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.

Childhood Abuse and Parental Addiction Increase Depression Recovery Time

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Source: D. Sharon Pruitt

Source: D. Sharon Pruitt

It is no secret that childhood abuse or living with parents under the grip of addiction often have life-long effects that long outlive their damaging environments, but we are just beginning to evaluate exactly what those impacts are. One study on the effects of abuse and parental addiction has found that adults who suffered physical abuse or were raised by addicted parents take longer to recuperate from depression, compared to those raised in healthier households.

The study, published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology used a sample of 1,128 Canadian adults struggling with depression from the National Population Health Survey to analyze remission. These depressed adults were then observed for alternate years or until they went into remission. The maximum time noted to recover from depression in the study was 12 years.

“Our findings indicated that most people bounce back. In fact, three-quarters of individuals were no longer depressed after two years,” reported co-author and Professor Emeriti Tahany M. Gadalla. But, this doesn’t mean everyone recovers at the same speed, and recovery can be impacted by several factors including childhood struggles.

“The average time to recovery from depression was 9 months longer for adults who had been physically abused during their childhood and about 5 months longer for those whose parents had addiction problems” says lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson, Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair in the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.

The authors said that previous studies had already shown that abused children or those who were raised by parents with addiction were more susceptible to depression. This could potentially be linked to why it takes longer to recover.

But, researchers also suggested a biological source for this variance. Specifically, they feel that traumatic childhood experiences disrupt the development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which affects stress regulation.

“In many studies, adult depression has been characterized by HPA axis hyperactivity,” says co-author and recent PhD graduate, Sarah Brennenstuhl. “This link is an important avenue for future research.”

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