Life is a Privilege

Three years ago Three years ago, as I sat alone paralyzed by fear on yet another seedy motel bathroom floor, I was wondering why I had to experience a level of inexplicable internal pain for what seemed like so many years. The only explanation my besotted mind could believe was this suffering would one day be useful to someone else. I had heard for years that the solution to my self-centered condition was to “help someone else” or, “do something selfless for once in your life”. These notions seemed less than improbable to fill that seemingly insatiable hole within, that’s […]

Spiritual Sandpaper

Opportunity To Do Some Service Work My name is Ricka Messerve, I am the Women’s Segue Supervisor. I have been sober for over six years and a loyal employee for BRC for nearly five years. I was recently given an opportunity to do some service work within my own family. At the request of my elderly Mother she asked if I could come to her house and assist her after she had knee replacement surgery. Naturally I accepted the challenge. This also has an added blessing… You see, when I was active in my addiction I gave birth to a […]

3 Stages of Recovery with Marsha Stone

Marsha Stone, CEO Benchmark Recovery Center   The Benchmark Recovery program is designed as a three stage process. The first stage of that process is the Residential Program. It’s a 90-day minimum stay. Every resident is assigned a recovery manager that works with them and works with their family the entire length of their stay here. From the time they wake up in the morning, to the time they go to bed at night, the program is mindfully designed to institute the principles of recovery in the day to day activities of the resident.   They assimilate those ideas into their physical practices during […]

SpirMal

Overheard from a friend a few weeks ago, “My SpirMal went shopping today!” That caught my attention…SpirMal? What is that? I was quickly educated… SpirMal, as in, short for Spiritual Malady. Got it. I might not have known the term but I sure know something about spiritual malady. Restless, irritable, discontented. Not quite sure where I want to be but certain it isn’t where I currently am, and moreover, just generally annoyed. An old friend of mine described the untreated alcoholic personality as ‘slightly unhappy all the time.’ Kind of describes me the last few days… Seriously, has anyone else […]

Barton Springs Clean Up Service Work

On June 4th, the residents of the Women’s Program joined other volunteers to clean the Barton Springs Pool. Since recent flooding caused the pool to be closed, the women helped with weeding flowerbeds, aerating around trees, replacing washed away mulch, and relocating flood debris. From experience, I knew that the women would start the day unsure about what to expect, but by the end of the day would feel grateful to have been of service in such a tangible way. At BRC Recovery, being of service to others is a large part of our culture as well as the culmination […]

There Are No Mistakes

In the fall of 2008 I believed in one thing: mistakes. My life was full of them. I was drinking in my closet at eight in the morning, lying to everyone, and eventually I was dropped off at a treatment center where I was convinced I did not belong. I was forced to live in a residence with alcoholics who I believed were nothing like me. There was no “grand plan” for someone like me; only mistakes. Here I was, 21 years old, dropped off at a treatment center. I was petrified, angry, and unable to imagine a life of […]

The Top 5 Reasons Alcohol Rehab Centers In Austin Are On The Rise

You may have noticed that recently the number of alcohol rehab centers and programs in Austin are on the rise. So why is this happening? There are actually numerous reasons for this, even though some may think the increase is due to the new Affordable Care Act. It has certainly played a part in building awareness, but I’m not sure it has had the impact so many were expecting…at least, not yet.  In my opinion, the increase in facilities and programs is a result of several factors. Let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons why alcohol rehab centers […]

A Life Worth Living

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” William James “Don’t give up before the miracle happens” AA Slogan (Fannie Flagg) The mind is a powerful thing — capable of learning, understanding, reasoning, and creating many things. But for years, there was one silent question that plagued me. Why can’t I stop drinking? I don’t know exactly when I stopped asking myself that question, but I did. I had resigned myself to the facts before me. I would always drink. That’s just how it was going to be. My mind couldn’t conceive of it ever […]