What We Believe About the Power of Recovery

Alcohol and addiction recovery has never been thought of as an easy journey. In fact, recovery is a lifelong journey for those who chose it, as everyone in recovery will experience challenging temptations and triggers throughout their life. Jaywalker Lodge is fueled by self-discovery and healing. It’s a place where we motivate men to find the power within themselves to commit to long-lasting recovery. While helping others achieve sobriety remains a priority in our mission, we believe that the power of recovery extends beyond eliminating substance use. We believe that the power of recovery helps build authentic and genuine character, creating a life full of excitement and purpose.  Above all, we know that there is a solution to the all-consuming disease of addiction. Addiction is treatable, and we believe that treatment works. Finding an effective treatment may take time and vary from person to person. At Jaywalker Lodge, we are…

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The Person I Love Is in Recovery. How Should I Treat Them?

If the person you love is in recovery, there are a few important things to keep in mind that will not only strengthen your connection with each other but also strengthen the relationship you have with yourself. While many of us have loved ones in recovery, some of us are the ones in recovery. We are all connected to someone who is experiencing or has experienced addiction at some point in their lives. Although we do not have to necessarily treat them or treat ourselves any differently than those who have not experienced addiction, we can always strive to be more intentional with our words and actions. When Your Loved One Was Recently Admitted to Treatment If your loved one is just beginning their recovery journey, congratulations to them! Many of us know how difficult that first step can be. Choosing to go to treatment is an outward sign that…

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Dealing With Adversity in Recovery

Life is not all rainbows and butterflies, even when we are in the rooms of recovery. Adverse conditions arise in the lives of every human being on earth, no matter what. We all must occasionally leave the sunshine to deal with adversity. Tough times and struggles are not indictments on our strength, intelligence, or choices — they are just things that happen sometimes. Of course, if we are not careful or attentive, we can be the cause of our own adversity. Discovering the source of our struggles is part of coping with adversity in a healthy way. There are many things to consider and keep in mind when it comes to dealing with adversity in our recovery. Adversity Happens To Everyone The first thing we must keep in mind is that adversity happens to everyone. It’s not only us who suffer from tough times, hardships, and upsets. Everyone will go…

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I Have Trauma Issues. Can Recovery Help Me?

Trauma and substance abuse have a surprisingly large amount of overlap, from experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings to similar treatment programs for healing. We all experience trauma and cope with it differently, yet many substance use issues develop as a response to trauma. Processing traumatic experiences can be very time-consuming as well as mentally draining. Substances like drugs and alcohol are often used as a temporary fix to reduce the physical and mental symptoms associated with trauma, such as anxiety, panic, and fear. It’s a simple, but unfortunate formula: trauma increases the risk of developing an addiction, while addiction increases the likelihood of experiencing trauma. Whether or not substance use plays a significant role in your story, recovery is aimed to help you process any deep-rooted trauma that enables or encourages you to cling to unhealthy coping mechanisms. It may help to reiterate that we ALL have trauma issues of…

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Suit Up and Show Up: Fighting Isolation in Recovery

Addiction and social isolation are closely related, often becoming a vicious cycle. According to the Cigna U.S. Loneliness Index, younger generations in America are experiencing higher levels of loneliness, which leads to many mental health and behavioral problems, including addiction. In recovery, isolation can become a temptation. This is particularly true now during the pandemic, with social activities decreasing to curb the spread of COVID-19. But for people who are in recovery, the danger of isolation cannot be ignored. Self-isolation is where old habits flourish, but recovery is designed to help you build new ones. The Temptation of Social Isolation Because addictive behaviors often disrupt social relationships, especially with family members, a person in recovery may already be used to finding ways to disassociate from people. Sometimes depression can also hinder a person’s social integration. Isolation often becomes a default mode or comfort zone that recovering individuals use to avoid…

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Working the 12-Steps No Matter What

The 12-Step program is a set of time-tested guidelines to help us overcome addiction. When you first start the program, many concepts of it can be quite inspiring. But as time goes by, you may find that the appeal of the 12-Step approach is waning. Sometimes you feel like you are just going through the motions during group meetings. But even when that early motivational phase has come and gone, it’s still necessary to continue working the Twelve Steps with your whole heart. Waning Motivation Is Normal Let’s recall what initially motivated you to begin the Steps. Many young people enter a 12-Step program because their parents or loved ones urged them to. Some decide to give it a try after failing to make progress on their own. The community rapport that drives the 12-Step program addresses both the physical and mental aspects of addiction, greatly boosting progress for many….

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Dealing With Men’s Issues in Recovery

Men are more likely than women to develop alcoholism and addiction. Men also tend to have different reasons for using substances than women do, so addiction develops differently in comparison. These factors, as well as the tendency for women to seek help more quickly, affect the kind of treatment men will need for lasting recovery.  Jaywalker Lodge works exclusively with men for all these reasons and more. We believe that the largest benefit of male-only recovery treatment is that treatment is directed towards resolving issues that only affect men. Female-only treatment centers experience the same advantage, as these facilities focus on issues that only affect women.  Many men cannot relate to many problems that women tend to face, and vice versa. A treatment environment where one is surrounded by the same gender-specific identity helps individuals connect more strongly with their peers, relate to common experiences, and face less judgment than…

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Men’s Issues: Sex Inventory

At Jaywalker Lodge, we deal exclusively with men in recovery. By holding strong to our focus, we have uncovered a host of common problems and situations that affect the men in our community. Suffice to say, many things come up and keep coming up. We refer to these common scenarios as “men’s issues” and continue to address as many of these concerns as we can. It’s our goal to not only provide men with a safe space to learn and grow in recovery, but to provide them with helpful resources and support when they face struggles. This month, we are delving into the sex inventory and all that encompasses. The sex inventory is not merely a list of sexual history or encounters. In reality, the sex inventory is a vital component of the personal inventory we all do in the 4th-Step. The entire inventory consists of resentments, fears, and yes,…

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What Is a Sponsor and Why Do I Need One?

Participating in a 12-Step recovery program for addiction involves more than just attending meetings. A successful program recommends that every person has a sponsor who will serve as an essential part of their recovery journey. It may be difficult to share experiences or tell your story in a group setting. You may feel more comfortable sharing these things with a mentor who you trust. This is the role of a sponsor. What Is a Sponsor? A sponsor is an individual who has already been in recovery, typically for at least a year. This person serves as a reliable mentor to you during your recovery. A sponsor has personal experience with the 12-Step approach and can offer advice and guidance to those who are new to recovery or looking for extra support. Your sponsor will help you navigate the Twelve steps, answer your questions, motivate your progress, and offer accountability when…

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Outside Issues: Healthy Relationships

Companionship, deep bonds, and the trust offered by family and friends can help us pull through life’s various challenges. This is especially true for those who seek recovery from addiction. Many of us would not have made progress if it wasn’t for the support of our loved ones. Even when you are in the middle of a treatment plan, possibly at a recovery facility, you need to rethink how your relationships with loved ones can be repaired or improved. The journey of recovery should also supply you with enough resources and insight to discern what kind of relationships are healthy and what kind is not. In your early sobriety, it’s wise to avoid relationships that are full of heartbreak or disappointment. Train yourself to gravitate towards life-giving relationships that make you feel treasured and joyful. We Need Healthy Relationships to Flourish Even as a child, the whole person needs healthy…

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