ABOUT MERIDIAN HEALTH SERVICES
Headquartered in Waterford Township, Mich., Meridian Health Services is a private addiction organization offering medically monitored detox, residential care, general outpatient services, and intensive outpatient (IOP) programming for adults seeking treatment for substance misuse and co-occurring disorders. Meridian operates five facilities: a residential facility in Waterford and outpatient facilities in Pontiac, Redford, Flint, and Sterling Heights, Mich.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at Meridian Health Services begins with an assessment by a counselor in order to create an individualized treatment plan. Meridian Health Services follows the disease model of addiction. Treatment consists of evidence-based cognitive therapies and individualized treatment plans. All treatment is gender-specific.
Detox lasts three to five days. Both 14-day and 28-day residential programs are offered. Clients participate in daily group therapy sessions, as well as attend individual counseling and educational lectures. Optional activities including 12-step meetings, exercise, art, and recreational and vocational workshops. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 31.1 percent of rehabs in Michigan offer employment counseling or training for clients.
The general outpatient program includes weekly group and monthly individual sessions. IOP, which is offered at 36.8 percent of rehabs in Michigan, includes nine hours of programming each week for 12 weeks. Family involvement in treatment is encouraged and included as part of all programs.
The treatment team at Meridian Health Services includes an M.D. who is board-certified in addiction medicine, a registered nurse, master-level counselors, licensed therapists, social workers, and a certified addiction counselor. The facility is state-licensed for specific services and also CARF-accredited, a certification held by 54.8 percent of rehabs in Michigan.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
In Meridian's residential program, clients share gender-separate rooms. Detox is offered in a separate, medically monitored unit with laundry facilities and a lounge with a flat-screen TV. The residential unit offers the same amenities, plus a full kitchen and a community dining area. Smoking is permitted in designated areas.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The 13 alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing offered mixed opinions. Several of the positive reviewers appreciated the staff. “Staff is professional they are willing to help you if you are willing to help yourself… its changed my life and it could change yours,” alum J. wrote in a representative review. Other reviewers, such as J.K.C. ,felt the program works if clients put in the effort.
Yet the other individuals noted harsh treatment. “Very unprofessional staff. Terrible medical treatment… I would nor recommend this to my worst enemy!” G.I. wrote to Rehabs.com, also describing the environment much like a “boot camp” or “prison.” On Google, Meridian held an average rating of 3.4 out of five stars based on five reviews to date.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The eight reviews submitted to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing also gave polarized opinions. Negative reviewers cited different complaints of minimal contact with loved ones and overmedication. Although M.V. described the treatment as “fine enough,” the loved one felt “phone and visitation rules are literally more restricted than they are in a jail.”
Some of the loved ones praised the program and the tools provided, as well as the aftercare provisions for sustained sobriety. “Well rounded program very impressed with this center,” S.D. wrote in a representative review.
Meridian Health Services participates with Medicaid, Meridian Health Plan, ValueOptions, and LifeSynch. Private pay is also accepted.
According to the Oakland Press, Meridian Health Services is owned and operated by a nonprofit called CPI.
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