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.

FDG-PET imaging shows changes in brains of young adults who abuse alcohol

Changes in the brain that are normally seen in older patients with alcohol related dementia are now being identified in young adults that abuse alcohol. Neuropsychological tests have largely failed to reveal deficiencies in brain function in young adults who abuse alcohol. However, according to Josephine Wilson, Ph.D., and colleagues at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, brain images in young adults who abuse alcohol show diminished changes in the same areas as older patients with alcohol related dementia. The study consisted of 20 men, ten of which drank 25 or more alcoholic beverages a week, and ten, the control group, who did not drink. The men were all of the same age, did not use recreational drugs, and had no history of traumatic brain injury. The study administered FDG-PET imaging and a wide rage of neuropsychological tests.

Brain images observed several differences between the brains of the young adults who abused alcohol in the study and those that did not. Specifically, there were noticeable differences in the left cerebral hemisphere of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, in the right cerebral hemisphere of the primary visual cortex, and in the fusiform gyrus of the temporal lobe. The study, however, according to Dr. Wilson, found “… no statistically significant difference between drinkers and abstainers for any of the neuropsychological measures obtained.” The following is an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that reviews the findings:

Changes in the brains of young alcohol abusers appear to occur even though neuropsychologoical tests fail to reveal deficiencies.

The same areas of the brain in these 21- to 25-year-old self-identified heavy drinkers that show diminished changes on imaging are the areas that are affected in older patients with pronounced neurological deficits, found Josephine Wilson, Ph.D., of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and colleagues.

“This is an early warning signal that these changes are taking place at an early age,” said Dr. Wilson, who presented her findings at the of the American Psychological Association meeting.
Suzan Streichenwein, M.D., a psychiatrist in West Palm Beach, Fla., commented that “it really is scary to see these same changes in the brain scans of these young men that we see in patients with alcohol-related dementia.”

Click here to read the entire article from Medpage Today

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