Aetna Recognizes La Hacienda’s Solutions in Austin as a Preferred Provider

John SniffenCommunity Outreach, La Hacienda

staff at La Hacienda's Solutions in Austin

La Hacienda’s Solutions staff are, from left, Intake Coordinator Natalie Roberts, Business Development Specialist David Hutts, Program Director Carla Allen, and Collegiate Program Counselor Mary Pilsitz. Not in the photo is Program Counselor Michael Batton. There is more good news about our relationship with Aetna. The insurance provider has designated La Hacienda’s Solutions, our intensive outpatient program in Austin, as … Read More

University of Alabama Recovery Group Partners with La Hacienda

John SniffenCommunity Outreach, La Hacienda

Representatives from University of Alabama with Elizabeth Olson

PHOTO: University of Alabama Recovery and Intervention Services Assistant Director John Lovett (left) and Coordinator of Recovery Services Jaime Garza (right) met with Director of Business Development Elizabeth Olson during a visit to La Hacienda earlier this year. Another way in which La Hacienda commits to young adults is through partnerships with student recovery programs at colleges and universities. For … Read More

Chris Raymer to Lead San Angelo Workshop

John SniffenAlumni, Community Outreach, La Hacienda

Art for San Angelo workshop, Chris Raymer

Getting sober and staying that way is hard. Chris Raymer, our Recovery Community Director, knows; he’s been there. “I spent seven years trying to get sober–meetings, therapy, meds, church–nothing seemed to work consistently,” says Chris. “I’m always amazed me how some folks seem to get well so quickly, while some of us continued to struggle.” For him, the answer came … Read More

Dodgeball Daring Highlights 4th Recovery Tournament

John SniffenCommunity Outreach, La Hacienda

LaHa team in action

Photo: From right, Todd Benedict bravely charges while Cade Saurage corrals a loose ball and Frost Readel observes. It was a valiant, but brief, effort by the La Hacienda team. La Hacienda’s fourth annual Invitational Recovery Tournament featured a new venue, different sports, and a David vs. Goliath storyline. Representatives from 20 treatment centers in Texas, California and New York … Read More

UR Team Becomes Santa’s Helpers

John SniffenCommunity Outreach, La Hacienda

Santa's helpers from La Hacienda's Utilization Review department.

Photo: Part of the UR crew which acquired and wrapped presents for area children. Our Utilization Review (UR) team—the folks who work with  insurance providers to maximize patients’ treatment—shared their Christmas  Spirit with area children this season. Through several local groups, and with the assistance of Business  Development Director Elizabeth Olson, they identified girls and boys for whom  Santa needed … Read More

College Station Office Supports First Aggie Sober Tailgate

John SniffenCommunity Outreach, La Hacienda

Mary Reyes (second from right) and members of the Aggie Recovery Community

Photo caption: La Hacienda-College Station Program Director Mary Reyes (second from right) and members of the Aggie Recovery Community give a Gig ‘Em for the first Aggie Sober Tailgate. Challenges to a person in recovery can fill college life. Among them are tailgate parties before sporting events, a frequent theme of beer industry ads. At Texas A&M University, students in … Read More

Responding to the California Wildfires

John SniffenCommunity Outreach, La Hacienda

Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.

Logo courtesy LAFD Foundation Along with the rest of the nation, we have been horrified and saddened by the death and destruction caused by the California wildfires. Thousands are homeless, hundreds may have perished, and fire fighters and other emergency personnel are at the limits of their endurance. Faced with such a catastrophe, it may not seem there is much … Read More

Outreach Staffer Learns About Firefighters’ Work

John SniffenCommunity Outreach, La Hacienda

Outreach Coordinator Ashley Martel, fourth from right, and the other treatment professionals who participated in "Into the Flames."

Photo Caption: Dallas Outreach Coordinator Ashley Martel, fourth from right, and the other treatment professionals who participated in “Into the Flames.” Instructor Casey Ellsworth is third from left. Dallas-based La Hacienda Outreach Coordinator Ashley Martel recently got a taste of a firefighter’s life. Along with therapists and staff from other treatment centers in the Dallas area, she participated in “Into … Read More

Former Pro Basketball Player Herren Speaks to Kerrville Youth

John SniffenCommunity Outreach

Chris Herren poses with La Hacienda's Cade Saurage after Herren's presentation at Tivy High School.

Caption: Addiction Speaker Chris Herren poses with Cade Saurage after Kerrville appearance. Former professional basketball player Chris Herren urged more than 1,400 students at Kerrville’s Tivy High School not to get involved with drugs and alcohol during an October 12 speech. La Hacienda was one of the community supporters for the Recovery Month event, which was also livestreamed to other … 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