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.

Ed Welch Speaks on Helping Those With Mental Health Issues

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At the Desiring God 2012 National Conference that took place in Minneapolis, Minn., over the weekend, counseling expert Ed Welch spoke on how Christians can improve the way they minister to those struggling with mental health issues. Jeff Schapiro of the Christian Post was there to catch his speech.

Welch stressed that while it can be difficult to minister to those with psychiatric issues, no one has the perfect brain and even those with mental limitations can pursue religion.

Welch argued, “though the brain offers these limitations on us, the brain essentially, fundamentally offers no limitation on our sanctification”.

The first step towards ministering to those with mental health issues is to truly listen to them. Ministers should get to know the intricacies of the lives of the person and their family so the minister is “affected by the hardness of their life”. It is essential to be able to understand what they face every day.

Welch stressed that though our physical embodiment may differ, “at the level of the heart, our issues are identical.”

We all grow old and our bodies wither and waste away, and the same can be said for our brains. This is why Welch pushed to remind the audience that the spirit can be constantly renewed.

Of course, it has become policy in Christian churches to leave the lives of those with psychiatric issues in the hands of professionals in that field of treatment. Welch argued this does not mean we should leave their souls in the same hands. Life can be hard for everyone, and Christians should always be there to help those in need.

The second step in leading those struggling toward the light is contextualizing their life story within the story of the Bible.

“Christ was crucified in weakness, and as a result he seems to have a unique affection for those who are especially weak … And he seems to be particularly pleased to use people who are weak to do magnificent, fruitful things in the kingdom of heaven.”

Counselors and ministers would love to rid the pain and struggles of life from those they are trying to help, but it is important to keep in mind that sometimes the hardships help draw people to holiness and God.

As Welch said, “we don’t have to be experts in modern psychiatry, we simply need to love wisely […] recognizing that people live before God”

 

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