Photo: Steve Layton, center, with Clinical Services Director Janet Blackburn (left) and Outpatient Services Administrator Sherri Layton (right). La Hacienda has a reputation for long-serving staff but even the most-dedicated counselors, nurses, doctors, and others eventually feel the need to “get their cake” and retire. On the afternoon of March 12, co-workers filled the Upper Dining Room to share Intern … Read More
Photo: Joseph Gorordo, left, one of the Recovery to Practice presenters, poses with Solutions staff members (left to right) David Hutts, Mary Pilsitz, Carla Allen, Natalie Roberts, and Michael Batton. Seventy-five recovery professionals and others interested in the field packed a Recovery to Practice training session at La Hacienda’s Solutions in Austin on March 8. The free event, through which … Read More
Caption: Advocates pose on the Capitol’s west steps before visiting with legislators. AUSTIN – From the outside, Texas’ pink granite Capitol Building may be the architectural embodiment of stillness and peace, but during the state’s biennial legislative sessions it’s a beehive of activity inside. One hundred and sixty-five supporters of Substance Use Disorder-related issues entered that energetic environment on March … Read More
Carol McCarrick knows rock bottom. She hit there and survived. Now, as La Hacienda’s case manager for male patients in their 20s, she works to help them find their way back. Nothing in recovery is easy, but with young men it’s complicated more by several factors, says Carol. First, there’s the effect of drugs or alcohol on developing minds. “They … Read More
Caption: Alumni probably won’t need the direction sign to find their way around at Reunion in May. By Chris Raymer, Recovery Community Director ‘We have recovered, and have been given the power to help others.’ This is one of my favorite lines in the Big Book™ (page 132). A bunch of us were at a birthday meeting recently at The … Read More
Recovery Community Director Chris Raymer will visit with each of the La Hacienda alumni groups across Texas during March and April. His schedule is as follows: San Antonio – March 4, 7 p.m., 7400 Blanco Rd., Ste. 129 Fort Worth – March 5, 7 p.m., 4255 Bryant Irving Rd., Ste. 109 Beaumont – March 11, 6:30 p.m., St. Andrews Presbyterian … Read More
Alumni Support Representative Dale Trees will meet with alumni groups in Fort Worth and Austin the week of February 17. Tuesday, February 19, he will be with the Fort Worth group, which meets at 7 p.m. at the La Hacienda Community Outreach Office, 4255 Bryant Irving Rd., Suite 109, Fort Worth, TX 76109. On Wednesday, February 20, Dale will meet … Read More
As this LaHa rock on Serenity Hill attests, the love we celebrate on Valentines Day can also be for ourselves. As part of activites therapy, patients are invited to paint rocks — of which we have many — with designs and statements of their chosing. The painted rocks are then placed around the campus. Have a good day!