The Aftercare program at Brookhaven Retreat offers several options for continued support of recovery. We do not feel that the completion of one's stay here is the completion of their treatment. We have three very specific programs in place for the alumnae. First, we have a weekly Aftercare group that is held every Monday night and works like a conference call. The group is semiformal and offers a chance for our alumnae to connect and reconnect with other alumnae who are in all different stages of their recovery. Ladies will share about their experiences of returning home and reintegrating in to their personal lives, as well as the difficulties and challenges they have faced with their relapse warning signs. In addition, a topic focus for each group means that alumnae will experience a type of refresher session, which will assist in the application of coping skills learned in treatment for practice in the natural environment.
Second, we have a website set up specifically for the alumnae. It is a social networking site in which the alumnae can create a profile, put up pictures and send and receive messages to other alumnae, and some staff. On the website one would also find news about Brookhaven, success stories and links for information on support groups. The website is secure and requires approval from the Aftercare Coordinator to join in order to ensure confidentiality.
Finally, we conduct follow-up interviews with the alumnae. The interviews are conducted at one month, three months, six months and one-year post discharge. Some of the questions asked are about going to appointments, meeting attendance and if they are working/attending school, among other things. And of course they are asked if there is anything that we can do for them at the present time.
Brookhaven is a very special place to the alumnae who have learned and redefined themselves while here. Our door is always open, and we want our alumnae to always feel that we are a continued source of support for them.
Alumnae Relations Staff