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This is a wonderful Fall and/or Winter soup. I use several different varieties of onion myself such as vidalia, leeks, shallot and cipollini, but any good white or yellow onion will do. Also, vegetable broth or stock can be substituted as a vegetarian option. The key to this soup is properly cooking the onions to draw out that natural sugar that makes this soup so delectable. Enjoy!
- Dual Diagnosis Support (http://draonline.org)
- Smart Recovery (www.smartrecovery.org)
- Celebrate Recovery (www.celebraterecovery.com)
- Alcoholics Anonymous (www.aa.org)
- Narcotics Anonymous (www.na.org)
- Gamblers Anonymous (www.gamblersanonymous.org)
- Emotions Anonymous (www.emotionsanonymous.org)
- Al-Anon & Alateen (www.alanon.org)
- Marijuana Anonymous (www.marijuanaanonymous.org)
- Co-dependent Anonymous (www.codependents.org)
- Adult Children of Alcoholics (www.adultchildren.org)
- Over Spenders Support (www.spenders.org)
- Survivors of Trauma & Victimization (www.giftfromwithin.org)
- Borderline Personality Disorder Support (www.bpdresources.com/index.html)
- Anxiety Disorder Support (www.adaa.org)
- Depression Support (www.familyaware.org)
- Bipolar Support (www.bipolarsupport.org)
- NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness (www.nami.org)
- SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (www.samhsa.org)
Congratulations on your journey into recovery!
We know that returning home can create a multitude of feelings ranging from fear to excitement and everything in between. Keeping in touch with the support system you began in treatment can be extremely beneficial, not to mention a lot of fun. On this site you can sign up to build your profile page, post your thoughts and feelings, or leave messages for alumnae. You may also keep up with what is going on at Brookhaven Retreat. This site offers information on recovery meetings, support groups, reunions... and the list will continue to grow.
We know that staying involved is part of what supports success in recovery and assists in building a life worth living. We encourage our alumnae to stay connected with outpatient providers such as an individual therapist and psychiatrist. Alumnae may also consider joining group therapy and/or support groups. As part of our Monday night aftercare/alumnae group we offer refresher sessions on the skills and concepts our clients first learned about during their stay. These skills include Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Healthy Boundaries, Positive Affirmations, Extreme Self Care, Journaling, Goal Setting, and the list goes on.
The Aftercare program at Brookhaven Retreat offers several options for continued support of recovery once you have left our facility. We do not feel that the completion of Brookhaven's program is the completion of your treatment. We recommend all of our client's receive continuing therapeutic care on an outpatient basis and participate in Brookhaven Retreat's aftercare services. We have four very specific services in place for our alumnae.
First, we have a weekly Aftercare group that is held every Monday night that works like a conference call. The group is semiformal and offers a chance for our alumna to connect/reconnect with others who are in all different stages of their recovery. Participants will share about their experiences of returning home and reintegrating in to their personal lives and the difficulties and challenges they have faced. A topic for each group means that alumna will experience a type of refresher session each week. This 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 alumna can create a profile, put pictures and send/receive messages to other alumnae. The web site contains news about Brookhaven Retreat, success stories, and links to information on support groups. For confidentiality purposes, the website is secure and requires approval from the Aftercare Coordinator to join. Click here to visit the myAlumnae community.
Third, we conduct follow-up interviews with all alumnae. The interviews are conducted at one month, three months, six months and one-year post discharge. During the phone interviews, the aftercare staff will check on your appointments, meeting attendance, and school/work. The aftercare staff will also check to see if they can be of further assistance.
Finally, to recognize the success of our graduates Brookhaven Retreat hosts an annual alumnae reunion. Alumnae from all over the country come together with their Brookhaven sisters to restore, renew and treasure the life changes they began while in treatment. Brookhaven Retreat is a very special place to the alumnae, helping them learn and redefine themselves. We want our alumnae to always feel that we are a continued source of support for them.
Carrie parrott received her B.A. in Art History from Colorado State University and has worked in the field of mental health for over 7 years with focused training in meditation, DBT skills, and Anxiety & Panic Disorder skills. She has numerous years working closely with Clinical and Administrative Directors, Psychotherapists, Intake and Admissions Coordinators and Discharge Coordinators.
- Position Senior Floor Manager
Grace Hardwick received her B.A. in Psychology from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, her Master of Science in Social Work from New York University and The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the field of mental health for over 4 years. She has a breadth of experience and knowledge working as a therapist and researcher in outpatient and inpatient levels of care and in a university setting. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Music and Meditation, Suicide and Self-mutilation, and the Mandala Assessment Research Instrument (MARI).
- Position Therapeutic Liaison
Coangla Ray received her schooling in Nursing from Erlinger University. She is a Licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the field of mental health for over 4 years. She has been an employee of Brookhaven Retreat since the opening of the facility.
- Position Registered Nurse