Staff Line Up for Flu Vaccinations

John SniffenLa Hacienda

Nurses Deborah Boyce, Mimi Vasquez and Nurse Manager Vorsha Sherfield were ready for the Flu Fest vaccination event.

Caption: Nurses Deborah Boyce and Mimi Vasquez and Nurse Manager Vorsha Sherfield–aka Rikke’s Angels–were ready for the Flu Fest vaccination event. A record 57 staff members received free flu vaccinations on October 10 during the annual Flu Fest hosted by the La Hacienda Nursing Department. The mass immunization in the Upper Dining Room featured refreshments, door prizes, and information on … Read More

NAADAC Professionals Conference is Learning Opportunity

John SniffenAddiction Treatment Industry News, La Hacienda

Sherri Layton, right, leads a panel discussion about "Letter to My Mother" at NAADAC conference in Houston.

Caption–Sherri Layton, right, leads panel discussion about “Letter to My Mother” at NAADAC conference in Houston.  Panelists, from left, are Jaime Loera with the Levenson Foundation of Austin, producer Goran Macura, and artist Branislav Jankic. Sometimes the best way to learn is to hear about what others in your profession are doing. When those peers number more than 100,000, the … Read More

Big Texas Rally for Recovery Proceeds Despite Rain

John SniffenLa Hacienda

2018 San Antonio Big Texas Rally for Recovery Recovery on the Riverwalk

It literally rained on their parade, but about 1,500 people from across the state still participated in the eighth annual Big Texas Rally for Recovery on Saturday, September 29, in San Antonio. “The rain probably kept us from reaching 2,000, but it was still a good turnout,” said Amelia Reed, co-chair of the 2018 event. “We had participants from all … Read More

College Station Staff Were Active with Recovery Month Activities

John SniffenAddiction Treatment Industry News, La Hacienda

2018 Freedom to Recovery Conference Texas A&M College Station

Caption: La Hacienda College Station Program Director Mary Reyes (r), stands next to Nancy Winn, Program Coordinator for Strengthening Families of the Brazos Valley. Members of La Hacienda College Station’s Intensive Outpatient Program staff were busy with Recovery Month activities during September. On September 20, Program Director Mary Reyes and Business Development Representative David Hutts participated in the Freedom to Recovery … Read More

Leadership Crucial to Effective Treatment and Lasting Recovery

John SniffenAddiction Treatment Industry News, La Hacienda

James Boone, MD, Medical Director at La Hacienda Treatment Center, addresses a Family Program group.

Caption: Another example of superior leadership at La Hacienda is James Boone, MD, Medical Director. He is well known for his presentations on substance use and its effect on the brain. Good leadership is the fourth factor that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) cites as a key to successful treatment and recovery. From its owners through … Read More

Thirty Staff Honored for 216 Total Years of Service

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

La Hacienda Executive Director Art Vandivier with 20-year employee Wanda Benson

Caption: Executive Director Art VanDivier with 20-year employee Wanda Benson. Two centuries is a long time. When La Hacienda recently handed out service awards to 30 staff with landmark work anniversaries, their service totaled just over that: 216 years. The importance of having employees who willingly return year after year to this service was on Executive Director Art VanDivier’s mind … Read More

Well-Defined Sense of Purpose Aids Recovery

John SniffenLa Hacienda

La Hacienda provides an informal setting for treatment, but has a well-defined program of treatment.

Having a clear sense of purpose is one of four factors that are key to effective treatment and sustained recovery, says the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). At La Hacienda that means we are here to help individuals find recovery and to also assist their families through the process. That sense of purpose has long been spelled … Read More

Texas Sage Legend Relates to Spiritual Foundation

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Spirituality and Recovery

Cenizo or Texas Sage puts on a showy celebration after a summer rain.

Around the flagpoles downhill from the pool, in front of the Family Program Building, and next to the chapel on Serenity Hill, large Texas sage bushes blossom into life at La Hacienda shortly after Hill Country summertime rains. Honeybees swarm the blanket of pink blossoms, but butterflies love the plants with or without flowers. They lay their eggs on its … Read More

Community Support is Key to Successful Recovery

John SniffenAlumni, Community Outreach, La Hacienda

Community support is key to successful recovery.

Strong community support contributes to sustained recovery, says the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It is one of four factors the federal agency is spotlighting during this year’s celebration of Recovery Month during September. La Hacienda helps departing patients establish a plan for clinical and peer services to support personal growth and recovery after treatment. These services … Read More

Drugs and the Teenage Brain is Subject of Community Forum

John SniffenCommunity Outreach, La Hacienda

Bryan Community Forum will address How Drugs Affect the Teenage Brain.

La Hacienda-College Station is helping present a free community forum on “How Drugs Affect the Teenage Brain.” The event starts at 6 p.m. Monday, September 17, in the Brazos Valley Council of Governments Office, 3991E 29th St. in Bryan. Presented by Recovery Oriented Systems of Care—Brazos Valley (ROSC-BV), the forum is designed to help participants understand how synthetic marijuana and … Read More