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Expedition Program, Experiential Approach
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ABOUT JAYWALKER LODGE
Situated in the picturesque town of Carbondale, Colo. in the Rocky Mountains., Jaywalker Lodge provides long-term residential treatment, outpatient services, and sober living for men struggling with chemical dependency. The facility’s name comes from page 37 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous — the story known as the “Jaywalker Parable,” which compares an alcoholic continuing to drink to a jaywalker continuing to walk into traffic.
Medical detox is not available on-site, though the facility does make recommendations for detox services.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Upon admission, clients participate in an initial assessment to guide clinicians in forming an individualized treatment program. New clients spend between seven and 21 days in an introductory phase known as “The Landing,” which provides an orientation to both the facility and 12-Step. Jaywalker Lodge’s programming blends the 12-step model of recovery, evidence-based treatments, and experiential therapy, and the length of the residential program is between 97 days and six months.
Residential treatment is an extended-stay, immersive experience that stresses the importance of spirituality in recovery. Attendance at 12-step meetings is mandatory, and step-work is an essential part of each individual’s treatment program. During residential treatment, clients also participate in a structured schedule of group therapy, education lectures, meditation sessions, and individual counseling. As needed, clients may also meet with spirituality counselors, fitness specialists, and mental health care professionals throughout treatment.
A major component of the residential program is its Expeditions, or adventure-based, experiential therapy activities. Each week, clients have the opportunity to choose from a range of activities, such as hot yoga sessions, mountain biking, white-water rafting, snowboarding, rock climbing, and more. Residents also perform service work within the community.
The Solutions Program at Jaywalker offers transitional living services to clients, lasting 90 days. Clients continue 12-step work, begin reintegration into the workplace or academia, and volunteer with Colorado nonprofit agencies. Clients balance their new responsibilities and continuing recovery schedule with help from the staff.
To involve family members in the recovery process, Jaywalker offers a four-day family program every six weeks. Once a client graduates the residential program, alumni may be encouraged to transition into the Jaywalker outpatient program, which offers individual and group counseling twice weekly. Jaywalker also operates three sober living facilities in the community and provides no-cost aftercare services for six to nine months.
Jaywalker Lodge employs a multidisciplinary treatment staff comprised of a psychiatrist, licensed professional counselors, a psychotherapist, a spiritual and mindfulness coach, fitness and wellness specialists, expedition specialists, and support staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Jaywalker features a well-equipped kitchen, plenty of meeting space, common areas with TVs, and fitness equipment. An on-site chef serves two meals a day, while residents prepare their own breakfasts. Residents are also responsible for some household chores. Although residents are not allowed personal laptops or cellphones, a computer is available to use at the residence. The sober living facilities are located across the street from the Lodge.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
An overwhelming majority of the 13 alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing praised most aspects of the facility. Five survey respondents polled in specific metrics offered an average ratings of 4.4 out of five stars for both the treatment staff’s level of experience and training, as well as the inclusion of holistic treatment methods.
Alumni praised the facility for its great staff, accommodations, and eating options. Alum Bill wrote: "The food is the best because of an amazing chef, the staff are holistically healthy people that love what they do." However, two alumni did comment on the facility's lack of structure.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The six loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing also lauded the facility, and four loved ones polled on the matter gave an average rating of 4.75 stars for the level of family participation included in treatment.
Offering five stars for the facility’s staff support, one anonymous loved one wrote: “I think one of the best things for my loved one was the availability of extended care after he left the facility.” Supporting this opinion and citing aftercare as a strength, parent Bonnie added: “The counselors and family program were excellent.” However, some loved ones did comment on the high cost of the facility.
Jaywalker Lodge does not publish specific pricing information on its website but notes that it does accept out-of-network insurance.
Published on July 2017
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