Tag: Solutions

Losing yourself in the service to others

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others” – Gandhi I got to experience this first hand this past week as I traveled with Jaywalker Solutions to Boulder, Utah for a week of service work.  Solutions has been working with “The Grand Canyon Trust” for the past 3 years.  The Grand Canyon Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Colorado Plateau.  Our specific group project on this trip was to build fences for private land owners around their property in order to fence out cattle that are grazed on the public lands surrounding their property.  This seems like a medial task, but hauling 150 lb. aspen tree trunks at 9,500 feet of elevation is no walk in the park.  The first fence we worked on was a log fence, so it required a great deal of communication and team…

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Trauma-Informed Treatment for Men

So many men in recovery – even those in long-term recovery – are relapsing, losing marriages, disconnecting from others and their Twelve Step communities, abusing loved ones, and acting out in other ways because they are still caught up in anxiety, anger, rage, and depression as a result of untreated Trauma.” Dan Griffith, MA “A New Focus on Men’s Trauma” was the topic of the luncheon/workshop presented by Dan Griffith author of A Man’s Way Through the Twelve Steps, the first trauma-informed book taking a holistic look at men’s experience of recovery from addictions. I had the pleasure of participating in the workshop with Jackie Wheeler, Senior Solutions counselor, who was also part of the inaugural Males, Trauma, and Addiction Summit which developed The Eight Agreements concerning men and trauma. Dan’s extensive research is bringing to light the often unrecognized and undiagnosed trauma that up to 95% of men entering…

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Recipe for Recovery

Today Jaywalker U students teamed up with the Solutions men for a cooking class taught by the one and only; Chef Brian.  Here at Jaywalker we believe in homemade meals being a recipe for success in recovery. A homemade meal gives our men a sense of community and accomplishment which for people in recovery was missing for so long. Jaywalker has its own garden of vegetables, herbs, and spices which allowed our men to use natural ingredients in their food instead of eating unhealthy processed foods. Processed foods tend to be high in sodium, fat, and added sugars; which has proven to be detrimental to living healthy. Living healthy lives has become a major part of the recovery process here at Jaywalker and we believe that it starts with a healthy homemade meal. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Serenity Scramble

It’s that time of year again! Jaywalker Lodge is hosting the 6th Annual Jaywalker Lodge Serenity Scramble on Saturday, September 28, at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale, CO.  All proceeds benefit two local non-profits: A Way Out and Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention.  The shotgun start will kick off at 8:30 AM sharp, followed by an awards luncheon with lunch, a raffle, lots of great prizes, and awards for 1st and 2nd place; longest drive; closest to pin; and best dressed team.   To register, or for more information, please visit www.jaywalkergolfopen.com, or contact Kortney Hartman at khartman@jaywalkerlodge.com, or (970) 704-9292.

A Recent Trip to ORD

A few weeks ago I was working with my trainer early in the morning when I learned that my sister had given birth. I disregarded the no call policy in the gym and learned that my nephews name is Will.  On the phone my Dad was upset that he had to be in San Francisco that week so I offered to fly home and spend some time with my mother and sister until he could arrive.  I booked a flight to Chicago and somewhat reluctantly made the drive to Denver.  Reluctantly because I attracted speeding tickets like a moth to a flame, I hate long drives and I hate airports more than the sum combined.  Nevertheless I set out and later that evening I landed at O’Hare.  After picking up my car on the way into the city, I called my sister and spoke to her for the first time…

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Horses for Heroes

This week Solutions, Outpatient, and alumni got a chance to volunteer with Sopris Therapy Services in the Horses for Heroes project.  Horses for Heroes is a week-long intensive therapeutic program for newly disabled soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.  It has been changing the lives of veterans since 2002.  Jaywalker and Solutions have been proud to volunteer for multiple years and look forward continuing to do so.  The stories of courage from the veterans are always inspirational.  As with most service orientated activities sometimes what we get from helping exceeds what is given. Click here for more pictures and please feel free to visit Sopris Therapy Services website at www.SoprisTherapyServices.com Cary Pew Program Coordinator Solutions

Jaywalker Solutions men volunteer at Hopi Reservation

“Askwali, askwali ,askwali” the Hopi elder repeated as we worked to plaster her home in traditional Hopi fashion.  Her words of gratitude alone made the Solutions journey to the Hopi reservation rich in its substance.  Add to that recipe Kachina dancers in stunning costumes, schooling in Hopi language and culture, and a palpable reverence for the natural cycle of life born of living in the dry heat of the high Arizona desert. Hopi are a people guarded in their traditions, seeking to preserve rituals which have served them for centuries. We were blessed to get a taste, and in return give a little back through working on projects to preserve traditional Hopi dwellings. What is striking about these people is their ability to adapt to what many “anglos” would consider harsh conditions in wasteland soil. To the Hopi it is a garden, a home, a way of life to be…

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Service work at the Hopi Reservation

This weekend our Solutions men headed out to the Hopi Reservation in Arizona to assist Red Feather and Kii Nat Wan Lalwa (Local Hopi organizations) in their Tsakwantota Natural Plastering Program. Our men will learn about the Hopi people and their life ways, as well as, witnessing a Hopi religious ceremony held within one of the Hopi villages. Then spend the remainder of their time helping in the ancient process of plastering the exterior of traditional adobe Hopi homes, which is essential to the long-term preservation of both historic homes and traditions. Solutions is heavily focused on service work as we believe that giving back is an integral part of the recovery process. Service provides our men with an experience of getting outside themselves and being a force for positive change.  Addiction is a disease of isolation. Service provides a needed connection to others, and the reassurance that life has…

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Taking Suggestions

Taking suggestions has always been something that I have never done. In every treatment, detox, psychiatric ward, and 12 step meeting that I have been in, suggestions have been a prominent issue for me. And every time that I chose to not take suggestions, I failed. When I stood back and looked at the wreckage that my latest attempt to “successfully” use had caused, I was shocked. But I shouldn’t have been.  I was given a suggestion and I threw that out and did my own thing. So this time I came to treatment with the exact opposite view. I started in detox where I was on a mental health hold, and instead of leaving after the mandatory 72 hours, I stayed, per suggestions. They highly suggested treatment. My parents had been through this before, and weren’t exactly receptive. I had my chances to learn and use the tools of 12…

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Solutions: A Program of Service

Check out our new video from Jaywalker Solutions! We are a 90-day transitional living program for men in early recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Located in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Solutions is designed for active adult males who are ready to embrace life in recovery and make a difference by being of service to others. Solutions is an abstinence-based open community model of care; we are deeply rooted and closely tied to the local 12 Step recovery community. Week-long service expeditions and local projects are a cornerstone of the Solutions recovery experience. About half of the clients at Solutions are graduates of Jaywalker Lodge; half come to Solutions via professional referrals from other residential treatment programs across the country. For more information about the Solutions program, click here – or contact our admissions team at (866) 529-9255. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

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