Tag: Recovery

Jaywalker Spring Alumni Trip – Moab, UT

“…to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host a friends, this is an experience you must not miss” Alcoholics Anonymous Page 89It is no secret that this is one of my favorite passages in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, it epitomizes everything that the Jaywalker Alumni Program represents. This past weekend I had the honor of taking 20 Jaywalker alums to Moab, UT for our annual spring trip. Past Jaywalker clients from Florida, Denver, Boulder, and the Roaring Fork Valley all met up in Moab for a weekend of mountain biking, dirt biking, four wheeling, golf, and of course fellowship. Big shout out to alumnus Andrew P for organizing, prepping, and cooking all of our wonderful meals, thanks for all you do brother. John S.

Hooked on Hot Yoga

Take a yoga class? No way! A hot yoga class? An even crazier idea! That was my mindset. Yoga seemed like an activity for mystical and ridiculously flexible people, and I was neither. Now it has been 5 years of taking hot yoga classes. I’m still not mystical or very flexible, but I’m hooked on the hot yoga. I work with recovering addicts and alcoholics. Five years ago, a coworker we call Hot Yoga Steve suggested our program try offering hot yoga classes for our clients. The plan was to implement two classes per week starting at 6:45 AM. It seemed like something that could benefit our clients, and I could tag along and take the classes too. There is a love/hate relationship between hot yoga and me. Each night before a class, I love the idea that I get to do yoga in the morning. When I wake up…

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There is one key to happiness: Gratitude

By: Dirk Eldredge“There is one key to happiness: Gratitude. Gratitude and discontent cannot co-exist. They’re like light and darkness. Choose Gratitude daily and you will find joy.” Seems so simple right………. My recovery makes everything else possible in my life. Being a Father , a husband , a friend and a member of our family. All of this I’m most grateful for. Yet, losing sight of the light I  found through gratitude, while I drop back into darkness, is so easy to do. During this holiday, I hope each of us can find peace and centeredness through the absolute abundance of grace we have been granted. Tell everyone close to you that you love them and you appreciate them, as they may be gone tomorrow. During this season I want to “Pause” and just “Be”. How about realizing that we are all in this together and that Love is the…

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Happy 5 year Anniversary to Alex C.

When Alexander Collins first entered the valley he was loud and rambunctious and you could never get him to just be silent……….ha. Seriously though, Alex was slaving away, working in a kitchen on the mountain that we call Snowmass until his dream job came up, Night Technician at THE Jaywalker Lodge. He jumped on it immediately and never looked back. Over the last couple of years Alex worked his way up through the company and is now our fearless leader over that the lodge.  But who Alex is,  goes deeper than all the fantastic work he has done for this company. When I first was hired here all I could think about was “damn my boss looks like he eats whole baby cow for meals and could rip a man’s head off with 2 fingers”, and of course Alex and I had our differences, , he can be a little…

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What is National Recovery Month?

About Recovery Month National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate National…

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Jaywalker Lodge is Turning 10

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Please join us for a fun filled weekend Thursday, June 4 through Sunday, June 7, to celebrate Jaywalker Lodge’s 10th Anniversary.  On Friday, June 5th, we will host a golf outing at River Valley Ranch and backyard BBQ with live music and the unveiling of the Jaywalker Recovery mural.  Saturday will feature workshops and a round-robin softball tournament.  Accommodations for out-of-town alumni will be available… We want you back! Please RSVP if you would like to attend!  To RSVP or for questions, please contact Kortney Hartman at khartman@jaywalkerlodge.com or (970) 704-9292. We look forward to seeing you.

“Remember Me, Hamlet”

Hamlet Director and Thunder River Theatre Company’s founder and artistic director, Lon Winston answers questions regarding our matinee performance. “Remember me, Hamlet” was a quote from the Ghost of King Hamlet played by Jaywalkers own poet laureate and former counselor emeritus Kim Nuzzo. Perhaps the only thing I remembered from Hamlet was “to be or not to be,” a skull, and sword fight – not too surprising ! Much to my delight, and thanks to an amazing production and spectacular acting I found a renewed appreciation for arguably, Shakespeare’s most famous and powerful tragedy. I had a new perspective and understanding of the difficulty of taking action, ambition, and appearances. All of the actors wore masks to represent the duality of the characters and their motivations. I can certainly relate to the wearing of facades during my addictions. I was too busy trying to be the person who I thought…

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Aspen X-games 2015

X Games Aspen 2015 will take place January 22-25, 2015 at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. Its time for Big Air and Big entertainment as the X Games once again descend upon Aspen. The on-mountain games are free and open to the public. This years Xtravaganza will feature four themed interactive festival villages: Galleria, Gaming Shack, Playground, And Sound Factory. This years concert performers include: Snoop Dogg, Chromeo, Skrillex, and Wiz Khalifa performing in the Sound Factory Festival Village at the base of Buttermilk. This year will also include the Major League Gaming X Games Invitational for all the Xtreme Gamers. This is an exciting event and Jaywalker clients and Alumni will have the opportunity to see the competition live and in person. In addition to volunteering to drive our clients to and from the events our Alumni will once again have the opportunity to be of service to those…

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Coffee and Community for a Cause

Jaywalker would be nothing without the Carbondale Community , which has looked us in the eye, embraced us, and given us a second chance.” Bobby Ferguson, Founder of Jaywalker Lodge.” Second Chances ! Without them, most of us in the Recovery community would be lost or worse. Bobby Ferguson’s second chance resulted in Jaywalker Lodge, which has been helping alcoholics and addicts realize theirs for the last nine years here in Carbondale. Bobby’s vision for Boomerang Coffee Company ( formerly the Blend) is multi-faceted. Boomerang will provide employment opportunities for clients, alumni, and others in the community. Those in recovery will have another safe place to socialize and integrate into the community. Finally, all net profits from Boomerang will support the efforts of A Way Out, an Aspen based non-profit which provides a “Hand-Up” to addicts in need. Executive Director, Liz Means, and several board members were on hand Thursday…

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Recharge and Reward

Today the JWU crew enjoyed a day of outdoor games which promoted teamwork, fitness, healthy competition and sober socializing. The activities included basketball, Frisbee, croquet and bocce ball on a day in which a higher power broke the clouds and snow long enough for a day of outdoor fun to occur. After lunching at the park, students cycled through the games of their choosing which provided a break from a week of hard work, both at school and in recovery. A guest appearance was made by Parker Hagenbart, a yellow lab who loves the outdoors, and allowed for some beneficial canine-human interaction. The day served as a source of connection between clients, through both peer encouragement and shared good spirits. Organic humor was easily recognizable among the clients during the activities, and complimented the already pleasant mood exhibited by all. In the end, the experience was one of camaraderie, relaxation…

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