Month: November 2021

How to Build Trust With Your Client

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Some clients are willing to be open in the first session, while others take a while to come out of their shells. Since addiction and mental health can impact a person’s ability to trust and be vulnerable, there are steps that professionals need to take to get a client to feel safe and comfortable. Building trust with your client isn’t just getting to know them but building a solid foundation and creating a space that feels safe and supportive. Here’s where to start. Building Rapport The process of getting a client to trust you starts with building a relationship with your client through earning their trust. A client might be afraid of becoming vulnerable in your sessions right away because, at first, they view you as a stranger. Over time, you’ll build that trust by creating a safe space for them while also showing that you can be counted on…

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The Benefits of Long Term Treatment for Clients

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Jaywalker Lodge’s programs last a long time compared to stays at other treatment centers. Our multi-phased journey of healing can last anywhere from six months to a year. Many ask why our programs last for that long while some treatment centers keep clients for a maximum of three weeks. At Jaywalker, we believe that the length of our programs provides us with our most valuable resource: time. The length of our program allows time for our clients to stabilize, heal, and plan for their future in recovery outside of treatment.  The Length of Treatment at Jaywalker We offer our programs in multiple phases at Jaywalker Lodge, starting with The Landing and ending with our outpatient program. The Landing, our introductory program lasts between one and three weeks depending on each client’s individual needs. Our stage one and stage two programs, The Lodge and Solutions, are both 90-day treatment programs. Clients can…

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What Are 7 Things I Shouldn’t Say to Someone in Recovery?

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Recovery is a time for healing after treatment. However, people in your life – such as their loved ones or peers – can sometimes say hurtful things that make the process harder. It’s important to try to avoid saying these things to your peers or loved ones in recovery. Here’s a list of phrases that can hurt someone’s recovery and how they are harmful. #1. “You’ll Never Change.” As the saying goes, “Once an addict, always an addict.” Being told “You’ll never change” can eliminate a person’s motivation to get better. Why even try? The problem with a statement like this is that it claims the person has no identity outside of their addiction. It also spreads the false idea that people with addiction can’t get better and can’t recover. The truth is that plenty of people can have a successful treatment experience. Instead, try to be supportive of a…

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The Hero’s Journey and Its Role in Your Client’s Recovery

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Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey has influenced stories from Star Wars to Harry Potter, but its familiar arc can be used as a metaphor for your client’s inner transformation as they battle their addiction and come out of treatment a stronger person. What is the Hero’s Journey, and how can it be applied to your client’s trajectory in recovery? Why We Use the Hero’s Journey Over a year ago, we wrote about the Hero’s Journey and how it could apply to the journey the residents at Jaywalker Lodge undertake. The Hero’s Journey, coined by mythologist Joseph Campbell, tells the common story of any protagonist and their ultimate quest. The Hero’s Journey is special to us because it has twelve parts, just like the 12 Steps of recovery and our 12 We Believe statements. Since the Hero’s Journey is thought of as a universal journey in fiction, as well as in real…

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Why Does Jaywalker Allow Our Clients to Interact With the Community?

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One stereotype of recovery centers is that they are places where people hide to get better. People view recovery as a time where a person with addiction sequesters themself from society for treatment. The fear is that interacting with “regular people” will only tempt the person with addiction. However, the truth is that isolation from the community only encourages shame and worsens recovery. People who are recovering from addiction benefit more from human interaction than solitude. Here’s why community is important to our program and why we believe that not only is community integration safe, but it’s also a lifesaver. Shame Only Becomes Isolation Many know of the negative stigmas attached to addiction. These negative stereotypes and opinions tend to make others live in denial about their addiction. Those who think they might have an addiction hide it because they’re afraid of being judged. Being afraid to share or talk…

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Do I Need to Believe in God to Succeed in AA?

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One of the potential barriers for those who attend 12-Step meetings is how spirituality is defined. People might have experienced issues in the past that might make them apprehensive about participating in AA or opening up to the 12-Steps. Others might feel like they aren’t being genuine if they feel like they have to hide the fact that they don’t believe in a higher power, negatively impacting their experience in AA. Is it essential to believe in God or any higher power? And if so, what if you don’t? The Question of Faith You aren’t the first person to wonder if 12-Step programs require their attendees to believe in a higher power. In fact, giving up control to a higher power can be one of the biggest sources of apprehension for those considering AA or NA. Many people are either agnostic or atheist, and secular thought is becoming more and…

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Can I Really Be Addicted to the Internet?

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The internet is an important tool today, but is there such a thing as too much internet consumption? Is that just something people say because they’re afraid of new things, or is there some truth to the idea that you can have too much time online? Internet addiction is a controversial matter among medical professionals. Let’s take a look at what studies show. What Internet Addiction Is and Isn’t There is a lot of debate about internet addiction. There’s disagreement about whether or not a person can be addicted to the internet; however, research has shown that between 1.5 and 8.2% of people meet diagnostic criteria for Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD). One important difference between substance use disorder and internet addiction is that one is a physiological dependence on a substance while the other is more a psychological dependence. Unlike with substances, a person doesn’t build physical tolerance to the…

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One Day at At a Time: The Classic Cliche and Why It Works

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When they try to stop drinking or using drugs, many people find that they say “never again” only to slip up some time later. For some people, saying “never again” is a trigger in and of itself, and we suddenly panic at the thought of going the rest of our lives sober. This causes some people to suffer a relapse. Enter the old cliche: “One day at a time.” As people in recovery, sometimes saying “I am not drinking today” is much easier than saying “I am never drinking again.” By only focusing on the day in front of us, the task becomes more realistic and something we can manage rather than an insurmountable challenge. “I Am Never Drinking Again”  How many rough mornings have we said this to ourselves? Or, as the “hangxiety” weighs heavy on our hearts and minds come Sunday, we start thinking about “pumping the breaks.”…

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The Dangers of Kratom Use

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Many people who are struggling with substance abuse turn to anecdotal evidence to help them with their recovery. One of the more popular substitutes for those struggling with opiate addiction is kratom. Some laud it as a healthy, habit-free alternative to opiates like Oxycontin and heroin. Many claim that kratom is a safer alternative, both as a drug and as a tool for withdrawing from the aforementioned drugs. But is this actually true? Here are the facts: kratom is a highly unregulated and highly addictive substance that can cause a litany of problems in users.  What Is Kratom?  Kratom is a grounded extract that is pulled from an evergreen tree found in Southeast Asia. In mild doses, it acts as a stimulant on the brain. In higher doses, it mimics the effects of opiates. Anecdotally, some people feel as though that kratom can be safely used to lessen the symptoms…

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Recognizing the Rut: Escaping the Throes of a Depressive Episode

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For those of us that suffer from depression or depressive episodes, recognizing when they are starting to affect our day-to-day lives in tangible ways can help us overcome them. If we start to notice that our living spaces are becoming dirtier or that we are ignoring our hygiene routines, calling out of work more often, etc., then we can take steps to escape the rut that comes with these episodes.  Struggling in Silence  For men, living with mental illness and mood disorders presents a unique type of problem. Society tells us that we should be strong, diligent, and unwavering. Our troubles are not to be shared or displayed. Rather, they should be dealt with in private. Because of this, the signs of depression can sometimes be harder to notice in men. However, if we begin to notice that we are neglecting our personal hygiene, fitness regimens, avoiding friends and meetings,…

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