La Hacienda’s Sweet explores ‘Institutes of Quality’ with Aetna leaders

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Partnerships

Michelle Sweet meets with Aetna Behavioral Health leaders

Photo–Michelle Sweet (back to camera) talks with Dr. Mark Friedlander, Chief Medical Officer, and Cara McNulty, Vice President of Aetna Behavioral Health. (Photos courtesy of Aetna) Our residential treatment facility is in rural Central Texas, but La Hacienda’s professional staff ranges far and wide to network with industry professionals and gather resources that help us provide top care. That’s why … Read More

Alumni Reunion 2020 is May 1-3 in Hunt

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Enter May 1-3, 2020, on your digital device or circle it on your paper calendar for La Hacienda’s 48th annual Alumni Reunion in Hunt, Texas. This year’s reunion theme is, “The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead” (Big Book p. 152). Alumni, family, friends and staff will have opportunities to reconnect, share stories, hear insightful guest speakers and … Read More

Clay and Dale to Attend San Antonio Alumni Meeting

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La Hacienda alumni support representatives Clay Eaton and Dale Trees will participate in the regular San Antonio Alumni Group meeting on Monday, Jan 13. The group’s session starts at 7 p.m. at the La Hacienda Community Outreach Office, 7400 Blanco Rd., Suite 129. Clay and Dale will share information about the annual Alumni Reunion coming up in May and other … Read More

From Ropes to Licensing, Beth Kept Us Steady

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Beth Fearing, Facility Compliance

Making learning about safety interesting: Facility Compliance Manager Beth Fearing holds bling given away at this year’s Safety Carnival. We wish a happy retirement to Beth Fearing, our long-time Facility Compliance Advisor, whose final work day here was Monday, Dec. 16. Beth made sure that La Hacienda met operational, health, and safety standards set by the Joint Commission, the State … Read More

Making the Season Brighter

John SniffenHealing Environment, La Hacienda

Christmas decorators

Nicole Michaud, kneeling right, and friends pause during decorating the dining room. “I want to cheer up people who are going through a rough time,” says Nicole Michaud. With that thought in mind, the San Antonio interior designer asked her friend, Amanda Antonini, if there was something that she could do at La Hacienda for the Christmas season. Amanda, a … Read More

Programs Association Honors Rep. Andrew Murr

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Andrew Murr receives award

Photo: Ivonne Tapia, CEO of Aliviane, Inc, and Board President for Association of Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP) (left) and Eric Sanchez, CEO of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley and Immediate Past ASAP President (right) with Rep. Andrew Murr and Sherri Layton. District 53 State Representative Andrew Murr recently received the Association of Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP) … Read More

Carrying the Message is Important

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Chris Raymer with 32-year chip

Photo—Chris Raymer holds his 32-year chip. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. Why? Because it does.”–William James By Chris Raymer, Recovery Community Director Near the end of November 1934, Ebby Thatcher, an old school friend, visited Bill Wilson. Ebby was a terrible drunk who had finally gotten sober using the Spiritual principles of the Oxford Group. Ebby … Read More

Alumni Christmas Gatherings Start This Week

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Dale, Sabine, Chris and Clay check the map for travel to alumni Christmas parties around the state

Dale, Sabine, Chris and Clay check the map for travel routes to alumni Christmas parties around the state Ten regional Christmas gatherings for La Hacienda alumni are scheduled around the state starting this week! For more information on each gathering, click on the city, listed in chronological order. Alumni or Business Development representatives who will be present are also named. … Read More

Thankful Knowing Who is in Charge

Art VanDivierLa Hacienda, Spirituality and Recovery

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

By Art VanDivier, Executive Director There are the usual things people say they are thankful for this season, but what about those who aren’t having such a good year? Is it possible to be thankful for both the good and bad things that are happening in our lives? When I was hired by La Hacienda back in 2002, I temporarily … Read More

’Tis the Season to Recover

John SniffenHealing Environment, La Hacienda

Holidays are good time to start recovery

Few Christmas wish lists include spending the holidays in treatment for addiction, but some should, says Dr. James Boone, Director of Medical Services at La Hacienda. “When I started working here in November 2004, I had little personal experience with persons suffering from addiction. Going into that first holiday season, I remember thinking, ‘Gosh, I would hate to be away … Read More