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.

Ghana’s Mental Health Care Raises Concern

Medi Ssengooba visited Ghana recently, hoping that the country with one of the fastest growing disability rights movements in Africa would be laying the structure for a modern and dignified system for treating those with mental disabilities. Instead, she shares horrific stories from one of the quickest growing democracies in Africa.

Ssengooba visited three of Ghana’s public psychiatric hospitals, eight prayer camps and communities across the country while researching how Ghana treats the 2.8 million residents living with mental disabilities or mental health problems.

Sadly, she reports to CNN that those with mental disabilities are being treated as less than normal citizens. They are being forcibly admitted to overcrowded and unsanitary psychiatric hospitals and prayer camps.

In one of these “prayer camps,” Ssengooba met Elijah, who was chained to a tree. He has been chained to the tree for five months, as the camp’s spiritual leaders have “prescribed” to “treat” restlessness and insomnia, which they deemed a mental illness. He sleeps, bathes, and defecates in an open compound, and will remain there until the spiritual healers have decided he is cured.

These camps are privately owned by religious operations affiliating with Christianity, though their actions would make most question the religious ideas of these camps. Elijah is not the only person chained to a tree. All 20 people with mental disabilities in the camp are chained to trees. They all complain of hunger and they have no shelter.

Often, the camps that do offer an indoor facility lock their doors at midday, leaving the people inside trapped. Not that they would leave. The majority of the country shuns them, and their families are usually the people who brought them to the camp.

There is no government oversight for these camps, and there is no other way to describe what is happening than to say they are gross offences to human rights. Much of the “treatment” would be categorized as illegal in Ghana, but no one enforces these laws here.

Ghana recieves millions of dollars from international donors for development aid, but they budget less than 6 percent of the national budget on mental health care. For Ghana to continue to symbolize stability and peace in Africa, it needs to radically rethink its treatment of those with mental disabilities or mental health problems. All people deserve to be treated as equal human beings, with care and compassion, especially those with mental health issues.

 

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