RENEWAL is designed to offer hope and comfort to people suffering from mental health disorders or addiction disorders, and support to the people who love them. Our approach is based on respect for the dignity of the people we serve and the belief that through a faith-based program, life-changing results are possible.

RENEWAL: Christian Treatment and Recovery is an optional treatment supplement available through Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At Brookhaven, we understand that when you are suffering from an eating disorder, a personality disorder, a behavioral health disorder or chemical dependency, life can seem utterly hopeless. It can cause Christians to feel abandoned and distant from God. However, by strengthening your spirituality, in conjunction with our professional medical services, you can experience results that you never thought were possible.

RENEWAL is based on the belief in:

God who created us and loves us (Genesis 1:26)
Jesus Christ who redeems us (Isaiah 53:5)
The Holy Spirit who guides us (Acts 1:8)

When you participate in RENEWAL, you’re part of something much bigger than yourself. Brookhaven clients receive expert care from our team of mental professionals. Treatment is solution-focused and success-oriented. Our goal is to minimize symptoms, help individuals address life problems and live fulfilling lives. Sometimes healing requires a helping hand. We’re here to provide the guidance and support you need to recover.

Christian Care
The RENEWAL program at Brookhaven Hospital incorporates your faith into the recovery process in order to address your physical, mental and spiritual needs

Christian Drug Rehab
Our program provides a nurturing atmosphere that allows you to sober up and strengthen your bond with God.

Christian Bulimia Treatment
Individuals with bulimia alternate between compulsive binge eating and purging. Without treatment bulimia can be deadly. Brookhaven’s RENEWAL program can offer medical, psychological and faith-based eating disorder treatments.

PTSD Treatment
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs after a traumatic event. Without getting proper help it can be debilitating. Strengthening your faith can help you confront the past and form a brighter future.

Christian Healing
When you are part of the RENEWAL program, you are part of something bigger than yourself. You are part of a support system based on professional medical care as well as spiritual guidance.

Compulsive Overeating
When you suffer from compulsive overeating disorder, your meals and your life can seem out of control. Take a faith-based approach to your eating disorder treatment at RENEWAL.

Anorexia Treatment
Anorexia is characterized by the restriction of food intake and the refusal to maintain a healthy body weight. Without getting help, anorexia can be life-threatening.

Bipolar Disorder Treatment
Everyone experiences ups and downs, but when you’re suffering from bipolar disorder life can seem out of control. Brookhaven’s RENEWAL program incorporates your spirituality into an advanced behavioral health program.

OCD Treatment
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can fill your life with uncontrollable thoughts (obsessions) and rituals (compulsions) and stand in the way of relationships and your career.

Beyond Belief: Faith in Everyday Practice

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Kölner Dom, Cologne, Germany (Image provided by Wikipedia)

There are very few truly non-believing people in the world.  This is a belief that I hold, and I don’t know if it is right or wrong.  What I do know is that out of all the people who have told me they are atheists, or even agnostic, I haven’t believed one.  I think they mean what they say, but I also think most people believe in something beyond the material world, even if it is some vague form of destiny or mystical forces.  Most of us have had some sort of emotional experience during which we feel the presence of something beyond ourselves.

I’ve long been interested in what comes after an emotionally charged experience of belief in God.  The Christmas season offers ample opportunity for this as people who don’t regularly attend church might drop in to see a family member sing in a program or for a Christmas Eve service.  Movies and sitcoms portray the wonder of the season with plotlines of transformation and good overcoming evil.  All of this can serve as inspiration to believe, to have faith in something greater than ourselves.  This is the easy part.  The experiences that ignite the fire that will become one’s faith just happen.  Faith put into practice on a daily basis is something that involves intention and courage.  To deepen our faith and live life more fully, demands that we move beyond the rote definition of faith.  As our brains try to make sense of why such terrible events occur in our world, we may have questions for God.  As we pray diligently for a particular outcome that ends up the opposing way, we may wonder why.  It takes courage to let these questions arise, and to accept that there may not be any answers.

Earlier this month, I heard an inspirational quote illustrative of faith delivered in a sermon:

“I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining,

I believe in love, even when I cannot feel it, and

I believe in God, even when He is silent.”

The origins of this come from someone who was hidden in the basement of the cathedral in Cologne, Germany during the time of the Holocaust.  Some sources report that it was written on the wall by a child, a child who clearly understood the daily practice of faith.

The spark for this blog was provided by a friend of mine who sent me the following article, a wonderfully well thought out piece, written by David Brooks in the New York Times.

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