Tag: The Landing

Congrats Dave

This past Saturday my friend and colleague Dave Santini celebrated 8 years of continuous sobriety.  Dave and I first met when I checked into treatment at Hazelden in February of 2007.  I was on my way in and he was on his way out.  He told me he was going to a place called Jaywalker Lodge.  I slurred something back.  Little did I know that our paths would cross again some 6 months later when I made my way to Carbondale. From 2007 until now Dave has become one of the best friends I’ve ever had.  He has emerged from addiction into a life of recovery.  A life in recovery, as all of us know, is not always smooth sailing but the ability to persevere in the face of difficulty is one of the hallmarks of someone who has learned to live well.  Dave has continued to do just that….

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Congrats Lenny

Our very own Lenny Beaulieu celebrates 7 years of continuous sobriety even though he was, “never that bad.” Ha. Allow me to explain. I met Lenny when we were patients together on the Tiebout Unit at Hazelden in August of 2007. It was my third time there. I was that bad. However, after about a week on the unit a nice guy with a great smile showed up and told us all that he was here, yes, but just for a quick assessment. He wasn’t that bad! Well, the assessment said differently and Lenny was forced to reconcile his concept of unmanageability with the clear diagnosis of “very bad” which he received from Hazelden Clinical Staff. Luckily, for all involved, Lenny is a teachable man. He went on to resolve that cognitive dissonance to great success! He completed treatment, went to IOP here at Jaywalker, got involved in the recovery…

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Shredding Sobriety, Mink hucks 4 big ones

In 2010, I came back to Jaywalker Lodge to be a counselor intern during my last semester in Graduate School. When I got back all of my friends were talking about this guy who had gone through Jaywalker Lodge while I was away. His name was Adam Mink. Apparently, he was a great guy, good for our community, and just happened to shred on skis and killed it on a mountain bike. I asked if he was alcoholic. They said, oh yeah, he’s that too. During that fall Adam and I were introduced and I liked him right away. I saw a young man who was really engaged in life and engaged with his friends. He was walking the program and seemed totally authentic. We would see each other at Dos Gringos getting coffee and run into each other in meetings or in town. Every time I saw him he…

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Brendon Celebrates Six Years

On January 5, 2014, Brendon Kerton, counselor and supervisor at The Landing, celebrated six years of sobriety. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Brendon looked to head West at a young age, enrolling in classes at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City immediately after high school. He graduated with a degree in history and forged a strong connection with the mountains surrounding Salt Lake. Years later that same connection would bring him to Carbondale, CO, and Jaywalker Lodge, following an intense battle with alcoholism and drug addiction. Following his completion of Jaywalker Lodge and Solutions Brendon stayed in the valley where he had begun to form deep relationships with other sober men. He started running for exercise with one of these friends. Innocent enough one would think. However, soon he was signing up for his first marathon. Marathons were good, but they just weren’t enough. Today Brendon has…

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The Anonymous People Review

THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction.  Deeply entrenched social stigma and mass participation in widely successful anonymous 12-step groups have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades.  The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition.  This film aims to change that public perception by asking us the question, “are you proud enough of who you are as a recovering person to be an advocate for those that still suffer?”  Are you willing to come out of the shadows and speak about you own recovery? This film asks a tough question as the 12th tradition states, “Anonymity is the spiritual foundation for all…

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Denver Marathon

Jaywalker would like to congratulate our very own endurance professional and Landing supervisor, Brendon Kerton, on completing the Denver Marathon yesterday. Brendon has competed in numerous races across the country and even in an Ironman. In yesterday’s race, Brendon finished in the top 15% defeating over 2500 racers. Nice work Brendon! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U


The new clients at The Landing joined the students from Jaywalker U for a friendly game of paintball. Feelings ranged from anticipation to downright terror as the Landing suffered multiple defeats to the more experienced U team. Hundreds of rounds of paintballs flew for several hours before ammunition ran out and exhaustion set in. While the battle itself was outrageous fun, perhaps the most valuable time that day was spent off the course as fresh faces to the Jaywalker Lodge Experience were able to interact with a group of soon to be peers that had once stood in their shoes. The students at Jaywalker U shared experiences about what it was like for them upon arrival in Carbondale. As the conversation flowed, the men from the Landing became more comfortable amongst their new group of friends, taking one more important step towards settling into their new home. Adam Mink Supervisor…

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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.

Little slice of peace

The Roaring Fork Valley is home to some of the premier fly fishing rivers and streams in the country. Fly fishing has the potential to be a meditative and therapeutic practice. It also has the ability to induce a fumbling, knot-fixing, frenzy. One must always be reminded as to why they are there. It’s not to catch fish or make the perfect cast, but to find a little slice of peace and quiet in a busy world. This afternoon the boys at The Landing were given the opportunity to find their slice. Tight lines, Adam Mink Landing Tech Supervisor


Those of us who have struggled with this disease of addiction know there are no quick fixes, miracle cures, or chemical solutions to this progressive and potentially fatal disease. “Remember that we deal with alcohol- cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us.” Fortunately, we live in a valley that is rich with recovery resources and is steeped in sobriety. I was reminded at Saturdays Aftercare Panel presentation for Jaywalker’s Family Program just how extraordinary the Carbondale community is in providing an environment where miracles can happen! As staff members shared the various programs now available through Jaywalkers extensive continuum of care, I heard a family member state that Jaywalker and Carbondale are, “Recovery Magic” and unique in the treatment realm. We are truly blessed with a wealth of programs; The Lodge, Solutions, the Jaywalker University, Intensive Out Patient, A New Path, and multiple sober living opportunities….

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