’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

Celebrating New Life in Recovery Through Baptism

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Clay Eaton performs baptisms in the Guadalupe River

Clay Eaton smiles after performing baptisms at La Hacienda’s riverfront on the beautiful Guadalupe River. In the Christian faith, baptism is the act of committing one’s life to Jesus Christ. It is also recognition of the start of a new life. Both meanings are relevant to the sacrament as practiced at La Hacienda. Shortly after noon on Wednesdays, a dozen … Read More

Chris Raymer to Lead Amarillo Workshop

John SniffenAlumni, La Hacienda

Chris Raymer to lead Amarillo Recovery Workshop

Recovery Community Director Chris Raymer will lead a Sobriety for Keeps workshop for alumni and the recovery community on Saturday, Nov. 9, at First Christian Church in Amarillo. The event, which is open to anyone in recovery, is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. in the church’s Snodgrass Hall with fellowship and then the workshop at 6 p.m. The church … Read More

Digital Addiction Creating a Looming Crisis

John SniffenAddiction Treatment Industry News, La Hacienda

David Hutts with Dr. Nicholas Kardaras at La Hacienda Solutions

Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D. (center) was at La Hacienda Solutions in Austin recently to talk about Tech Addiction. Business Development Representative David Hutts is at left. Allowing a generation of children to get hooked on technology—around-the-clock use of smartphones and other devices, especially for games—is “priming their brains for drug addiction,” says Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D. “We’re compromising their ability … Read More

Staff Flu Vaccination Day Sets New Record

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

Evening Counselor Ed Johnson holds up his sleeve while Nurse Carol Thomas prepares to give him a flu vaccination.

Evening Counselor Ed Johnson holds up his sleeve as Nurse Cara Thomas prepares to give him a flu vaccination. A little stick is better than being seriously sick. Sixty-three La Hacienda staff members who agree with that philosophy received their annual free flu vaccinations on Thursday, Oct. 17, during Flu Fest 2019. “We beat last year’s record of 57 and … Read More

Flowering Hope for Recovery

John SniffenLa Hacienda

Esperanza blossoms cover the plant in bright yellow during the summer and early fall.

The bright yellow blossoms of an Esperanza bush outside the Dining Room at La Hacienda Treatment Center. La Hacienda’s 40-acre Texas Hill Country campus is naturally attractive, and over the years management and grounds crews have worked to enhance that asset. In addition to the beauty of the cedar and oak covered hills, hardy and colorful native plants are strategically … Read More

Globe Life Park Closes, but Recovery Softball May Return

John SniffenAddiction Treatment Industry News, La Hacienda

Cade Saurage and Tzvi Heber, CEO of Ascendant New York

Photo: Cade Saurage, Director of Utilization Review and Strategic Partnerships, with Tzvi Heber, CEO of Ascendant New York, at Globe Life Park in 2018. When the Texas Rangers played their final game in Globe Life Park on Sunday, Sept. 29, it held a special meaning for addiction treatment professionals around the region. For three years, 2016 to 2018, the Rangers … Read More

Tech Addiction Talk is October 11 at Solutions in Austin

John SniffenAddiction Treatment Industry News, La Hacienda

Young Cell Phone Addict Man Awake At Night In Bed Using Smartpho

La Hacienda Solutions in Austin will host a presentation on Tech Addiction: Clinical Impacts and Treatment by Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., on Friday, Oct. 11. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. at the Solutions office, 11110 Metric Blvd., Building Braker 8, Suite B, Austin, 78758. Kardaras is a licensed psychotherapist, author, consultant and lecturer in … Read More

Working Together for Our Patients

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

Utilization Review Specialist Ryan McBride, Case Manager Dana Muhlberg, and Continuing Care Counselor Linda Bertel share information which will help a patient have a successful recovery after leaving La Hacienda.

Photo: Utilization Review Specialist Ryan McBride, Case Manager Dana Muhlberg, and Continuing Care Coordinator Linda Bertel share information which will help guide a patient toward a successful recovery after leaving La Hacienda. Rounding out the monthlong observance of Recovery Month and its theme, “Together We Are Strong,” let’s look at how the La Hacienda staff collaborates to best serve the … Read More

Family Program Helps Heal Families

John SniffenFamily Program, La Hacienda

Family Program Director Martin Garcia explains the guidelines

PHOTO: Family Program Director Martin Garcia explains the guidelines for a communication exercise between patients and relatives, a part of Family Week at La Hacienda. Alcoholism and addiction affect not just the patient but also their families. But just as they can be negatively impacted by the disease, family members can also help make sustained recovery more likely. They are … Read More