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.

Medications for ADHD are not gateway drugs

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According to a recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry, medications for ADHD are not gateway drugs. In other words, these medications do not lead to substance abuse. The ten-year study showed that there was no long-term increase in the risk of substance abuse when using the stimulant drugs. The study failed to replicate a protective effect of the stimulant drugs, which was seen at the four-year mark. However, according to Michael C. Monuteaux, Sc.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital, the findings should still be reassuring. The following is an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that reviews that study’s findings:

Future substance abuse should not weigh in the decision to start stimulant medications for children with ADHD, he said.

Some earlier studies had suggested that stimulant medications increased the risk for cocaine, nicotine, and other drug abuse. Other studies supported a protective effect or simply no association.

Since these studies have largely suffered from methodological issues, the researchers examined alcohol, illicit drug, and nicotine abuse in their cohort of Caucasian boys with ADHD who were ages six to 17 at baseline.

For the 10-year follow-up analysis, 112 patients were assessed at a mean age of 22.

Among them, 73% received stimulant medications at some point and 22% were currently on stimulants at the 10-year follow-up assessment. Half of those who used stimulant medications started treatment between the ages of six and 10 (mean 8.8 years) and continued for two to 10 years (mean six years).

After adjusting for conduct disorder, risk of substance abuse was neither increased nor decreased for patients who received stimulant treatment compared with those who did not.

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

Action Point: ADHD drugs, while sometimes unfoundedly thought of as leading to drug abuse, are actually helpful for individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Unbiased studies such as this can serve as good tools to dispel myths that can actually keep parents from providing their children with resources that could help them. For Pastors confronted with questions about these types of drugs, this information can help to demystify the medication and solidify the science it is founded on.

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