Tag: Patrick Shaffer

Which Came First: The Chicken or the Surfboard?

For the seventh day in a row I’m driving down the same dirt road to reach the beach; surfboards on top of the car, anticipation running high.  As I came around a corner, standing in the road was the same rooster that I had seen the 6 days previous.  The exact same spot, same time of day, 6 days straight. I thought to myself, “there is that stupid rooster, standing in the middle of the road, doing the same thing as each day before. Doesn’t he have anything better to do?”   Then it dawned on me, maybe the rooster was thinking the same thing about me, “there is that same guy, driving the same car, with the same boards on top for as many days as my little chicken brain can remember.” Yeah, I had that actual conversation going in my head.  Maybe I was suffering from too much tropical sun or too…

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Jaywalker receives Volunteer of the Year award from Independence Pass Foundation

Service to others is an important part of the treatment model Jaywalker provides. Through this we begin to learn that there are things far greater than ourselves. As a member of the Jaywalker community I am provided many service opportunities that include helping at Mission Wolf, planting trees for the City of Carbondale, and hurricane relief in Houston. Independence Pass Foundation provides yet another unique service opportunity for our guys. The IPF is a group that is dedicated to the restoration of the Independence Pass corridor and the surrounding wilderness. Please Click Here for the full article and for information on The Independence Pass Foundation.

Men’s Spiritual Retreat

On a frigidly cold morning in Vail, we finished breakfast and trudged up to Jay’s Cabin for the final leg of the first ever Mens Spiritual Retreat weekend at Jaywalker Solutions. The weekend had consisted of two days of intensive therapeutic work, one solo day coined as the “Day of Silence,” and one day of presentations. In the free time, we ate together, used the old-fashioned sauna, hiked, and spent time together as fellow men in recovery. If you have never spent any time at the Shrine Huts in Vail, I would highly recommend it. The locations solitude and rustic quality made it a perfect location for a men’s spiritual retreat. As we sat in a circle in the cabin with logs in the wood fireplace crackling. I felt a sense of anticipation as we prepared for the final session of the experience. We started the group with an introduction,…

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HeartMath at Jaywalker Lodge

HeartMath at Jaywalker Lodge Jaywalker Lodge is now using HeartMath technology and stress management tools in conjunction with EMDR, TRE, CBT and 12-step facilitation in treating chemical dependence and co-occurring disorders.  HeartMath technology is a great compliment to the 12-steps and offers clients the opportunity to see in real time, via portable HeartMath biofeedback monitors, the benefits of meditation.  While using HeartMath tools clients learn how to build resilience, decrease anxiety, regulate their mood, and tolerate powerful cravings and triggers.  Decades of rigorous research on HeartMath tools have shown significant benefits for sleep, focus, serenity, anxiety, fatigue, and depression.  While 12-step facilitation remains the core of Jaywalker’s clinical model, incorporating tools like HeartMath technology has helped Jaywalker better treat clinically complex clients that suffer from addiction and co-occurring disorders. BENEFITS OF HEARTMATH Studies conducted with over 11,500* people have shown improvements in mental & emotional well-being in just 6-9 weeks using HeartMath…

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Mike K: 3 Year Sober

When an all staff email comes across about one of our many alums that work at Jaywalker, we all pause for hugs, high-fives, and gratitude.  Mike is a crucial part of the men’s experience at Jaywalker Lodge on arrival.  Thank you Mike for all you do!  Here is the endearing email we all received yesterday: Hello All, My dear friend Mike Koschlakijflkasjfiojeoajfdlksj is celebrating 3 years sober today! Mike for the longest time thought today was Cinco de Mayo but did not realize that Cinco de Mayo is in fact May 5th and not May 2nd. Mike does not speak Spanish. Anyways, I wanted to give a big shout out to Mike for role modeling to our men what sobriety can look like and that works. Mike is seen at every meeting on every night, and although that takes away from our time together it allows him to be a…

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Jon Lencioni – Alumni Coordinator

We would like to announce the addition of Jon Lencioni to the Jaywalker team, as Alumni Coordinator.  Jon’s ability to lead and understand the Jaywalker community is unapparelled and we are thrilled to have him in this position. Jon grew up in Menlo Park, Ca. Being outside playing sports was always his passion. At an early age, Jon started “experimenting” with drugs and alcohol which soon turned in to a full-blown addiction. This caused his pursuit of his passion for the outdoors and sports to fade. After high school, Jon took some time away from education and his addiction only worsened.  In 2009, Jon went back to school and attended a local community college in the Bay Area. He then transferred to San Diego State University where he pursued a degree in Entrepreneurship. It was in San Diego that his use caught up with his. He knew he had no…

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Trauma Informed Care

Trauma informed care is something we take very seriously at Jaywalker Lodge, and we’re happy to announce that our trauma programing now includes a separate break out group for all clients engaged in our trauma track.  Along with in-depth assessment and individual trauma specific counseling, clients in the trauma program will now be participating in a weekly trauma and grief group session.  Jaywalker Lodge trauma specialist Amy Vespa had this to say about the new offering: “Community has always been at the heart of the Jaywalker philosophy. This group allows for education, healing, and normalization of the trauma resolution process in a peer driven setting.  It fits perfectly within the Jaywalker model and has added a great element to the trauma program”.  At Jaywalker we believe that effective addiction treatment must include support for clients that suffer from unresolved trauma, and we believe this new group enhances our ability to…

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Jaywalker Alumni: Keystone, CO

Five months ago I was alone, full of fear and completely stuck. I couldn’t escape the pain I was causing myself. Time and time again I had convinced myself that I could do some controlled drinking. Once again, I was stuck with that same hopeless gut wrenching feeling. I knew I couldn’t go on like this but was unable to pull myself out on my own accord. By the grace of God some Jaywalker alumni reached out their hand and I put down the fight. I thank God for that split second moment of clarity. Looking back my life has change dramatically in just six short months. Today, I am blessed with so many opportunities for which I can finally show up. I’m striving to be the man I always knew I was meant to be. My life is by no means easy today but it is satisfying to go…

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Kjell D: A Decade Sober

Congratulations to Jaywalker Alumnus Kjell D. on 10 years of continuous sobriety! Kjell lives with his beautiful wife and 13 month old son in Minnesota where he is an LADC with Hazelden working as a managed care specialist. He battles with insurance companies to get clients coverage while they are currently in treatment.  Kjell started his journey at Jaywalker Lodge, and was an employee prior to obtaining his counseling certifications and pursuing a clinical career dedicating his life to help others in recovery.

Why The Steps Didn’t Work For Me

Recently, I was helping my parents move and was asked to go through my old stuff, to discard any “junk” and to save anything worth holding onto.  While sifting through the relics of my past, I came across an old journal that I kept as a teen.  I spoke candidly about how it felt to be me; the things that were hard, the things that I was curious about, my perception of the world around me, and my experiences with drugs and alcohol.   As I read, I discovered that even back then, in the genesis of my journey, I was able to see that my use of drugs was a “solution” to a problem that was spiritual in nature; and that this solution, although effective, was only creating more problems in my life. I was taken aback to read this, considering that it took me another 15 years of attempting…

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