Tag: 12 Step Treatment Colorado

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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Jaywalker Blood Donation

Saving lives comes in many forms… Today, Jaywalker employees John Schneier, Pat Shaffer, and Alex Colins donated one liter of blood each to St. Mary’s Hospital Blood Drive. St. Mary’s provides blood from donors to over 18 hospitals around the Colorado area helping to save the lives of countless people in need. We give of ourselves in so many ways in the treatment industry, through our experience, strength, and hope, its an honor to be able to give of ourselves physically.John Schneier Director of Alumni and Marketing

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

“Beneath the Surface”

I am still in awe of the inspiration that comes from the origin of Karen’s belief that everyone’s voice should and must be heard.” Valerie Haugen. associate artistic director, TRTC This weekend, Thunder River Theatre Company is hosting the forth annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry festival here in Carbondale. The Poetry festival was created to honor the inspiring life of Karen Chamberlain, who passed away in September 2010. The theme of this years installment is ” Beneath the Surface.” Valerie Haugen said the notion of encouragement was the inspiration and recurring theme of this years poetry festival which features workshops, open mics and live music. I had the opportunity to attend last night’s featured poets and open mic with friends, clients, and alumni. Many of the poets spoke of love, loss, redemption, and hope. Without the encouragement and inspiration of loved ones, counselors, and other addicts I would have never found…

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Goal Sunday at CMC

Colorado Mountain College will be joining other colleges across the nation on Sunday, February 9th when they host their first COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY.  The purpose of this event is to answer questions about financial aid and to help students and families fill out the FAFSA form. (The FAFSA can be a very cumbersome and time consuming endeavor.) Many volunteers from the CMC campuses across the state will be helping to make this event a success.  What else will be happening from 2-4pm on Sunday, February 9th? There will be: CMC general information tables FAFSA information tables Residence Life display, including games and videos Raffle every 30 minutes Scholarship drawing Open computer labs Balloons, food and beverages Janet DeMars Program Director Jaywalker U

AA’s Three Legacies

Taken together, the Steps, Traditions and Concepts embody what are know as the Three Legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous: Recovery, Unity and Service. Recovery has given us a second chance to find happiness and freedom; to live useful and productive lives. The 12 steps and the Big Book are know as Recovery and are the entire foundation of the program. Bill W.’s words in the forward of the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions states that; “AA’s 12 Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the suffered to become happily and usefully whole” Unity has provided us with a fellowship made up of people who share our own common problem; who give us the love and support necessary to maintain our sobriety. AA’s 12 Traditions present the principles which support the unity…

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Third Street Center State Fair

Follow us to the Third Street Center an see what the hubbub is all about…The fall fair is open to everyone.” Kat Rich volunteer event coordinator The Third Street Center here in Carbondale was bustling with activity Friday evening. This was the inaugural “State Fair” event which featured a carnival atmosphere with performances by local artists and musicians, games, food, and fun for kids and adults alike. I had the opportunity to play Eco-jeopardy, hear some great music, and install a leaf on the Gratitude Tree. There was a chili cook-off (I’ll have a vegan entry next year), a Cake Walk with our very own Rocky’s famous Death by Chocolate cake and ample quantities of State Fair food and snacks. The TSC ,Third Street Center is a community place that promotes inspiration, sustainability, and creative exchange. This event was a “Friend – Raiser” to show its gratitude for the community’s…

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Jaywalkers Renew Passion for the Links

Jaywalkers Sweep RVR Club Championship “ Having stepped away from competitive golf for the last five years of my life. I was extremely excited and slightly nervous when Jaywalker presented myself and three other Jaywalkers with the opportunity to play in the River Valley Ranch Club Championship. This event would consist of two rounds of golf with prizes being awarded for both the low gross and low net scores. Setting relatively high expectations for myself, I made every attempt to ready my game for the tournament. I had played solid golf in the weeks leading up to the tournament and was ready see what I could do against a competitive field. Somewhat unexpectedly, the only real competition I faced all weekend was from other Jaywalkers and Steve B., the head of Jaywalkers golf program. A round of 73 on the first day, my best round in four years, left me…

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Gender Matters

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love, belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Brene Brown This weekend, the Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) at he University of Colorado Hospital presented the third annual Gender Matters conference in Denver. the conference and its speakers discussed the evolving trend of gender-specific treatment services – not simpily offering separate facilities, but using knowledge about men’s and women’s psychological development and their experiences of trauma and recovery to guide clinical services and curriculum. TED talk phenomenon Brene Brown shared on shame and vunerabilitity and the need Dare Greatly to enter the…

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The Anonymous People

The Anonymous People shines a light on the personal and societal value of recovery through the moving stories of people who are public about what their lives are like now that they’re no longer using alcohol or other drugs.” The Anonymous People is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Deeply entrenched societal stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The fact that addiction is a preventable and treatable condition and not a moral weakness is lost in the mass medias uninformed depiction of addiction. Courageous addiction recovery advocates have come out of the shadows and a grass roots social justice movement is emerging. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions. The disease of…

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