Tag: Sobriety

Sobriety and Anonymity in the Time of Digital Recovery

Sobriety and Anonymity in the Time of Digital Recovery

In the era of self-quarantine and lockdowns, nearly every aspect of our daily lives has been turned upside down. However long this crisis lasts, we have to remain adaptable to the “new normal.” Life doesn’t stop, but it does often change. Now it has changed again and for many of us, the majority of our lives are now dependent on the very technology we previously used to distract us from our lives. Work, school, and socializing have all gone digital for most. Recovery is no different – especially for those of us who have been in recovery for a while. Meetings, time with our sponsor, and fellowshipping are all vital and beloved parts of our lives. Thankfully, though many meeting places and coffee shops have shut down, recovery has managed to flourish online. Many recovery facilities are offering digital services, such as Jaywalker Lodge’s online alumni meetings. Thanks to internet…

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Building Self-Esteem in Sobriety

Building Self-Esteem in Sobriety

Feeling good about ourselves after struggling with alcoholism and addiction may seem like a far-off and unlikely task. Sure, it sounds nice, but we’ve suffered a lot. Most of us have done things we aren’t proud of and acted ways we wished we hadn’t. We learn quickly in recovery at Jaywalker Lodge that selflessness goes a long way in improving our opinions of ourselves. The more we do for others, the better our lives become and the more we like ourselves. Self-love and self-esteem aren’t inaccessible to people in recovery. We all deserve to love the person we’re closest to our whole life – and that person is us. The 12-Steps build self-esteem all by themselves, even though we may not notice it at first. For some of us, building a healthy relationship with ourselves might require a little extra help. What Does Self-Esteem Mean? Self-esteem has a lot to…

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Seeking More Than Sobriety

Seeking Sobriety

When we seek out the rooms of recovery, we usually have no greater wish than to free ourselves from the miserable bonds of alcoholism and addiction. We just desperately want to stop losing ourselves to the disease and ruining our lives. We find Jaywalker Lodge and join a tight-knit recovering community that understands us. We begin our journey of self-discovery and healing. How grateful we are to discover that the 12-Steps can finally break those bonds and set us free. But after being sober for a short time, we see our initial desire was only the beginning. It can even be said that wishing only to get sober is selling ourselves short. Although at first it is everything – and it is indeed the most important step since. Without it, we cannot experience the true bounty of life in recovery. Sobriety must always be the first step into a new…

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What is National Recovery Month?

About Recovery Month National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate National…

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April Alumni Spotlight – Brian G

I was born in Denver Colorado. I always had an affinity for outdoor sports and athletics. Growing up I felt like I never fit in anywhere but sports. When I turned fifteen I found drugs. Then I really felt like I fit in! Drugs were my way to escape. I didn’t have to worry about failing out of high school or being sent to an alternative school so I could graduate on time. When I moved to Steamboat Springs to go to college, it was my tiny window of sanity before my ultimate downfall. I was able to ski and have fun with some like minded people and attend classes sporadically. I couldn’t stay in one place for very long so I moved to Denver and attempted to help out with the family business of building and installing custom wine cellars. Over the course of moving there I fell in…

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St. George Alumni Trip: Last Call

Our Spring Alumni trip departs this Thursday 4/21. We are going to St George, Utah this weekend for some Mountain Biking, Hiking, and fellowship. These trips are a wonderful time to deepen relationships with fellow Alums and enjoy the beauty of Utah. If you are interested in going please let me know ASAP as we have a few spots remaining. The cost is $200.00, which includes (transportation, lodging, and food). Peyton Ward Alumni Coordinator

Danny G Celebrates 3

JWL Alumnus Danny G celebrated three years on 1/14/16.  Danny has been a role model of sobriety during his time here in Carbondale.  He is active in a program of recovery and sponsors many men.  Danny is originally from New York and he enjoys skateboarding and snowboarding locally. Congratulations man!

Dan Reed Celebrates 25

Dan painting mural Jaywalker Lodge

On June 5, Solutions Program Director Dan Reed celebrated 25 years of sobriety. For many of us, this alone would stand as a monumental personal achievement – an accomplishment in its own right worthy of recognition and celebration. Lord knows most of us would expect some kind of fuss if we ever made it that far in our own recovery. But Dan’s a busy guy. He’s got a lot going on these days… every day, in fact. And while I would say Dan Reed is as grateful a recovering addict as I have ever met, he’s got people to see and places to go. The reality for Dan is there just isn’t a lot of spare time to wax nostalgic and reflect on past accomplishments. I, on the other hand, have been feeling both grateful and nostalgic lately, so I’m in a far better position to reflect on my friendship…

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Jaywalker Lodge is Turning 10

Jaywalker lodge residential treatment center

Please join us for a fun filled weekend Thursday, June 4 through Sunday, June 7, to celebrate Jaywalker Lodge’s 10th Anniversary.  On Friday, June 5th, we will host a golf outing at River Valley Ranch and backyard BBQ with live music and the unveiling of the Jaywalker Recovery mural.  Saturday will feature workshops and a round-robin softball tournament.  Accommodations for out-of-town alumni will be available… We want you back! Please RSVP if you would like to attend!  To RSVP or for questions, please contact Kortney Hartman at khartman@jaywalkerlodge.com or (970) 704-9292. We look forward to seeing you.

Jaywalker Softball

Sober living Softball champs

Once again the Jaywalkers will be well represented in the world of Carbondale sports. For the third year in a row we will have two Jaywalker softball teams competing in the Tuesday night men’s softball league. Come cheer on Jaywalker 1 as they defend their championship title from last year!

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