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 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

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!

Jaywalker Professional Weekend

Jaywalker hosted 5 renowned professionals this weekend in Carbondale, Colorado.  We believe that our clinical and marketing staff are best prepared by visiting programs that we collaborate with.  Hosting and inviting professionals to Jaywalker to see our continuum is crucial to experience our programs.  The weekend consists of fabulous dinners prepared by Chef Brian, Jaywalker tour, clinical roundtable, Jaywalker Speaker Meeting, and recreation that includes skiing, hiking, fishing, rafting, or any of the lifestyle experiences we ask our clients to engage in.  Jaywalker hosts quarterly Professionals Weekends and accommodates individual visits.

Jaywalker Solutions – Into the Ice

Jaywalker Solutions clients were guided today on an ice climbing expedition.  Lynn Sanson, Expedition Director, led the group up a stunning piece of ice outside of Vail, Colorado.  Recovery is about exposure to new things, sober accomplishment, and overcoming adversity together.  The Colorado landscape does not disappoint, and continues to elevate Jaywalker’s experiential treatment process. We believe in the relentless and unapologetic pursuit of happiness and joy in recovery. -Pat S

Jaywalker Hut Life #2

“Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.” Page 89, Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous   When we are in the throes of our disease we strive for community, for a sense of belonging. At Jaywalker Lodge I have the privilege of introducing our clients to the community of successful alums that populate the Roaring Fork Valley. Through outdoor adventure, long drives, campfires and snow caves one begins to see the host of friends growing up about them, it is truly an experience not to be missed.John S

Jaywalker Hut Life

Jaywalker Lodge clients and staff embarked on a winter expedition today to the 10th Mountain Division Huts to explore, ski, snowshoe, and 12 Step Study.  Jaywalker expeditions are designed to expose our men to a lifestyle change and healthy travel with men in recovery.  This hut trip is one of many our clients experience during their stay at Jaywalker, but continue with the Jaywalker Alumni Program.  We involve our alumni on trip with clients to share their experience, strength, and hope.  Over the next few days our men will get a taste of what we do in life after treatment.  This is a part of our recovery.

Hooked on Hot Yoga

Take a yoga class? No way! A hot yoga class? An even crazier idea! That was my mindset. Yoga seemed like an activity for mystical and ridiculously flexible people, and I was neither. Now it has been 5 years of taking hot yoga classes. I’m still not mystical or very flexible, but I’m hooked on the hot yoga. I work with recovering addicts and alcoholics. Five years ago, a coworker we call Hot Yoga Steve suggested our program try offering hot yoga classes for our clients. The plan was to implement two classes per week starting at 6:45 AM. It seemed like something that could benefit our clients, and I could tag along and take the classes too. There is a love/hate relationship between hot yoga and me. Each night before a class, I love the idea that I get to do yoga in the morning. When I wake up…

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Basalt Men’s Basketball League Champions!

By: Alex Cable On the Eve of December 11, the men of Jaywalker Lodge went to war. The finals for Basalt’s Men’s Basketball League was under way and unlike last year, where our Jaywalker men won without question, we were not the favorite. Our team dealt with a lot of adversity this year and lost almost half of the games they played in during the regular season. The Jaywalker team was the 5th seed when the playoffs came around, which out of 6 possible playoff spots meant we were the underdog. The men won their wild card game with ease and moved on to the finals but the day of the finals would prove to be an uphill battle. Our team played in the semifinal game at 6pm last night and for 90% of the night they were down on the scoreboard. Emotions ran high coming into the last minute…

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