Bullet Points and Bottom Lines

  Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe….Voltaire To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible…Thomas Aquinas     I am not a great storyteller. I am more comfortable speaking directly- in bullet points and bottom lines. But there is one story I heard not too long ago that I really loved, and it really resonated with me. It goes something like this… We have all been to the circus and watched the acrobats walk across the tightrope. It is nerve-wracking to watch someone […]

BRC Recovery and the Big Texas Rally for Recovery

BRC Recovery a drug rehab facility in Manor Texas are pleased to participate in the 2014 Recovery Rally in Austin, TX. BRC Recovery provide alcohol and drug rehabilitation for addicts who are looking to combat the addiction. On the steps of the Texas State Capitol, several hundred recovery community supporters and advocates, including BRC Recovery staff members, showed up in the rain for the  on  Saturday, September 13. In support of National Recovery Month, the annual event advocates treatment and recovery for people suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. In addition to showing support and enjoying the fellowship, […]

Being Still

Being Still And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone ~Big Book, page 84 Be still and know that I am ~Bible, Psalm 46:10 My trust in a higher power that wants me to survive and have love in my life, is what keeps me moving forward… ~Kenny Loggins At a recent speaker meeting and BBQ at BRC Recovery I had the pleasure of listening to an incredible story of experience, strength and hope delivered by a young woman I have grown to know and admire. I was struck by her courage and enthusiasm, as well as her honesty and […]

Unity and Community: Vital Components of the Recovery Process

Community – a unified body of individuals; an interacting population of various individuals with a common characteristic or interest. At BRC Recovery, a culture of therapeutic community was established in 2006 and thrives to this day. During their stay as residents, each individual has an opportunity to help one another, and also opportunities to serve the greater Austin community at larger. During the summer months, our gender-specific men’s and women’s programs provide cleaning and maintenance services for the Barton Springs Pool. A staple of summer recreation, Barton Springs Pool has a rich history and is filled by the fourth largest […]

Painting Over Insecurity

Most people approach new situations with joy, excitement, and anticipation. BRC Recovery took the female residents on an outing this week that was no different. Looking around the art studio, I observed carefree conversations, laughter, and merriment. The excitement for me, however, was short-lived. Waiting beyond the conviviality was a blank canvas, fresh paint, clean brushes, and the picture we were to paint, ultimately, a new experience. Doubt, inability, and failure immediately clouded the scene. I knew that the picture in my mind’s eye would never be actualized. My ego exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.’’ […]

The Pieces of Vulnerability

Just like pieces to a jigsaw puzzle, I take the lessons God presents in my life and connect them to create a cohesive picture. The pieces to my life puzzle this week: -“Triumph of the inner spirit” While sharing his story at BRC Recovery, Mike D. expressed the importance of getting unblocked from the spirit that resides within our hearts and becoming okay with who we are at the core of our existence. -“Perfect and Bulletproof” Brene Brown expresses in her book, Daring Greatly, the seductive features of being perfect and bulletproof. She suggests that we must be willing to […]

13 Tips Gained from 13 Miles

Unlike the Boy Scouts who are always prepared, I arrived at my very first half marathon lacking some fundamental “Do’s” and “Don’ts.” After some practical experience with the process, however, I learned these basic guidelines to make future races a bit easier: 1. Weather—always check the weather forecast! I arrived ill-prepared for the climate change from Austin to Dallas: 84—hot and humid to 51—cold and cloudy. 2. Nutrition—stay away from fiber to avoid unexpected port-a-potty visits and go heavy on the carbs to sustain energy. 3. Transportation—not a great idea to drive 200 miles after you run 13.1 miles! I […]

BRC Recovery: A Sense of Community During Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery

On Saturday, March 9, current residents of BRC Recovery, Alumni, family and proud members of Austin’s Recovery Community gathered at the Mark Houston Hall to hear former Program Director Audrey C. tell her story. My house manager said to me once that you know a good story when you don’t look at the clock one time. I didn’t notice the clock or any wandering eyes last night, but I did take a few moments to look around in gratitude. And those in attendance were literally on the edge of their seats, as BRC Recovery went back to its roots. As […]