Brookhaven Retreat

Brookhaven Retreat


Set in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, Brookhaven Retreat is a residential treatment center designed exclusively by and for women. A fully licensed dual-diagnosis facility, Brookhaven treats addiction, emotional trauma, mental health and mood disorders, as well as co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Detoxification services may also be part of the residential program of 30 days or longer, though not as a stand-alone service.


Prospective clients are best off calling in to speak with an admission specialist, who will help determine the proper course of care. Backed by a holistic approach, programming features an array of clinical and experiential therapies such as exposure therapy, private counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills groups, spiritual development, and life skills training. While treatment plans are individualized to suit each woman’s needs, Brookhaven’s premiere Lily track is a 90-day program offered in segments of 30 days. Families are also encouraged to attend ongoing family sessions.

Time is also allotted for recreation and physical nourishment. Throughout their time here, many women take up equine-assisted therapy, while others may find healing through music and movement and an introductory-level ropes course.

As they approach the end of their treatment, women work together with their assigned therapist to develop a comprehensive aftercare plan. Aftercare entails regular follow-up appointments, weekly group alumni calls and emails, and an aftercare program website. Follow-up interviews are also conducted every three months for an entire year, while all alumni are invited to Brookhaven’s annual alumni reunion.


The treatment team includes licensed therapists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and nurses.


Women share nicely decorated bedrooms in the center’s rustic-style residential hall. Throughout the scenic campus there are gardens, walking trails, and horse stables.

In addition, the two survey respondents to date gave Brookhaven two stars for its accommodations, but four stars for its level of cleanliness.


Alumni feedback is quite limited to date. In her survey response, former client M.S. told that Brookhaven Retreat “should be last option” for those seeking out an effective recovery center. When asked, on a scale from one to five, how strongly she’d recommend programming here, M.S. gave two. Though she called the food and location here “nice,” she also reported “extremely high staff turnover” and felt that programming was in “No way worth the cost.”

Despite this single report of disappointment, it’s worth noting that Brookhaven fared much better across secondary sites. On Google, for example, where 20 individuals to date collectively awarded the center a rating of 4.4 out of five stars, most reviewers shared wholly positive reports on their treatment experiences. “I am still incredibly thankful for my time spent at Brookhaven Retreat, three years ago,” Shanteel posted in a representative statement. “I continue to apply the skills I learned at BHR in my everyday life.”

A handful of others claimed that treatment here saved their lives, while alum Mandy noted that attending Brookhaven was the toughest, yet most beneficial decision she’s ever made. “I’ve never regretted my decision to go to Brookhaven, not for one minute,” she wrote.


Alexandra, the only loved one to have completed a survey to date, also left a review of disappointment. She left one- and two-star ratings across nearly a dozen different treatment metrics evaluated – including treatment effectiveness, holistic activities, counseling options, and programming cost. When asked, on a scale from one to five, how strongly she’d recommend the center, Alexandra gave just one star, reporting “too many weaknesses to list.”


Brookhaven Retreat is a private pay treatment center that does not accept insurance. As such, reviews across proprietary data and secondary sites indicated that treatment here is rather expensive.

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Brookhaven Retreat Reviews

Nice location and food. Extremely high turnover in staff. Misleading info re: length of stay options. Way too expensive and they don't take insurance. This facility should be last option....please seek others. No way worth the cost. The sales staff upsells its clients....
Not many to mention Too many negatives to list.