Month: July 2020

Dealing With Mental Health Issues in Addiction

Dealing With Mental Health Issues in Addiction

Many alcoholics and addicts experience co-occurring mental health issues. Such issues are no longer as misunderstood as they were even 30 years ago. Thanks to modern medical science and psychiatry, co-occurring mental health issues can often be successfully addressed. Those of us who experience concerns of mental and emotional wellness can usually receive proper, effective help and flourish in ways we never would have thought possible. There are many of us today who experience both addiction and mental health issues, yet we are sober, free, healthy, and living full lives in recovery. It is not the hindrance it was once, nor does it bear the stigma it did in the past. A Common Struggle Mental and emotional health issues are common, especially amongst alcoholics and addicts. Some studies say anywhere from 37% to 53% of those who suffer from addiction also experience at least one mental health disorder. These issues…

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Introducing Our Monthly Series on Men’s Issues

Introducing Our Monthly Series on Men’s Issues

Jaywalker Lodge is a place where men who chronically struggle to maintain long-term recovery can come to be helped with the specific hurdles they are facing. Not all alcoholics and addicts are exactly the same. But all alcoholics and addicts do have some key experiences, similarities, and common feelings that help us unite and relate to one another – things that a non-alcoholic would likely not understand. Likewise for men, not all of us are the same. But we do have similarities in our experiences, tribulations, and struggles, at least enough that we can relate to one another. While each of us has unique issues, we also all share some trouble areas as well. Some of these issues are more common than we may care to admit, and some are so private, we fear admitting them at all. But our job at Jaywalker Lodge is to help you clear up…

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Am I Allowed To Be Happy?

Am I Allowed To Be Happy?

For most of the time we spent in active alcoholism and addiction, we weren’t very happy. The briefest moments of having enough of our drug of choice to get us through another moment quickly faded upon reflection that we might be trapped living in addicted torment for the rest of our lives. When genuinely good things did happen, most of us were numb or needed another drink or fix to properly “celebrate.” But we never really felt celebratory for long. The dark moments would always come, leading us to misremember the past as something totally awful dread the future as something completely bleak. Alcoholics and addicts like us have a troubled relationship with happiness. Many of us have judged ourselves as unworthy of happiness because of the actions, feelings, and traumas that perpetuated and endured in our addiction. We must try to see that we are not bad people. Alcoholism and…

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Take the Hero’s Journey

Take the Hero’s Journey

Life itself is a journey with many stages. Each of us is the hero of our own story. We are the main character in the movie of our life. The road from active alcoholism and addiction isn’t a movie though – it’s a very real, living nightmare. Going from addiction to recovery is a journey you are capable of making. You just need help, the same help all of us need in recovery. But it is you who must make the journey. As the saying goes, the journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. We cannot go it alone, but we must begin the attempt. After all, we experience life from our point of view, from within ourselves. When we take the 12-Steps, we get great relief from focusing much of our attention on how we can serve others. Indeed, thinking of others frees us from many of…

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Addressing Chronic Relapse

Addressing Chronic Relapse

The journey from active alcoholism and addiction to sobriety and recovery is different for everyone. Some people are ready and able to get a firm hold on recovery after their first try. That is truly a wonderful blessing. But for many of us who suffer from the disease, it’s not always that easy. Relapse is by no means an uncommon part of many people’s process toward achieving long-term sobriety. Some people stumble once or twice and then they get it – for others, it’s a much bumpier road. Slipping after making a beginning doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with us. It doesn’t mean we’ll never get sober. But it may signify that there is a need for some change in our approach. Break the Relapse Cycle Chronic relapse plagues many men who truly want to get sober and live a recovered life. It does not have to be a…

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Learning to Accept Love

Learning to Accept Love

This title alone may have already made you uncomfortable, which is a common response for alcoholics and addicts. The word “love” is a complicated thing. We associate it with something we tried, but could never get right – a word that reminds us of the people we’ve hurt. Many of us don’t recall much love involved with our past in addiction. We certainly don’t ever think about whether or not we love ourselves. Allowing ourselves to be loved seems like a silly question when we don’t even feel like we deserve to be loved. The truth is good news or bad news, depending on your mindset. You deserve to be loved. Love is something that all of us have, and all of us feel. Alcoholic or not, everyone has love to give and deserves to receive love as well. It’s a huge concept and a massive feeling, and accepting love…

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Can Things Really Be Different For Me?

Can Things Really Be Different For Me?

Alcoholics and addicts like us often get caught in cycles of monotonous pain and torment. After a long time spent in the prison of disease, it can be hard to imagine that life will ever be different. Especially if we’ve tried to get sober multiple times, but failed to make recovery stick for the long-term. We know what that’s like, and we stand here to confidently tell you that things can be different for you. Today can be day one of a whole new life. How Can I Change My Life? As the saying goes, “If you want a different result, you have to do something different.” This is not just a cliche, but a scientific principle. Doing the same things that left us helpless to our alcoholism and addictions won’t ever break us free of them. We have to be open-minded and willing enough to try something new –…

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Slow And Steady Wins the Race

Slow And Steady Wins the Race

Slow and steady is a relatively unappealing phrase. Most of us want things to be fast and exciting, especially alcoholics and addicts. We’re accustomed to excitement, chaos, and adrenaline. Perhaps our familiarity with those things isn’t exactly healthy, but we have conditioned ourselves to high-stimulus lifestyles and activities and it nearly destroyed us. We are the lucky ones who have the opportunity to get sober and recover. So maybe we ought to try the slow and steady route, at least for a bit. Good Things Take Time The “slow” in “slow and steady” doesn’t mean boring. Life in recovery is anything but boring. We are not a glum lot. In fact, now that we are sober, we can participate fully in many of the fun parts of life we missed out on before. Slow does not mean painfully slow either – it simply means to attempt a tiny bit of…

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Jaywalker & COVID-19

March 13, 2020 Dear Jaywalker Family and Community, At Jaywalker, we take our responsibility to the safety of our clients and our community seriously. For the past few weeks, we have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States, following guidance from the CDC and local health authorities, and consulting with community health experts to ensure we have the right plans and resources in place to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all the people we serve. Nothing is more important. Over the past two weeks, we have taken the following actions: Instituted a screening process for admissions and outside visitors that includes questions about recent fevers, overseas travel, and family members’ risks to reduce the possibility of introduction of the virus into the treatment environment. Anyone deemed a possible risk to our clients or staff will not be admitted to our facilities. We will be offering our family…

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“WE BELIEVE” #1: The Relentless Pursuit of Joy

“WE BELIEVE” #1: The Relentless Pursuit of Joy

At Jaywalker Lodge, our every action is guided by our values. We have 12 core beliefs that shape who we are and what we do. Our Jaywalker philosophy not only defines us, but we believe it also makes a big difference in helping men achieve fulfilling long-term recovery. This philosophy of values is known as our “We Believe” statements. There are 12 of them, just like there are 12-Steps in the recovery program. In order for you to get to know Jaywalker Lodge better, we are going to deep-dive into each one of the “We Believe” statements, starting with our first one. #1. “We believe in the relentless and unapologetic pursuit of joy in recovery, intimacy among men, and a power greater than any one of us.” This is our first belief because it stands as the foundation of all we do at Jaywalker Lodge. This heartfelt statement is a…

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