Brookhaven Retreat is an upscale women’s treatment facility located just outside the town of Seymour, Tennessee. While Brookhaven doesn’t subscribe to 12-step philosophy, it still arranges for on-site AA meetings upon request. It’s equipped to treat substance abuse as well as depression, bi-polar disorder and trauma. On-site medically supervised detox is available for those who need it.
Founder and owner Jacqueline Dawes, originally from England, started her career as a developer of assisted living facilities. After losing her 18-year-old daughter to an ecstasy overdose, the Dawes moved to the United States where she created Brookhaven, a healing sanctuary for women where Dawes remains an active presence today.
Dawes believes that underneath all addictive behavior is an “emotional breakage.” Her goal is to provide each woman a multi-track program with a full range of clinical professionals that will give women tools to help quiet the self-defeating noise in their heads and instead learn to tap into their own intuitions.
Accommodations and Food
Brookhaven is a 38-bed ranch-style facility on a 48-acre lot nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. The expansive grounds have plenty of walking paths, nature trails, secluded gazebos and even a horse stable. Each resident’s room provides a homey, comfortable healing environment painted in warm colors, with single captain’s beds all bedecked in Laura Ashley-type décor.
Food at Brookhaven is designed to focus on the specific nutritional needs of women by offering market-fresh food and local organic produce. Chefs generally serve spa cuisine and the facility also uses input from an onsite nutritionist to devise specialized meal plans for residents with special needs.
Treatment and Staff
Brookhaven provides a medically supervised detox if needed, and offers both traditional and holistic treatment methods. To help alleviate withdrawal symptoms it uses what is known as acudetox, where pressure points in the ears are stimulated as a natural way to help clients reduce anxiety and sleep better.
When residents are stable, they enter a 90-day, three-tiered program. There are three psychiatrists, five therapists, three counselors and specialty therapists on staff. Much of the basis of the program is DBT but other methods are used as well. After an assessment by a psychiatrist and primary therapist, each client receives an individualized treatment plan that includes small core groups (covering domestic violence, grief, healthy relationships, boundaries and sexual abuse), equine therapy and family dynamics. They meet with their assigned a primary therapist once a week while core groups meet twice a day. Therapists work with approximately four to eight clients at a time, introducing them to DBT skills such as mindfulness and emotional regulation.
Some of the facility’s special amenities and services include concierge to-and-from the airport, full housekeeping, weekly shopping trips for necessities, on-site laundry, dry cleaning, computer and phone privileges and passes to visit family when appropriate. Weekly spa services such as massage, hair and manicures are also available off-site at an additional charge, along with an off-site gym membership, which is included.
Brookhaven is big on experiential therapy like equine and art therapy, journaling and arts and crafts as a part of its “emotional wellness treatment” program. It also has a ropes course and a variety of experiential and recreational therapies such as gardening and dancing.
Brookhaven Retreat currently accepts private pay only. Women who are looking for a cozy place that doesn’t just subscribe strictly to 12-step philosophies could definitely find recovery here.
1016 Ic King Rd
Seymour, TN 37865
Brookhaven Retreat Cost: $45,000 (30 days). Reach Brookhaven Retreat by phone at (866) 573-3656. Find Brookhaven Retreat on Facebook
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