Jacqueline Dawes, founder of Brookhaven Retreat, was honored by the Nashville Business Journal as a "Health Care Hero" for her innovations in substance abuse and mental health treatment. As the first co-occurring diagnoses treatment facility in Tennessee, Brookhaven Retreat's success stands as an example of the importance of co-occurring-diagnoses care.
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Intervention is a television show airing on A&E that profiles people with severe problems with addiction and/or compulsive behavior that has reached a critical level forcing family and friends to seek an intervention on their behalf. Brookhaven Retreat was the chosen treatment center used in two of the interventions featured on this program. You can watch these compelling stories on the A&E web site.
A full Intervention episode guide is available here on Wikipedia.
Season 7 Episode 13 featuring Gloria
Gloria, 53, is an attractive African-American caterer living outside San Francisco who has been an alcoholic for 30 years. She drinks because, in her words, "African Americans don't have it very good in this country and that's just what we do." She has survived giving birth to a stillborn baby, domestic violence and breast cancer and sees herself as a passive victim in life instead of an active participant. She puts on a front of being a "functional" alcoholic, but 30 years of alcoholism has left her anything but. Her drinking has left her in debt and has prevented her from having any sort of meaningful relationship with her two adult daughters whom she basically abandoned when they were very young. Gloria's daughters hope that an intervention will give them the sober, loving mom they never had.
Note: this is incorrectly listed on A&E site as Season 6 Episode 13.
View episode at http://www.aetv.com/intervention/video/gloria
Season 6 Episode 1 featuring Janet
At age 6, Janet was molested. She was also bullied by other kids, making her extremely self-conscious about her looks. At 18, she married a drug dealer who made her rich, but her husband was sent to prison, leaving her alone with two sons. She turned to drugs and alcohol and had multiple affairs. Her husband discovered one of her affairs and divorced her. Janet remarried and had two more children, but she missed her old luxurious lifestyle and began drinking heavily. Now she frequently passes out, threatens suicide and puts herself in life-threatening situations.
Note: this is incorrectly listed on A&E site as Season 5 Episode 3.
View episode at: http://www.aetv.com/intervention/video/janet