Tag: Sobriety

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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April Alumni Spotlight – Brian G

I was born in Denver Colorado. I always had an affinity for outdoor sports and athletics. Growing up I felt like I never fit in anywhere but sports. When I turned fifteen I found drugs. Then I really felt like I fit in! Drugs were my way to escape. I didn’t have to worry about failing out of high school or being sent to an alternative school so I could graduate on time. When I moved to Steamboat Springs to go to college, it was my tiny window of sanity before my ultimate downfall. I was able to ski and have fun with some like minded people and attend classes sporadically. I couldn’t stay in one place for very long so I moved to Denver and attempted to help out with the family business of building and installing custom wine cellars. Over the course of moving there I fell in…

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St. George Alumni Trip: Last Call

Our Spring Alumni trip departs this Thursday 4/21. We are going to St George, Utah this weekend for some Mountain Biking, Hiking, and fellowship. These trips are a wonderful time to deepen relationships with fellow Alums and enjoy the beauty of Utah. If you are interested in going please let me know ASAP as we have a few spots remaining. The cost is $200.00, which includes (transportation, lodging, and food). Peyton Ward Alumni Coordinator

Danny G Celebrates 3

JWL Alumnus Danny G celebrated three years on 1/14/16.  Danny has been a role model of sobriety during his time here in Carbondale.  He is active in a program of recovery and sponsors many men.  Danny is originally from New York and he enjoys skateboarding and snowboarding locally. Congratulations man!

Dan Reed Celebrates 25

Dan painting mural Jaywalker Lodge

On June 5, Solutions Program Director Dan Reed celebrated 25 years of sobriety. For many of us, this alone would stand as a monumental personal achievement – an accomplishment in its own right worthy of recognition and celebration. Lord knows most of us would expect some kind of fuss if we ever made it that far in our own recovery. But Dan’s a busy guy. He’s got a lot going on these days… every day, in fact. And while I would say Dan Reed is as grateful a recovering addict as I have ever met, he’s got people to see and places to go. The reality for Dan is there just isn’t a lot of spare time to wax nostalgic and reflect on past accomplishments. I, on the other hand, have been feeling both grateful and nostalgic lately, so I’m in a far better position to reflect on my friendship…

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Dave K Celebrates 4

Dave K sober living

Today we celebrate 4 years clean and sober for Jaywalker Expedition Assistant Dave Krimstock.  It has been an honor for me to know Dave since he decided to come to Jaywalker.  When Dave first arrived, the seed of sobriety had only just been planted.  I watched him as he watered and nurtured that seed.  It got plenty of sun and started to grow and blossom.  Just like his facial hair, it needs to get trimmed and maintained from time to time.  Dave is like a beautiful recovery flower. He likely holds the record for most homemade chocolate chippers eaten on a consecutive basis.  My best guess is the number is around 75-125 consecutive days.  Endurance athletes are now calling this particular training method “The Kornelius”. Dave has amazing determination and focus as daily strengths.  He has the ability to shut out the negative thoughts and push his body beyond the…

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Jaywalker Lodge is Turning 10

Jaywalker lodge residential treatment center

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.

Jaywalker Softball

Sober living Softball champs

Once again the Jaywalkers will be well represented in the world of Carbondale sports. For the third year in a row we will have two Jaywalker softball teams competing in the Tuesday night men’s softball league. Come cheer on Jaywalker 1 as they defend their championship title from last year!

6th Annual Sedona Alumni Trip

adventure addiction treatment program

On May 9th the Jaywalker Alumni group will depart for the 6th Annual Sedona Mountain Bike trip. Since 2010 a group of Jaywalker alums have traveled to Sedona Arizona for 4 nights and 5 days of fellowship. It is the most anticipated Alumni trip of the year and includes all levels of shenanigans. We rent a house and the alumni enjoy big breakfasts with no shortage of bacon, amazing adventure mountain bike rides through the high desert, swimming in the pool when it gets hot, family dinners every night, and even the occasional push up competition. It is an experience not to be missed. If anybody is interested please contact me right away as the trip is nearly full.

Jaywalker Family Program

Men's Residential treatment for addiction

If the success of the Jaywalker family program was measured in how much Kleenex was used I would call this past family program a resounding success! This week we had about thirty participants in total hailing from coast to coast. We all squeezed into the library together and did some solid work together. The meals were exceptional, between Chef Brian’s cooking to Rocky’s cheese cakes, nobody went hungry. Our families bonded just like our men naturally do here at the Lodge or over at Solutions. By the end of the weekend they were hugging, crying, laughing, and sharing their contact information so they could keep in touch to support one another going forward. The “We” in recovery seemed to have significant meaning for our family members. Our family members raved about several parts to their weekend here. One area they raved about was our excellent volunteer speakers, Mr. Dirk Eldredge…

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