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YNMG & COVID: Coming Home To A Pandemic

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Orlando Watts

In episode 55, we return to the conversation around recovery from substance use during the pandemic. It's a special episode devoted to a conversation between Executive Producer Marisa Demarco and her cousin, Orlando Watts, who went to a remote rehab before the pandemic, and then returned home after it was in full swing. A lot of the conversation around reckoning with a loss of control, being present, sitting with discomfort and reaching out to connect could be useful for anyone during this time—not only people in recovery or seeking treatment.

And a news update: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is locking down Gallup, blocking off the city with policed checkpoints to keep outsiders off the Navajo Nation. Anyone without a Gallup address can’t get in, according to KRQE

On the Navajo Nation as of Thursday, April 30, there were 164 new cases, making the total 2,141, and nine deaths, bringing the death toll to 71, according to the Department of Health there.

Overall in New Mexico, today there are 104 more cases for a total of 3,513. Eight people died, bringing the state’s death toll to 131.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that workers in New Mexico who get called back in after being laid off or  furloughed won’t be able to keep their unemployment benefits without a valid reason they are not returning to work.

We're keeping a complete list of the resources and volunteer opportunities that we find for each episode at bit.ly/YNMGhub. And here's what we got from today.


  • CARE Detox center in Albuquerque is still taking folks: (505) 468-1555
  • New Mexico Crisis and Access Line can hook you up with mental health or substance abuse resources: 1-855-nm-crisis.
  • If you are not having an emergency but want to connect with someone, check out the Peer-To-Peer Warmline: 1-855-4nm-7100. They’re ready to take your call between 3:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. daily, or you can text someone there between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Online recovery meetingsRecovery DharmaAANAIn The Rooms ... there are so many.
  • You can also call into many online meetings with your phone, and your local AA can point you in the right direction. 

 How are things going for you? We want to know. Share your quarantine stories by calling: (505) 218-7084 and leaving us a message. We could roll them into a future episode.


Your New Mexico Government is a collaboration between KUNM, New Mexico PBS, and the Santa Fe Reporter. Funding for our coverage is provided, in part, by the Thornburg Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the New Mexico Local News Fund.

Marisa Demarco began a career in radio at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health for much of her time at the station. During the pandemic, she is also the executive producer for Your NM Government and No More Normal, shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice. She joined Source New Mexico as editor-in-chief in 2021.
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