Looking Forward to Today…

Looking Forward to Today

In our disease, it can seem almost impossible to look forward to the day ahead. Today is just another grind to appease our domineering addiction – just a struggle to survive, to get the next drink or drug. The past is a blur of pain and regret. Tomorrow is a source of worry and fear and more struggle. There is little hope in our future when we are drowning in alcoholism and addiction. In fact, the only hope there might be is that someday we will get clean and sober. That hope is real, and it’s our best bet. It is vital that we hold on to the hope of sobriety. If you’re reading this, then that day is here – or it has already come, or it will soon. Hope and perspective are just a few of the great gifts of entering recovery. We are given hope, which is…

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Inner Work Should Continue After Treatment

Inner Work Should Continue After Treatment

During treatment, you took an inventory of your inner thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. You might have found things you didn’t like and worked on them. However, working on yourself shouldn’t stop after treatment. Here’s why inner work is something you should take part in at least once a year after recovery. Taking a Deep Look Inside If you are not familiar with the term “inner work,” it simply means taking an honest look at your actions, reactions, feelings, habits, and biases that might keep you from growing and becoming a healthier person. Inner work allows you to take a step back and look at how you might be inhibiting yourself from thriving in your life. Inner work can help you address issues that affect your relationships, your ability to love yourself, and how you handle obstacles that get in your way to success. A major component of addiction recovery involves…

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Gendered Programing and How It Helps Our Clients

Men in recovery from addiction talk before an AA meeting.

Treatment programs across the country are often separated by gender. Co-ed programs exist but tend to be rare for a reason. Jaywalker Lodge is specifically a men’s program, allowing our programming to focus solely on male mental health. Here are the reasons why gendered programming exists and why addressing the needs of a specific gender helps with treatment and recovery. Addiction Affects Genders Differently Men and women have very different experiences regarding substance use disorder and mental health. These experiences differ biologically and culturally. While fewer women might get help for addiction, fewer men are likely to get help for underlying mental health disorders, making recovery harder. Men traditionally take on different gender roles than women, which can impact how they access treatment and recover. Men and women also tend to have different addictions, which can change the structure of how a treatment center approaches these addictions and how they…

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The Pros and Cons of Virtual Care

The Pros and Cons of Virtual Care

The Covid-19 Pandemic caused the world to socially distance, and for mental health professionals, it caused them to rethink treatment practices. While video calling has made it possible for some to seek treatment safely, some aspects of virtual care might not live up to face-to-face appointments or might even be dangerous to a person’s recovery.  Pros of Virtual Care 1. Keeping Others Safe Virtual health care solutions became a priority in 2020, while hospitals and clinics filled with Covid patients and care outside the emergency room became limited. Many who received in-person care through counseling and routine checkups were forced to postpone appointments until health care providers could develop an alternative that served the community without exposing patients to Covid-19.  Thanks to the popularity of video communication during the pandemic, health care professionals began communicating with their clients through phone or video calls, allowing clients and patients to talk about…

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My Finances Are in Shambles, Where Do I Start?

My Finances Are in Shambles, Where Do I Start?

One of the many consequences of addiction tends to be financial debt. Whether it comes from legal fees, debt due to addiction, ignoring financial obligations, or finding a job to afford bills, rebuilding your finances can feel like a nightmare. It can be overwhelming to face your financial woes but ignoring them only compounds the issue. Many financial obligations come with interest, and ignoring them could leave you dealing with debt collectors. Money problems might be scary, but dealing with one issue at a time can help tackle your debt. The Consequences of Ignoring Your Debt Owing money isn’t a good feeling. Being in the red can be frightening. Sometimes, people tend to ignore their financial problems in hopes that they’ll go away and won’t affect them if they don’t think about them. Since many financial obligations come with interest or can have severe consequences if ignored, it can be…

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Fighting Shame After Treatment: How Can I Forgive Myself?

Fighting Shame After Treatment: How Can I Forgive Myself?

Shame is a familiar feeling among those struggling with addiction. Many recovering from addiction might feel ashamed of their addiction and the pain it caused others. There is a heavy stigma against those fighting the disease; however, it’s possible to break free from this stigma and allow yourself grace. While there might have been ways you contributed to your addiction, many outside factors were out of your control. Coming to terms with both the part you played and the parts that weren’t your fault are essential to healing from addiction and becoming a healthier person. Addiction Is a Disease When learning to forgive yourself for your addiction, you must remember that addiction, first and foremost, is a disease in the brain caused by substances that completely rewire your brain. Much of addiction and substance use disorder (SUD) is based on hereditary and environmental factors out of your control. While you…

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How Do I Know What Treatment Program Is Right for Me?

How Do I Know What Treatment Program Is Right for Me?

Depending on the severity of your addiction, or any co-occurring mental health disorders, your treatment plan might vary. There are plenty of different plans that consider your needs as an individual. Whether you are a single parent who needs to be available for their child after school or require time to attend school or work, Jaywalker Lodge understands that treatment isn’t one-size-fits-all. There are several options to explore. Choosing a Detox Program Jaywalker Lodge doesn’t offer detox services for our clients before treatment. However, we do require that every individual who attends Jaywalker’s program be free of drugs and alcohol and ready to start healing. We can refer our clients to local detox programs in our area. Medically supervised detoxification is an essential part of beginning the healing process. If you aren’t familiar with detox or are afraid of what it entails, don’t worry. Medically supervised detox is the best…

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Restoring Trust After Treatment: Will They Ever Trust Me Again?

Restoring Trust After Treatment: Will They Ever Trust Me Again?

Many end up rupturing personal bonds during the worst parts of their addiction. You might say or do things you wouldn’t normally do when you’re at your worst. Building trust takes time and effort on both sides. Some relationships might not be salvageable. However, there’s still hope for some of your relationships once the healing has begun. Evaluating What Is Broken When repairing broken relationships, we need to first think about who we have harmed because of our addiction and plan to make personal amends with each individual on our list. Making amends isn’t easy and takes time. It’s no coincidence that in the 12-Step philosophy, three out of the 12 steps are dedicated to making amends and admitting our mistakes. Steps eight, nine, and ten encompass the process of rebuilding trust and fixing those broken bonds that are so precious to our recovery. If you are in recovery, 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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How Can I Cope With Temptation in Recovery?

For those of us new to the rooms of recovery, the temptation can be a part of everyday life early on. The good news is, many of us find what the book Alcoholics Anonymous says to be true; “We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality — safe and protected.” This position of neutrality is achieved through working a 12-Step program in its entirety and continuing to actively participate in the 12-Step program as a way of life. It does come if we work for it, but working the Twelve Steps may take some of us a little time. What can we do about temptation in the meantime, until we reach that beautiful position of neutrality? Temptation Takes Many Forms First things first, let’s get familiar with what we’re dealing with. Temptation can take many…

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