Brookhaven Retreat Helps Women Navigate Holiday Gatherings with Confidence

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Brookhaven Retreat, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, targets the mental health issues that have affected families so that women can confidently enjoy the holiday season.

The holiday season is typically full of opportunities for family gatherings and reunions, which can be difficult for women with mental health or substance abuse issues. Women facing these issues may have deeply rooted family problems that have impacted their mental health, or their family dynamics may have suffered due to their illness. Brookhaven Retreat recognizes this common problem, and for the women in its treatment facilities, offers a range of therapies and techniques that help rebuild family connections and smooth over this sometimes difficult time.

Often, the entire family is affected when one member suffers from a mood disorder. In winter, when extended family gathers for the holidays, women may come into contact with many broken relationships, and, without having received treatment, may not know how to effectively handle these situations. The family, too, requires support, education and therapy in order to help their family member and stabilize any relationships that may have been harmed.

Spouses may wish to be supportive and must learn to understand a particular mood disorder. Or they may have contributed to the development of a mental illness or substance abuse issue. In many cases, family therapy benefits the long-term health of a marriage by teaching both partners to deal with mental health issues in a loving, supportive way.

Children, too, may suffer the negative effects associated with a mother’s mood disorder. Harvard Medical School reports show that often, decreased emotional involvement from the mother translates into lower IQ and slower learning abilities. Women in mental health facilities learn to explore relationships with their children and learn how to parent healthily, taking mental health issues into account.

Women also explore how additional family members influenced the emotional environment they grew up in. Often, these relationships have an impact on emotional health and how women perceive both themselves and the world around them. Exploring these relationships identifies additional sources of support and helps women overcome deeply rooted emotional health issues that may have negatively impacted them throughout life.

Helping women resolve family issues such as trauma, abuse or enabling behaviors allows them to come to terms with their emotional issues and move on with their lives in health and happiness. Various therapeutic modalities and coping techniques allow women to once again participate in the holiday season with joy and mindfulness rather than pain and anxiety.

Success in recovery is best supported by the interest and involvement of loved ones. By mending the psychological issues that may have divided family members, women experience more success in recovery and are more easily able to navigate family gatherings with calm confidence rather than with anxiety.

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 Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

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