Embracing Recovery

Embracing Recovery

Many alcoholics and addicts who truly want to get sober, but find themselves unable to stay sober for long, struggle with the concept of recovery. It can be hard to picture ourselves freed from the prison of our disease. Of course, we see that recovery is possible. We see it in meetings, or we have an acquaintance who got sober and changed their life. But we don’t really believe it’s possible for us. What’s worse, maybe we don’t believe we deserve it. How could someone with a past like ours ever be happy? How could someone like us deserve a good life? Even if the idea makes you uncomfortable, each and every one of us deserves to live a life that is happily and usefully whole. The 12-Step program of recovery is for anyone willing to do the work. As they say, “it works if you work it”. And here…

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The Role of Medically Assisted Treatment in Our Recovery Programs

The Role of Medically Assisted Treatment in Our Recovery Programs

Medically assisted treatment (MAT) is a topic and practice of no small debate. We keep our position on the issue simple, clean, and in line with what we think is best for the quality of both life and recovery for the men who stay with us. At Jaywalker Lodge, we take nothing more seriously than the health, happiness, joy, and freedom of our people. MAT varies from place to place in efficacy, safety, and long-term results. We are particularly interested in long-term recovery here. Those who come to us have often found lasting sobriety elusive, so we wish to do what works best to provide them the opportunity to achieve long-term recovery for themselves. MAT at Jaywalker Lodge We do deal with the vast majority of chemical and substance addictions that a person can have. We also treat co-occurring mental and behavioral health issues. MAT is most commonly used in…

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Sobriety and Anonymity in the Time of Digital Recovery

Sobriety and Anonymity in the Time of Digital Recovery

In the era of self-quarantine and lockdowns, nearly every aspect of our daily lives has been turned upside down. However long this crisis lasts, we have to remain adaptable to the “new normal.” Life doesn’t stop, but it does often change. Now it has changed again and for many of us, the majority of our lives are now dependent on the very technology we previously used to distract us from our lives. Work, school, and socializing have all gone digital for most. Recovery is no different – especially for those of us who have been in recovery for a while. Meetings, time with our sponsor, and fellowshipping are all vital and beloved parts of our lives. Thankfully, though many meeting places and coffee shops have shut down, recovery has managed to flourish online. Many recovery facilities are offering digital services, such as Jaywalker Lodge’s online alumni meetings. Thanks to internet…

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What Is Jaywalker Lodge?

Jaywalker Lodge is not a rehab. It’s not simply a treatment facility either. Jaywalker Lodge is based on something more than either of those models. We don’t really get sober in rehab – we get sober in a community. Recovery doesn’t happen in a hospital, it happens in the shift of how we relate to our day to day lives. Recovery is more than stopping physical addiction – a whole lot more. We understand these key differences. Physical sobriety and abstinence are only one level of recovery. They are but the barest beginning. A life of recovery must be full of growth, joy, and happiness, or else what’s the point? A sober life is not about penance for our past. It is exclusively about hope for the future and joy for today. The Jaywalker Way So at Jaywalker Lodge we do everything a little bit different – we do it…

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Mental and Emotional Health in Recovery

Mental and Emotional Health in Recovery

Our time spent in alcoholism and addiction can wreak havoc on our emotional and mental health. When we finally find recovery, we are usually pleased with how directly sobriety addresses our physical health and how soundly the 12-Steps begin to heal us spiritually. Sobriety and the 12-Steps also help our mental and emotional health, incredibly so in many cases. Just staying away from drugs and alcohol can do a lot to improve our minds and emotions. We often find over time that prolonged abstinence from harmful chemicals and destructive habits, combined with steady closeness to the 12-Steps, can revolutionize our mental and emotional health. But like any other area of our lives, mental and emotional health take some action on our part. Sobriety and the 12-Steps will do a lot, but we have to participate, too. Even after getting sober, some of us still struggle with mental and emotional health….

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The Benefits of All-Male Treatment

The Benefits of All-Male Treatment

It is absolutely true that alcoholism and addiction can affect anyone. This disease does not acknowledge gender, wealth, race, or creed. It does not care who we are or where we’re from – it can wreak havoc on anyone. So, why is Jaywalker Lodge all-male? We aren’t simply an all-male lodge. At Jaywalker, we have focused our expertise to help only adult males. This is primarily because we were built by adult men who found lasting sobriety and joyful lives after many failed attempts, so those with similar experiences are the ones we are most suited to help. There are many diverse options for help in recovery, just as there are many diverse people seeking recovery. A good life in recovery is available to all who want it and are willing to work for it. We hope that everyone, regardless of their personal details, can find and achieve the sobriety…

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Building Self-Esteem in Sobriety

Building Self-Esteem in Sobriety

Feeling good about ourselves after struggling with alcoholism and addiction may seem like a far-off and unlikely task. Sure, it sounds nice, but we’ve suffered a lot. Most of us have done things we aren’t proud of and acted ways we wished we hadn’t. We learn quickly in recovery at Jaywalker Lodge that selflessness goes a long way in improving our opinions of ourselves. The more we do for others, the better our lives become and the more we like ourselves. Self-love and self-esteem aren’t inaccessible to people in recovery. We all deserve to love the person we’re closest to our whole life – and that person is us. The 12-Steps build self-esteem all by themselves, even though we may not notice it at first. For some of us, building a healthy relationship with ourselves might require a little extra help. What Does Self-Esteem Mean? Self-esteem has a lot to…

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How Can I Get Sober?

How Can I Get Sober

That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? First, do you want to get sober? The reason why you want to get sober is not as important as knowing how to get sober – but it is still important. You may want to get sober because your life is a wreck, you’re in pain, everything is a mess. Maybe you want your family or your job or even yourself back. If you are considering getting sober, odds are that you may be an alcoholic or an addict. This diagnosis must be self-made. Only you can answer truthfully whether or not you’re an alcoholic or addict. You can seek help to get sober for any reason. So if you’re asking yourself “Why get sober?” then finish reading this when you’re asking yourself “How can I get sober?” It doesn’t matter what your motivation is for wanting to get sober, but you really do…

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How Can I Find Recovery in the Days of COVID-19?

How Can I Find Recovery in the Days of COVID-19

Certainly these are unprecedented times. Things are vague, perhaps even frightening, and much seems unclear. The murkiness of these times can make any other concerns we have magnified or harder to deal with. It is true that alcoholism and drug addiction do not discriminate. They can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time. Add social isolation, lost jobs, financial worries, and health concerns to the mix, and many will need the support of recovery more than ever. For those of us affected by alcoholism and addiction, it can be vital to get and stay in touch with recovery, both in our communities and on a professional level. For those who have recovered, we often have the resources available to us to stay connected – or at least we know who to reach out to if we have slipped. What about those of us who are new to recovery, or seeking sobriety…

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Nature’s Role in Healing and Recovery

Nature’s Role in Healing and Recovery

Entering recovery is possibly the most life-changing experience any of us will undergo. Yet when we first find the sober path, we are often just stepping out of a life of disconnection, trauma, and misery. Our mind, body, and spirit are all worse for wear. As the professionals at Jaywalker Lodge guide us and the 12-Steps awaken us to healing and wonderful new lives, there is another valuable source of connection that can increase the benefits of recovery. Nature has been healing and enlightening people for centuries. It is all around us, yet in our disease we often fail to spend time outside. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Jaywalker Lodge gives us opportunities to connect with nature that few treatment programs can. There is much to be gained by utilizing this abundant and profound resource to help us in recovery. A Deep Connection For ages, the majority…

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