Tag: Lois Porcelain

Lois Celebrates 26 Years

On May 10th 2016, Lois Porcelain celebrated 26 years of sobriety. Lois is undoubtedly one of the greatest human beings I have ever met in my life. Yes, of course, an amazing therapist with an ability to connect with people that is rare in this world, but without question one of the kindest, most compassionate people I have ever encountered. Lois helped me in a time of tribulation in my life and has done so for thousands of men and women throughout her lifetime, not because that is what she does for her occupation, but because that is who Lois is. The great American poet Robert Frost once said, “My object in living is to unite my avocation and my vocation as my two eyes make one in sight.” I am always reminded of Lois when I read these words. Jaywalker Lodge is a very special place and as far…

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Walking the Walk – Congrats to Lois on 25 Years

Lois and daughter sober support

Congratulations to Lois on 25 years of sobriety. It’s a major recovery milestone for a major recovery role model here at Jaywalker Lodge. Much more than “just” our fearless Program Director at Jaywalker Lodge, Lois leads the rest of us towards recovery in every conceivable way. In spiritual terms, Lois walks her talk. In a community like ours – where long term sobriety is precious and prized above all else – Lois shows up daily both as a wise and compassionate treatment professional… and as a humble person engaged and connected to others in her own recovery. For this reason, all of us pay close attention when Lois has something to say. We know it comes from the heart, from personal experience, and what Lois recommends is steeped in wisdom and is rooted deeply in her own recovery. Lois is well known for walking the walk in literal terms as…

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Congratulations Lois

In celebration of Lois’s 24th recovery anniversary, I’d like to express a few words of gratitude and appreciation.  I’ve had the privilege of knowing Lois for many years and over that time she’s supported me in every aspect of my life and recovery.  From addiction counselor, to mentor, family counselor, to fellow traveler- Lois has always made time for me in her busy schedule and I know she’s done the same for countless others.  I also credit Lois with the success of my current career.  Many years ago, knowing I wasn’t satisfied with my current position, Lois encouraged me to go back to school to pursue counseling.   At the time I still didn’t believe in myself, but Lois believed in me, and I leaned on her faith to provide the courage I needed to complete school and start a new career.  Today I have the job of my dreams-…

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Taking Suggestions

Taking suggestions has always been something that I have never done. In every treatment, detox, psychiatric ward, and 12 step meeting that I have been in, suggestions have been a prominent issue for me. And every time that I chose to not take suggestions, I failed. When I stood back and looked at the wreckage that my latest attempt to “successfully” use had caused, I was shocked. But I shouldn’t have been.  I was given a suggestion and I threw that out and did my own thing. So this time I came to treatment with the exact opposite view. I started in detox where I was on a mental health hold, and instead of leaving after the mandatory 72 hours, I stayed, per suggestions. They highly suggested treatment. My parents had been through this before, and weren’t exactly receptive. I had my chances to learn and use the tools of 12…

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Congratulations Lois

Our friend and colleague, Lois Porcelain, celebrates 23 years of sobriety today!  Lois came to Jaywalker Lodge from Hazelden in January of 2006. She has served in several clinical roles since that time, but most recently was promoted to the Program Director position in June of 2011. Lois has proven herself to be a valued staff member of Jaywalker Lodge beloved by the men she works with. Lois nurtures, models and leads our clients onto their own path of recovery during their stay at the Lodge. She has a special touch with our younger men and those struggling with psychiatric issues. From my observation, many of our men perceive Lois to be the “wise mother” of the Lodge from whom they can learn the ways of 12 step recovery. This is the gift she offers to all on a daily basis. Lois has shown herself to be not only a…

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