Tag: JWU Student

I belong here

I grew up in a very normal and loving family. I have always been cared for. I have never had a problem recognizing that I was an alcoholic and addict. I knew what came with the decision I made to use hard drugs, and in a sense I was proud of that decision. I wanted to be different and that was how I was going to achieve that. That decision led to me being “exiled” from my community. Around that same time I started to feel like I did not belong. Jaywalker helped me to feel welcome and that I was similar to every man and woman, no matter our differences in sobriety dates. However, internalizing this was a whole different story. This past weekend I had the chance to volunteer for the Lodge, and go to Mission: Wolf, which is a wolf sanctuary. I sat in the wolf pen…

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Serenity Scramble

It’s that time of year again! Jaywalker Lodge is hosting the 6th Annual Jaywalker Lodge Serenity Scramble on Saturday, September 28, at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale, CO.  All proceeds benefit two local non-profits: A Way Out and Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention.  The shotgun start will kick off at 8:30 AM sharp, followed by an awards luncheon with lunch, a raffle, lots of great prizes, and awards for 1st and 2nd place; longest drive; closest to pin; and best dressed team.   To register, or for more information, please visit www.jaywalkergolfopen.com, or contact Kortney Hartman at khartman@jaywalkerlodge.com, or (970) 704-9292.

Sober Trippin’ in the Rockies

This last week I headed to Denver with a fellow Jaywalker U student for some service work and a mini vacation. Our first day in Denver we had the opportunity to share our stories at the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP) 2013 Annual Conference. This was a really cool experience. I felt honored to be able to speak on behalf of Jaywalker and see what other treatment centers around Colorado are doing. After our conference it was time to relax and spend the rest of the weekend in Denver, sober! One of my biggest fears when I got sober was going on trips and dealing with the pressures of drugs and alcohol. A big recommendation for me when I got sober was to have an “accountabila-buddy” or a friend where we can help each other remain accountable to our sobriety. It was a great weekend of BBQ’s, site seeing,…

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JWU Student gets 4.0 GPA

After successfully completing a semester here at Jaywalker U, I can honestly say it has been a fantastic experience for me to get back into school while keeping my recovery strong and in check. When I heard about the program I knew it was the perfect place for me to finish up my stay here in Carbondale and to help me return to a university. I learned how to manage my time and started back on some old study skills that were lost during my addiction. With what I learned in the goals and accountability group, I was able each week to make sure that I achieved my goals and stayed on track. I just finished my last final today, sealing the 4.0 GPA in my first semester back at school sober. It has been a wonderful experience to actually try my hardest and achieve my full potential. I look forward to giving school…

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Sober in the Sun

Last week, the Jaywalker U guys traveled out west with Jaywalker U Program Coordinator Donnie Hagenbart to beautiful San Diego, California for their Spring break trip. The crew flew out of cold and snowy Denver, Colorado early Sunday morning only to be lounging on the beach in 80 degree weather a few hours later in front of their beach house located on the coast of Encinitas, California. On Day one of the trip we all headed out to Mission Beach and enjoyed a few hours of laying out on the beach and enjoying the “scenery”. Later that week we went to the San Diego Zoo, learned to surf, went hiking, and spent a good amount of time just relaxing on the beach. During the trip we also got acquainted with the San Diego Recovery scene. We attended two AA meetings and two BBA (Big Book Awakening) meetings, which is a popular 12 step AA meeting in…

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