As a family, we did not choose to work in the field of addiction treatment, it chose us. We did not wake up one day and say, "let's open state licensed drug and alcohol treatment center(s)." The road to get to JADE Wellness was long and hard filled with sorrow and pain. We lost one of our own to this brutal disease of substance use. We are committed to working every day with our staff of leading experts to provide best science based solutions to treating addiction. Our commitment to saving lives is filled with determination and our desire to prevent what happened to our family from happening to others.
For Lucy Garrighan, CEO, Founder and Matriarch of JADE Wellness Center, the journey with addiction treatment began long before the birth of JADE Wellness Center in 2010. As the mother of two young adult sons struggling with addiction, Lucy searched near and far for the answer to how to help her children and how they could get well and stay well. Painstakingly, after seven years, of relentlessly seeking treatment at not only local but more than a dozen treatment centers across the United States and then the devastating loss of her first born son, John, Lucy arrived at some bitter truths. Better treatment was needed. People need to be more knowledge about what happens to those addicted. The stigmas must be dismissed. The loss of John six years ago almost broke her but instead she took her grief and funneled it into energy. Energy to make changes in the world of addiction treatment.
With one son still in front of her, becoming a better version of himself each and every day, she believed there was a way to provide better treatments and continually search for best possible cutting edge care for those addicted. Her goal was to provide multiple services all under one roof and develop a new treatment model. Lucy believed in MAT* services (which she felt was crucial to stop cravings) combined with levels of counseling, psychiatric care and a full range of support services in an outpatient setting. She wanted to provide individualed treatment to allow people to live a life free of the demons of drug and alcohol. Her son, Dan is living proof that individuals can more than thrive after addiction. Jade Wellness Center has been providing Vivitrol (non addictive once monthly injection for relapse prevention since early 2011.) JADE is the first to provide a Contiuum of Care. (all services under one roof and coordination of additional services)
JADE exists in order to help others and their families in ways she wished her older son could have been helped. It was not so much of a choice for Lucy Garrighan but a destiny. JADE is derived from the first letters of each of her children's names, John, Jamie, Abbie, Dan and Emma, who is John's daughter. This is Lucy's way of keeping the memory of John alive. Through JADE Wellness Center, John's good will and friendly spirit are able to not only live on but give back to others just as he did when he was here.
While some may consider JADE Wellness Center a selfless act, they will never know the hope the clients of JADE have given the Garrighan Family over the past six years. We have been so very fortunate to watch countless individuals get well and families be kept intact. We thank these individuals and all clients for allowing us to have a purpose. We will keep providing the best evidence based services. Never give up hope. People do get well!
*Medicated Assisted Treatment includes but is not limited to Vivtrol, Suboxone, etc.