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.

Biblical Separation in the Case of Emotional Abuse

Wedding Rings in HandWithin the more conservative groups of Christians, divorce is a tricky thing. Of course, divorce isn’t considered a biblically allowed option for those who simply find their marriages disappointing or fulfilling, but the majority of these congregations still support divorce or separation in the case of physical domestic violence. Once a husband beats his wife or makes her fear for her safety, she most often gains the support of her group for separation.

But, not all cases of abuse include physical abuse or domestic violence. In fact, a surprising number of cases involve spouses who destroy their partner’s spirit in a much more subtle but equally damaging way: emotionally and psychologically. In these cases, abused spouses often find the support they need to be absent.

As Christian counselor Leslie Vernick relates the words of one woman, “My pastor said emotional abuse is too fuzzy to allow for separation. Physical abuse would be clear, but emotional abuse isn’t.”

People desire hard and fast rules to expedite their decisions and feel more comfortable with the choices they make. This is why it is so easy for us to support the spouses of physically abusive partners, there is usually physical proof and even the most conservative churches have clearly laid out ways of handling these issues.

But, emotional abuse isn’t tangible, and its scars are invisible. It is hard for groups that rely on such strict rules to manage the more nuanced situations of emotional abuse. Creating rules for separation in these cases would ignore their more subjective side and leave many women without any support, though it would offer help to many being ignored or neglected.

We desire to know exactly where the line is when fights or marriage problems become emotional abuse, but those lines are’t static. Unlike a physical strike, there is no clearly established limit. But, these emotional injuries are just as real. In fact, some studies suggest they may be more damaging in the long term than physical abuse.

So how do we address the problem? How are we to attempt to identify emotional abuse when it is so hard to pin down? Vernick offers two simple questions that can help to see when a marriage has gone from problematic to downright destructive, but the answer comes down to really speaking openly with those who have dealt with abuse, not from a judgemental position, but from one of compassion and attempting to understand. Emotional abuse may not be physical, but you can gain a lot of insight by taking any claims seriously.

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