Letter from the Founder

There is a solution to the hideous, all-consuming disease of addiction. The disease of addiction is treatable, and treatment works.

The key is simply this: Effective long-term treatment is not a consequence of our past mistakes in addiction. Rather, effective treatment is – and it must be experienced as – the promise of a bright and hopeful future in recovery.

Bob Ferguson addiction team and support

As a grateful recovered addict and alcoholic myself, I landed in 1992 on the doorstep of a well-renown and highly-regarded treatment facility in Minnesota. Following a series of rehabs and relapses, my family was desperate. For my part, I arrived feeling like I was an utterly hopeless case. I had been given “one final chance,” at an extended care program called Jellinek, a specialty relapse program which is part of the Hazelden Foundation.

As it turned out, this was the program – with an intensive focus on the First Step of the 12 Steps program – this was the approach that worked for me. The Jellinek model would later form the basis for Jaywalker’s clinical curriculum when we first opened our doors in March of 2005. Today, I am convinced we have inherited a set of basic recovery principals which are timeless, powerful, simple and effective.

The overarching goal is that every graduate of our program will have a deeply personalized understanding of Step One; along with a meaningful relationship with both the 12 Steps AND the recovery community which surrounds us at Jaywalker Lodge. For sobriety to be sustainable, we have learned that each man needs tangible proof of a positive change which has already taken hold in his life. Accordingly, clients at Jaywalker find themselves challenged physically, mentally and spiritually every day – and together we reap the rewards that come from facing our problems head on and with absolute honesty.

Entrusting your care, or the care of a loved one, to any organization or institution is a big decision. This is a time consuming and expensive process. We honor that trust as sacred, and we do not take your faith in this process for granted. As a result, I believe Jaywalker Lodge enjoys a reputation in our field for unfailing integrity, authenticity and the highest standards of care. We just love addicts and alcoholics. Period.

The staff at Jaywalker Lodge takes this mission seriously; and ourselves – hopefully, not so much so. I have come to believe that the closer you look at our program, our facility, our staff and our men… the more hopeful you will feel about your own future in recovery. This has been my experience.

Yours in love and service,
Bob Ferguson

Founder and Director
Jaywalker Lodge

What We Believe

At Jaywalker Lodge, we have values to guide our day to day interactions and activities. This is the core of who we are and how we conduct ourselves at Jaywalker.

1. We believe in the relentless and unapologetic pursuit of joy in recovery, intimacy among men, and a power greater than any one of us.

2. We believe it is a daily choice to stay in treatment, and to stay in recovery while in treatment.

3. We believe that effective treatment is NOT a consequence of our addiction, but a promise of our future together in recovery.

4. We believe that cleanliness and immaculate order create an environment of safety, trust and other-centered consciousness.

5. We believe in the importance of daily personal disciplines: morning meditation, being on time for all commitments, appointments and groups, 12 Step meeting attendance and a family style sit down dinner.

6. We believe every staff member has the opportunity and the responsibility to make a direct and positive impact on our men’s’ treatment experience.


7.  We believe that collectively, the staff and men at Jaywalker Lodge are capable of accomplishing absolutely anything we set our minds to.

8. We believe that every day matters in a great treatment experience. We start with a daily surrender, we stay strong and finish stronger. We simply do our best every day.

9. We believe the role of our clinical team is to foster an environment of honesty, intimacy and trust among our men. We value the peer-to-peer relationship above all else.

10. We place the safety and well-being of our peer group above the wants and needs of any individual within it.

11. We believe that a healthy and happy workplace for our staff is essential to foster a healing environment for our men.

12. We believe that while complete abstinence from drugs and alcohol is an essential strategy in early recovery, the ultimate goal of sobriety is to live a life of joy, abundance and meaning.