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

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

TAAP Conference Exemplifies Teamwork by Addiction Professionals

John SniffenAddiction Treatment Industry News, La Hacienda

La Hacienda staff at TAAP 2019

Photo: Case Manager Justin Rumbo, Weekend Counselor Lisa Hale, Collegiate Case Manager Amanda Antonini and Collegiate Program Director Mary Azar, among other La Hacienda staff, were present for the Town Hall Meeting at TAAP 2019. One of the examples of teamwork that we’re recognizing in September during Recovery Month is coordination among members of the treatment profession. Fittingly, 800 counselors … Read More

Teamwork is Heart of 2019 Recovery Month Theme

John SniffenAddiction Treatment Industry News, La Hacienda

Recovery Month 2019 logo

Helping people achieve recovery from addiction and alcoholism is a team effort, and that is the focal point of the Recovery Month 2019 theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.” During September, La Hacienda and other treatment centers and professionals across the U.S. will be emphasizing the need to share resources and build networks to support recovery. … Read More

Cade Saurage to Address Fort Worth TAAP

John SniffenAddiction Treatment Industry News, La Hacienda

Cade Saurage of La Hacienda Treatment Center

PHOTO: Cade Saurage leads a workshop at the 2018 NAATP Leadership Conference in Denver. Cade Saurage, La Hacienda’s Director of Utilization Management and Partnerships, will speak to the August 28 membership meeting of the Fort Worth Chapter of Texas Association of Addiction Professionals.  “Managed Care Friendly: A Guide to Better Reimbursement and a More Effective Process” is the topic. “I … 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

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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

NAADAC Professionals Conference is Learning Opportunity

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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

College Station Staff Were Active with Recovery Month Activities

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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