people start and remain in life-saving treatment,” said Athena Huckaby, community outreach coordinator for Ideal Option in New Mexico.

The new Ideal Option clinic in Albuquerque is open Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is located at 8400 Osuna Rd NE, Ste. 2D, Albuquerque, NM 87111.

Most forms of insurance are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid, and patients can typically get started on treatment for fentanyl, heroin, alcohol or other substances within 1-3 business days.

Patients can make an appointment by calling 1.877.522.1275 or visiting

About Ideal Option
Headquartered in Kennewick, Washington, Ideal Option was founded in 2012 and has since helped more than 60,000 patients through a network of 84 office-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) clinics across 11 states. With a mission to serve under-served communities, Ideal Option accepts all forms of insurance including Medicaid and Medicare. Financial assistance and payment plans are also available.

Ideal Option's team of medical providers carry certifications in Addiction and Emergency Medicine, Internal, and Family Medicine, among other specialties. The company also employs social workers, caseworkers, counselors, and mental health practitioners. This holistic approach helps drive positive outcomes, including family stability, stable housing, improved overall health, and reduced rates of recidivism.

In all the communities it serves, Ideal Option collaborates with existing stakeholders and providers to improve the continuum of care. This approach includes partnerships with emergency rooms and county jail systems, where individuals with substance use disorder often appear, as well as collaborating with numerous support agencies and municipal programs addressing social needs such as housing, mental health, and nutrition support.

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