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.

Four Belief Systems That Support Spiritual Abuse

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As spiritual abuse continues to make headlines, with the latest being allegations against a well-known international ministry, we often focus on the individual’s directly responsible, and with good reason. But, we should also remember that repeated abuse like those described do not usually happen in a vacuum. There are often conditions and beliefs that exist within these organizations that enable abuse of power, even using spiritual tactics.

Phil Monroe, respected Christian Psychologist and director of the Master’s counseling program at Biblical Seminary, recently created a list of conditions that enable abuse within the church and without. These beliefs are often even held by those who have been abused and keep them from seeking help.

  1. The Leader Shouldn’t Be Questioned – Pastors, priests, and other high ranking church members are often perceived as being ordained by, and thus speaking for, God. It may not be as literal in certain denominations as it is in others  but the perceived closer relationship with god that these clergymen have means they also have deeply built trust within the church, sometimes to a fault. Those who bring accusations against these men and women are often ignored or not believed because it is hard to believe these trusted men would do such a thing, but it is most often hard for victims to corroborate their stories with witnesses  Abuse happens in private, not in front of a group of witnesses.
  2. The Organization is More Important Than The Individual – If one person brings accusations against the church, many organizations will attempt to hide the accusations or scandal in fear that they could damage the institution. It isn’t unheard of for the organizations to push the victims to another church and restore the leader after controversy has past. What isn’t understood is that this undermines the authority and trust of the institution more than facing the accusations head on and taking proper actions against the person abusing their spiritual power.
  3. Chronic Weaknesses (mental illness) are Spiritual Flaws Worthy of Admonition – If a parishioner struggles with chronic anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder, some leaders are prone to make it clear that the primary problem is not mental illness but a lack of faith and obedience. And in light of this ongoing rebellion, the person with mental illness (and their family) are not given the same kind of care as those with physical weaknesses.
  4. Thinking is Less Biased Than Feeling – Often when an allegation of abuse is brought against the leader, the merits of the case are decided in favor of the leader’s logical argument, because the victim’s story is emotional. Just as it is often assumed men are more logical than women or children, it is often equally assumed emotional accusers are less trustable than “logical” leaders.

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One Response to “Four Belief Systems That Support Spiritual Abuse”

  1. ShaLonda August 14, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    So appropriate for the recent thoughts and concerns that I’ve been dealing with

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