Today I was privileged to watch the young men at Jaywalker U do their grocery shopping. I bet you are wondering why this was a privilege? Prior to their sobriety, the extent of shopping for these men was procurement of drugs and alcohol. Today, clean and sober, they quickly and efficiently navigated through the grocery store to grab their weekly groceries.
What I am learning after the first two successful semesters at Jaywalker U is that our young men are full of potential, possibilities, and the desire to do what it takes to live clean and sober as college students. It is a joy to feel the excitement as they earn their highest GPA, ever, or pass a class that they had previously failed. The GPA for our house last semester was a whopping 3.88.
There are many joys working with the young men at Jaywalker U. It is amazing to observe our men as they begin to tackle the tasks that used to trigger them or baffle them. In the past the solution was to medicate their anxiety by using drugs or alcohol. Today they talk about it. When the daily tasks of their lives get out of hand, we make “to do lists” so they can decide on priorities, and determine how much time a task will really take to accomplish. When tasks are written down, it seems to lessen their anxiety.
I meet with each Jaywalker student on a weekly basis. During this time we discuss their stress, anxiety, school concerns, lack of motivation, the need for scheduled study, or anything that is bothering them. I also challenge them to be better students, improve their recovery, and make reparation to their primary relationships, mostly their parents and siblings.
We are also very lucky to have Lenny Beaulieu, the director of our out-patient program to facilitate Relapse Prevention groups in our house each week. Our men have progressed beyond primary and extended care treatment; therefore, at Jaywalker U we encourage maturation and autonomy by balancing freedom and support. At this point in their recovery, we are looking toward their future goals and a life that is rich, full, and sober.
If you are interested in our program or have any questions, I am here to answer any and all of questions about your son’s possibilities.
Director of Jaywalker U