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.

Do We Put Too Much Emphasis On The Brain?

Do we put too much emphasis on the brain? This is the question asked recently by Bill McKenzie, a blogger for Dallas News, after reading an article questioning the diagnosis of many children said to have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The author of that piece, Dr. Vatsal Thakkar, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at New York University’s School of Medicine, theorized that a portion of children diagnoses with ADHD may actually have sleep disorders overlooked by the easier target of ADHD.

This lead McKenzie to start pondering if maybe brain science and mental health studies have reached a point where they overshadow more practical reasons for an individual’s failings in behavioral norms. He asks if sin could possibly be the source of these “mental health” issues rather than chemical imbalances which cause “abnormal” behavior.

While McKenzie’s questions have some legitimacy to them, the opinions he shared from other religious academics shows the worm hole opened up when undermining mental health diagnoses and the field itself, while also showing a clear misinterpretation of how counseling and mental health diagnostic tests go.

Matthew Wilson, Associate Professor of Political Science at Southern Methodist University, highlights this misunderstanding the best by outright saying that by diagnosing illness we are removing personal accountability, apparently unaware of how mental health treatment works.

When we sit down with patients to get to the root of their issues, almost every question focuses on day-to-day life, and what influences are causing these issues reported by the patient. There is never an immediate assumption that anyone asking for support from a counselor or mental health professional has a legitimate mental illness, but rather they are struggling with their life at the time which may or may not be a result of mental health issues, and in the worst case scenarios there are those that come to doctors hoping to find access to prescription medicines they can abuse.

This is why counselors search through all the information we are given to hope to identify what is causing an individual’s problems, and if those complaints are truthful. We don’t aim to medicate, or even diagnose every person we meet, and we certainly don’t remove personal accountability. If it is indicated that a person was raised with inattentive parents or that they are simply breaking moral codes because they enjoy it, the cause of the personal struggle is quite possibly not mental illness, though it is still an option due to genetic predisposition, and we commence treatment focused on reorienting those people.

Once a professional decision has been made to diagnose someone with a mental illness, it is a tentative diagnosis like any that any health professional gives, in that the diagnose can be altered with any new information.

While a diagnosis may be cause for a medical prescription, the actual treatment comes in the form of therapy for the condition. In therapy, we don’t advocate any sort of behavior that excuses actions based on mental illness, except in the cases of the severely mentally handicapped, which is an entirely different scenario. Someone with bi-polar disorder isn’t told they are completely excused from their actions, but rather we work to mediate the emotions and thoughts that lead to aberrant actions.

McKenzie’s initial thoughts are innocent, and in some cases can be well placed. However, by citing sin as a cause for any sort of mental illness, he places a foot firmly in the ideological camp which has been refusing or shaming innocent people in the church simply for having a biological condition. I’m not saying it isn’t possible sin could possibly lead to mental struggle, especially when that sin begins to weigh so heavily on an individual it physically effects them, however allowing the idea that sin is the seed of mental illness stay as prominent in the church as it currently is only hurts those searching for the light of God just like all of us.

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