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Helping others

This semester I have discovered one of my dreams, to work in the medical field. Before I entered recovery I obtained my Wilderness First Responder(WFR) because of my love for the outdoors and the dangers involved. Through my addiction I lost the passion for helping people. Jaywalker U has given me the opportunity to pursue my dreams again. Next semester I will be taking an EMT course through Colorado Mountain College at Carbondale’s Fire Department. I once again have the opportunity to help others. Nico W JWU Student

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is September 10, 2013, and for those of you who do not know, it is World Suicide Prevention day. I remember sitting in math class as a child and debating large numbers with fellow students. What came before infinity? 1,000,000. It is an extremely large and staggering number. It is also the approximation of the number of suicidal deaths that happen in the world each YEAR. That averages out to a suicide happening every 40 seconds in the world. To bring it a little closer to home, about 30,000 Americans commit suicide each year, which is more than the number of homicides. Two things have been consistent in my life from age 12, up until about 10 months ago: a crippling active drug addiction as well as depression and thoughts of suicide. Now I never really put the two together when I think about it. However a study done…

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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.

Being Honest

When I was little, my go to addiction was lying, before drugs, before any mood-altering substances, my addiction was to lie. I loved it, it gave me a feeling of power, some form of control over people and things I didn’t normally have. And so it progressed.  As soon as I started using mood-altering substances, my lying became outrageous. Each lie a little more far-fetched. Each lie I had to keep track of in my head, lie upon lie, collecting. The time came when I couldn’t remember what lie I told to what person, but at that point I just didn’t care. I was told when I entered the recovery, that when someone has alcoholism, and you take away the drugs and alcohol, you still have the “isms”. That was true in this situation, I stopped using drugs and alcohol, but the lying was still there. When I came into…

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Congratulations Mike

Jaywalker U would like to congratulate one of its first students, Mike F, on graduating from Jaywalker U today. Mike has been with JWU for three semesters now and has been a positive influence for all of the new students coming in. This was not Mike’s first attempt at college but it was his first attempt sober. Mike’s addiction took a lot of things away but just like school he was able to earn them back through the process of recovery. Mike has truly adopted the beliefs here at Jaywalker and is now living a life full of abundance and meaning. Since returning back to college here at JWU he has gotten a 4.0 GPA in all three semesters and found his direction in life and education. Mike will stay in the community with a local member of the recovering community while he continues his education towards his bachelor’s degree…

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Following our passions

One of the most crucial aspects of recovery is staying engaged and actually living life. We as addicts, myself included, cannot control our use of mind-altering substances; this however doesn’t mean we can’t thrive and live our lives to the fullest in an environment where drinking and using have become the social norm. I am talking about college. In the midst of the parties, drugs, and alcohol there is an underlying reason (for most) to be attending college. That reason is the idea that they become what they’ve always wanted to be. To learn about what they’re passionate about and pursue a life dealing with that. For myself, that passion is medicine. And due to my addiction, that dream was never more than fantasized about. My life was unmanageable and as a result I could not attend college successfully and pursue my aspirations. However, today I am two days shy…

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