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.

Can spirituality help people with mental health problems?

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Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for Renewal at Brookhaven Hospital

Spirituality can help followers deal with mental distress and allows a foundation to promote a healthy overall well-being.

Many years ago, individuals were not allowed to receive spiritual care counseling in conjunction with mental health psychotherapy. In fact, there probably were not many Christian therapists available- as they are now.

 A Systematic review from the Journal of Traumatic Stress concluded that “…religion and spirituality are highly valuable to people in times of crisis, trauma and grief.” [Weaver, A. J., L. T. Flannelly, J. Garbarino, C. R. Figley, and K. J. Flannelly, 2003, A systematic review of research on religion and spirituality in the Journal of Traumatic Stress : 1990-1999: Mental Health, Religion & Culture, v. 6, no. 3, p. 215-228.]

Spirituality relies on faith to carry the individual through as they learn new coping strategies to work out their problems. However, in some cases, if individuals had bad experiences within their belief system, spirituality and mental health techniques can be a bit more challenging for the therapist. Therefore, we would want to tread lightly in those cases.

Many psychiatrists now believe that religion and spirituality are important in the life of their patients. As I mentioned before, the importance of spirituality in mental health is now widely accepted

D’Souza names four key areas towards his new psychotherapeutic method called “Spirituality Augmented Cognitive Behavior Therapy “ (SACBT). Those are: Acceptance, Hope, Achieving Meaning and Purpose. [D’Souza RF. Spiritually augmented cognitive behavior therapy[SACB]Australas Psychiatry. 2004;12:148–52. ]

Leavy and King reported that a partnership between clergy and psychotherapist will continue to grow.  [. Leavey G, King M. The devil in the detail: partnership between psychiatry and faith based organizations. Br J Psychiatry.2007;191:97–8.

In my experience as a community Chaplin, the challenges can be that some spiritual leaders’ belief systems would not allow their parishioners to seek mental health services. This is due to lack of knowledge and understanding between spiritual care and mental health.

For it was Christ that traveled often with his physician, Luke, and  Luke was called the “physician of souls.”  God allows science to work with faith to provide an alternative healing method.

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One Response to “Can spirituality help people with mental health problems?”

  1. George January 15, 2016 at 5:20 am #

    I get so inspired after reading this article of yours. May you continue to inspire people out there that there is nothing impossible with spiritual healing.

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