Tag: The Jaywalker Parable

Jaywalker Name

We love the name of our treatment center. The term Jaywalker comes from page 37 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous; it’s a story we affectionately know as the “Jaywalker Parable.” The story is succinct and real to anyone in the recovery community: Addiction is characterized by a cunning and powerful mental obsession that leads us back to drinking or using once again, always somehow expecting a more manageable outcome. The Jaywalker Parable drives home the underlying truth that by itself, “self knowledge avails us nothing…” Addiction is not a moral issue, nor is recovery an abstract concept or idea – the solution to our problem is based on a practical program of action. Our mission at Jaywalker Lodge is to help such “Jaywalkers” recover completely from drug and alcohol addiction. The Jaywalker Parable: “Our behavior is as absurd and incomprehensible with respect to the first drink as that…

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