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.

Domestic violence against men grossly under-reported

A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine showed that domestic violence against men is grossly under-reported and may have implications on mental health. According to the study, a retrospective cohort, of the 420 men involved 28.8% had been victims of emotional or physical violence during their adult lives. In a similar study this number was at 44% among women. Additionally, men who were over the age of 55 and had suffered domestic violence had generally lower mental health scores, showing greater signs of depression; men that were under the age of 55 reported more difficulty functioning socially. According to the researchers conducting the study, “…the findings suggest that the failure of healthcare personnel to ask about and acknowledge men’s experiences may be shortsighted.” The following is an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that reviews the study:

“Asking men about [intimate partner violence] may open a conversational space about violence — perhaps bi-directional in nature — that may be occurring in their relationships,” they said.

Future research, the researchers said, is needed to determine effectiveness of various interventions.

Dr. Reid said that this study should not overshadow the effects of violence against women.

“This study doesn’t downplay or mitigate the experience that women have with domestic violence. It’s common for women, and health consequences — including death — can be devastating,” he said. “But violence appears to go in many directions, directed against children, against women, and, in some cases, men.”

The researchers conducted a telephone survey of 420 adult men (mean age 53.8, 86.1% white) who were insured by Group Health for at least three years.

They were asked about past episodes of intimate partner violence using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey.

Health was assessed using the Short Form-36 version 2, the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale, and the National Institute of Mental Health Presence of Symptoms Survey.

A total of 18.4% of the participants reported being a victim of childhood physical or sexual violence and 14.5% had witnessed intimate partner violence.

Overall, 4.6% of the participants had been violenced in the past year by an intimate partner and 10.4% had been a victim of violence in the past five years.

Click here to read the rest of this article from Medpage Today

Pastoral Action Point: Recognizing an individual as being in a scenario that doesn’t fit the societal mold is difficult. However, the numbers are clear; 28.8% of men in this study had suffered domestic violence. The difficulty in recognizing domestic violence suffered by men is that societal expectations create seemingly impenetrable walls for pride to escape. It is tremendously difficult for one to share about domestic violence or reach out for help when collective beliefs dictate that men are rarely if ever victims of it. Therefore, fostering open communication and trust among congregants and staff is essential. In situations were violence is suspected… “ask.” It would also be well worthwhile to incorporate stats inclusive of male victims in domestic violence prevention talks that your church presents or hosts.

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