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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Jaywalker Lodge: Who We Are and What We Believe

Jaywalker Lodge: Who We Are and What We Believe

At Jaywalker Lodge, it is our philosophy that makes us who we are. We are committed to our mission because it is born out of love. Simply put, we believe wholeheartedly in what we do. Our belief shapes our values and guides our conduct in everything we do at Jaywalker Lodge. We Know Your Pain We know the destruction and pain that go hand-in-hand with the disease of alcoholism and addiction. We know it because we have experienced it ourselves. We also know that this disease is treatable. There is a solution – and the solution works. We know it works because it worked for us. We fought hard for this knowledge. We, like the men we help, attempted recovery multiple times. We simply couldn’t make it last. In his own personal journey of recovery, the founder of Jaywalker Lodge finally ended up at a place that impressed upon him…

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How We Talk To Ourselves Matters

How We Talk To Ourselves Matters

It’s apparent to almost anyone who interacts with others on a daily basis that how we talk to other people is important. It matters – the words we say and how we say them. If we aren’t paying attention, our words can easily cause conflict, misunderstanding, or hurt. Luckily, the 12-Steps teach us very well how to take care of our words and actions regarding others. It is easy to see, with time and 12-Step work, how the principles of the 12-Steps and the actions they suggest can repair broken or strained relationships and help us forge new, healthy relationships. Indeed, one of the major focuses of recovery, and the 12-Steps, is to help us have and maintain healthy relationships with others. Many of these relationship tools can be applied inwardly as well – to explore how we talk to ourselves. Just as we must act and speak with concern,…

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Changing Seasons – Changing Lives

When the weather started to drop quickly in Colorado this October alerting us that autumn was here (with winter not too far behind), most people in our community were just finishing up their outdoor camping, fishing and hiking. Not the Jaywalker Solutions program! We quickly packed up our things and set off on a 7-hour trip to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, for an outdoor men’s retreat. Up and over Independence Pass, across the Continental Divide, and down into a beautiful autumn picture that could have only been painted by Mother Nature herself.  We traveled down a long dirt road surrounded by deep reds and vivid yellows the whole way, until we finally found ourselves in a magical open field with five large tents and a refurbished old barn surrounded by the San Juan mountains. It was here that the magic of our journey happened. Each day began with a taste of…

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Service at Mission Wolf

On the surface, sending a group of newly sober men to spend time with wolves, camp, and use power-tools probably does not seem like the smartest idea. Wolves, like addicts, are big, bad, and scary! They are not to be trusted! Especially with power tools! But, this is exactly where I spent the last 4 days and my experience could not have been more peaceful or rewarding. Mission Wolf is a non-profit, educational wolf sanctuary in the remote mountains of Southwest Colorado. It is run largely by volunteers and focus on sustainability, operate on solar power, and build with recycled materials. They focus on connecting people with nature through hands-on experiential education; they believe the best way to build empathy and understanding is through experience. Mission Wolf is home to over twenty wolves or wolf-dog mixes. Because of the wolf content, they are not able to be adopted or released…

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Clinical Director Announcement

CARBONDALE, CO – Jaywalker Lodge, a leading provider of addiction recovery services for men, is excited to announce that Kelsey Huberty has been promoted to the position of Clinical Director. In her new role, Kelsey will oversee the clinical operations of the Landing, Lodge, and Solutionsprograms; and will report directly to Jaywalker’s Chief Clinical Officer, Stefan Bate.  “Kelsey’s expertise with program development, administrative operations, and staff development make her an outstanding addition to our clinical leadership. I’m grateful for the opportunity to bring her talent and dedication to the leadership team at Jaywalker.”In her new post, Kelsey will be utilizing her extensive experience as a clinician and a program administrator.  Kelsey received her master’s degree in addiction counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies and has worked as a counselor and program manager for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Northbound Treatment Services respectively.  Prior to joining the Jaywalker team last October, Kelsey served as…

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