Hey guys, Krystle here from Alumni headquarters.  Hope everyone has had an amazing summer!  I can’t believe that it is coming to an end already.  For many years now La Hacienda has done one of the hospitality rooms for the annual Hill Country Roundup.  We cook lots of chili dogs for all the hungry folks in the Fellowship, and of course, we always make sure to have plenty of the carrot cake and brownies that everyone loves.  I definitely have to thank all of the Alumni volunteers; we could not have pulled it off without them!  They hang out for hours cooking, cleaning, and helping any way that they can. The Big Book on pg. 20 says, “Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs.”  This was very evident during Roundup weekend; I had countless people offer to help us out.  Plus, there were many others involved in service work to keep the conference running smoothly!  Such an amazing weekend!  Keep doing the deal guys! As the Book says, “It works—it really does.”
Happy, Joyous, and Free,
Krystle

Hey guys, Krystle here from Alumni headquarters.  Hope everyone has had an amazing summer!  I can’t believe that it is coming to an end already.  For many years now La Hacienda has done one of the hospitality rooms for the annual Hill Country Roundup.  We cook lots of chili dogs for all the hungry folks in the Fellowship, and of course, we always make sure to have plenty of the carrot cake and brownies that everyone loves.  I definitely have to thank all of the Alumni volunteers; we could not have pulled it off without them!  They hang out for hours cooking, cleaning, and helping any way that they can. The Big Book on pg. 20 says, “Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs.”  This was very evident during Roundup weekend; I had countless people offer to help us out.  Plus, there were many others involved in service work to keep the conference running smoothly!  Such an amazing weekend!  Keep doing the deal guys! As the Book says, “It works—it really does.”

Happy, Joyous, and Free,

Krystle

It’s Reunion Time!!!

Reunion is coming up the last weekend of September and we would love to see all of you here!  To make things a little easier I have links below for more information.

Reunion Flyer

Places to Stay

For more information call or email Krystle, 800-749-6160 ext. 516 and klawrence@lahacienda.com

Picture above was the alumni made “bonfire” because of the burn ban, we have some crafty, creative alumni!

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It’s time for group!

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Progress
No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection. 
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 60

Progress

No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence
to these principles. We are not saints.
The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines.
The principles we have set down are guides to progress.
We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.

- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 60

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New Pictures of the La Ha Store!

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Step Two-The Solution by:Charlotte Safir, LCDC

Step Two  -The Solution.

Came to Believe a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

 

Step Two is specifically designed for the mental obsession. I, in and of myself , cannot remove an obsession.

The word “believe “is a verb. There is an action. Believe means “to allow”. I am restored to sanity as a result of allowing something into my consciousness other than my own insane thinking and feeling.

I find it intriguing that right after I identify the problem in Step One, no control, no choice, no power and  my need for God, comes this simple solution.

A Power Greater than myself that can restore me to my right mind. There are only two questions I have to answer, “am I willingness to believe there is a power greater than me “and “ is this Power  all or nothing? “I don’t even have to have an idea about what this power is other than is be loving and caring.

It started with my willingness to reach out and practice the rigorous honesty in the First Step. I had to get out of my head and into action. I have to be willing to let someone else know exactly what I am thinking and feeling. This meant I had to talk about what was really on my mind and heart. I had to be willing to be vulnerable.

This simple action saved me from going back to using and drinking time and again when the obsession was so intense , I could not  imagine it could ever be silenced. Without exception every time I reached out for help, I received it. I called women at 1,2,3,4 o’clock in the morning and they all got up and talked to me. They each said the strangest thing; that I had helped them more than they had helped me. This was a clear demonstration of this Power working through others to help me stay sober although I did not recognize it at the time.

This Power continued to lead me as I went to meetings and heard exactly what I needed to hear at the precise moment I needed to hear it.

As I worked through the all the steps , I became more conscious of this Power, my self  and you. I came to understand the intrinsic connection  between us all.

The Second Step tells me I cannot  do  Recovery alone . I don’t have to figure anything out, I can begin to have an experience with this awesome Power that keeps me sober, gives me a new life and reveals more and more truth as I become more teachable and place more reliance on God than self.

 

Charlotte Safir

Christopher James Daniel, MA, LPC is a former employee of La Hacienda and has written an incredibly easy to read book on the disease of addiction. 
The disease of Addiction presents with a complex array of physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological problems.  Christopher James Daniel’s book gives a clear and concise understanding of how all of these problems are related and more importantly, how to cope with the disease.  If you or a loved one have this disease, this book is well worth the short time it takes to read and has a potential to change your life.
Daniel Boone, MD
Medical Director
La Hacienda Treatment Center

Christopher James Daniel, MA, LPC is a former employee of La Hacienda and has written an incredibly easy to read book on the disease of addiction. 

The disease of Addiction presents with a complex array of physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological problems.  Christopher James Daniel’s book gives a clear and concise understanding of how all of these problems are related and more importantly, how to cope with the disease.  If you or a loved one have this disease, this book is well worth the short time it takes to read and has a potential to change your life.

Daniel Boone, MD

Medical Director

La Hacienda Treatment Center