Tag: Jaywalker

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental health

Today starts the week-long event known as, Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental Health Awareness Week takes place every year during the first full week of October. During this week, mental health advocates and organizations join together to sponsor events to promote community outreach and education regarding mental illnesses. Some examples of mental health illnesses include: Anxiety Disorders Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Bipolar and Related Disorders Depressive Disorders Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders Mental health events, community outreach, and education are an important reminder of the stigma toward people are diagnosed with mental illness. Pass the word and let’s work together on eliminating the stigma around mental health!

Boomerang is Hiring

Boomerang coffee

Jaywalker’s favorite coffee stop, Boomerang Coffee Company, is now hiring! Boomerang is a local not-for-profit coffee shop that uses all profits to help individuals struggling with substance abuse. They are looking to fill part-time and full-time positions. No experience is required, but any time spent in the service industry helps! Come by and visit us to see what we are all about and to pick up an application.

Half way to 46

We wanted to pause on this day to applaud our founder & friend Bobby Ferguson for 23 years of sobriety! Pretty cool when a kid from NYC can find not only himself but find it in his heart to help countless others. We are all thankful that Bobby relocated to the Rocky Mountains & executed on his vision of having fun in sobriety by creating Jaywalker Lodge. We at Jaywalker think Bobby’s spirit, passion & focus as a pioneer in the industry of recovery sets him in a special place. At the same time we know what is most meaningful is the kind of father & husband Bobby is to his amazing children & his Bride Andi. We all just want to sit in gratitude on this special day and say, “Thank You.”   It’s funny, Bobby is the only man I know that can harness the respect of all…

Continue Reading

Congrats John on 6

Jaywalker’s Director of Outreach Services & Alumni Relations, John Schneier, celebrated 6 years of sobriety yesterday. “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.” Alcoholics Anonymous Pg 89 “You live this John. We love ya bud!” – Patrick Shaffer “Congratulations John. Your passion for recovery will continue to carry you to places you never could have imagined.” – Dirk Eldredge “John – congratulations! You’re a true inspiration for everyone here, in many ways.  Proud to call you not only my co-worker, but also my friend. Cram that!” – Natalyn Cumings “I let him beat me skinning up McClure Pass 5 years ago to boost his suffering self-esteem.  And look what we have now!”…

Continue Reading

Big Bus

For the last five years the Jaywalker Solutions men have been traveling to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to do volunteer service work. Our men have worked on projects that include repairing trailers, constructing outhouses, harvesting food and building bunk beds. It is an experience that our men will remember for the rest of their lives. The experience has been so profound that Jaywalker decided to donate one of our vehicles as thanks for giving our men such an amazing experience. For more information on the relationship between Jaywalker and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation please click here! Donnie Hagenbart Admissions & Marketing Manager Jaywalker Lodge

Now Accepting Insurance

Jaywalker Lodge is pleased to announce we are now able to bill on behalf of clients and their families for out-of-network insurance reimbursements in all of our programs. Effective immediately, Jaywalker Lodge, Solutions and Outpatient treatment programs will begin to work with our clients’ health care plans as patients move through the Jaywalker clinical continuum of care. We recognize that insurance benefits will financially help the families who have invested in loved ones needing extended care treatment. Jaywalker opened its doors in 2005 as an extended care program for men struggling with chronic relapse, emphasizing transition into community in early recovery. We have expanded our services to include a total of four programs to help men through their first year in sobriety. Jaywalker Lodge, Solutions, Jaywalker Sober Living, and MIOP have evolved to provide our clients with a recovery continuum. Please feel free to call our Admissions line with questions:…

Continue Reading

Code of Ethics

Jaywalker Founder and CEO Bob Ferguson recently served as a panelist at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) in St. Louis.  Following the August conference, and acting on a suggestion from a fellow panelist, Ferguson drafted Jaywalker’s first code of ethics. As the current chair for the Ethics committee of The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), Ferguson was asked a to write a guest commentary about the ethics panel for Addiction Professional Magazine.  The article outlines some of the ethical issues challenges facing the addiction treatment industry today, and encourages other treatment providers to draft their own ethics code and post it on their websites. “The idea is for each treatment program to articulate its own ethical values; and for each of us to hold ourselves accountable to their own code of ethics,” says Ferguson. “Until each of us becomes transparent and accountable, the ethics conversation is more about finger-pointing and less about values and principles.”…

Continue Reading

Avalanche Safety Tips

Winter is here and with it came feet of snow! However exciting this may be, there are some adherent risks involved with the amount of snow this early in the season. In order to have a safe and fun time in the back-country we must take precautions. Whether you are an avalanche novice or expert, the Recreation.gov site suggests the following rules when in avalanche terrain: Never travel alone. Allow only one person at a time to cross avalanche terrain while others wait in a safe location. Make sure everyone carries avalanche rescue gear and knows how to use it. Finally, look for recent avalanches, which indicate the snow is unstable. While these are some great things to remember, we could all benefit from the knowledge taught by professionals. Colorado Mountain College is offering courses next semester titled: Avalanche Awareness Level I and Avalanche Safety I. The goal of avalanche…

Continue Reading

Lyons On The Brink

When’s the last time someone shared with you that you had been the answer to their prayers?  Can there be a more humbling observation than that? We as addicts were more accustomed to being the subject of prayers, said mostly by our loved ones pleading with God for our very survivals. Lyons, Colorado is in need of many answers right now.  They are not alone as there are many similar communities in our state who are in need. Solutions spent 4 days in Lyons in cooperation with NECHAMA, a Jewish relief organization, aiding flood ravaged victims who had few resources and homes buried in feet of mud. We dug and we dug and we dug some more. We tore out rotting dry wall and ripped up floors that had turned to sponges. We hauled piles of debris to the curb to be discarded but never forgotten.  We broke bread with…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

Read more