Jaywalker Colorado Alumni & Choice House for Men

Once a Jaywalker, always a Jaywalker… The disease of alcoholism and addiction is a constant struggle, a never ending battle with an enemy that knows no quit…we do what we can to build up our defenses, we build community, we hold that community close. When one of our number falls we rally, we show up in hospitals, detoxes, jails, and institutions, we let them know they are not alone. This past weekend all of the available Denver area Jaywalker alumni joined together to visit some of our brethren who had readmitted themselves to treatment at Choice House in Louisville, CO. We ordered the boxing match on pay-per-view and 300 hot wings and came together for some laughs and in support of our boys. Punches were thrown (on tv of course), wings were eaten, laughs were had and the ever present feeling of brotherhood and community was infectious. The disease of…

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Recovery in Paris

I have been attempting to make a trip to a foreign country for quite some time. I have traveled to surf, skate, and sight see many times, but never in recovery. I have always been hesitant to go anywhere outside of the country, because I didn’t want to get myself into a situation where I would want to use. Earlier this year, I lost my Mother to cancer and I tried almost everything to cope, except drugs and alcohol. One of the things I had done in the past is explore a new place or get outside my comfort zone in order to try something new.  The past few years my Mom told me that I should take a trip out of the country. Once she passed I knew now was the time to do it. I needed something to spark my happiness and get me enjoying life again. This…

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Floating the Gunnison Gorge

Floating the Gunnison GorgeIt all started when my buddy Andrew and I were driving to the Arkansas River for a company work retreat. We were talking about all the rivers in Colorado that we have fished, and the ones that we haven’t. Most of the rivers in Colorado were blown out from the rapid snow melt, and thus unfishable. We both had the itch to go explore a new river, and we were scratching our heads about where to go. Andrew mentioned that he had some great luck on the Uncompahgre River last spring, and that it was only about a 30-minute drive from the Gunnison River. I wanted to make a full-day of it, so I suggested that we take a raft. I texted my ride-or-die fishing buddy JC, “Let’s go fish the Paco, and then pay for a jet boat shuttle to take us and the rafts up…

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Jaywalker Expedition Director – Summits El Capitan

On Monday our Expedition Director Lynn Sanson, my boss/mentor/friend, accomplished a dream.  Lynn Sanson completed the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park with his son Tobin.  While completing the rock climb is an amazing feat, I know that this means much more to him than just another ascent of a sheer rock wall. Lynn has been attempting this climb for the last few years, and has had several demoralizing defeats.  Each time, I watched him prepare diligently but come back being humbled by this 3000ft testpiece.  It was hard for me to see someone who is so competent and level headed to come up short. This year, there was a change.  I saw Lynn make some changes to his approach to an already extremely healthy and active lifestyle.  I saw someone who was going to do whatever it took to complete the dream.  In addition,  his son Tobin made some huge progress in his…

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Jaywalker Lodge: Why Horses

WHY HORSES “Horses have been an integral part of the human experience since their domestication more than 5,000 years ago. They have shouldered our burdens, shared our history and shaped our mythology. There is a long-standing connection between humans and horses and how they have impacted our lives.” ~Linda Kohanov, Eponaquest Founder and Author As an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist (EAP) and Equine Facilitated Learning instructor (EFL), I have been fortunate to bring my work and this amazing experiential process, to the men at Jaywalker Lodge. It has been a gift and privilege to witness how the power of the herd-and the authentic reflections they bring-impact the men we work with, who are healing from the ravages of alcoholism and addiction. As awareness surfaces within the equine experiential setting, the horses present opportunities for participants to work through unconscious patterns, metaphors and ways of relating; toward integration, personal growth and healing….

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Jaywalker Alumnus: Climbing Denali

Climbing Denali has been in the works for almost two years, starting with having the first inklings of it being a possibility while on another trip in Chamonix. Since that time, as our skill sets grew, achieving that goal became more and more realistic, and how we were going to do that became more apparent. Once we finished planning the trip and booking the flights, all that was left was getting physically ready. But throughout this whole process, one question kept coming back to me. Why do I climb and ski these mountains, and more specifically why do I want to climb this particular mountain? The easy answer is that it validates me as a ski mountaineer. It validates me using a college degree to work as a valet so I can ski, climb, tour, etc to my heart’s content. It even validates me going through Jaywalker and “turning my…

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Jaywalker Summer: Strawberry Days 10K & Bailey Hundo

Congratulations to our employee, James Bakehouse, who finished his first ever 10k…and with no training whatsoever!  James finished the Strawberry Shortcut in style with a smile on his face and a grateful heart. I am particularly inspired by James because he had shared with me on the Friday before the race that his last experience of Strawberry Days was from when he was using.  This time though, James was sober, grateful for life, and he got the early bird special running 6.2 miles at 7:00 am on a Sunday morning. James was joined in the race by Amber Bate (wife of our Chief of Clinical Operations), Jeff Kremer (former long-time Chief of Clinical Operations), and Erin Williams (HR Director).  All were cheered on by Stefan Bate and the little Bates – Allison and Christopher. Way to go James!! Erin W. David Krimstock competed in the Bailey Hundo MTB Race this…

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Jaywalker Celebrates: Art Kleinschmidt Phd

Jaywalker Solutions addiction treatment center

Art Kleinschmidt recently became a Doctor of Philosophy after completing years of hard work.  During this time, he authored a treatment program, Planting Seeds:  A Client-Centered Approach to Addiction Treatment.   He divided this program into four phases, which lends itself to moving a client from early treatment to second stage recovery.   In addition, he completed research about the program’s efficacy. Art started his addiction career at Hazelden, where he received a Master’s degree. He returned to Jaywalker in 2009 after running his own treatment business in Gypsum.   Since that time, Art has been sharing his counseling expertise along with his experience, strength, and hope at Jaywalker Lodge and the Solutions Program.  Most recently, he has been promoted and will take over the assessment program at the Landing. Congratulations to Art Kleinschmidt Ph.D., LPC, MBA, LAC

Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Reservation: South Dakota

A group of Jaywalker clients and staff had the opportunity to travel to South Dakota and work a nonprofit, called Re-member, to assist the people of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Re-member coordinates volunteers to participate in various work projects across the Reservation, helping to rebuild relationships, homes and lives.  Work projects included building and delivering bunkbeds to the children, skirting trailers to combat the cold and wind, and building steps and decks to improve their living environment.  Re-member provides a cultural immersion to the Lakota community in hopes of creating solidarity among all people.“ The past week, I was at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on a service trip.  While there I built skirting on a house, one day, and spent two days building bunkbeds.  It was a very humbling experience and game me a sense of selflessness that I have never felt before.  I have never thought of a…

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Recovery Milestone – Dirk Eldredge

Jaywalker Lodge Mural Reveal

Jaywalker continues to celebrate milestones in recovery.  Dirk Eldredge, CEO, celebrated 14 continuous years in recovery this week.  Dirk’s dedication and ability to connect with others lends to his leadership and the friendships he fosters with all of us here at Jaywalker.  Dirk and his bride, Stacy Lee, have found a home in the Roaring Fork Valley.  Dirk’s connection and compassion for our men, culture, and 12 step principals makes a difference in the lives of many.   Like you honor us Dirk, we are grateful to be in your life and trudge this road of happy destiny together.  Congratulations on 14!

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