I did not realize how emotionally broke I was

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 was before and who I have become while I have spent my time here at Brookhaven.

Also, by coming to Brookhaven you have already taken the greatest step of courage and the most difficult one towards beginning your healing process.

Brookhaven, by far, is the most elite emotional finishing school. It is a dual-diagnosis recovery center for women only. It is here that you will be helped by a phenomenal, well-trained staff that will help you, guide you and support you through your healing process. You will be given your own individualized treatment plan designed specifically for your needs and goals to help you through this process.

While you are here, you will have to examine yourself which is the hardest examination of all. If you don't examine yourself, you can't find yourself. Be truthful, be honest. Truth and honesty equals freedom.

You come to Brookhaven to raise yourself to a higher level. You will come to a leveling that is right for you. It does take time to do this. Use your time wisely here. You will reach a maturity level which will allow you to have more clarity. You will learn to create credibility here.

There is so much to learn about yourself here. You will also learn self-care, self-respect, self-acceptance, emotional regulation, trust, self-safety which leads to emotional safety. You will learn self-love and gain strength. You will learn to be your own individual and gain confidence in yourself. This is self-empowerment! Self-empowerment is the key to own yourself. You will learn to own your decisions and be good with those decisions and by doing this, as well, is empowerment.

You will also learn to set healthy boundaries and how to have healthy relationships. You will learn to become emotionally whole. It will take patience, endurance and tenacity to do this. You will discover your own identity and what you stand for.

When it is your time to leave Brookhaven, not only do they take extremely good care of you while you are here, they will help you prepare and give to you an aftercare discharge summary, so you will always have a safety net.

You will reach an understanding that you will live recovery everyday. You will need emotional maintenance – it will be a way of life forever. Emotional maintenance is continued growth. You will get this through your support groups, therapists and doctors you work with when you reach home.

Brookhaven will only become a gift when you allow it to be a gift. It truly was a gift to me to be able to receive great support through the staff who works endlessly to make sure you stay on that right path.

Most of all, I have been truly blessed to have met and come to know Jacqueline Dawes. She is the most empowered woman I know and will ever know. She pours her heart and soul into this facility and making sure the women at Brookhaven are treated well and kept safe. She has poured her whole life into creating this beautiful, serene, tranquil recovery center for women. She truly gave a wonderful gift to us who are fortunate to be here when you meet Jacqueline, you will know what I mean and how special she truly is.

I am grateful especially to my therapist and Jacqueline for helping me to find myself and a way to continue on a healthy, happy healing journey. Brookhaven has a wonderful community of women who offer a great amount of support, kindness and warmth. There is truly no better place to be: BROOKHAVEN HEAVEN FOR FEMALES

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