Meridian Star

Local News

January 9, 2010

Best of Both Worlds Addiction Center for Women

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Storms: Adele didn't want to come back to Meridian, she was so ashamed of all the things she'd done, and she felt like she couldn't face Meridian. But that's been the biggest part of her recovery is coming back here, holding her head up, being a part of the community, and helping.



Graham: Just doing good things, and living a good life. I never thought that I could ever live just a normal life, and that's what it's given me, is the ability to do that.



Star: Do you feel that you are continuing your recovery by working at Best of Both Worlds?



Graham: Oh yes. It's beneficial for me and hopefully for the ones that come through there. That's part of your recovery program is giving back for what was given to you. That's the way that we continue to grow.



Star: Are most of your clients locals or from out of town?



Storms: Both. The majority is probably local, but we get people from other states that have somehow heard of us.



Star: What types of employees do you have?



Storms: We have the interns from Mississippi State, they're Master's level. Myself, I have a Ph.D. in Counseling with a minor in educational psychology. If people need medical services we just use the doctors in Meridian — we're not a medical facility. We have volunteers that come in. Sarah Mutziger, a storyteller, comes in once a week. We had a group from Jackson come and do parenting classes.



Star: Was it because of the economy that you've seen tough times over the past year?



Storms: Yes. Even though the Riley Foundation gave us a wonderful grant, still the people that showed up that needed help that just absolutely had no money were a lot more. The need was just greater this year.

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