Truly Understanding Your Condition

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Even the highest echelon of modern medicine still has some learning to do when it comes to alcoholism, addiction, and the mental and emotional illness that so often accompanies the disease. The book Alcoholics Anonymous and the 2-Step program of recovery outlined within it have been a benchmark in understanding and restoring thousands of alcoholics and addicts to life. The book itself goes into much great detail about the disease of alcoholism and has helped people understand alcoholism and its solution for over 80 years. Both alcoholics and non-alcoholics alike can benefit greatly from the information contained within Alcoholics Anonymous. Of course, science has improved greatly since the book was written and now offers a more complete understanding of the effects of alcoholism and addiction on the body and the mind. Yet for all its advancement, modern medicine still has not been able to offer a better explanation of, reasons…

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The Spiritual Approach to Recovery

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For most diseases that exist, there are multiple treatment options. There are very few monopolies on methodology when it comes to getting well, no matter what ails you. This holds true for alcoholism and addiction as well. There is no “one right way” to cure them, just as there is no one best antibiotic for an infection. But there are certain things that work better than others. Jaywalker Lodge believes wholeheartedly in the 12-Step program of recovery from alcoholism and addiction. Why? Because it has worked to change the lives of most of us who work here. The 12-Step program and its spiritual approach practically built Jaywalker Lodge.  Doing What Worked for Us Anybody would be happy with the method that made them well, but that wouldn’t be enough reason to recommend it to everyone. Well, it’s not our only reason. Alcoholism and addiction are a complex disease, and in…

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I’m Frightened for the Alcoholic/Addict I Know. What Can I Do?

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Alcoholism and addiction can be frightening things to witness. Not only are they devastating to the person suffering from the disease, but they are often just as devastating to all who care for that person as well. It is a tragic disease and painful for everyone involved. Thankfully, there’s a solution that is easily available to anyone who is ready, earnest, and willing to ask for help.  12-Step fellowships exist almost everywhere, hiding in plain sight. They can easily be found in your local area by a quick internet search. There are also places to go for formal help in recovering from alcoholism and addiction. Jaywalker Lodge is one of those places. We are heavily based upon the 12-Step program of recovery, with an active community of recovering men around us. But what about those who know and love someone suffering from alcoholism or addiction? What can we do in…

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Continuity of Care

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Alcoholism and addiction—and very often, the concurrent mental and emotional health issues that accompany the disease—are not short-term problems. Alcoholism and addiction are a lifelong disease. There is no permanent cure, but there is an incredibly effective solution in the form of the 12-Steps. However, this program of recovery must be participated in daily, for as long as the individual aims to remain in recovery from their disease. Ceasing to participate in the solution invariably precedes relapse back into the disease. If the sufferer is lucky and lives to try again, they can almost always return to the solution and begin recovery again.  Like any treatment for any disease, it is best if we can avoid any detours altogether. Given the elements that make alcoholism and addiction so devastating — the physical allergy, mental obsession, and spiritual malady — it can be difficult to avoid relapse entirely. Luckily, even if…

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We Believe: 5. The Importance of Daily Personal Disciplines

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At Jaywalker Lodge, we believe that what we believe is exactly what sets us apart. To put that another way, our core values determine everything we do here. The core principles that motivate us personally and professionally every day inform every aspect of Jaywalker Lodge. We could tell you that we have a strong foundation rooted firmly in the 12-Step program of recovery because we do. But what’s more important to us is that you see our deep personal belief in the effectiveness and life-changing potential of the 12-Steps in every one of us, and everything we do. We could tell you that we have a strong, active community of recovering alumni around Jaywalker Lodge, and that makes us different. Because we do, and it does. But we also believe in intimate relationships and community as cornerstones of recovery and a good life, and we want you to experience for…

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Treating Depression in Recovery

Treating Depression in Recovery

Among alcoholics and addicts both in and out of recovery, issues of mental and emotional health are highly prevalent. All of these issues — from substance abuse and recovery to mental and emotional health problems — often have correlating causes and sources. Just as often, they have related treatments and solutions as well. Some studies claim that as many as 30% to 40% of alcoholics also suffer from depression. Likewise, one of every four 4 adults with a mental health issue also experiences a substance abuse disorder. Two-thirds of people with depression do not actively seek help. In this regard, alcoholics and addicts may be lucky, as our primary disease requires us to seek treatment and recovery in order to live. Even more luckily, the 12-Step program of recovery can help us grow and heal in ways that may make us more likely to seek treatment and help for the…

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The Importance of Versatile Trauma Treatment

The Importance of Versatile Trauma Treatment

Amongst alcoholics and addicts, trauma is a sadly common experience. Traumatic events and experiences often go hand-in-hand with active alcoholism and addiction. The effects of trauma at any age can contribute to a rapid addictive decline. Often the mental and emotional wounds combine, creating a perfect storm of pain, seeking relief, more pain, more relief, and so on. For the lucky ones, the addiction cycle is eventually broken with sobriety. It is at this crucial point that it’s often necessary — even vital — to introduce trauma treatment in addition to the processes of recovery. Failure to address and treat trauma in conjunction with a recovery program can leave the sufferer unnecessarily vulnerable to relapse. It can also make maintaining recovery far more difficult than it needs to be. Healing is an important part of the recovery process, and healing from trauma is of particular importance. Effective Types of Trauma…

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We Believe #2: The Daily Choice To Stay

We Believe #2: The Daily Choice To Stay

At Jaywalker Lodge, we live in accordance with our values. Our philosophy guides our daily activities and actions, and the things we believe in form the core of who we are and what we do. That is why we are taking the time to explore our 12 “We Believe” statements one by one. These are our guiding principles at Jaywalker Lodge, and we want to share them with you so you can see how, why, and who we are and what makes us different. This month, we are discussing our “We Believe” statement #2: We believe it is a daily choice to stay in treatment, and to stay in recovery while in treatment. At Jaywalker Lodge, we truly believe that the choice is made anew every day to stay in treatment, to stay in recovery while in treatment, and to build a life of hope, meaning, and fulfillment. The Power…

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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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