Month: August 2020

Facilitating Foundations For Recovery

Facilitating Foundations For Recovery

At Jaywalker Lodge, we are driven by experience and proven techniques to achieve our primary mission of 1) ending the vicious cycle of chronic relapse for men who suffer from alcoholism and addiction, and 2) providing them the tools, treatments, healing, and knowledge to achieve long-term recovery. The men who struggle to stay in recovery, despite an earnest desire to do so, and have repeated slips — these men are Jaywalkers. They are our people. The thing that makes what we do different is the core of our philosophy. Recovery is not a punishment for our past in active addiction — recovery is the promise and fulfillment of a brighter future. We bring our core values to bear on the problem of chronic relapse and make them a real and working part of men’s lives by purposefully and thoroughly building solid, meaningful foundations for lasting recovery. The 12-Step Program At…

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Living A Healthy Life in Recovery

Living A Healthy Life in Recovery

A healthy life is something that is largely foreign to most of us who spent much of our lives struggling with active alcoholism and addiction. Life consisted of adhering to the will of our destructive disease. When we first get sober, we often have a lot of learning to do about healing our minds, bodies, and spirits. Alcoholism and addiction is a three-fold disease, and the 12-Steps begin to repair, heal, and educate us in all those areas. We learn how to calm our minds, steady our emotions, stop abusing our bodies, and uplift and awaken our spirits. The healing begins the moment we start working the 12-Steps or attend our first Jaywalker meeting. As we continue 12-Step work, meetings, and service work in our recovery we find that they continue to help us heal and grow. Yet because we are still not used to healthy ways of living and…

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Is Being Helpful Really So Important in Recovery?

Is Being Helpful Really So Important in Recovery?

We are each the main character — the hero — in our own life story, and we learn to see the world through this lens of “self.” This is true for everyone, regardless of their history with addiction. However, for alcoholics and addicts, this focus on self can be dangerous, even deadly. The book of Alcoholics Anonymous says in no uncertain terms that selfishness and self-centeredness are the root causes of all our troubles. The book presses even harder on this issue saying, “Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us!” There are no mincing words there. This passage makes it pretty clear that we must do our utmost to “get out of self.” But how do we do this when our minds, and our society, urge us to be the center of our own little universe? Understand the Hero’s Role in…

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Dealing With Negative Emotions in Recovery

Dealing With Negative Emotions in Recovery

Negative feelings and emotions are a common part of life. They happen to everyone. Sometimes there’s a legitimate reason, but other times they just happen. Maybe we’re just having a bad day, or we struggle with mental and emotional health on a regular basis, or perhaps something serious has happened to us. Whatever the cause or duration, negative feelings are a natural part of life. For many of us who struggle with alcoholism and addiction, these negative emotions can present a significant danger to our recovery. Addicts and alcoholics like us are often prone to getting carried away by negative emotions, hurt feelings, or other types of depression. Too often, we fail to keep ourselves safe from common pitfalls and the desire to escape negative feelings can push us perilously close to relapse. This doesn’t have to be the case for us anymore. There are many in the recovery community…

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