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As I get ready to leave Brookhaven, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for creating this program and this place of recovery for women. I also wanted to comment on how wonderful M_ is as a therapist. I was in her core for a month and was fortunate enough to see and be a part of her incredible ability as a therapist. She could bring out of us what was really hurting and bothering us. I personally am a very private person but by the beginning of my second week, M_ was able to break down my walls. She is very gifted at what she does and I have had other therapists in the past to compare…
I would like to thank everyone very much for the opportunity to have a safe, educational place to become a whole person. I have learned self-respect, courage and patience I believe the staff and clients saved my life and my future. Also of course, I have done the same myself. For the first time I feel grounded. I realize I was only here thirty days, but I feel that if you really want the program to work, you must work the program. The classes hit every angle of my life, physical, mental and spiritual. When I first arrived I had no hope. BHR gave me incredible hope and a passion for life, a SOBER Life. As for my after care,…
This thank you note is long overdue. I wanted to thank you for the incredible program that you have put together. Brookhaven has helped me so much. It was truly a privilege to meet and work with you and your staff. Thank you so much for arranging visits with "J" and "B" for me. That was very kind and encouraging. Please give them my love. My journey is naturally still in progress. I haven't had any real mania and have been very stable which is good. I'm still fighting depression, but I've had some very normal, happy times. I have good doctors and an excellent therapist. May all continue to go well for you in your important work.
Thank you so much for all of your amazing insight in poncho. Brookhaven is such a wonderful, healing, nurturing place for women. I feel now that I am able to hold my head high and conquer the world. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this enlightening, empowering experience that I will never forget. Thank you for all you do for women.
Friday, 17 December 2010 17:17

Our Success

Written by Administrator
Because emotional breakage often causes an individual to use emotional escape tools such as alcohol, prescription medication, emotional eating, isolation, co-dependency, and other survival methods, we treat such emotional breakage with a multi-level approach.

Medication management is directed by our medical director through the process of diagnosis and continued throughout a client's treatment and stay at Brookhaven. A team of registered nurses work closely with the physicians delivering the nursing services twenty-four hours a day to ensure the wellness of our clients. The "physicianal" advantage of a small residential program is that the clients' responses are seen throughout each day. Because the staff works closely with the physicians serving in the field, continuity of care is the standard. Whilst in the support of a strong therapeutic program, the concerns about which medication will work or not work and what the proper medication dosage should be can be quieted as the tools of the program teach the individual how to trust the process.

Clients work with a primary therapist on an individual basis and in small core groups, which allows identification and processing to be both individually and peer addressed.

To further the development of much stronger coping skills, clients work with a program therapist in addition to a primary therapist. This moves a person to take her thinking, self-esteem, and confidence to a place that creates emotional self-identity and empowerment. The Lily Program is unique to Brookhaven and is a progression mapped tool.

The Poncho program creates new approaches to life skills. Many mood disorders and dependencies either do not allow for the development of real life skills or, in some cases, cause real life skills to just drop away as apathy for life increases. The Poncho Program is unique to Brookhaven and is a life realignment tool.

The Sweet Pea program is a self-value and personal development tool which redefines what an individual stands for and who that individual is. It is the catalyst for lost or never developed self-passions that identify an individual's moral belief system. This allows a person to move from feeling nothing to embracing choice. It develops the ability to own the values that will shape an individual's personal integrity.

The success we have is the result of the integration of all these approaches along with the experiential pieces of the program.

Read our Success Stories page for personal accounts from our clients describing their experiences with Brookhaven Retreat.

To the Brookhaven staff, community, and CORE sisters, I have only reached this point of health and sobriety with your empowerment, knowledge, support, and personal reflections. I have been humbled by this experience of introspection. I have learned the importance of mindfulness, commitment, emotional regulation, spirituality, radical acceptance, distress tolerance, reflective listening, validation, gratitude, self-regulation, managing coping skills, reduction of stress and anxiety, recovery, and relapse prevention. I appreciate the useful tools and skills I have been taught and I am anxious and prepared to devote my time and new lifestyle to putting these techniques to practice. Thank you to all of you for your time, devotion, and commitment to not only my sobriety but healthy recovery as well.
Thank you, Jacqueline and staff for the guidance and help that I have received during my stay here at Brookhaven. You have shown me that I have the strength to live for the first time in my life. That I am also truly worthy to live my own life has been a great discovery. I now have a wonderful future to look forward to with my daughter and husband and no longer dread it because I know I am in control. The sky is the limit and I am the pilot! The skills I have learned while here I will also be able to share with my daughter and husband. Thank you again for giving me my life back!
When I came to Brookhaven I did not realize how emotionally broke I was. I was scared, angry, confused, depressed and basically lost. Whether you know it or not, believe it or not, you have already had an emotional crash before you arrive here, either by choice or through an intervention. However, I learned in time (90 days) coping skils and was given tools to use to learn to become emotionally regulated. I will be able to use these tools to teach others when I leave here and get home to help those understand how I am healthier, happier and self-empowered. I will be able to help my family and friends understand how I am now compared to how I…
I was 42 years old when I was sitting on my couch with my daughter and suffered a stroke. I was fortunate enough to have been at home when my stroke occurred so I was able to get medical help immediately. However, I did lose my ability to speak, the use of the right side of my body was limited, I suffer short -term memory loss and the loss of my peripheral vision. I have always felt fortunate to have been able to work hard and regain my speech, become physically strong and am continually working on my short term memory issues and limited peripheral vision. However, what I did not address successfully was the crippling depression, mood instability, lack…

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