September was a Success!

This September, Alpha Home joined with community partners throughout San Antonio and Texas to raise awareness about addiction, and more importantly, the power of recovery.  For the first time, Alpha Home hosted a month-long celebration. We enjoyed many partnerships with businesses who helped support Alpha Home’s mission in a new ways including, The Pearl, The Bottling Department, Tenko Ramen, Maybelle’s, Good Kind, Bud’s Rotisserie, Fletcher’s Hamburgers, The Bar at the Food Hall, Bakery Lorraine, Mobile Om, Panda Express, JoyRide and Pinot’s Palette–Alamo Heights.

We truly feel blessed for these new friendships from the businesses, but also from new friends in the community.  Addiction is a funny issue, in that so much shame and judgment surrounds it.  We know when people have the opportunity to ask for and receive help without judgment, they have a better shot at living a sober life.

Thank you San Antonio for helping us raise awareness on an issue that impacts so many.  Together, we can make our community more healthy and HAPPY!

Bakery Lorraine Brings out the PB&J

On September 22, our friends at Bakery Lorraine will be selling their PB&J macarons, especially for Alpha Home!  When you visit any of the BL locations AND Maybelle’s at the Pearl, your purchase of some peanut butter jelly time, will benefit Alpha Home big time!

Don’t be shy!  Buy a box and share with a friend.  You can add a little sweetness to your life and help us lighten up someone else’s.  Thank you for supporting Alpha Home during National Recovery Month!

Visit www.bakerylorraine.com for all their locations.

 

 

FASD Awareness Month

September is a busy month!  We’ve been celebrating recovery all month, but we want to be sure our community knows about other important causes during September.  Our team is also representing awareness in the community for FASD Awareness Month – also known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  The Family First recently went blue to promote awareness with staff and  in-patient and out-patient clients.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning. Often, a person with an FASD has a mix of these problems.*

Our Family First team works diligently with clients in our residential program for intervention and awareness while they are beginning the recovery process.  For our male and female clients in outpatient services, the Family First team brings awareness to help prevent FASD, but also to be pro-active if someone’s child has been diagnosed and to help prevent future pregnancies from suffering the same outcome.  The Family First team provides parenting classes for both in-patient and outpatient clients of Alpha Home.

Of all the addictions, alcohol use is the most unforgiving on the fetal development with lifelong effects.  If you are a partner organization, our Family First team would be happy to come out and provide a session on prevention and awareness.  As a community, we can end FASD.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction and is pregnant, please contact Alpha Home urgently at (210) 735-3822.  We can help you!

  • excerpted from the CDC – see here

Joan’s Blessing in Disguise

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County story

“Joan’s” Story: My time at Alpha Home has been a blessing in disguise. I was sent there by my probation officer after two years in federal prison. I came with an attitude of indifference. I had been sober for a little over two years and felt I didn’t need to come to Alpha Home. How wrong I was.

This has been the greatest opportunity for me. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. Why I was sent here after my sentence instead of before really confused me, but after successfully completing this program, I trust in my faith more than ever.

The program taught me so much in just 90 days. I am not the same person I was when I got here. I am so much stronger. I have more self-esteem than I’ve had in a long time. I have learned the tools I will need to help me through not just my recovery, but also future relationships and life’s everyday ups and downs.

I learned that sobriety is not recovery.

If I want to achieve my goals and maintain my recovery, then coming to Alpha Home was the best thing I could ever do. They take lost, scared and angry women, and turn us into strong independent women with hope. This is a spiritual program based on rigorous honesty. I learned what integrity really means. I re-established my morals and built a strong foundation for my future.

The dedication and time the Alpha Home family gives is not only commendable, it’s astonishing. I’ve made lifelong friends being in the residential program. I am grateful and sincere.

Alpha Home is the only San Antonio gender-specific residential rehabilitation program dedicated exclusively to treating women. It provides women intensive and expansive therapeutic drug rehabilitation and alcoholism addiction treatment program in a home-like residential setting that prepares them to remain clean and sober while embracing the benefit of a lifelong 12-Step commitment.

Alpha Home Alumnae Spotlight: Christine

Today we’re bringing you the story of Christine, an Alpha Home Alumnae who never gave up. Completing treatment at Alpha Home helped her turn her life around and she now works at the Adult Drug & DWI Court, working to help others who were once in her shoes. #ChangeTheConversation

“After sitting in jail for over a month ready to go to prison, with the help of the Felony Drug Court, I was admitted into Alpha on May 3, 2007. While at Alpha Home I learned how to confront my addiction. It taught me how to care for myself when I had just given up. It help mend my relationship with my family… It also helped me get back on my feet and become independent. Because of Alpha Home, I found my strength and have been able to help many other women. I have had a pleasure of working alongside some great women who came from Alpha Home, while working as a Recovery Coach and working for the Felony Drug Court and Judicial Services for almost 9 years. I have been sober for 10 years.”