Tag: Addiction

Don’t Fight It, Face It!

We often find people trying hard to end the bad habits of addiction with great frustration, anger, and a sense of hopelessness. This is especially true after many years of habitual substance use and the negative mental health effects that come with it. A person can easily find themselves trapped in a mentally traumatic situation if they continuously try to fight their addiction with frustration, anger, and other harmful emotions. If you continue to fight your addiction daily like you’re in a war, chances are that you will lose. But if you start admitting your mistakes and face your addiction head-on, you’re much more likely to be victorious. Being strong-willed and determined to face your addiction by engaging in the right kind of recovery processes can lead to lasting recovery. Wondering how you can effectively face your addiction like a pro and beat it? Although there is no one-size-fits-all procedure…

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Help Your Spouse and Family Recover From Your Addiction, Too

Your addiction history is likely a long, sad, complicated story. Surely it is comprised of nerve-wracking episodes of behavioral and mental trauma as well as physical nightmares. However, this is the time to let bygones be bygones and start fresh. It’s time to leave your history behind and look forward to an addiction-free and happy life ahead. As you take this journey, it’s important to remember that your spouse, family, friends, and other loved ones have probably suffered a lot along with you. If your physical and mental health has deteriorated, so has theirs. People living in the same house with you have spent their days and nights worrying about you. They’ve seen you struggle, and they have struggled, too. The Toll That Addiction Takes on Spouses and Families Spouses, siblings, parents, children, and other family members all suffer in different ways. For instance, some go into a depressive mental…

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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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Being of Service

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What does “being of service” actually mean? Why do we talk about it so much in recovery? Is it really as important as it sounds? Being of service is more than being helpful on occasion — it’s a lifestyle that is vital to successful recovery. We talk about service so often because it’s one of the major keystones of a life in recovery.There is a lot that we can learn about being of service, and there is a lot that can be said about it, too. Simply put, service is one of the single most important ingredients to a healthy, happy, and successful recovery lifestyle. Let’s take some time to explore this incredible element of recovery.What Is Service?Service is more than just lending a hand whenever we can. Service is a way of life. Some people say that it’s only considered being of service if it’s inconvenient, but that’s untrue…

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When It’s Time to Sponsor

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When we are new to recovery, some of the first advice we’re ever given is to get a sponsor. It may seem like a strange concept at first. I mean, what’s a sponsor? Well, we find out what a sponsor is pretty quickly. A sponsor is an alcoholic or addict in recovery who has worked all Twelve Steps and is willing to help others do the same. What do we need a sponsor for? Spoiler alert: we need a sponsor to help us work the Steps ourselves. Literally, we need someone who has worked all Twelve Steps to show us how to do it. More than that, much of the Twelve Steps require us to speak with another person about certain things. Our sponsor is usually the person we talk to whenever the Steps require it.Our sponsor gets to know about us and our life. We get to know and trust…

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Recovery as Adventure

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It’s not an overstatement to say that for alcoholics and addicts, getting into recovery is the adventure of a lifetime! At Jaywalker Lodge, we fully believe this to be true. We see it every day: men having the time of their lives achieving things they once thought were impossible, finding more joy than they ever imagined, jumping hurdles, overcoming obstacles, and growing into the men they’ve always wanted to be. What better adventure could there possibly be? In recovery, every day is a brand-new chance to be the hero of your own story, to help others overcome their troubles, and to summit impossible peaks both literally and figuratively.As professional sherpas on this lifelong adventure of recovery, we at Jaywalker Lodge feel confident in discussing what an adventure recovery truly is. Who would know better than your guide up to the mountaintop? We’re here for you every step of the way…

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Men’s Issues: Asking for Help

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Men don’t ask for directions. Men don’t read the instructions. Men don’t ask for help. Have you ever heard these garbage stereotypes before? To put it mildly, wrong-headed ideas about what makes a “real” man are killing real men. These and many other harmful socio-cultural lies are poisoning the minds of men every day, preventing them from living their best lives and giving their best to others. What real men do is ask for help and direction, and then help and support others. Real men know it takes courage, strength, and faith to ask for help. So, what kind of thinking propagates these twisted ideas of manhood? Where does it come from? And what can we do about it? Let’s take a hard look at asking for help from men’s perspective, and how we can help ourselves overcome the incorrect programming that’s keeping us from getting the help we need. Don’t Believe…

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Helping Men Recover

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At Jaywalker Lodge, we have an exclusive and specific clientele that we help with treatment for alcoholism and addiction. That special group is men. We treat men of all ages and from all walks of life. Anyone can be affected by alcoholism and addiction — men and women of any age, lifestyle, or background can fall prey to this insidious disease. So, why do we treat only men? What are the reasons behind this choice, and what are the benefits? Keep reading to learn more.We Understand MenAt Jaywalker Lodge, we specialize in helping men find lasting freedom and recovery from alcoholism and addiction. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what your backstory is. If you’re a man between the ages of 18-100, we can help you recover from the disease. Period. It’s true that the disease of alcoholism and addiction is no respecter of persons. It can affect anyone,…

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The 12-Steps: A Solution to Much More Than Alcoholism

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Jaywalker Lodge firmly believes in the 12-Step solution to alcoholism. The 12-Step program of recovery really works! We’ve seen it in our men and personally in ourselves. The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are also the perfect solution to addiction. In fact, the Steps are just as effective even when the sufferer has both alcoholism and addiction. However, the Twelve Steps also provide a solution to much more than the disease of alcoholism. The 12-Step process has many remarkable and positive side effects that come along with it. So, let’s take a closer look at all the Steps can do.Alcoholism and AddictionOf course, the Twelve Steps are the most effective solution to the disease of alcoholism and addiction. This particular disease is of a three-fold nature, meaning it consists of the mental obsession, the physical allergy, and the spiritual malady. The Twelve Steps are designed to produce the necessary psychic…

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I’m Afraid I’m Engaging in Addictive Behaviors. What Should I Do?

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For those of us with alcoholism or addiction, it may be helpful for us to understand that this disease does not limit its symptoms and manifestations to only alcohol and chemical substances. The disease of alcoholism and addiction can take many varied forms. In fact, we may be engaging in alcoholic or addictive behaviors without ever taking a drink or using a drug. Whether we are new or familiar with recovery, things like this can happen. It is common for us to discover that when we are sober, we may still be suffering from the disease — even in recovery. By no means whatsoever does this mean that the program of recovery is not working. No human being is perfect, and the disease we all share is especially tricky and insidious. If you are sober in recovery but fear that your alcoholism or addiction is taking new forms, there is…

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