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.

Depression and Faith

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Some of the theorist Carl Jung’s statements have spurred a few academic events within the last couple of months in Boston about faith and its place in emotional wellness. At one such event, an MIT conference, psychoanalyst Kathryn Madden relayed how that Jung believed that many psychological issues of adults during treatment were essentially problems of meaning. To quote Jung, ”Among all my patients in the second half of life — that is to say, over 35 — there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook in life.” These ideas resonated at other area conferences as well. Rev. Suzanne Guthrie, Cornell University Episcopal Chaplain, told of the connection between her once depressed state and a desire for faith exploration to an audience at Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Rev. William Rich, Trinity’s associate for adult Christian formation and teacher at New York’s Blanton-Peale Institute, remarked, ”Sometimes, people get depressed when they do not have any kind of grounding, centering place in their lives; If they don’t have some kind of spiritual base — belief in God or transcendent power — then they have very little place to go.” The following is an excerpt of an article from The Boston Globe that discusses these ideas:

That doesn’t mean that atheists are doomed to depression, but it does mean that they and the devout must double-check their psychic insurance, Rich says. ”Everyone has a center that grounds them. Is your family your grounding place? OK, what happens if there’s trouble in the family? Is your work your grounding place? OK, what happens if there’s stress [there]?”

Religious faith is a place for believers to find that grounding, but it is no guarantee against mental illness. ”We’re all susceptible to depression,” he says.

Madden, the dean and chief executive officer of Blanton-Peale, cited one study in her MIT talk asserting that religious faith can speed recovery from mild or moderate bouts of depression. But she said that spiritual exploration can be full of harrowing uncertainty and suggested that depression might be, for the depressed, a step toward a better, more spiritual life.

Click here to read the rest of this article from the Boston Globe

On a side note, it is important to mention that individuals with strong faith can experience clinical depression. An understanding of this alleviates the guilt for people of faith experiencing severe depression, freeing them from the fear of breaking societal norms, which could result in an individual seeking out the help that they need. The general idea I pull from the afore mentioned article is that complete treatment addresses the whole person, spirit, mind and body.

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