Month: January 2022

How to Help a Child With Addiction

How to Help a Child With Addiction

Many people associate addictions with adults, but children can become addicted too. Addiction tends to run in the family, and while you may have tried to keep your child safe, it isn’t always possible. Teen addiction is still a prevalent issue caused by many factors, from environmental to hereditary. Here’s how to help your child get the treatment they need. Why Is My Teen Addicted? There are many factors that play into teen and child addiction. Whether it be peer pressure, curiosity, rebellion, a way to cope with stress/anxiety, or expectations, there are many reasons why teens and children choose to take substances that develop into addiction. It isn’t necessarily because they are “bad” or “acting out.” In fact, many teens don’t try substances to anger parents, but rather because their brains aren’t as developed as adult brains. This doesn’t say anything about their intelligence, but rather their brain development…

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Jaywalker is Hiring – Chief/Director of Admissions & Marketing

Are you inspired by hope? At Jaywalker we believe that effective treatment is NOT a consequence of our addiction, but a promise of our future together in recovery. That’s why we look for people who share our passion for turning potential into reality. This role is a rare chance to lead the admissions and marketing departments for one of the premier men’s treatment centers in the addiction industry. You will serve as a trusted member of our Executive Team and be responsible for our end-to-end outreach and admission efforts. As the Chief/Director of Admissions and Marketing, you will manage a team of admissions, marketing, and alumni coordinators. In this role you will also serve as the Chief Marketing Officer of the organization and will provide overall brand leadership and shape the organization’s public profile though building awareness and contribute to a culture of high performance as a “Center of Excellence”. MAIN…

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It’s Okay to Rest

It's Okay to Rest

If you are constantly on the go, it might be hard to take a break. Whether you’ve got too much going on or feel guilty for allowing for some “you” time, there are benefits of resting and relaxing, especially during the cold months. Taking a break isn’t something to feel guilty about; it’s crucial to your health. In a world where productivity and hustle culture are praised, it might be hard to justify even napping, much less taking mental health days or choosing to spend time with yourself doing what makes you happy. Winter Is a Time of Rest You might enjoy the cold, but the constant snow and low temperatures can make it hard to do even basic activities for many. Many animals hibernate in the winter to conserve energy, but humans are different in that we still operate during the colder months. As a result, our energy levels…

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Cutting Ties With Toxic People

Cutting Ties With Toxic People

After treatment, you’ll need to build your support group and eliminate what doesn’t help you grow. While most people in your life will support you in your recovery journey, some people might hold you back. This may not be intentional, but during this time, it’s important to evaluate how the people in your life are supporting you and whether or not it’s time to let them go and cut ties. This isn’t always easy, but you can create a support group that doesn’t weigh you down and halts your recovery with these tips. Realizing You Deserve Better When you were addicted, chances are you didn’t have the best impression of yourself. You might have had low self-confidence and low self-esteem. You might have been exposed to abusive or toxic relationships but didn’t have the tools to navigate the good and the bad.  Realizing you never deserved the poor treatment you…

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New Year, New Me: The Journey of Rebuilding After Treatment

New Year, New Me: The Journey of Rebuilding After Treatment

The New Year is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. Your journey after treatment consists of working from the ground up to rebuild your new life and your new you. The process of rebuilding your life after addiction is never easy because there is so much to do. Breaking down how you build your foundation brick by brick will help the process go smoother. Here is your starting point. Making Your Bed Every Day The initial advice for those learning how to be sober is to take it a day at a time. Getting out of bed is a feat of its own, especially if you’re still raw from treatment. Setting goals can be a challenge when even the little things feel difficult to manage, but many health care professionals recommend starting small. While it might feel insignificant, starting your journey of rebuilding your life begins by making…

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Including Your Loved Ones in Your Recovery

Including Your Loved Ones in Your Recovery

Addiction is often referred to as the “family disease” because it affects the family dynamic in a way that seems almost irreparable. A loved one caught up in the thralls of substance use disorder (SUD) can cause trauma, resentment, and broken relationships among their immediate friends and family. After treatment, bad feelings and mistrust might still exist but know that your loved ones still care about you. Your support system is a vital part of recovery, and sometimes, the best way to fix those broken bonds is to include your loved ones in your care if they so wish to be. Thankfully, there are plenty of safe ways your loved ones can be included in your healing process. Strengthening Your Support System The people you keep in your life are valuable to your recovery. This holds especially true for your closest friends and family members who were there for you…

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Brotherly Love: The Community We Have Built

Brotherly Love: The Community We Have Built

If you’ve recently been through our treatment center, you’ve met our alumni who’ve shared their stories and offered encouragement. Our alumni provide a powerful perspective when they tell our clients their unique recovery journey. Additionally, they set an example of what successful sobriety looks like.  Through service, attending 12-Step meetings, providing guidance through sponsorship, and enjoying alumni dinners, alumni are a vital part of our community. Recently graduated clients might not know how to be a part of our community after leaving our program, but there are plenty of opportunities to contribute to the loving community we have built here at Jaywalker. The Importance of Brotherly Love Those in treatment and early recovery rely heavily on their support system. At Jaywalker, we care about the connections we make. Our community is built on the idea of loving each other as brothers would. We give each other a shoulder to lean…

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Keeping Motivation After Your First Year of Recovery

Keeping Motivation After Your First Year of Recovery

Congratulations! You’ve made it through your first year of recovery! This is an important milestone you’ll never forget. You should feel proud making it this far. However, there is still work to be done. You might feel on the verge of burnout, or maybe you feel like celebrating this milestone responsibly. This is only the beginning. There’s still so much to look forward to after your first year of recovery. Don’t lose motivation now! This Is Only Just the Beginning An entire year has passed, and you’re ready to grab your chip at your next 12-Step meeting. You might feel on top of the world, and you should. The first year is an important milestone in the recovery process. The first year is truly the hardest because your body, mind, and spirit are still adjusting to sobriety. It’s advised to take it easy during your first year while you build…

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Moving the Goalposts

Moving the Goalposts

At the beginning of treatment and recovery, you are in a position where the sky is the limit. You’ve got an entire life ahead of you, and it becomes your job to fill it with aspirations and well-thought-out goals.  Eventually, there comes the point where you’ve accomplished the goals you set out to tackle in the beginning. You’ve completely whittled down your laundry list of things you’ve wanted to accomplish, but now you’re at a loss for what you want to do next. This is the point of your recovery where you need to start moving the goalposts and making plans for the next steps. Don’t Undermine Your Progress You’ve reached the peak. That’s something to feel proud of. Accomplishing your goals takes great effort, focus, and motivation, which should not be discounted. Before you move onto the next mountain, take stock of what you’ve already accomplished thus far. Taking…

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