Tag: Jaywalker Alumni

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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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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Wesley Celebrates 1 Year

I first met Wesley when he got to Jaywalker last year. He had just completed La Hacienda and appeared to “have come all the way in and sat all the way down”. In his short time here in our community Wesley has sponsored numerous men, and become a very active member of our alumni community. He currently works at the Lodge as a Technician. Wesley is a great athlete and has truly taken up the Jaywalker way of life. Congrats Wesley! Peyton Ward Alumni Coordinator

Dave S Celebrates 9 years

What do you get when you take an opiate addicted marine, in 2007, and tell him life is waiting for him out in the Rocky Mountains of Western CO? You get a sober marine celebrating 9 years in 2016! Our very own Dave Santini celebrates his sobriety birthday on the 14th. He is an amazing example of selflessness, perseverance (ran a 50 mile trail race on minimal training this year by the way), and commitment to helping others in the way he was once helped himself upon his arrival to Jaywalker Lodge. Dave is my brother and I’m extremely proud and happy to say, “congrats you banana head!” Brendon Kerton, M.A. Landing Program Supervisor Jaywalker Lodge

Danny G Celebrates 3

JWL Alumnus Danny G celebrated three years on 1/14/16.  Danny has been a role model of sobriety during his time here in Carbondale.  He is active in a program of recovery and sponsors many men.  Danny is originally from New York and he enjoys skateboarding and snowboarding locally. Congratulations man!

JWL Alum Tribute

Nick addiction free tribute

As we left the valley on yet another man trip to Moab anticipation was high as expected. Jaywalker alumni John, Ben, Pat, Donnie and myself left the valley with the dirt bikes and mountain bikes strapped down to the trailer, knowing an awesome weekend lie ahead. Amongst the high energy we knew there would be something significantly more special about this trip. We were honored to have with us the ashes of our dear friend and fellow Jaywalker alum, Nick A, to spread in the beautiful Moab terrain. Nick was an incredible young man who took full advantage of all the outdoor opportunities of Jaywalker. He dominated the basketball court out back, pumped iron, shredded on a snowboard, and got real with his recovery journey at the Lodge. During our stay at Jaywalker we went on an expedition to Moab in early March ’09. We spent our time mountain biking,…

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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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2015 Leadville 100 MTB Race

Dave & Stephen sober living

This past Saturday August 15th was the Leadville 100 MTB race, also known as the race across the sky. It is generally regarded as the hardest Mt bike race in the country as it spans 103 miles with a low point at 9200 ft. and a high point of 12,500 ft. This year there were three Jaywalker alumni who competed in this race. Dave K raced for his 3rd time, Stephen S for his 2nd and Bob M joined them in his first attempt. The Leadville race series is notorious for being the toughest tests of endurance around. Every year in this race there are hundreds of competitors who are unable to finish. We are Jaywalker alumni however and will not be denied. Bob M finished in 10:36, Stephen S in 9:00 and Dave K finished in a blistering 7:16 good enough for 28th place out of 1437 finishers. I…

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Pushing the Limits

Gunnison - climbing adventure sober retreat

One of the unique aspects of being involved with the Jaywalker community is the opportunity to try new things and push your personal limits, both in self improvement and in a physical sense.  When Lynn told me that we were going to do a multi-pitch rock climb in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, I was both excited and terrified.  I knew that being upwards of 2000 feet above the river below would push my limits as a rock climber.  This was my first climb where we would be going this far off the ground, and I was apprehensive to say the least.  After repelling down several hundred feet into the canyon, we came to the face of the cliff we were about to climb.  The only way out of the canyon was up this face, so I had to put all my fears aside and trust Lynn and Taylor. …

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