Making the most out of Service Work

Countless times I’ve been told service work is a cornerstone to a solid life in recovery. Service commitments at meetings, working with sponsees, and volunteer work are all common examples of how we as recovering alcoholics and addicts attempt to get out of ourselves and move towards more selfless lives. Thus far in my own recovery, volunteering and helping others has assisted me through numerous tough times by allowing me to focus on something other than my own current dilemma. Don’t get me wrong, the volunteer gigs don’t always come with the most exciting or enjoyable work assignments, but that makes these experiences perfect practice for life! I have found that a little bit of humor and imaginative fun while volunteering is extremely contagious amongst people I interact with at an event, and in the same way, I know that my own day is often made better just by seeing…

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Happy 5 year Anniversary to Alex C.

When Alexander Collins first entered the valley he was loud and rambunctious and you could never get him to just be silent……….ha. Seriously though, Alex was slaving away, working in a kitchen on the mountain that we call Snowmass until his dream job came up, Night Technician at THE Jaywalker Lodge. He jumped on it immediately and never looked back. Over the last couple of years Alex worked his way up through the company and is now our fearless leader over that the lodge.  But who Alex is,  goes deeper than all the fantastic work he has done for this company. When I first was hired here all I could think about was “damn my boss looks like he eats whole baby cow for meals and could rip a man’s head off with 2 fingers”, and of course Alex and I had our differences, , he can be a little…

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Brock B. – Alumni Blog

Overcoming Challenges – Xterra Race  By Brock B. I will start by saying that I never thought I would complete a triathlon.  In fact, before I moved to Carbondale, I had never even been on a mountain bike.  I remember during my intake at Jaywalker lodge, I expressed my concern about being able to keep up with the most basic fitness activities.  But I quickly fell in love with mountain biking.  I love being able to push myself to my physical limit on the uphill and then rip as fast as I can on the way back down.  Our Jaywalker alumni network has some of the best riders I have ever seen and they all push me to want to improve. I have been fortunate to work at a job that allows me to network with some of the most interesting people in the Roaring Fork Valley.  One of these…

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Alumni Race Success in August

August Alumni Races Leadville 100 & Mt Sneffels 13.1 Over the weekend we had multiple Jaywalkers racing in Colorado.  First was the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race, which is a grueling race with 12,000 feet of climbing all above 9,000 feet elevation.  Three men competed in Leadville, one being Dave K. who came in 17th overall with a time of 7:07.  Leadville 100MTB rookie Breton M. smashed his debut and came in with a time of 8:25, which is well under the cutoff for a big buckle trophy.  Jaywalker Alum Bob M. set out to do something a little bigger for this race.  He raised $11,500 for Shatterproof which is a national organization that is dedicated to fighting addiction.  Bob also hammered out a 9:17 in the race, and exemplified the spirit of service. Secondly, we had two men run the Mt. Sneffels Half Marathon in Ouray, CO.  Seth H. and…

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Bryce Celebrates 1 Year

I met Bryce last year when I was in the transition from night tech to weekend day tech.  I was a bit nervous and out of touch with life.  I remember Bryce coming into to the tech office full of life and energy.  He has a wonderful outgoing personality and he helped me with my introduction back into communication with the client population.  I was stuck in this fearful shell from working overnights and Bryce was my out!  There was one evening in particular where Bryce taught us how to “Whip it & nay nay,” and it was the first time I was able to get out of that shell and enjoy being free!   He showed me how to feel comfortable with who I am and that it is ok to be me.  God places people in our lives to help us with our personal journey in recovery.  Bryce may…

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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

Over the past weekend I was lucky enough to attend the Jaywalker Alumni trip to St George, Utah.  To anyone that has never attended the alumni trips, I would highly recommend it.  Not only was I able to get away from the rain and snow of this Colorado spring, but was able to reconnect with many good friends I have not seen in years after my departure from Carbondale.  I was reminded of the true meaning of friendship and brotherhood in sobriety after seeing everyone again.  There was a good amount of Jaywalkers I had not met before the trip and had an amazing time getting to know them as well!  I moved to Boulder, CO several years ago and had almost forgotten how awesome the group of guys at Jaywalker are, and how amazing Carbondale is.  It is so comforting knowing that we can accomplish anything in the world,…

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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

Sammy Celebrates 3

I met Sam a little less than 3 years ago, while watching the Jaywalker alumni softball team.  I could immediately tell that he was fresh to town and was more than likely a Jaywalker by the sheepish look on his face.  I introduced myself, and he told me that he had come from Caron Treatment Center for a wicked cocaine and alcohol addiction.  I could tell right away that the drugs and alcohol had run their course, but that Sam was “done”. Little did I know that Sam would become my best friend over the next few years. Sam went straight from the Landing to Solutions, so we were able to hang out quite a bit early on.  He immediately got a sponsor, and began diligently working the steps.  One of the greatest gifts of the program is getting to see the lights come on in another recovering addict/alcoholic.  I…

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Larsen Celebrates 6

Larsen and I have become best friends over the last six years. He is my brother. We have that unshakeable bond of having escaped common peril. When Peyton asked if I could write a piece on Larsen for his sixth birthday I was thrilled. There were three qualities that immediately came to mind: values, stability, and power of example. I had never met a guy quite like Larsen. He loved rap, voraciously read philosophy, practiced meditation with the highest priority, and had a cutting sense of humor. I was interested. He was serious about his recovery and had worked through the 12 steps. We hung out nearly every evening and he helped me through my early recovery. Over the next couple years I watched Larsen grow. He embraced a Buddhist practice and began to build a strong 11th step. He was taught the importance of values in spirituality, that if…

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