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.

“Going to Pot”

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According to a recent study conducted by David Gorelick, MD, Ph D., of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore, and colleagues at a recent American Psychiatric Association meeting, withdraw from marijuana appears to be the real deal. According to the study, approximately one third of marijuana users who made real efforts to quit the drug failed because of withdraw symptoms. The study confirms several smaller studies on the subject. According to Dr. Gorelick, “I think the consensus now is that there is a cannabis withdrawal syndrome… this warrants attention during treatment of cannabis dependence.” Dr. Gorelick also mentioned that while cannabis withdraw was not included in the DSM-IV the next version would be inclusive of it. The following is an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that reviews the study:

The findings came from questionnaires administered to 469 self-reported marijuana users 18 to 64 years old from the Baltimore area, who were recruited by advertisements and word of mouth.

About 28% reported more than 10,000 lifetime uses of marijuana, the equivalent of once-daily use for 27 years. More than half the sample reported at least 2,000 lifetime uses.

“We get the picture that these were heavier users,” Dr. Gorelick said.

Some 90.6% had at least three dependence criteria as defined in DSM-IV’s section on general substance dependence.

Fewer than half — 42.4% — said they had experienced withdrawal symptoms when they tried to quit.

Among those that did, reported symptoms were both physical and psychological, Dr. Gorelick said.

Click here to read the rest of this story from Medpage Today

Click here for information on the treatment of chemical dependency

Pastoral Action Point: A worth mentioning point that I draw out from this study is that marijuana, which has typically been thought of as the lesser of evils within the world of illegal drugs by its users, has equally serious dangers connected with it. The confirmation of a withdraw syndrome associated with marijuana could make the brash enthusiast think twice about exploring the drug. It may be worth bringing up the addictive properties of cannabis during an appropriate church venue.

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