Jaywalker Experiential Insights

Jaywalker Lodge provides extensive modalities for a healthy lifestyle in recovery.   We divide our activities into 3 different categories, recreation, experiential, and service.  They have different applications and experiences for our clients.Recreation:  Our goal here is developing passion by exposure to new activities or things that their addiction took away from them and re-connect.  This is the easiest way to experience basic sober accomplishment.  How to learn to have fun in recovery with others with activities that become a part of lifestyle. Mt biking, hiking, fishing, golfing, skiing/snowboarding, rafting, rock climbing, ice climbing, paintball, Crossfit and yoga… anything our guys may want to try. Experiential:  Includes clinical expertise to explore connection with animals and art or music.  We see this as self-exploration.  Including a clinical aspect with these activities is crucial for perspective and guidance by processing the experience.  These activities are championed by a qualified clinical team. Equine Therapy,…

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Treatment Strategies Collaborative

Jaywalker Lodge was fortunate to be a part of a collaboration made possible by Luna Living’s leadership team of Jane Mintz and Wendy Komac.  The gathering held at the Mayfield Country Club, was well attended with over 70 guests to discuss and learn treatment strategies from 8 nationally represented treatment programs.  This event was orchastrated by incredibly inspirational women from each program dedicated to helping others and working together, Jaywalker is grateful to be included.  Thank you to Luna Living, Elements, Lindner Center of Hope, The Manor, Milestones Malibu, Promises, and Origins Recovery Center for a great few days! -Pat Shaffer

Jaywalker CEO – Spiritual Journey

Jaywalker CEO, Dirk Eldredge, was featured in an article reflecting on parts of his life story and spiritual journey in recovery.  Dirks personal experience is reflected daily in his humble dedication to helping other addicts and alcoholics in recovery.  Click on the article below to share the experience, strength, and hope in Dirk’s journey.He became an addict as a USC student, then God brought intervention

ARHE Skiathon – Keystone Colorado

This past weekend a group of Jaywalker alums attended the ARHE Collegiate Recovery SkiAthon in Keystone, Colorado. Over 200 students from 23 collegiate recovery programs from across the country descended upon the Keystone Lodge and Spa for a weekend of fellowshipping, recovery meetings, yoga, games, hockey, and of course skiing. The opening dinner ceremony was highlighted by the recognition that that was the largest gathering of collegiate recovery program attendees in history. Thank you to all the sponsors, organizers, and most of all the students for helping to put together an amazing weekend celebrating collegiate recovery. We look forward to attending 2018!John S

Winter Symposium on Addiction Disorders

Jaywalker Lodge will be exhibiting and attending the Psychotherapy Associates Winter Symposium January 29 – February 2 in Colorado Springs.  Please join us in the hospitality suite Tuesday morning from 8am – 11:45am for refreshments and discussion of our programs and best practices.  We will be exhibiting at booth #24.  Bob Ferguson’s talk titled  “It’s All Greek to Me- A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Launch of a National Sober College Fraternity” will be Tuesday 1:45-3:15pm. All other details regarding they Winter Symposium may be found at http://cspaws.com

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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Prescription Drug Abuse 101

Seems like every other day there is a new headline or statistic regarding prescription drug abuse or opiate addiction.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) prescription drug misuse and abuse is defined as the intentional or unintentional use of medication without a prescription, in a way other than prescribed, or for the experience or feeling it causes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call prescription drug overdose deaths one of the four most serious epidemics facing the nation. As recently as 2010-2011, Colorado ranked #2 in the nation among young adults ages 12-24 for self-admitted, non-medical use of prescription painkillers. Enough opioid painkillers are dispensed by pharmacies in the United States to supply each and every American citizen with enough painkilling pills to take one every four hours, around the clock, for a month! Prescription drug misuse and abuse is a serious problem…

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Breaking the Chains Workshop

Join us for a lively and interactive workshop as Mr. Lathan, a gifted storyteller and mentor, unwinds the lessons learned from his struggles in addiction and from his life in recovery.  Mr. Lathan draws from professional experience, as well as his personal narrative, in presenting tools each of us can use to identify and ultimately break free of the emotional chains which limit our potential, both in life and in sobriety. Please join us Thursday, May 26th  2016 from 6-8pm at The Orchard Church’s “Gathering Place” in Carbondale.

Solutions Expedition: Pine Ridge, South Dakota

The Solutions expedition to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota was a complete success! Nico, Wesley, and I, were the staff members for the trip and we had a group of 8 fantastic clients. Each and every client had extremely positive attitudes and participated fully with all of the projects and general work that was done throughout the week. This was my third trip to Pine Ridge (second as a staff member) and this was by far the best group of guys that I have had the opportunity to be a part of. Everyone was very receptive to the entire process of being there, serving, and learning about the culture and history of the natives. There were two college groups, a group of eighth grade students from Boulder, a group from Americorps, and a few other individuals who were all staying at Re-member with us and working with us…

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Lois Celebrates 26 Years

On May 10th 2016, Lois Porcelain celebrated 26 years of sobriety. Lois is undoubtedly one of the greatest human beings I have ever met in my life. Yes, of course, an amazing therapist with an ability to connect with people that is rare in this world, but without question one of the kindest, most compassionate people I have ever encountered. Lois helped me in a time of tribulation in my life and has done so for thousands of men and women throughout her lifetime, not because that is what she does for her occupation, but because that is who Lois is. The great American poet Robert Frost once said, “My object in living is to unite my avocation and my vocation as my two eyes make one in sight.” I am always reminded of Lois when I read these words. Jaywalker Lodge is a very special place and as far…

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