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.

Helping Churches Prepare For Mental Health Support

Mental health affects a huge portion of our population, and many of those suffering turn to their religious clergy rather than mental health professionals. Yet, churches don’t seem to be well equipped to properly counsel or even direct these individuals to proper treatment.

According to a recent study by Baylor University Professor of Psychology, Dr. Matthew Stanford, says that 27% of church-goers are experiencing mental health issues and only 5% of churches are responding with supportive care.

There are numerous reasons for this lack of support, but Mental Health Grace Alliance claims it doesn’t show a failure in the church. There are cultural stigmas, especially in more conservative denominations, against mental illness, and especially against psychiatry or medication.

More often that not however, many churches and their leaders simply feel they can’t afford the resources to start a strong mental health ministry. What they don’t realize is that you don’t have to devote huge amounts of funds to revamping your churches focus or creating a mental health support institution or ministry.

Church elders can improve their support for members of their congregation dealing with mental illness with just a few steps. As always, I’m a proponent of an education first approach. Pastors and other church leaders should be stepping up to learn how to identify the signs of struggling church members. There are numerous resources available to help leaders learn how to identify those who need help, as well as the Kessler 6, a helpful 6 question test which indicates when a person needs more constructive and professional care.

Once you have identified individuals possibly in need of help, religious leaders often think it is their job to help solve the issue with the word of God. While religious texts have strong supportive and healing messages, often it is more important for leaders to exhibit support, and help direct people to mental health professionals trained to help in these cases. Often, there are these trained professionals already within the church. Just as strong churches can help low-income families find support, so can they help families dealing with mental health problems find treatment.

Churches with a solid mental health support system also have crisis support teams made of staff members to help in moments when there isn’t time to simply refer an individual to a counselor. Training for suicide prevention and crisis support is very easy, and there are organizations happy to provide the training if no one within the church has been educated in the area.

The church is seeing big changes in understandings of mental illness and treatment methods, so it is important to realize that the statistics from Baylor’s study indicate how much room we have to grow rather than portraying an uncaring or unhelpful church. Pastors, priests, and all other kinds of religious leaders are becoming more aware and concerned with helping their troubled congregation members.

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