Married to an Addict: How to Make it Work

Most married couples will agree that marriage isn’t always easy. Just like any other type of relationship, marriage comes with its challenges. However, those normal challenges can become even more difficult to overcome when addiction is in the picture. When a person is married to an addict, the stress and heartache they feel can be unbearable. Having a spouse with addiction may bring about many questions and doubts. One of the looming questions might center around whether or not the marriage should continue. Spouses may wonder if they should remain in a relationship with their husband or wife who is suffering from substance use disorder. If you are currently dealing with this question, you are not alone. Countless couples face this same query every single year. While separation or divorce might be the most obvious decision for some couples, it may not be what you want. So, if you’re married…

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What is Weekend Alcoholism?

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After a stressful week at work, a drink or two out with friends or at home probably sounds just like what you need to recharge. But what happens when a casual drink to adjust your attitude on a Friday or Saturday night becomes a blur? What happens if it turns into a night where you do things you normally wouldn’t do, or worse, that you regret? You may be a weekend alcoholic or binge drinker. This issue arises when casual drinking becomes something more of a drinking problem, an issue of dependency, or actual alcoholism. That’s right. You can be an alcoholic, even if you only drink on the weekends. A lot of people who only drink on the weekends justify their binge drinking because they only drink alcohol a couple of times a week. Weekend drinkers like to deny that they have an alcohol addiction and don’t pursue help…

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Chronic Relapse: What Is It and How You Can Find Help

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Addiction is complicated to treat as it can be an ongoing urge that requires persistence and resilience. It is not uncommon for people to find themselves right back in the first phase of recovery, as chronic relapse is an unfortunate, but not completely detrimental occurrence. Chronic relapse can become a cycle for some people where the person tries to kick the habit, gets into treatment, falls right back on their bad habits, and then tries to get clean again. This is referred to as a chronic relapse, and it is a continuing problem for many who simply could not get out of the repetitive scenarios. Some might think that even if the cycle puts the individual right back on square one, it is far better than not trying to kick the habit at all. The problem with the repetition is that in many instances, the person’s body has not really…

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Is Relapse a Part of Recovery?

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Addiction recovery is a journey worth celebrating. Winning the battle against substance use disorder is no easy feat. So, individuals who successfully complete addiction treatment should certainly be proud! However, it is important to note that the road to recovery can be strewed with challenging experiences. While going through treatment and after completing it, recovering individuals are likely to encounter hindrances and obstacles. They may even relapse. While it isn’t easy to come to grips with this possibility, it is imperative that recovering individuals know what to do after a relapse. If relapse does occur on the road to recovery, knowing how to make a comeback can make all the difference in the world. Combatting the Guilt of Relapse Firstly, it is necessary to answer the following question: Is relapse a part of recovery? In a word, yes. Often, even the most dedicated recovering individuals suffer from some stage of…

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Why Drug Decriminalization Might Help With Treatment and Recovery

A man is arrested for drug possession.

When it comes to substance use disorders, there tends to be a barrier of care for those sentenced for drug possession. Oregon became the first state to decriminalize all illegal drugs fully. Whether or not decriminalization can make the jobs of healthcare workers easier is hotly debated. Still, there is a chance that decriminalization might help society focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment for substance use. Here’s what we know: The Difference Between Legalization and Decriminalization One important thing to clarify in this article is the difference between legalizing substances and decriminalizing them. The difference is important because the legal language matters. If you aren’t in favor of complete drug legalization, you could still be for drug decriminalization. Drug decriminalization simply means that if a person is in possession of a substance, they won’t be charged with a criminal defense. Decriminalization is different from legalization, as in this case, the…

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Embracing the Good in Life

Embracing the Good in Life

Most alcoholics and addicts unwittingly become accustomed to negative circumstances, high-stress feelings, and what we often call “bad luck.” While everyday life does sometimes bring these things, it’s seldom as negative and stressful as our life in active alcoholism or addiction was. Unfortunately, many alcoholics and addicts like us get so used to the worst parts of life that we can have a hard time adjusting to a more calm, peaceful, and productive way of living. We walk around tense without even knowing it, quietly waiting for “the other shoe to drop.” We are not meant to live our lives looking over our shoulders for bad karma to catch up with us. The 12-Steps are designed to help us process, reconcile, and make right our checkered pasts to the best of our ability. This 12-Step recovery program is designed to help us break free from the past and teaches us…

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How Can I Stay Connected in Times Like These?

Staying Connected

There’s no doubting that times are strange, and even sometimes scary for everyone. Whether in or out of recovery, the world definitely feels upside down right now. People feel separated and apart from each other in ways they’ve never experienced before. It can be an especially trying time for those in recovery. We can’t get to meetings, our coffee shop fellowship, or even do step work face-to-face. If you are an addict with a tendency to relapse in the past despite an honest desire to recover – what we here at Jaywalker Lodge refer to as a Jaywalker (based on the “Jaywalker Parable” from Alcoholics Anonymous) – the isolation we are all facing today may feel even more challenging. Jaywalkers are addicts who, after a treatment experience, know all the right things to say but continue to make self-destructive decisions. They are the ones who had a taste of what…

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Life on Two Wheels

Looking back at my past, I have always had a fascination for motorcycles and life on two wheels. My pops has been riding motorcycles ever since he was a teenager and would tell me stories of all the joy and dangers of riding. He was very wise to explain the differences of dirt riding and road riding. At a young age I learned how much joy motorcycling could bring me as long as I learned how to ride safely. He shared his knowledge and experience with me as to how he has been able to enjoy riding most of his life. When I was ten years old, my pops took me on a week long road trip to New Mexico from California. We trailered three motorcycles with us. His cruiser, his dirt bike, and a child sized dirt bike that we had borrowed for me to ride. I thought I…

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Clinical Director Announcement

CARBONDALE, CO – Jaywalker Lodge, a leading provider of addiction recovery services for men, is excited to announce that Kelsey Huberty has been promoted to the position of Clinical Director. In her new role, Kelsey will oversee the clinical operations of the Landing, Lodge, and Solutionsprograms; and will report directly to Jaywalker’s Chief Clinical Officer, Stefan Bate.  “Kelsey’s expertise with program development, administrative operations, and staff development make her an outstanding addition to our clinical leadership. I’m grateful for the opportunity to bring her talent and dedication to the leadership team at Jaywalker.”In her new post, Kelsey will be utilizing her extensive experience as a clinician and a program administrator.  Kelsey received her master’s degree in addiction counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies and has worked as a counselor and program manager for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Northbound Treatment Services respectively.  Prior to joining the Jaywalker team last October, Kelsey served as…

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2019 Shrine Hut Adventure

In late January of 2019 Jaywalker Lodge clients embarked on the winter Hut trip.  I had high hopes that the clients would be able to strengthen their group ties, foster willingness to work collectively, be vulnerable with each other, and have fun sober.  We left the comfy confines of the Lodge and were greeted with strong winds, frigid temperatures, and gray skies at the Vail Summit. We quickly strapped snowshoes to our feet, threw 35-40lb bags on our backs, and a few generous clients strapped 50lb. supply sleds to their waste.   Simultaneously, 13 dudes experienced something new…backcountry winter at 11,000 feet.  It felt awkward, difficult, foreign, and exciting.  The illusion of control was instantaneously stripped from us.  We formed a single file line and ploughed a trail into the backcountry with goal of reaching the hut.  It took nearly two hours of team work to arrive at our destination.  The feelings of joy and relief were palpable.  We made…

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