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 are individualized to each person’s needs and can include a wide range of opportunities.

We assist our patients in contacting others in recovery in their home area. In addition to traditional 12 Step support, La Hacienda recently partnered with MAP Care Solutions to offer peer recovery support to our patients after treatment.

Our Alumni Follow Up Coordinator contacts all alumni a week after discharge to ensure every continuing-care connection is made and to offer assistance if problems have arisen. We also check in at 90 days and one year after discharge to see how our alumni are doing.

A Strong Alumni Network

La Hacienda has a strong alumni network, built over nearly five decades of treating substance use disorders. Alumni groups meet weekly in Austin, Beaumont, Bryan/College Station, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Hunt, Midland, San Antonio, and Tyler.

These meetings help newcomers recently out of treatment and those struggling with any aspect of recovery. They are an excellent place to discuss concerns or questions which might be inappropriate in more formal meetings.

La Hacienda’s outreach centers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio also sponsor a variety of events which support recovery.

The first weekend in May, La Hacienda hosts a popular annual reunion for all former patients and their families on the Hunt campus.

SAMHSA sponsors observance of Recovery Month each September. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.” For a list of Recovery Month activities across Texas, click here.