In Consideration of Step 1 by: Charlotte Safir,...
“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable.” Of all the steps, this is the one that sets the stage for recovery to happen. Consequently, resistance, rebellion and delusion as well as the unwillingness to be rigorously honest are some of the components that keep us from recovery, from being willing to surrender to the...
Questions to ask a Treatment Center, 3 of 10
1. Have there been studies to measure the effectiveness of the program’s treatment methods? A treatment center should be measuring how effective their services are as well as using research-based methods. LA HACIENDAS RESPONSE: As part of our ongoing commitment to our alumni, we contact all former patients three times in the first year post-discharge. We make contact about one...
No one who drank as I did wakes up on the edge of the abyss one morning and says: Things look pretty scary; I think I’d better stop drinking before I fall in. I was convinced I could go as far as I wanted and then climb back out when it wasn’t fun anymore. What happened was, I found myself at the bottom of the canyon thinking I’d never see the sun again. AA didn’t...
New Music Therapy Saturday's at La Hacienda
We are happy to announce that our first ever Music Therapy Saturday will take place July 14th. Board Certified Music Therapist, Mr Sam Brosgaard, MA, MT – BC from Ft Worth, will be leading our patients in 4 hours of drumming circle, meditation, and lyrical song writing. We are very pleased and grateful to add this special opportunity to our weekend schedule .
Cooking and Celebrating Sober
People in the early stages of alcoholism recovery are often sugar-addicted and nutritionally deficient. Trained chef and recovering alcoholic Liz Scott tackles these issues head on in a cookbook that pursues lifelong sobriety through building a healthy lifestyle around food.
Responsibility At the beginning we sacrificed alcohol. We had to, or it would have killed us. But we couldn’t get rid of alcohol unless we made other sacrifices. Big-shotism and phony thinking had to go. We had to toss self-justification, self-pity, and anger right out the window… We had to take personal responsibility for our sorry state and quit blaming others for it. - The...
Reflections of Step One
My experience and attitude with Steps 2-12 is simply a reflection of what I experience in Step One. If I am honest with myself in Step One, I cannot escape the truth. I cannot escape the reality that there is nothing I can do to keep myself sober. I will see that I am guaranteed to drink again. There is no hope in step one. I will digest the truth that I do not have the power to choose whether I...
What La Hacienda Believes about the Disease of...
One thing I love about La Hacienda is the unified voice regarding our philosophy; it doesn’t matter whether it is the outreach offices or the main facility.
Step Three by: Charlotte Safir, LCDC
Made a decision to turn our will and our life over to the care of God as we understood Him. Oh no! What does this mean? Am I going to be consigned to be some kind of goodie two shoes, some Pollyanna? One of those people that make the top of your mouth tingle because they are so sweet? Absolutely not! Step Three is a logical step and is the culmination of the first two steps. Step One...
What type of medications/prescriptions do the...
We send them home with a prescription for a 1 month of supply of their current medications. We NEVER send them home with controlled medications of any kind except in our very, very rare patients on suboxone for pain…….about 1-2 per year. So if they require antidepressants, or blood pressure meds, or anti-diabetic meds or whatever we send them with all of their current prescriptions. ...
Meet Amy Chapman!
Meet Amy, she is the La Hacienda dietitian and patients LOVE her! I will let Amy tell you all about, well, Amy. My name is Amy Chapman and I have been the dietitian at La Hacienda for several years now. A little bit about me … I earned my BS degree summa cum laude in Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Arizona. My MS degree was earned at...
Substance Abuse Statistics in the Military
This post was provided by Hickory Wind Ranch, a sober living house in Austin, TX. In reverence of the recent Memorial Day we’d thought we’d take some time to zero in on a niche of substance abuse that is often either overlooked due to stigma, or set under the pressure cooker of the mass media. As one war ends in Irag and another goes on in Afghanistan, our military members are...