March 27, 2021Robert Smith & Louis Josephson

The ongoing challenges and sacrifices brought about by the coronavirus pandemic have tested each of us in ways that might not have been imaginable just a year ago. Yet during this unprecedented time, we have learned that adversity can inspire new approaches to solving our common problems. We are encouraged to say that such is the case with the relationship between union and management at the Brattleboro Retreat.

December 22, 2020Louis Josephson, Ph.D.

At the end of December the Retreat will officially close several programs that over the course of many years--and in some cases decades--have made meaningful contributions to our community, and helped make the healing mission of our hospital a reality for countless thousands of individuals.

It is not without sadness that we say goodbye to the BRIDGES program, the HUB program, the Meadows School, the Mind Body Pain Management Program, the Mulberry Bush Independent School, and Starting Now.

Tips on Coping Through Our Emotional WinterOctober 20, 2020Teresa Butler, LCMHC

For many of us—especially those who live at higher latitudes in the northern hemisphere—the seasonal onset of colder weather and waning sunlight is accompanied by negative trends in both our mood and energy.

The symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which can range from irritability, negative thinking and feelings of fatigue to full blown depression, are experienced by nearly five percent of the U.S. population each year.

October 01, 2020Louis Josephson, Ph.D.

I often get asked, what does “recovery” from addiction actually mean?

It may come as a surprise that attempts to define recovery from substance use issues are fairly recent. Just 15 years ago, stakeholders in attendance at the first National Recovery Summit took up the task of developing a definition of recovery along with associated principles. The definition they came up with is as follows:

“Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life.”

September 23, 2020Kurt White, LADC, LICSW

Brattleboro Retreat's Senior Director of Patient Care Services, Kurt White, LADC, LICSW recently spoke at a Brattleboro Museum & Art Center event -- In Sight: What the Unseen are Holding for Society. Kurt White discussed why we tend to avert our eyes when we walk past someone living on the street, why—from a psychological standpoint—we try not to see them.

This is a recording of the live event held on September 10, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

September 10, 2020Geoff Kane, MD, MPH

September’s National Recovery Month observance invites reflection on “recovery” and reminds us that recovery from addictive substance use and/or mental illness is worth seeking and protecting.

While people intent on establishing and maintaining recovery can succeed no matter what, the Coronavirus makes that tougher than usual. This article highlights why recovery is worth the effort and ways to overcome obstacles created by COVID.

June 08, 2020Brattleboro Retreat

Those of us who work at the Brattleboro Retreat were horrified by the situation that resulted in the death of George Floyd. The ensuing mass demonstrations in cities across the nation have been both inspiring and heartbreaking to watch.

At the same time, we recognize that the anger now playing out from coast-to-coast (and in some parts of Europe) is not a consequence of the single, unjust murder of an African American man at the hands of the Minneapolis police.

April 29, 2020

In this Keep Talking episode, Dr. Leslie Korn talks with Gay Maxwell about "integrative medicine" and how her holistic approach to the treatment and prevention of mental health and addiction disorders not only includes counseling and psychotherapy, but the use of dietary and supplement protocols.

April 20, 2020Louis Josephson, Ph.D.
Today we are witnessing how proactive healthcare measures can save lives. The time is now to apply these lessons to mental illness and substance abuse
Find out about the American Hospital Association's "100 Million Masks Challenge"April 13, 2020Brattleboro Retreat

One way to supplement the growing need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is to join the national movement of volunteers who have started to sew face masks. This generous outpouring is in response to the Center for Disease Control's guidance that fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.