Brookhaven Retreat to raise awareness on substance abuse

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An estimated 22 million Americans suffered from substance dependence or abuse, according to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2002. September is National Recovery Month and Brookhaven Retreat, a multidisciplinary treatment facility that helps women overcome emotional trauma and addiction challenges, is working to raise awareness about one of the nation’s biggest health crises: substance abuse and how recovery is essential to regain the balance a person once had over their life.

More than 23 million people aged 12 or older needed treatment for a substance use disorder in the United States in 2007, according to SAMHSA, and as many as 20.8 million people nationwide needed but did not receive treatment at a specialty facility.

Jacqueline Dawes, the founder and owner of Brookhaven Retreat, believes the initial, critical step is finding a treatment center that is aligned with you or your loved one’s recovery goals.

“It is of extreme importance to find a treatment center that meets your innermost needs in order to have a successful recovery,” said Dawes.

Brookhaven Retreat allows each person to receive individualized attention, administered by a highly-trained female staff in order to facilitate long-term recovery. This recovery grows from an introspective journey to define emotional breakage, followed by the development of life skills that allow lasting maintenance of emotional wellness. The program goes on to continue once recovery has been obtained through an after-care program whereby staff can still be reached and are available to offer help when past clients are in need.

“Brookhaven Retreat may or may not be the right treatment center for your personal needs. However, there are a series of questions you should ask yourself before committing to any treatment center,” said Dawes. “If you have reached the point where you are going to seek treatment, you only want to do it once. So make the right choice the first time,” suggests Dawes.


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