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Success Stories

Here are just a few of the success stories shared by our alumnae to express their satisfaction and gratitude for the program and to inspire other women to take the steps they did to gain control of their lives.

One day can make your life and one day can break your life. I came to realize this to be true when I walked through the doors of Brookhaven. Looking back, breaking my life to pieces was all I knew. In the past I was constantly sabotaging my inner potential. For every step I took and every accomplishment I made, I took detrimental steps back in the wrong direction. In the first week I came to Brookhaven the topic of the week was opposite action. After spending years of my life in bed, this was the first challenge I needed to conquer. Within this struggle, it took me a while to grasp this concept. I now realize that this was…
Dear Wizardesses of Brookhaven, First and foremost, thank you for believing in me and encouraging me, sometimes when I did not feel comfortable about taking those much needed steps, on this incredible journey of self discovery, self love and healing. I arrived here, as most other sisters, like a heron, thinking that I might never survive, unable to identify much less accept myself. And moved through to a bear with a new perspective of self-understanding, self-soothing, and discovering that I had strength I never knew I had. Wow! The third step was more digging into my soul to find insights and safety nets needed to grow as well as to hunt and search for the truth I was to uncover…
Where do I begin? When I first found you on the Internet, you were one of two choices, from which I knew I needed to select to help me in my time of crisis. Your proximity to my home town was a huge asset. I was excited to see that you offered equine therapy and your beautiful grounds captured my broken heart. I figured thirty days away from my family would be enough to prove to my husband that I was serious about changing my behavior, thus showing my commitment to our broken marriage. I entered your facility very late on the evening of July 5th, after driving the distance from Memphis all by myself. I was impressed with the…
I can never thank you enough for all you have done for me. You made me want to live not just survive. If it wasn’t for this program I wouldn’t have wings, I wouldn’t have a voice, and I wouldn’t know some of the most amazing ladies in the world. I know that everything does indeed happen for a reason and now I know why Jacqueline always says trust the process. I have never been this happy and hopeful in my entire life. I am not afraid, anxious, angry, and I am strong. I never believed a place like this could help me so much. I truly thought I was beyond help. This is a one of a kind program…
I came here in need of getting my medications changed and regulated. My depression was severe. Dr. Harn has solved that issue. I am still dealing with physical symptoms of anxiety, but we are working on that. My other issue was anger. I was angry at what happened to me during my marriage and the divorce that fractured relationships in my family. I needed to find forgiveness, acceptance in order to have peace within myself and I needed to reestablish my relationships with my daughters. One of those is nearly there. Martha and I have had conversations with her. The other does not seem open to one. This I have to accept and move on. I have read Secrets of…
I arrived here March 16, intending to stay 30 days. I am now on day 64 wondering how I can complete all remaining work in less than 30 days! Needless to say I am happy that I was able to stay for 90 days and am grateful for all that I have gained. Self-confidence, self esteem, self worth and empowerment have to be the greatest gains for me that are the most recognizable, but there are many others as well. Because of the rigorous schedule with very little down time I rarely experienced cravings. At home I would often have cravings because I wasn’t eating regularlyand HALT was very common for me. Here, with regular, nutritionally balanced meals and enough…
Wow, where do I start? Gosh, I've learned so much. First off, I've learned that I truly am worthy of love. The people here, staff and clients, have welcomed me with open arms. From day one I have been loved and cared about. If I wasn't worthy of love, I wouldn't be so cared for by people who barely know me. The DBT skills, I don't think I can say enough about them. What blows my mind is that when I first started learning them it seemed like so much and overwhelming. But they are actually very simple skills, most of which I can do at any time anywhere. At one point I was here and completely overwhelmed and anxious.…
When I walked in Brookhaven I had no life in me and not only did I not know who I was, I had no idea who I wanted to be. The last two years have been extremely hard, but I was lost in my life even before that. I have learned that I am a valuable human being and I am worthy of love. My self esteem and self confidence has never been higher. I know that I cannot love anyone until I fully love myself. Talking through and understanding my trauma has made me realize how much of an impact they've had on my life. I thought I had my emotions under control, but they were controlling me. I…
I have been at this recovery center approximately 38 days (a little over a month). I came to Brookhaven because I was at the point in my life where I realized I needed help. I went to into Brookhaven not really knowing what exactly to expect. At first I was nervous and very apprehensive. I wouldn't ask for help, I would just go through the motions, nod, say how I feel and smile. That did not last too long though, because my therapist, Carrie, caught on to my act the moment I walked into her office. I was constantly being told in care and therapy to "feel my feelings". I honestly did not get it. I mean, I would say…
When I came through the front door at Brookhaven I didn’t think I would live to tell about my experience. I had lost all control of my life and fell into a very deep depression. I was fainting regularly and didn’t know if it was day or night. The first two weeks I was here I still had it in my mind I wasn’t doing any good. I felt I couldn’t do it and then I started to see the light. I started talking more and participating in all the different groups. I saw my life improving day by day. After thirty days at Brookhaven I started the Poncho Program. I was so scared the first day and looking back…
First off, the other night I noticed I was acting silly and laughing for no reason. During community wrap-up I was having a hard time saying how I was feeling, so I announced to the community, “Please don’t encourage me at this point, I need to regulate.” This example was a big turning point for me in that I noticed fairly quickly that I needed to regulate and I called myself on it. I also made a big step this past week in deciding to go to church again. I am so glad I did. It was exactly the message I needed to hear, and I felt that spiritual connection again which I have not felt in a very long…
When I came here I hardly spoke to anyone. I was so sad and alone. I thought I’d never be happy again. Right away I met a lovely person. She was kind and caring. We had a lot in common and quickly developed a close friendship. The staff has been so kind and helpful and even the cooks and the cleaning ladies make you feel so welcomed. I have learned so much all the books and classes have taught me how to deal with the everyday little troubles that get us so upset. I can now deal with people and talk with them without causing anger on either side. I can now go home with assurance that I can deal…
As a former Brookhaven client, I fully recommend this facility to all women who find themselves struggling.
I'm so thankful that both of my daughters love me enough to find a place like Brookhaven Retreat.
Dear Brookhaven Retreat, I have truly been transformed during my time here. I have learned that I am worthy of love, especially self love. I am good at my core and have a good conscience.
Dear Brookhaven Staff, Many women arrive at Brookhaven feeling overwhelmed; when I arrived I was feeling very little. There was nothing inside me but a great emptiness, tempered slightly by a desperate hope that here I would be able to break the shackles in my mind that held me bound.
I heard from one of my Brookhaven sisters back in July that many women experience doubt while in treatment. She said "For some, it's as soon as they walk through the doors. For others, it's 10 days in, and others, it's not until they have been here for almost a month..."
A letter to Brookhaven Retreat, It is hard for me to believe that I have been at Brookhaven Retreat for 30 days.
I was at the end of my rope. I needed help beyond the scope of what I could find locally.
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