Tag: Jacquie Wheeler

Art Celebrates 14

Let’s give a double “shout-out” to Art Kleinschmidt, Lodge Counselor, extraordinaire. Art celebrated 14 years of sobriety on 1/4/16. Art started his addiction career at Hazelden, where he received a Master’s degree.   His most recent accomplishment in this field was completing his credentials in the State of Colorado, 12/14/15, for his LAC, Licensed Addiction Counselor – thus, the double congratulations. 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. For those of you who don’t know, Art has an MBA and is currently working on his PhD in Psychology. He authored a treatment program called 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.   Because…

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NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Clients, staff and alumni are invited to attend an In Our Own Voice (IOOV) presentation at the Lodge. When:   Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Time:     3:00-4:00 PM Where: Jaywalker Lodge In Our Own Voice (IOOV) was created as part of NAMI’s initiative to involve consumers in education about serious mental illness. It seemed natural for people with mental illness to draw from the expertise of their lived experiences and to share these experiences with others.  NAMI, a support, education, advocacy, and research organization, is dedicated to eradicating mental illness and improving the quality of life for persons affected by mental illness and their families. IOOV was introduced in 1996 as Living with Schizophrenia.  The program gathered momentum quickly.  As more people with a variety of illnesses participated, the program’s name was changed to In Our Own Voice. Since then, approximately 2,000 presenters have been trained to conduct the In Our Own Voice presentation.  As of the spring…

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Solutions

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek-Poet I have been member of the SOLUTIONS team since 2007 and am pleased to talk about our newest venture. SOLUTIONS has expanded our program into two phases, moved buildings, added staff and built a more robust curriculum. We have continued our partnership with Colorado Mountain College (CMC) to offer men in recovery a path to return to academics. Phase One of SOLUTIONS is now housed on 734 Main Street. The men are loving the new “digs” with its restaurant style kitchen, dining area which becomes board game central at night, the man-cave lounge area and multifaceted meeting/study area. Phase One is a 90-day program, with a Stage II recovery model. It is designed for men who are ready to assume personal accountability in a supportive environment. We encourage reintegration into the workplace or…

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Kim Celebrates 29

Last Saturday our very own, Kim Nuzzo, celebrated 29 years of sobriety. Kim has been a Chemical Dependency Counselor for the last 20 years and has been a great example of what long term sobriety can look like. Kim, thank you for everything you do and here is just a small list of the lives you’ve touched here: Kim has been a part of my journey since the beginning and I feel so grateful that he’s my friend. – Brendon Kerton “Nothing impacts a still-suffering alcoholic more than hearing the language of the heart from another alcoholic in recovery” – AA Conference 2001. Kim – Congratulations on 29 years of sharing your experience, strength and hope. – Jacquie Wheeler Kim Nuzzo’s talent as a clinician is only surpassed by his talent as a photographer of, “Homies” figurines. These photographs truly express the inner workings of what must surely be a most…

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NOLA 2014

It was a Christian home, marked by crucifixes on the walls, an open bible on the coffee table. Ms. Nita prepared for us the best gumbo we had ever tasted, deep and rich, the product of generations. It was her thank you to the volunteers who had come to share this long awaited day, her day of homecoming. She had been waiting 9 years. She shared with us a simple and familiar message. “Keep Coming Back”, for there are many still waiting, waiting for their turn to make the gumbo of gratitude. Upon a hallway wall hung a simple plaque, with words of wisdom, with words of recovery, for all to take heed. After all, we are all in recovery from something. It is where our humanity resides. “LIVE THE LIFE YOU’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF BE FEARLESS IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY NEVER STOP LEARNING BE TRUE TO WHO YOU…

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Village of Hotevilla

On Saturday evening, the Solutions team arrived at the Village of Hotevilla on the Hopi Reservation.  The Hopi land occupies some 2,439 sq. miles in Arizona and the population is just under 10,000 people.   We were given the opportunity to camp on a Hopi woman’s land which was the headquarters for the Red Feather volunteers.  Set on top of the Mesa, the site included Bonnie’s family home, a truck which served as the kitchen, outside picnic tables, a dishwashing station, an outside shower area and porta-potties. As we looked across the Mesa that evening, rain clouds threatened us.  The volunteers from across the country scrambled to pitch their tents . With the arrival of howling winds, rain and hail, we quickly surmised that we were in for an adventurous trip.  Many volunteers chose to sleep in their cars to provide more shelter from the cold nights.  As the week progressed,…

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Pine Ridge

“It is hard being poor” said Will Peters, a Lakota high school teacher born and raised on the reservation. “But I’m not leaving. I have two degrees, my wife has three. We could go anywhere. My home is here, our home is here. My ancestors are buried on this land. We are needed and no amount of hardship will make us cut and run. So we stay to ease the burden of poverty and oppression endured by so many. It is who we are.” A common question asked by those who visit Pine Ridge is, “Why don’t they just leave?” It’s simple. The Lakota are family born of a common history, a common spirit, a common pride. One does not leave this family, no matter the circumstance. There are NO orphans. This culture of poverty creates many obstacles to a life fulfilled, and many do not find it. But many…

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29 Years of Sobriety

We’ve a number of characters here at planet Jaywalker.  The Poet, the Chef, the Matriarch, the Saint, and of course the Rock.  We also have the Teacher, aka Jacquie.  If it is true that the teacher appears when the student is ready, than those ready for Solutions will encounter a master.  Jacquie is a teacher of empathy, of focus, and of self-awareness.  She, in essence, is a teacher of life.  You will find in Jacquie’s office a wall full of credentials.  DBT, EMDR, TRE, and on and on. I would suggest her greatest credential is LOVE for the suffering addict. Jacquie is constantly driving forward, seeking to expand her horizons and share those lessons with those who are blessed to know her. When I moved over to Solutions a few years ago I had a vision of what it might become.  That vision has been exceeded because my copilot on…

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Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)

Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) at the Advanced International Symposium: Addictive Disorders, Behavioral Health and Mental Health in Colorado Springs   (TRE) Trauma Releasing Exercises are a cutting edge technique in stress reduction, tension releasing and the healing of trauma.  David Berceli, Ph.D. is the creator of this method. TRE consists of a set of simple physical exercises designed to release the chronic muscular tension that is held deep within the structure of the body.  TRE is intended to be used as a self-help method that is easily learned, has immediate effects and can be integrated into a simple daily routine to help restore a sense of inner-peace and relaxation. We have been using the TRE exercises at the Jaywalker Solutions Program since 2010.  The men have personally endorsed TRE as a stress management tool. The first picture shows Dr. Berceli teaching TRE to the military.   The second picture…

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Alum, Frankie G’s, Wedding

Miriam and Frankie celebrated their love and life at their wedding on Saturday, October 5th.   The ceremony was held at the Big Thompson barn at the River Valley Ranch Golf Club.   The bride was a vision in her lace dress and the groom was styling in his three-piece suit.   Miriam and Frankie infused the ceremony with many personal touches.  The guests were honored to join in the blessings as we affirmed seven wishes for their marriage.   The day was beautiful and sunny with Mt. Sopris in the background. Then, the guests moved over to the Hattie Thompson Restaurant for the reception.  Miriam and Frankie made the rounds as they greeted their guests.   The celebrants were invited to share written thoughts for their lives together.    After the toasts were made and lunch was served, Miriam and Frankie participated in the traditional cake-cutting ritual.   It was a fantastic day.  Congratulations and best…

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