Brookhaven Retreat Announces Unique Poncho(R) Program

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Brookhaven Retreat, a voluntary residential facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance issues, gives details about its unique Poncho® Program.

Amy Massaglia, LCSW

Amy Massaglia, LCSW

The Poncho program trains you to manage life instead of life managing you.

The Poncho® Program was developed by Jacqueline Dawes, founder and owner, of Brookhaven Retreat. This effective program is specific to Brookhaven Retreat. Ms. Dawes created the program because of its success in providing clients with a revolutionary life realignment program, which gives clients the tools needed for success.

The Poncho® Program, at its core, is the map to recovery. Its purpose is to help women address the areas of their life that have been affected by the emotional challenges in mental health, substance abuse or addictive behaviors. Within the Poncho® Program, women will begin to realize how a life in crisis can be messy, but through this recognition they will be able to restructure their life. Ultimately, the client will begin to find meaning, reason and stability again.

Women will be able to take back their life by being taught how to prioritize their living needs and how to meet those needs. The Poncho® Program is focused on allowing women to develop within the program by gradually building on each life skill taught.
There are 30 critical areas of living that are implemented into The Poncho® Program, which are addressed one at a time in conjunction with counseling, therapists and coaching support:

1.    Medical
2.    Legal
3.    Marriage & Family
4.    Finances
5.    Budget
6.    Housing & Safety
7.    Friends
8.    Self Care
9.    Hobbies
10.    Transportation
11.    Communication
12.    Travel
13.    Pets
14.    Giving Back
15.    Spirituality
16.    Employment
17.    Training & Education
18.    Changes
19.    Values/Beliefs
20.    Needs/Wants
21.    Routines
22.    Responsibility
23.    Sexuality
24.    Decision-Making
25.    Networks
26.    Attitudes
27.    Daily Living
28.    Group Activities
29.    Relocating
30.    Work Stress

Ms. Dawes was able to recognize a need for a program that actually worked for the healing process. She’s developed a safe haven where women can feel safe, sound and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe and sound and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

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Amy Massaglia
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