Advocating in Washington for Addiction Treatment

John SniffenAdvocacy, La Hacienda

Layton and Hutts with TAAP group meeting with US Senator John Cornyn

Photo: David Hutts, far left, and Sherri Layton, fifth from left and next to U.S. Senator John Cornyn, recently met with the senator and his staff. Two La Hacienda staffers were a part of a Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) group that met with U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in Washington, D.C. Outpatient Services Administrator Sherri Layton and Business Development … Read More

Slip Away to Hunt in May

John SniffenAlumni Reunion, La Hacienda

Airplane in a painted rock created by a former patient.

Not all of the patient-painted rocks at La Hacienda are just stones and color, nor or they all on the ground. You never know where you will find them or what new messages they will offer. In addition to the tiny metal airplane, this rock wedged in the limbs of a Serenity Hill cedar tree also contains the now-faded first … 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

The Issue Man Mystery

John SniffenLa Hacienda

Chris Raymer with Issue Man drawing

By Chris Raymer, Recovery Community Director Photo: Chris and one of the Issue Man drawings that hang on his office wall. When I was working at La Hacienda back in the ’90s and ’00s, I started drawing Issue Man on the Bodega whiteboard to try and make clear what substance use disorder is. He’s a simple circle and stick figure … Read More

No Foolin’, the Counselors Want to See Alumni

John SniffenAlumni Reunion

Counselors look forward to Reunion 2019

Photo: These counselors and more are looking forward to visiting with alumni on Saturday morning, May 4, during Reunion 2019. We’re a little more than a month away from Alumni Reunion 2019, and the La Hacienda clinical staff would like to remind you that they’re looking forward to seeing you. Time is set aside from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday … Read More

Return to Where Recovery Started

John SniffenAlumni Reunion

The LaHa deer reminds you it's time to plan for Reunion 2019.

As Charlotte Safir says, it’s a joy “watching the miracle of people who return to celebrate where their recovery started” during Reunion. We are looking forward to seeing each one you walking miracles coming up the hill to the Big Tent on Friday afternoon of Reunion weekend. The only reservation needed to participate is for a place to stay during … Read More

LaHa Sluggers in Vegas Softball Series

John SniffenLa Hacienda

La Hacienda staff members on Lickety Split softball

Photo: LaHa staff on Lickety Split are, from left, Jon Garcia, Frost Readel, Ryan McBride, Todd Benedict and Cade Saurage. Center front is Libby, the mascot. As the song says, it’s time to “root, root, root for the home team.” Lickety Split, a men’s softball team sponsored by La Hacienda, is playing in the 2019 Clean and Sober Softball Spring … Read More

LaHa Sluggers in Vegas Softball Series

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

Janet Blackburn, Steve Layton and Sherri Layton

Photo: Steve Layton, center, with Clinical Services Director Janet Blackburn (left) and Outpatient Services Administrator Sherri Layton (right). La Hacienda has a reputation for long-serving staff but even the most-dedicated counselors, nurses, doctors, and others eventually feel the need to “get their cake” and retire. On the afternoon of March 12, co-workers filled the Upper Dining Room to share Intern … Read More

Solutions Hosts ‘Recovery to Practice’ Training

John SniffenLa Hacienda

Solutions staff

Photo: Joseph Gorordo, left, one of the Recovery to Practice presenters, poses with Solutions staff members (left to right) David Hutts, Mary Pilsitz, Carla Allen, Natalie Roberts, and Michael Batton. Seventy-five recovery professionals and others interested in the field packed a Recovery to Practice training session at La Hacienda’s Solutions in Austin on March 8. The free event, through which … Read More