June is National Safety Month. Organized by the National Safety Council, it was created to educate the public and prevent the leading causes of injury and death. This year, it focuses on creating a culture of safety and responsibility. Brookhaven Retreat observes this month by celebrating its own culture of safety: a continued focus on safety after discharge.
Brookhaven Retreat’s relapse rate is significantly lower than the national average, something it credits in part to its strong Poncho® and alumnae programs. Brookhaven Retreat’s Poncho® Program is a life realignment program that analyzes 30 aspects of a woman’s life that have been affected by mental health and substance abuse issues. Through weekly group sessions, book readings and assignments, the Poncho® Program teaches women the life skills necessary to be successful after discharge.
Brookhaven Retreat’s alumnae program continues guiding women to success after discharge from its treatment center. The women in its all-female facility form strong bonds of friendship and support. Its alumnae community supports one another in applying the skills learned in treatment to every day life. Weekly conference calls, annual reunions and a networking website facilitate this support and strengthen safety.
In June, Brookhaven Retreat begins the process of renovating its alumnae website with the goal of making the site even more interactive and social. This is meant to further strengthen the alumnae community by providing fun and interactive tools to better keep in touch with each other and with Brookhaven Retreat. Brookhaven Retreat’s success is measured in the strength of its alumnae. It is very excited to offer innovative features that further its alumnae’s quality of life and strengthen the safety of their recovery.