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.

Faith-based Initiatives on Human Trafficking and Mental Health

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Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital

Faith-based organizations and Human Trafficking Initiatives are working together to  build collaboration across agencies, including mental health and law enforcement bureaus for the prevention, intervention and care for adult and child victims of human trafficking.  Here are some facts:

  • Human trafficking is estimated to be over a 150 billion dollar industry (International Labor Organization 2014)
  • The federal definition of Human trafficking is defined by US Department of Homeland Security as modern-day slavery involving the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act; or commercial sex involving a person under 18 years of age. In cases where the person is under 18 years of age, there is no burden to prove force, fraud or coercion. Any time an exchange is made for sex with a person under the age of 18, that act is considered human trafficking. The exchange may be for money, drugs, or other goods or services.
  • Experts who provide treatment for victims of sex trafficking report that 95% of them were in the foster care system at some point in their life. When they reach adulthood, many of them turn to prostitution.

Faith Based and Community Initiatives is putting together a community awareness campaign to build a network of support for child victims of sex trafficking across the state and link them to mental health services, safe housing and rehabilitation from trauma.

A study by Bezpalcha (2003) identified the following range of reactions: fear, guilt, rage, sense of betrayal, distrust, helplessness, shock, suspicion and feeling lost.  Aron et al. (2006) reported that victims often indicated that they wished to receive some type of counseling treatment, especially after their sense of safety and normalcy was re-established.

Attending church, feeling the need to be cleansed are often overlooked by clergy’s if they do not recognize the symptoms of individuals who may have been victims of trafficking. Especially among immigrant refugees whose first place of refugee is often in a religious sanctuary. Bemak and Chung (2002) suggested a “multilevel model of counseling and psychotherapy that specifically focuses on mental health services for refugees.”

In essence, it is vital that the faith based community works closely with the mental health industry as, mental health services to victims of trafficking may significantly aid these individuals in healing and re-integration into their new or old environments. Because the number of victims is reaching “epidemic proportions” (U.N. 2007), mental health practitioners may encounter greater numbers of clients with such experiences of trauma.

Next Thursday, May 12th, Brookhaven Hospital will be offering a Pastoral Seminar on “Human Trafficking Awareness for Pastoral Care.”  If you are a pastor, chaplain, or church personnel, this seminar is free for you to attend, so come to hear from an expert in the field concerning this epidemic, especially how it affects Oklahoma rise in human trafficking.

Our speaker is Sgt Todd Evans from Tulsa Police Department who has handled over 30 Oklahoma cases on Human Trafficking. Please contact me at ldross(insert @ here)brookhaventhospital.com or call 918.438.4257  to reserve your spot!  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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