Get Out and Find Excitement in Life

John SniffenAlumni, La Hacienda, Spirituality and Recovery

Chris Raymer, Recovery Community Director

By Chris Raymer Hardly a day goes by that I don’t talk to a friend in recovery or an alumnus that’s gotten to a bad spot. Folks in early sobriety often struggle with feelings of discontent. Sometimes it looks like anxiety, sometimes it presents itself as boredom. However it looks, its uncomfortable. We all have bad days. I’m not talking … Read More

Working the La Hacienda Night Shift

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

Night Charge Nurse Joe Trejo

Photo: Night Charge Nurse Joe Trejo on the steps to the Special Care Unit. As the sun sets and the Hill Country darkens, human activity winds down at La Hacienda. In the Special Care Unit, a smaller nighttime crew replaces the daytime nursing staff. From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. they tend to patients in the detox unit and respond … Read More

Alumni Reps Coming to a Group Near You in July

John SniffenAlumni, La Hacienda

La Hacienda Alumni Support Representatives Dale Trees (left) and Sabine Kuenzel.

Photo: Alumni Support Representatives Dale Trees and Sabine Kuenzel. Alumni support representatives will be out and about during July. Dale Trees will meet with the Fort Worth alumni group on Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. in the La Hacienda Community Outreach Office, 4255 Bryant Irving Rd., Suite 109. The following week, Sabine Kuenzel will attend two East Texas alumni … Read More

Hobbies in Recovery are Rewarding in Many Ways

John SniffenLa Hacienda

Jeremy Sosa with Playhouse 2000 cast of The Pretty Trap

Photo: Jeremy Sosa, second from left, with the cast and crew of Playhouse 2000’s production of The Pretty Trap. (Photo courtesy Playhouse 2000) As with many people in recovery, Jeremy Sosa was looking for a hobby, something to keep him busy. He’d done theater work as a youth, so the La Hacienda Business Development Specialist stopped by Kerrville’s community theater, … Read More

Dr. James Boone to Talk in Kerrville about Addiction

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

Medical Director Dr. James Boone

Dr. James Boone will speak on “Is Addiction a Disease? Substances, Gambling, Food, Sex and Technology –Why Can’t They Just Stop?” during a free public lecture in Kerrville starting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 1 in the auditorium at Kerrville Church of Christ, 1900 Loop 534. Dr. Boone, the Medical Director at La Hacienda, has practiced addiction medicine with his … Read More

Dr. McQueen Teams with Her Legendary Father

John SniffenLa Hacienda


Photo: Dr. Katie McQueen, second from left, with her father, attorney Michael Tigar, third from left. Also in photo are Jeremy Sosa, left, and Cade Saurage, right, of the La Hacienda staff. In a “once in a lifetime presentation” — fittingly made on Father’s Day weekend — Dr. Katie McQueen of our medical staff teamed with her father, famous defense … Read More

Power Loss Cancels Dallas Alumni Meeting

John SniffenAlumni, La Hacienda

Due to power outages caused by Sunday’s severe storm in Dallas, the regular Tuesday night meeting of the La Hacienda alumni group there for June 11 has been cancelled. Officials estimate that power to the La Hacienda Community Outreach Office at 12700 Preston Rd, Ste. 260, Dallas, will not be restored until later this week. The normal meeting schedule will … Read More

Alumni Support Staff to Visit Local Groups

John SniffenAlumni, La Hacienda

La Hacienda Alumni Support Representatives Dale Trees (left) and Sabine Kuenzel.

Photo: Dale and Sabine to visit Alumni around the state. Our Alumni Support Representatives will be making the rounds of local alumni group meetings during the next two weeks. Sabine Kuenzel will visit: Fort Worth on Tuesday, June 11 Tyler on Wednesday, June 12, and College Station on Thursday, June 13. The following week, Dale Trees will visit: Dallas on … Read More

NAATP Advocates Make Case for Better Treatment Policies

John SniffenAddiction Treatment Industry News, Advocacy, La Hacienda

NAATP Hill Day Advocates 2019

Photo: 120 NAATP members from 27 states gather for a photo before participating in the association’s first Hill Day. (Photo courtesy NAATP) Addiction treatment professionals and volunteers in Texas have been meeting for years with state lawmakers to advocate for better policies regarding care of substance use disorder (SUD) patients. Sherri Layton, La Hacienda’s Outpatient Services Administrator, helped organize that … Read More

Treatment Providers Work to Build Trust

John SniffenAddiction Treatment Industry News, La Hacienda

La Hacienda staff at NAATP Awards Dinner

Photo: La Hacienda team members Janet Blackburn, Sherri Layton, Art VanDivier, Cade Saurage, Frost Readel and Michelle Sweet enjoy the NAATP Awards Dinner. The news wasn’t good when addiction treatment professionals from across the nation gathered in May 2018 for the annual National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) Leadership Conference. The media was full of stories about “bad actors” … Read More