Sopris Sun: Finding Recovery Through Service

Finding Recovery Through Service By Megan Tackett Sopris Sun Staff One of the men a group of Jaywalkers encountered on a recent Houston service trip was living in his car after the flooding (the car had also flooded, but it provided better accommodations than his destroyed home). “Insurance wasn’t helping,” said Cordes Symmes, Solutions Program coordinator at the Jaywalker Lodge sober house. “He’s eating mangoes that he’s picked off a tree. He doesn’t know what to do. I can’t imagine how somebody lives like that, [but] you see it.” Months after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area — affecting about a third of residential units — there are still more than 47,000 displaced people living in hotels and motels, according to a Nov. 22 article by Rebecca Elliott published in the Houston Chronicle. Tens of thousands more continue to struggle to eek out an existence in what remains of their…

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Jaywalker Service – Houston, TX

She’d dedicated her life in service to others, working homeless shelters throughout​ the city of Houston. Carrione could not anticipate the day that she would be joining them, her home ravaged by 4′ of floodwater. She spent 2 days across the street on the second floor of a neighbor’s home. She was joined by many, some elderly and wheelchair bound. Rescue boats finally arrived to take them to higher ground. The ordeal had just begun for she and thousands more. 3 months living in a motel, void of her possessions, her cars, her home. Nothing left but resolve, starting from scratch. She welcomed us with prayers of thanks, grateful not to be forgotten in the haze of catastrophe. Her recovery was our recovery, a common bond of working together to pick up the pieces if shattered lives. Our task involved more than gutting walls and hauling debris. It was about…

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Mindfulness at Jaywalker Lodge – A Bridge to the 12 Steps

Mindfulness based CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) interventions are now widely accepted, evidence based practices are used in many of the country’s best treatment centers.  These practices are often offered as a replacement to more traditional addiction therapies and placed in opposition to 12-step facilitated treatment.  Mindfulness need not be an alternative to 12-step treatment; we believe it is an effective and viable bridge to a sophisticated 12-step treatment protocol that meets the needs of diverse client populations.  At Jaywalker Lodge, the mindfulness curriculum is designed to support each client’s 12-step program and focuses on teaching clients skills in the following sections: meditation, loving kindness, compassion, equanimity, wisdom, skillful action, attention, and values.   In practical application, our program mirrors the wisdom of the 12-step traditions.  We start each day with a reading/lesson, reflection, prayer, meditation and intention setting session that lasts about 20 minutes.  Throughout the day, clients are asked to…

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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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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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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

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