This week WRAP® comes to the Fairbanks Reentry Coalition from the Alaska Peer Support Consortium[i]. Seven individuals will sit at the coalition office once a week for the next five weeks and learn to use WRAP® in their own process of recovery. It is the first step of our newly formed Peer Support Work Group.
WRAP® is . . .
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP® is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals. It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, and by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues.
WRAP® has been studied extensively in rigorous research projects and is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.[ii]
Whenever we sit together at the table we are strengthened. We know that recovery happens in the shared life of relationships. If dysfunctional relationships can sabotage our recovery, then functional relationships should enhance our recovery. Isn’t that what we want for our returning citizens? A place at the wellness table.