Tag: Solutions

Recipe for Recovery

Today Jaywalker U students teamed up with the Solutions men for a cooking class taught by the one and only; Chef Brian.  Here at Jaywalker we believe in homemade meals being a recipe for success in recovery. A homemade meal gives our men a sense of community and accomplishment which for people in recovery was missing for so long. Jaywalker has its own garden of vegetables, herbs, and spices which allowed our men to use natural ingredients in their food instead of eating unhealthy processed foods. Processed foods tend to be high in sodium, fat, and added sugars; which has proven to be detrimental to living healthy. Living healthy lives has become a major part of the recovery process here at Jaywalker and we believe that it starts with a healthy homemade meal. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

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.

A Recent Trip to ORD

A few weeks ago I was working with my trainer early in the morning when I learned that my sister had given birth. I disregarded the no call policy in the gym and learned that my nephews name is Will.  On the phone my Dad was upset that he had to be in San Francisco that week so I offered to fly home and spend some time with my mother and sister until he could arrive.  I booked a flight to Chicago and somewhat reluctantly made the drive to Denver.  Reluctantly because I attracted speeding tickets like a moth to a flame, I hate long drives and I hate airports more than the sum combined.  Nevertheless I set out and later that evening I landed at O’Hare.  After picking up my car on the way into the city, I called my sister and spoke to her for the first time…

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Horses for Heroes

This week Solutions, Outpatient, and alumni got a chance to volunteer with Sopris Therapy Services in the Horses for Heroes project.  Horses for Heroes is a week-long intensive therapeutic program for newly disabled soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.  It has been changing the lives of veterans since 2002.  Jaywalker and Solutions have been proud to volunteer for multiple years and look forward continuing to do so.  The stories of courage from the veterans are always inspirational.  As with most service orientated activities sometimes what we get from helping exceeds what is given. Click here for more pictures and please feel free to visit Sopris Therapy Services website at www.SoprisTherapyServices.com Cary Pew Program Coordinator Solutions

Jaywalker Solutions men volunteer at Hopi Reservation

“Askwali, askwali ,askwali” the Hopi elder repeated as we worked to plaster her home in traditional Hopi fashion.  Her words of gratitude alone made the Solutions journey to the Hopi reservation rich in its substance.  Add to that recipe Kachina dancers in stunning costumes, schooling in Hopi language and culture, and a palpable reverence for the natural cycle of life born of living in the dry heat of the high Arizona desert. Hopi are a people guarded in their traditions, seeking to preserve rituals which have served them for centuries. We were blessed to get a taste, and in return give a little back through working on projects to preserve traditional Hopi dwellings. What is striking about these people is their ability to adapt to what many “anglos” would consider harsh conditions in wasteland soil. To the Hopi it is a garden, a home, a way of life to be…

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Service work at the Hopi Reservation

This weekend our Solutions men headed out to the Hopi Reservation in Arizona to assist Red Feather and Kii Nat Wan Lalwa (Local Hopi organizations) in their Tsakwantota Natural Plastering Program. Our men will learn about the Hopi people and their life ways, as well as, witnessing a Hopi religious ceremony held within one of the Hopi villages. Then spend the remainder of their time helping in the ancient process of plastering the exterior of traditional adobe Hopi homes, which is essential to the long-term preservation of both historic homes and traditions. Solutions is heavily focused on service work as we believe that giving back is an integral part of the recovery process. Service provides our men with an experience of getting outside themselves and being a force for positive change.  Addiction is a disease of isolation. Service provides a needed connection to others, and the reassurance that life has…

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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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Solutions: A Program of Service

Check out our new video from Jaywalker Solutions! We are a 90-day transitional living program for men in early recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Located in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Solutions is designed for active adult males who are ready to embrace life in recovery and make a difference by being of service to others. Solutions is an abstinence-based open community model of care; we are deeply rooted and closely tied to the local 12 Step recovery community. Week-long service expeditions and local projects are a cornerstone of the Solutions recovery experience. About half of the clients at Solutions are graduates of Jaywalker Lodge; half come to Solutions via professional referrals from other residential treatment programs across the country. For more information about the Solutions program, click here – or contact our admissions team at (866) 529-9255. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

“Let Us Have Peace”

“We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.” – Francis Amasa Walker It was a privilege and an honor to attend this years Memorial Day Ceremony at The Veteran’s Memorial Site in Aspen, Co. I was joined by literally hundreds of Roaring Fork Valley citizens who came to remember and honor the brave men and women who gave their lives in service of this country. Several jaywalker men, alumni, and staff were present to experience a heartfelt and stirring tribute to these heroes. We learned of the ongoing effects of war on returning veterans as evidenced by the 22 black silhouette statues which represent the 22 veterans who take their own lives each day. Many of these veterans return home with Traumatic Brain injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, and are ill prepared to return to civilian life. A new Wilderness therapy and experiential learning program will…

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Mission Wolf Sanctuary

Ever stare into the eyes of a 120 lb. artic wolf, standing two inches from your face?  Ever climb a 650 ft. sand dune, urged on by your friends to keep going… when your legs are on fire? Our Solutions men experienced all this and more during our recent visit to the Mission Wolf sanctuary near Westcliffe, CO.  In return, we were able to provide service to the sanctuary by chopping firewood and constructing a fire bunker for the wolves to find shelter in case of a forest fire. Addiction shrinks the world of the addict to little more than a cell block cycle of self-centeredness and self-destruction. Our mission at Solutions is to blow down the walls of this crushing disease and give our clients a taste of possibilities. Those wolves have something to teach us.  When you hear 38 wolves howling in unison in the dark of a…

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