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Overwhelming Grief From Loss of Child Can Cause Substance Abuse in Women
Date:1/16/2009

ho have numbed themselves emotionally to simply endure their deep-rooted pain.

Brookhaven Retreat specializes in individual treatment that links women with the appropriate support and healing needed to begin recovery. In treating women who have suffered the loss of a child, Brookhaven has found spiritual counseling to be particularly effective. It is not religious counseling, but has to do with the heart and spirit. This often neglected aspect of a healthy and balanced life is revealed, restored and respected at Brookhaven.

"After the loss of my daughter, I knew I had to create a place to help other strong young women cope with the challenges that they face in life," said Dawes. "Women with undiagnosed and untreated mental health needs are very vulnerable to prescription, drug and alcohol dependency."

Everyone grieves differently, and it is ok to feel the natural emotions that result from a traumatic loss. These emotions become dangerous, however, when they are ignored they can become debilitating. At this point, treatment should be sought.

"The important thing for a mother to remember is that her life will go on," said Dawes. "I learned to live in a way that focuses on celebrating the life of my daughter, not mourning her death."

About Brookhaven Retreat

Brookhaven Retreat is a unique, voluntary residential treatment facility specially designed to help women overcome emotional trauma or addiction challenges. The fully accredited and certified dual-diagnosis center is America's premier treatment center for emotional trauma and addiction and offers female-specific treatment. Located on 48 beautiful acres in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, it offers modern, holistic care with compassion and respect from a highly trained expert staff of licensed therapists, physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and licensed practical nurses. Visit '/>"/>

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