Faces of Rosecrance: Jada Miller
April 26, 2021
As an Alumni Coordinator since 2020, Jada Miller establishes relationships with clients and families during treatment and in recovery. Once they leave treatment, she keeps them connected to Rosecrance through recovery support groups, newsletters, workshops, reunions, and other alumni-focused events. This position allows her to connect with clients in new ways after she invested 10 years developing Rosecrance’s art therapy program.
“Creativity is an integral part of who I am and how I express myself, Jada says. “As an Alumni Coordinator, I am able to help others learn about themselves through creative experiences in various on campus, community and virtual settings. It is a joy to see people thriving and enjoying life months and years into recovery!”
She supports alumni on the self-discovery journey with activities that challenge them to see the world from a fresh perspective. In addition, these ventures foster relationships that are vital in recovery. Among the favorites are art therapy sessions, equine-assisted therapy, picnics, and hiking. In addition, alumni participate in seasonal highlights such as summer softball, canoeing, a Halloween haunted woods, and holiday givebacks.
“I encourage people to work through their challenges by using out-of-the-box thinking that pushes their comfort zones,” Jada says. “That is where the most growth takes place, and when it happens, my heart is filled to experience it with them.”
As a result of working with clients across Rosecrance’s continuum of services, she has gained a unique perspective on the 12 Step principles at the heart of the organization’s programming:
“There is a difference between thriving and surviving,” Jada observes. “Asking for help and following through with the often-difficult process of self-improvement is a sign of strength, willingness, and resilience. These are lessons for everybody, not just people in recovery.”