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.

How The Church Can Handle Depression

Depression is a hot topic for Christians suddenly, after rather tragic events over the weekend. Faced with the reality of how depression can tear apart family, drag down a person with a promising future, and sometimes lead to a life cut short too soon.

Understanding how to offer proper support both personally and as a church community can be imperative to helping a depressed person keep the faith as well as helping point them towards resources for their mental illness.

What does proper support look like? Support for depression comes in the form of acceptance, love, and caring. Mental Health Grace Alliance pinpointed four ways churches can respond to the disease that may be plaguing members of their congregation.

The first step is always trying to reach understanding. Looking to counselors, psychologist, and respected opinions on the topic is a great way to begin seeing depression as a real disorder. Education about a disease is the main fight to helping those dealing with mental health issues find the support they need. Lack of education can lead to neglect of treatment, lack of support, and often unhelpful beliefs or misunderstandings about what the disease is.

Surprisingly, Mental Grace Health Alliance doesn’t believe the time after diagnosis of depression is the time to be pushing religion more strongly, though that is the first instinct of many believers. Withdrawing from the church is not a healthy step, but neither is trying to force someone dealing with mental health to do more spiritual activities or try to use religious texts to explain the condition.

Pushing religion too heavily in a time of struggle can lead to disillusionment or feelings of inadequacy, especially when we try to explain the condition through biblical means. Keeping the support of the church involved is an important step, but keep it restrained to support rather than active ministering or trying to push someone struggling further into the church. Offer events they can come to where they will be surrounded by a loving congregation and hear the loving, healing word of the lord, but don’t force them to come or make them feel unnecessarily obligated.

Support can come in different ways. There is practical support, such as volunteering to take care of tasks that may go unmanaged while struggling with mental illness such as offering food or mowing the lawn. Another practical form of support is direction to counseling or mental health assistance. There are many faith based counselors out there to help those with mental illness within the church. There is also emotional support that rises from understanding and empathizing with the emotional struggle.

It is important to remember your role when trying to support someone with mental illness. Trying to solve mental illness when you aren’t a trained counselor or psychologist can be damaging, just as forcing religion on a struggling person can actually lead them away from faith. Just try to be there for the person with mental health issues, provide a sense of warmth and love, and lightly keep them reminded of the restoring nature of the lord.

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