Webinar on Recovery’s Spiritual Foundation to Feature Dr. Boone

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Medical Director Dr. James Boone, MD, will lead a one-hour webinar, “Fact or Fiction? Modern Day Medicine Has Made the Spiritual Foundation of 12-Step Recovery Obsolete,” on Friday, October 16. The free webinar starts at noon and is presented by the Spiritual Care Network (SCN). To register use this link. Treatment professionals can receive one hour of continuing education credit … Read More

Carrying the Message is Important

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Chris Raymer with 32-year chip

Photo—Chris Raymer holds his 32-year chip. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. Why? Because it does.”–William James By Chris Raymer, Recovery Community Director Near the end of November 1934, Ebby Thatcher, an old school friend, visited Bill Wilson. Ebby was a terrible drunk who had finally gotten sober using the Spiritual principles of the Oxford Group. Ebby … Read More

Thankful Knowing Who is in Charge

Art VanDivierLa Hacienda, Spirituality and Recovery

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

By Art VanDivier, Executive Director There are the usual things people say they are thankful for this season, but what about those who aren’t having such a good year? Is it possible to be thankful for both the good and bad things that are happening in our lives? When I was hired by La Hacienda back in 2002, I temporarily … Read More

Celebrating New Life in Recovery Through Baptism

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Clay Eaton performs baptisms in the Guadalupe River

Clay Eaton smiles after performing baptisms at La Hacienda’s riverfront on the beautiful Guadalupe River. In the Christian faith, baptism is the act of committing one’s life to Jesus Christ. It is also recognition of the start of a new life. Both meanings are relevant to the sacrament as practiced at La Hacienda. Shortly after noon on Wednesdays, a dozen … Read More

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

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

My Thoughts for the Day!!

Kaye SmithSpirituality and Recovery

I’ve been known to express deep feelings of hatred for change but today I’m experiencing something completely different. I am excited! Reflecting on my life shows me that through each major change in my life I’ve grown closer to God. It’s so easy to trust him when everything is going my way! How funny? When everything is going my way … Read More

Morning Meditation….What’s your ritual?

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Kimberly Davila (Community Outreach Specialist): Each morning before anyone is up, I put on my meditation music and sit still for 15 min on a pillow on the floor in our study. This is my time to talk to God and ask for guidance that day and his will. Now having Olivia (my daughter), I share with her my daily … Read More

Winning the Game

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I first attended the huddle in 1974. I attended a 12-step meeting. I was attracted to the cheerleaders, but quickly fumbled and stepped out of bounds. I was intercepted years later by my wife and stepped back into the huddle knowing little of how to play by the rules. After a few years of not reading the playbook or having … Read More