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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Nikki “Rock Stock” Soda Celebrates 12 Years

On April 14th 2004, Nikki Soda checked herself into Turning Point of Tampa.  Oh, there were consequences in her life to be sure, but the main one was being tired of living the life she was leading.  Not many people that I have been around go to a 30 day treatment center once and remain sober, but through a mixture of desperation and determination, Nikki put enough 24 hours together to get to 12 years. I did not know her when her nickname as a low post basketball player was “Rock Stock,” but I certainly know the personality that contributed to it by now.  Having the privilege of having her in my life, I have been able to see the dedication, drive, desire and intensity it took to get that nickname, and ultimately succeed in recovery and life.  I have also had the privilege of watching someone who lost their…

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Jim Soda Celebrates 12 years

On April 4th, 2004 Jim walked into Turning Point of Tampa treatment center, willing to do everything they told him to do in order to get better and stay sober.  And he did.  Jim went from having a handful of college credits to begin working as an overnight tech at Turning Point, to earning first his Associates degree, then a BA, to then earning two Master’s degree. Jim truly has a gift for helping people who struggle with addiction and is the hardest worker I know.  Although quiet at times, Jim has a dry and witty sense of humor and is able to cut through BS to get to the point and help those who want and need help. I am beyond grateful to have met Jim in 2004 and am blessed to have gone this journey of sobriety and life with such an incredible person. Interesting fact about Jim,…

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Carbondale Homeless Assistance

Carbondale, Colorado is not a place that comes to mind when you think of homelessness.  That being said, we do have some people in need of assistance locally.  The Carbondale Homeless Assistance Program (CHA) was born out of the belief that a few local citizens can be helpful to the immediate needs of our local homeless.  The Carbondale Rec Center has been helpful in getting punch passes so people can take a shower if needed.  The local churches have been beneficial in providing meals, namely the Faith Lutheran Church offers a meal the 3rd Saturday of every month.  Some of the members of CHA have published a “Street Sheet” resource list that we have posted in various places around town.  If you would like to get involved with the Carbondale Homeless Assistance Program, please join their page on Facebook.

A Moab Coin Out

Upon graduating Jaywalker Lodge, we have a coin out ceremony with peers and staff. This gives everyone a chance to share their experiences and give hope in future endeavors. I still have my coin and look at it with great memories of my time at the Lodge. During a recent expedition to Moab, Utah the men from the Lodge coined out Gerard. Lynn Sanson picked a great venue up on a bluff overlooking the Moab Golf Course. Our guys did a great job reflecting on their time with Gerard which made for a special event. Peyton Ward Alumni Coordinator

The Impact of Aftercare and Alumni

When I went to treatment I never considered the idea that alumni, or a sense of community was going to be a large part of my recovery.  It was suggested to me the first time I went to treatment, however, the haze that I was in prevented me from truly understanding that people that stick together stay sober, or that the treatment center I went to was going to represent something.  That was one of the main reasons that I went back to that center to pick up my 5 year chip at the weekly alumni meeting. Going back to the Wednesday night aftercare meeting was important, as it was a nice mix of therapy and AA, and picking up 5 years was significant as well.  What I did not account for was the meeting after the meeting, where we had a chance to greet the new clients to treatment. …

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New Jaywalker Website & Video

We have launched our new website! Jaywalker Lodge inspires men in early recovery to engage in an authentic journey of healing and self-discovery built upon personal accountability, deep and lasting friendships, and the belief that absolutely anything is possible in sobriety! We invite you to take a closer look at the Jaywalker experience and our Carbondale, CO community. Click here for our new video!

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