Tag: Addiction

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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Outside Issues: The Importance of Exercise in Recovery


If you’re new to recovery, or even if you’ve been around a while, you probably feel like you already have enough to do every day, every week, and every month. Can we possibly add another thing to the list? If it wasn’t beneficial, we might not bother. But neglecting our physical health in our recovery can be harmful in a myriad of ways. It’s true; we already have plenty to do: work, school, family, relationships, hobbies, meetings, 12-Step work, service work, meals, errands, chores. The list goes on. But let’s be realistic — these things are part of most people’s everyday life. And the efforts we make towards growing and improving our recovery pay infinite dividends, so we’re well-rewarded. But what if there’s an area of our lives that we neglect because of our busy schedules? And what if paying attention to this overlooked area actually improved our lives? That…

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How Can I Deal With My Guilt?


Guilt is something that we all experience, no matter who we are. Whether it’s caused by something in our past or present, everyone will experience guilt at one point or another. Guilt is a natural thing to feel, but it becomes destructive when it lingers beyond its usefulness, follows us everywhere, weighs us down, or causes new problems. Guilt can serve a purpose but can also quickly get out of hand and begin to cause issues of its own. Many alcoholics and addicts have experienced guilt over something that happened in our disease. Maybe it was something we did, or maybe it was something we didn’t do. Maybe it was something that happened to somebody else, and we blame ourselves because our disease kept us away from them. Whatever the source of our feelings of guilt, most alcoholics and addicts experience guilt in early recovery. We regret our lives and our…

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The Value of Fellowship in Recovery

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We usually only hear the word “fellowship” in popular movies about hobbits or in the rooms of recovery. Many chalk the word’s meaning up to a group of people walking to Mordor or getting coffee after a meeting. Is that all it really means? The word “fellowship” may be a recovery colloquialism, but it holds far more value than perhaps we realize. What Is Fellowship? All hobbit jokes aside, fellowship has a real-world definition. It is “a friendly association, especially with people who share one’s interests.” Simple enough, right? But in recovery, fellowship means a lot more than this. As a verb, “fellowshipping” is when people in recovery go somewhere together to spend time enjoying life in recovery. It could be getting coffee, going bowling, or reading the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. It could be when we go out with our closest friends from our recovery community. It could…

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It Works if You Work It: Recovery Takes Dedication

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By now, most of us have heard the unofficial 12-Step program slogan: “It works if you work it!” Most newcomers to the rooms of recovery get an earful of this phrase after just about every meeting. It’s certainly thrown around enough that most of us stop really hearing it after a while. And we certainly stop paying attention to what it really means. The 12-Step program is nothing short of miraculous for so many of us who are alcoholics and addicts. Working the 12-Steps has changed most of our lives and turned them into something beyond our wildest dreams. However outlandish that sounds, it’s no exaggeration. It’s the truth for so many of us. So excuse us if we get too excited, but we were once dying from alcoholism and addiction just like you and every other newcomer. When they find the rooms of recovery, we want them to know this…

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How Can I Know What the Right Advice Is?


Inside the rooms of recovery — and certainly out of them — people like to give advice. Ever since man learned to speak, we were likely offering each other advice on how to live and conduct our affairs. Hopefully, most of the time, advice is well-intentioned and kind-spirited. Sometimes it’s terrible advice but rarely is it malicious. People like to talk, and people like to think they know what’s best for everyone. What often results is a cacophony of noise and suggestions. Some advice conflicts with others, some sounds bad but feels good, some sounds great but feels wrong, and some of it we simply don’t understand. There’s too much going on to make much sense of anything sometimes. This situation is very common for the alcoholic or addict who is a newcomer to recovery. This new person hears so much advice and opinion about recovery and life in general…

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