La Hacienda’s Continuing Care Department links our patients to the next steps in their recovery once they leave treatment. Our staff works closely with the case managers and other treatment team members to find the services that will meet the patients’ needs. We utilize a great number of resources - intensive outpatient programs, extended care facilities, therapists, and physicians. We are continually researching and growing our network of professionals so we refer to those providers whose philosophy is compatible with what we do here at La Hacienda. At La Hacienda, we know that one of the keys to recovery is what happens once someone leaves treatment.
The Continuing Care Plan is made up of three important components — body, mind, and spirit— so La Hacienda includes resources that address medical, clinical, and spiritual needs, in addition to 12 Step recovery groups and alumni meetings . Some patients need additional resources, for example, connections for college-based recovery support. The treatment team will help the patient set goals and determine a plan for staying on course after they have left La Hacienda. Finally, we conduct follow up phone calls with our alumni at one week, ninety days and one year after discharge. We check in with how they are doing and try to be a resource should there be any concerns that arise.
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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 brought me to the realization of my need for God as a result of my powerlessness and my unmanageable spirit. It showed me how I have no control once I put any mood altering chemicals in my body; how I have lost the power of choice in alcohol and drugs and I have not the needed power to stop and stay stopped. Step Two gave me the solution to my problem, the need for a Power greater than myself. Step Two gave me the direction I need to go in, a willingness to believe there is a Power greater than myself and encourages creating my own conception of this Power. The consideration that this Power is all or nothing.
Step Three asks me to consider turning all outcomes over to this Power. To live into the reality that I am not in control of how things work out in my life. I make choices and take action and leave the results to God. When I stop and think I realized I turned my will and my life over to the care of people I had never met . I did this on a daily basis while I was drinking and using with never a thought of the consequences to myself or others; turning my life over to the care of the Power of the Universe seems like a no brainer. I demonstrate my willingness to live in this Power’s will by doing Steps 4-9. That is the commitment in Step Three. This Step is the beginning of a prayer of action that starts when I take the Step Three prayer and ends when I do the Seventh Step Prayer. I ask for this Power to care for me in a way I cannot care for myself, to relieve me of my little mindedness so that I have the needed power to work Step Four.
This Third Step is so powerful, immense and pervasive because God takes it seriously even if I don’t. Even if I wonder down a dark path, this Power remains steady and true to the decision I made. It was not until after taking this step that I became aware of all the things that I made higher powers in my life; money, the pursuit of money, having a relationship, sex, material possessions, what I thought, how I felt, what others did or did not do, etc.
So if you have done a Third Step and are wondering if what you are doing is in God’s will, if you are writing Fourth Step inventory you can rest assured, you are in fact doing your Higher Power’s will.
This Third Step is the beginning of a life long relationship with God. As the Keystone of the Arch through which I walk into a life beyond anything I could have imagined.
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.
Dr. D Boone
La Hacienda Medical Director
1. What credentials and licenses does the program’s clinical staff hold?
Credentials and licenses ensure that the person providing treatment meets nationally recognized standards for professional practice. Some of the credentials held by addiction professionals include LADC (licensed alcohol and drug counselor), LPC (licensed professional counselor), CAC (certified addictions counselor), or CCDP (certified co-occurring disorders counselor).
LA HACIENDAS RESPONSE:
Our clinical staff is comprised of the following licenses specialties: LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor), LPC ( Licensed Professional Counselor), LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker), LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), and NCC (National Certified Counselor). 35% of our clinicians are licensed at a masters level.