The Brook Retreat Philosophy
Brook Retreat is a non-medical, non-clinical recovery retreat designed to inspire individuals struggling with addiction to achieve sobriety through Twelve Step methodology. Utilizing educational coursework, drug-testing, supervision, and a highly structured sober living environment, residents are taught to manage their addictions and apply practices in honesty and accountability for lifelong sobriety.
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Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
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ABOUT THE BROOK RETREAT
Located in the rural town of Plympton, Mass., about nine miles from historic downtown Plymouth, the Brook Retreat: Plympton is a long-term sober-living facility for adult men in early recovery. The home provides peer support, safety, education, and structure conducive to sustaining sobriety. Detox is not offered on-site. There is a women’s program of the same design in Weymouth.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The admissions process at The Brook Retreat’s Plympton program begins with a phone interview. The interview is to determine if the program is a good fit. Once approved, clients schedule an admission time Monday-Thursday. Clients participate in orientation to familiarize themselves with the program. To be admitted, clients must be sober and pass a drug screen and breathalyzer test.
The Brook Retreat’s Plympton program is specifically designed for adult men who have recently completed treatment at a residential program and are actively engaged in the 12-step process, which heavily informs treatment at the Brook Retreat. The Steps are divided into three phases each lasting two-three months, the first phase is the most intensive. The program uses work therapy, recreational therapy, and counseling as well.
Along with attending daily 12-step meetings, the participants adhere to a schedule of Big Book study sessions, step work instruction, drug testing, employment counseling, and meditation. Residents also participate in weekly recreational and team-building activities.
Clients work with employment counselors to identify their specific skill set and strengths. Counselors help clients find suitable work in the community. They also coordinate counseling services to help clients keep their jobs.
Family participation is encouraged throughout treatment. Family members are encouraged to visit on Wednesdays, and the staff is available to offer support and answer questions regarding the home and the 12-step process.
The treatment team at the Brook Retreat comprised of men who are in recovery and active in the 12-step program. These men are not professionally licensed, and no psychiatrists or clinicians are employed.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Pictures of the Brook Retreat depict a serene, wooded area comfortable furnishing, and a kitchen and dining area.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The three alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date all rated The Brook Retreat five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition. Client B. praised the facility for its well-structured programming, beautiful yet private grounds, and staff knowledgeable about the 12 Steps. Client Jeff wrote: “the Guest has to want to put 110% into this or it does not work. I know these men personally and they truley do care about every guest at this facility.”
On its official Facebook page, which it can manage, The Brook Retreat earned an average rating of 4.9 out of five stars from 41 reviews to date.  Alumni praised the effectiveness of the program, and many called it the “best.” In a representative review, alum Alex wrote: “This is one of the best programs around if you are really serious about staying clean. This program taught me a new way to live and allowed me to regain my freedom. The success rate of this program speaks for itself. Really good house run by good people that are also in recovery working the program and genuinly want to help others.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of eight loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date, five gave The Brook Retreat five out of five stars while three rated it only one star for treatment effectiveness. Loved ones praised the facility for its no-nonsense structure and heavy use of the 12 Steps in treatment. Loved one P.L.M. wrote: “Send your loved one here if they are ready to change their life. The healing power of this program is based on a real twelve step experience delivered by those who are passionate about the process.”
The three negative reviewers complained that the staff was uneducated and irresponsible, with one accusing them of using intimidation tactics. Loved one Thomas also criticized the facility for its “exorbitant” expenses. The facility responded to Thomas’s review, writing: “Some may perceive holding guests accountable as intimidation tactics, but I can promise that behind this perceived intimidation is love and an honest desire to help … Staff members are college educated but their recovery experience is their own … an all in cost of $12,000 dollars for six months of quality treatment with a good track record is quite reasonable.”
The Brook Retreat reported to Rehabs.com that six months of treatment costs $12,000. Fees for the first month of treatment are due upon arrival.
Published on February 2018
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