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Jaywalker Spring Alumni Trip – Moab, UT

“…to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host a friends, this is an experience you must not miss” Alcoholics Anonymous Page 89It is no secret that this is one of my favorite passages in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, it epitomizes everything that the Jaywalker Alumni Program represents. This past weekend I had the honor of taking 20 Jaywalker alums to Moab, UT for our annual spring trip. Past Jaywalker clients from Florida, Denver, Boulder, and the Roaring Fork Valley all met up in Moab for a weekend of mountain biking, dirt biking, four wheeling, golf, and of course fellowship. Big shout out to alumnus Andrew P for organizing, prepping, and cooking all of our wonderful meals, thanks for all you do brother. John S.

What is National Recovery Month?

About Recovery Month National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate National…

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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.

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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Sammy Celebrates 3

I met Sam a little less than 3 years ago, while watching the Jaywalker alumni softball team.  I could immediately tell that he was fresh to town and was more than likely a Jaywalker by the sheepish look on his face.  I introduced myself, and he told me that he had come from Caron Treatment Center for a wicked cocaine and alcohol addiction.  I could tell right away that the drugs and alcohol had run their course, but that Sam was “done”. Little did I know that Sam would become my best friend over the next few years. Sam went straight from the Landing to Solutions, so we were able to hang out quite a bit early on.  He immediately got a sponsor, and began diligently working the steps.  One of the greatest gifts of the program is getting to see the lights come on in another recovering addict/alcoholic.  I…

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The Money Drop

Our newest day technician, Wesley Shelmire, recently took a trip home for a “sober spring break!” Now, this wasn’t any normal Spring Break. Between AA meetings and working on his program, Wesley took it upon himself to send it off some cliffs. This wasn’t some rinky-dink waterfall. This was the 60 foot “Money Drop,” waterfall in Southern Washington. This was a big part of Wes’s life before coming to Jaywalker and he has been able to rediscover this hobby in sobriety. Wesley, we are glad you had an amazing trip and glad you made it back to us in one piece!

Larsen Celebrates 6

Larsen and I have become best friends over the last six years. He is my brother. We have that unshakeable bond of having escaped common peril. When Peyton asked if I could write a piece on Larsen for his sixth birthday I was thrilled. There were three qualities that immediately came to mind: values, stability, and power of example. I had never met a guy quite like Larsen. He loved rap, voraciously read philosophy, practiced meditation with the highest priority, and had a cutting sense of humor. I was interested. He was serious about his recovery and had worked through the 12 steps. We hung out nearly every evening and he helped me through my early recovery. Over the next couple years I watched Larsen grow. He embraced a Buddhist practice and began to build a strong 11th step. He was taught the importance of values in spirituality, that if…

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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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