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.

Hormone drives individuals to eat


A recent study published in the May issue of Cell Metabolism discovered that a hormone secreted in the gut drives individuals to eat by making food seem more appealing. The hormone, ghrelin, was infused into healthy volunteers who were subsequently shown pictures of various foods while being subjected to an MRI to study the brain’s reward centers. The hormone was found to stimulate not only visual processing of food images but also memory. Volunteers in the study recalled the food images as being particularly appealing even some time after testing. According to Dr. Alain Dagher, M.D., of McGill University, “Ghrelin has widespread effects, not just on one or two brain regions, but the whole network. …After ghrelin infusion food pictures become even more salient — people actually see them better. It influences not only visual processing, but also memory. People remembered the food pictures better when ghrelin was high.” The following is an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that reviews the study:

To learn more about the origin of ghrelin’s effects on eating, Dr. Dagher and colleagues studied 20 nonobese healthy volunteers.

Three hours after eating a standardized meal, the participants viewed a series of pictures of food and scenery and subjectively rated their appetite and mood. Investigators also examined the participants’ recall of the pictures.

Then 12 participants received ghrelin by intravenous infusion and eight received a placebo infusion.

All participants underwent functional brain MRI and then viewed the same pictures again.

Participants in the ghrelin group demonstrated a significant increase in hunger assessment and recall of food pictures after receiving the hormone (P=0.01) but hedonic ratings did not differ between the two viewings of the pictures.

In the placebo group, neither picture recall nor subjective responses differed between the two viewings.

Brain imaging after administration of ghrelin, versus placebo, revealed heightened neural response in the amygdala, orbitofrontal cortex, anterior insula, and striatum.

“These regions encode the salience and the hedonic and incentive value of visual cues,” the authors said. “This effect likely accounts for the ability of ghrelin to trigger and promote feeding.”

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

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