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 […]

After The Storm

Hearts are broken “The alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his way through the lives of others. Hearts are broken. Sweet relationships are dead. Affections have been uprooted. Selfish and inconsiderate habits have kept the home in turmoil. We feel a man is unthinking when he says that sobriety is enough.” -Big Book, pg. 82 It was the Sunday afternoon after severe weather roared through Austin, TX where the BRC Recovery Residences are located.  The area was a mess, as you could imagine.  I just finished lunch when I heard the sound of a leaf blower.  I looked out the […]

Blessed to be a Part of BRC

“To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives – these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry A.A.’s message to the next alcoholic.” – 12&12, Step Twelve, page 110 My journey at BRC Recovery began in June of 2010 […]

BRC Men Give Back

Men’s program at BRC Recovery On April 30th I had the pleasure of watching the residents of the Men’s program at BRC Recovery participate in a community service project. We spent all day at a Habitat for Humanity build-site in Manor, TX.  The men tackled all types of job, from picking up trash and painting cabinets to putting up fences and framing windows. Before arriving at the build-site, I knew there would be varying degrees of confidence and different skill sets among the residents. However, I was not prepared to witness the evidence of transformation in each of these men’s lives […]

BRC Recovery – Jesse McCraw Participates in the Shatterproof Challenge

Jesse McCraw Participates in the Shatterproof Challenge[MUSIC PLAYING] [WIND RUSHING BY] [MUSIC PLAYING] Shatterproof to me is an opportunity to bring awareness to addiction, and it has given me an opportunity to proclaim my recovery. Just standing on top of the building and looking around at the city that I grew up in, in a different aspect and a different angle just proves that today, my life is more than I could have ever imagined, the opportunities that I’ve been given through the work that I’ve done in recovery. “Shatterproof to me is an opportunity to bring awareness to addiction, […]

Step 2 – Michael Kerr

Mike Kerr, Recovery Coach Segue Program Benchmark Recovery Center   Hello, everyone, my name is Mike Kerr. I’m a recovery coach at the Segue program at Benchmark Recovery Center. A little over three years ago, I walked into the doors of Benchmark, and I was in a place where I was willing to hear an answer. I didn’t know what that answer was. I didn’t know what the answer looked like, but I needed an answer. What happened while I was there was incredible, considering that I walked in very humbled, humiliated and willing to hear something different, do something different, wanted to think […]

Sometimes I Have to Pinch Myself

How did I get here? A man like me is not supposed to get the redemption I have been granted. I rolled into BRC Recovery in July of 2012 a broken man. I had crashed three cars that year and overdosed twice. I lived in San Antonio within a 10-mile radius of my mom, my sister, my niece and nephew, but none of them wanted anything to do with me. I was surprised I had made it to the age of 45. I thought I had nothing left to offer anyone. How wrong I was! I learned how to be […]

The Why

I wake up before dawn breaks every morning. My brain races with anticipation of returning emails, and scheduling events, and developing relationships. Calendars and phone calls and appointments, oh my. All of which is extremely new territory for a guy like me. There was a long stretch of my life that I was just living merely to exist. This illness had taken me to a point of complete and utter despair. There was no way out. There was no hope. Then, through a miraculous chain of events, I was sent across the country to a place I had never heard […]