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.

Does Your Church Have An Eating Disorder?

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How To Address Christian Teens Suffering From Eating Disorders

It is alarming to take note that teenagers are at high risk of suffering from eating disorders. In the recent survey from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa And Associated Disorders, one half of teenagers use unhealthy weight control habits like fasting, vomiting, skipping meals and taking laxatives  in order to lose weight. The same survey also indicated that 58% of college students are forced to lose weight because of peer pressure and the influence of mass media.

Eating disorders cause problems not only for the body but also to the brain development of teenagers. Examples of eating disorders are Anorexia and  Bulimia and  severe cases of either can cause both heart and kidney failures. These eating disorders can also affect the self-esteem of kids. It is important to understand that eating disorders stem from other mental disorders. Teens who suffer from eating disorders may have experienced abuse, neglect or trauma when they were younger which led them to drastically change their eating patterns and behaviors.

What Can You Do To Help?

 As a Christian parent who suspects their teenager might be suffering from an eating disorder, how should you deal with the situation? There are many ways to deal with eating disorders. It is important that you let them know that you love them and that God loves them too. It is also important that you tell other family members to stop any name calling that might be occurring. Calling someone porky, chubby or fatso can greatly influence a child’s body perception. They think that, in order to gain respect from other people, they have to drastically lose weight and this can lead to an eating disorder.  Consult with your family doctor or a mental health professional sooner rather than later if you think your child might be engaging in eating disorder behaviors such as binge eating, purging, drastically restricting calorie intake, over-exercising or exhibiting signs of preoccupation with their weight.

 The Body Is The Temple Of God

People who suffer from eating disorders tend to lose respect for their bodies. Thus, it is important that you help them understand that the body is the temple of God and if they try to harm it by starving or depriving it of food, then they are also shunning God away from their lives. In Ephesians 5:29, the scripture tells us that we “should not hate our bodies, but feed them and cherish them as Christ loves the church, because we are a member of Christ’s body”.

How To Treat Eating Disorders

Treating eating disorders can be a challenging task because everyone is involved in the treatment procedure.  Help your child understand and accept that he or she needs help. Once acceptance sets in, it is important to tell your child that having a good spirit and heart are more important than physical beauty. Let your child reflect on 1Samuel 16:7 (NIV) which says “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Eating disorders can be very serious and young Christians struggling with it need a lot of help that they can get from their parents, families and the whole Christian community. By being able to address their insecurities, only then can they live happy and fulfilling lives.

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