Hello, my name is Kristin Zerr and I am an intern at La Hacienda currently working on my LCDC. I have been working here 10 months so my perspective is fairly new. I never get tired of looking at the view out here and watching lives change because of the wonderful program that we have to offer.
My treatment knowledge was very limited before I started working here. My idea of a treatment facility was a hospital environment consisting of hospital beds and rooms where Doctors made rounds. La Hacienda has changed my vision and I now realize how inviting and welcoming a treatment center can be. From the minute I walked in La Ha gave me a sense of calmness and relaxation. Between the alluring landscaping, open and spacious campus, and the welcoming staff; I feel spoiled everyday that God has blessed me with this opportunity.
(photo La Ha river property)
Hey guys, my name is Krystle Lawrence. I am your Alumni Follow-Up Coordinator here at La Hacienda. I have worked here since July of 2010, almost a year now! Basically, my role is to keep in touch with you guys, see how you are doing, and see if there is anything that we can do to help you along in your recovery journey. I make follow-up calls at 1 week, 90 days, and 1 year after discharge. With that being said, we also encourage you to keep in touch with us. Let us know if you are out there rockin’ and rollin’, or if you are struggling. I have been sober for 3 ½ years now and as we all know, life still happens even when we are sober. At the facility we have lots of resources out there to help you if or when it’s needed. I also would like to remind everyone that we send out emails regarding Alumni events. If you would like to receive emails just go to lahacienda.com and sign up! I’m so excited to be a part of such an amazing place, hope to hear from you soon!
Isn’t she great?? I just love her and look forward to having her contribute some experience, strength and hope to our blog.
Have a great day!!
I love Ed, he is so kind and wonderful. I had the pleasure of having lunch with him the other day and he told me a story from the early days of his sobriety. So many of us do not come into the rooms with a fabulous work situation. I myself had not been fired, but I did get demoted early in recovery (ouch.) There are so many people that have turned these less than desirable work situations into really positive experieces. I love hearing people humbling themselves and doing the next right thing even though it may seem “beneath them”. Ed has one of these stories.
After trying to sober up many times “my way” I finally realized I was powerless over my addiction and surrendered. I then made a commitment to participate in the 12-step program of AA. One of the biggest changes I did different this time was that I realized that I could not continue to work for myself so I took a job working in a Grandy’s Chicken Restaurant as a cook. At that time I was fifty years old and I found myself working with a bunch of teenage kids. To this day I have some of the best memories of my life, and I learned great lessons. One of the lessons was that I must first learn to accept responsibilities from others before I could become a responsible person.
Dwayne has been so helpful in providing me lots of good recovery information from the NA program. I am so grateful that he has been so willing to step up to the plate and spread the message of NA recovery through our blog. I have gotten to know Dwayne just a bit more because of this and he is a great guy. I thought it would be fun for you to get to know him a bit more as well. I caught him in action at work in the Inquiry Call Center!
“I have been working for La Hacienda for a little over 3 years. My employment at La Ha has been totally the workings of my Higher Power; all I do is suit up and show up. My experience working for La Hacienda has been one of growth and faith.
I have been clean and serene for 16 years (not always serene); my clean-date is 3/12/95. I am a person that has a loving passion for Narcotics Anonymous literature. I have not been able to find anything that can describe the way I think, feel, and act so precisely. Through the process of recovery I have been able to evolve into a fully whole and wholly free human being. I use to live to use and use to live. By working the Steps and Traditions of Narcotics Anonymous I have been able to learn how to live a new way of life. (The NA Way)” - Dwayne M.
For those of you that have sat in on Cedric Dunmore’s 4:30 focus group, “Families Reuniting in Recovery”……you recognize the song. I know Cedric isn’t afraid to sing it and I have heard rumors that our patients and families sometimes get up there and sing it too. If there is one thing we hear over and over again about Cedric’s lecture it is, “Cedric taught us so much about the seriousness of addiction and recovery in a fun and entertaining way.”
As you can see from the picture, nothing changes, Cedric is always looking sharp.
The outpatient folks at La Hacienda Solutions and their families also have the pleasure of Cedric’s lecture. In addition, Solutions patients hear the bonus lecture, “Partying with a Purpose”.