Tag: Sober Birthdays

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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Congratulations Steve

Steve Shipway addiction team and support

When Steve showed up at Jaywalker Lodge two years ago he had zero control over his emotions, and his verbal filter was non-existent… All he did was say f@$#. During his second week with us, I had the privilege of accompanying Steve, and four other clients in early recovery on a hike to the summit of Mt. Elbert. For those of you who are not familiar with Mt. Elbert, it is a 14,439 foot high mountain, and the hike from the base to the summit and back can take anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. During that time I witnessed Steve experience, and express the entire spectrum of human emotions… It was crazy and I was scared. He said f@$# like a thousand times. Also, he smoked cigarettes the entire way up the mountain, which was absolutely nuts. Amazingly, we all made it to the summit and back. It was…

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Congratulations John

Jaywalker would like to congratulate marketing director and Jaywalker alum, John S, on celebrating 5 years of sobriety last week. John came to Jaywalker 5 years ago badly beaten and ready for a change. He decided for the first time that he was going to get out of his own way and start taking some direction. After a year of following direction, working a strong program, and volunteering for Jaywalker, John was hired as the alumni coordinator, where we first met. At first it was safe to say we didn’t get along. I was the brilliant, humble, quiet guy from Chicago and he was the typical loud mouth, know it all from the Jersey Shore, well so he wished. But after countless mountain bike trips and AA meetings he became someone that I truly looked up to. For the first time in my life I was looking up to someone…

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