Tag: Alcoholics Anonymous

Alumni Trip – St. George, UT 2017

I am often amazed in my recovery at the abundance of opportunity that I have to do things in life that seemed once impossible.  In the not too distant past, clouds of fear, prejudice and stubbornness swirled in my head at the first mention of doing something outside my comfort zone; paralyzing self-doubt kept me from experiences that I inwardly yearned for greatly.  As a Jaywalker alumni, I can say without hesitation that today my desire to push these hesitations and foster new capabilities in sobriety is one of the greatest gifts I have received in recovery, and my willingness to share with and learn from my brothers-in-arms is one of my greatest assets. Most recently I had the opportunity to utilize these new-found strengths at the Jaywalker Alumni trip to St. George, Utah.  First off, to say “I was stoked” to get an extra week of summer weather in October…

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September 2015 Family Program

Jaywalker Residential drug and alcohol treatment center at night

Another successful family program! We had several siblings join us this month. Not too unusual but nice to witness how impactful our brothers and sisters can be toward our personal journeys in recovery. Our men were able to participate in the all-powerful family sculpture, allowing room for some corrective experiences with their familial past. They worked on developing clearer hope for their future, incorporating their new recovery family with their biological family, and much more. I had fun telling the parents that were present, if you can just stop worrying, maybe your sons can just stop using! They got it. Oyen Hoffman, MA, LMFT, LAC, MAC Program Supervisor Jaywalker Lodge

Lake Powell 12 Step Retreat

Mens outdoor sober retreat

1…2…3… Go! Into the air I flew as I jumped from the cliff-side surrounding our cove at Lake Powell. As I surfaced from the water below, I can’t believe I had been worried at all about jumping. I found my small worries of jumping to be irrelevant, and in the end, everything turned out great. Countless other jumps from the cliffs followed. Just three days before, I had found myself in a similar situation facing the fears of leaving Jaywalker Lodge and returning to “the real world”. After being in the safety bubble of my primary rehab for a month and then ninety more days at Jaywalker, I had many fears about what obstacles would present themselves to me in my future sobriety. Would I be able to put into practice all I had learned in rehab? Would I be able to stay content with my life of sobriety? The…

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AA Beginning

80 years ago today the founder of Alcoholic Anonymous, Bill Wilson, had his last drink before entering the hospital.  After meeting Dr. Bob, in Akron, Ohio, they developed what is now the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.. Alcoholics Anonymous has saved millions and we could not have done it without the work of the founders and the other alcoholics who made this program what it is today, one alcoholic talking to another in the hope of saving lives. TIME Magazine published a tribute to the AA program.  To take a look at the article click here. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

79 Years of Gratitude

Today, June 10th 2014, Alcoholics Anonymous celebrates the 79th anniversary since its founding in Akron, Ohio. On June 10th 1935, Bill Wilson and his friend Dr. Robert Smith set out to find the best way to reform alcoholics, and Alcoholics Anonymous was born. Bill W. learned early on that the best way to stay sober was to carry the message to other alcoholics. By reaching out and connecting with Dr. Bob, he was able to maintain his own sobriety while giving hope to Dr. Bob. This design for living emphasized the need to seek help from others, find a power greater than themselves, and to carry the message to other alcoholics. Alcoholics Anonymous has saved millions and we could not have done it with out the work of Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith. We are forever grateful! Have a Great AA Founder’s Day! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator 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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AA and the Angry Atheist

God should be qualified with the phrase ‘as we understand him’ – for that was the only way I could accept spirituality.” James Burwell, pg. 229 Alcoholics Anonymous James Burwell, know as Jimmy B. was one of the 10 East Coast founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. He was responsible for starting Alcoholics Anonymous in Philadelphia and Baltimore and later moved to San Diego and was instrumental in its growth there. Jimmy B. was also the unofficial archivist and put together a scrapbook of early AA history. His story, “The Vicious Cycle” now appears in the “Personal Stories” section of the Big Book of Acoholics Anonymous. After losing more than 40 jobs after his service in World War I, Jimmy B. was persuaded to move to New Jersey to get sober with the 10 men, including Bill Wilson, who has discovered a new way to stop drinking. The other men spent a…

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Joy of Living Conference

Last weekend I was asked to take the Jaywalker Lodge clients to The Joy of Living Conference in beautiful Aspen, CO. We arrived at the Mountain Chalet where the conference was held in time to participate in some wonderful fellowship with alcoholics and addicts from all over the U.S. The first speaker we saw was a woman with a message that I don’t quite have words to describe and the second speaker was an Al Anon member who also had an incredible and uplifting story. The first speaker was a woman who has been sober for years. In her story she shared beautifully and with direct intention about her experience as well as her endless hope and dedication for her life and the betterment of it which was easily related to by all in the room, especially our guys. I watched our guys engage in listening to this particular speaker…

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