At Meridian, we view "best practice" as a continuum that begins with a philosophy, then moves through the identification of a model, program design or platform of service delivery and finally pinpoints specific evidence-based interventions, treatment curriculums, or clinical practices that are employed within the model. Meridian's "best practice" philosophical foundation is one of Recovery. All individuals receiving services are seen as having the potential to recover as well as possessing the ability to develop the skills and resources that are needed to determine their own recovery pathway, to manage their own wellness and to re-discover an identity for themselves that is more than that of an addict or mental patient. Although the concept of recovery has been present in the addiction field for several decades, the concept of recovery as it applies to individuals with mental health disorders is still absent from much of contemporary mental health treatment.
The recovery paradigm challenges professionals to collaborate with individuals receiving services in a manner that is respectful, nonjudgmental, hopeful, transparent and empowering, regardless of the individual's history or diagnosis. Meridian began to embark on a "recovery initiative" in 2004, with the goal of shifting the treatment paradigm as well as transforming our entire organizational culture. After several years of methodical and relentless effort and attention, Meridian has succeeded in meeting our internal goals and is recognized as a leader in the recovery movement in North Carolina.
WRAP: My name is Pamela Graves. I have had addiction and mental health challenges since I can remember. In 1997, at the height of daily IV drug addiction, I packed my car with hopes of a better life for my 12 year old son and myself. I arrived in NC two days later and began my new life. After many years of studying myself and the various diagnoses I had been given, surviving cancer and other serious health challenges, the loss of loved ones to cancer, and weight loss of 150 lbs, I moved to Western NC and found Meridian Behavioral Health, where I learned of Peer Support Specialists. I am now honored to support my peers in their journey to wellness. I believe that WRAP is a vital component in becoming well and staying well.