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.

Is PTSD Possible Within Biblical Doctrine? Biblical Scholars Say Yes

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While the church is making progress on recognizing and providing support to those who experience mental illness, there is still a great amount of work to be done. PTSD has faced recent struggles with being appropriately recognized within the Christian community, especially as numerous evangelists have proclaimed that “Good Christians” can’t experience post-traumatic stress disorder within the past year.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work like that.

Just as good Christians can come down with a cold, get cancer, or experience depression, those who have given themselves to God can still be plagued by traumatic experiences. It isn’t a matter of lack of faith, but one of observable alterations in the brain, as Christian counselor H. Norman Wright wrote in Trauma and the Brain, Suggested Steps in Helping Those in Trauma.

“Traumatized people have alterations in their brains,” Wright said. “This is not just an emotional response to the troubling events; it’s the expression of a persistent deregulation of body and brain chemistry. And brain chemistry can be altered for decades. With this change arousing events can trigger flashbacks. Trauma creates chaos in our brain. Trauma causes an emotional as well as a cognitive concussion.”

Importantly, it isn’t just the science journals arguing for the validity of PTSD. Several biblical scholars also agree that PTSD is consistent with biblical doctrine.

As Reformed Biblical Coaching explained in a blog about the condition, “theologically it seems fitting to admit that Wright’s description is very probably because we live in a fallen world that is deformed in sin, which means that ectopias (that is abnormalities in the brain) most likely could and do develop (2 Corinthians 4:16)”.

Dr. Edward T. Welch, from Biblical Theological Seminary, Ph.D., puts it more simply when he says it seems reasonable to conclude that “brain weaknesses do influence the person.”

While there will always be those who seek to dismiss or discredit mental health, it is a serious issue and it is important the church recognize these conditions as they exist within our communities. More importantly, claims like those that say mental illness is the result of failures in our faith forget that we are all fallen. Our bodies are fragile and we as Christians are susceptible to illness just as any others are. However, God is there to support us and lead us through the trying times.

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