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Addiction Counseling for First Responders

Substance abuse walks hand in hand with other emotional problems.


Addiction is usually the result of physical and emotional self-neglect and the inability of victims to reconnect with their values, strengths, and skills. Using a client-centered approach, Jada helps clients uncover their natural abilities and feel more valued for their unique talents and strengths. She guides them to discover their feelings, desires, and goals. As the patient’s self-awareness and health increase, their dependence on the object of their addiction decreases.


Unfortunately, addictions heavily affect the first responder community. The daily stress and trauma often lead people down this path of self-destruction. Sometimes, it can be difficult to admit a problem due to the mental health and addiction stigma, making it difficult to take the first step toward help.


Addictions know no boundaries. They can include:

  • Drug abuse and addiction

  • Alcohol abuse and addiction

  • Sexual addiction

  • Pornography addiction

  • Gambling addiction


Jada worked with patients in an inpatient program to treat firefighter and paramedic substance abuse. She received her certification as a recovery coach from Governor’s State University through the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. Additionally, she earned her certification as a CADC (Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor) from the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc..


Jada’s mission is to help patients find freedom from substance abuse and break the destructive grip of addiction.


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