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.

Mental health crisis training for religious leaders

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Most churches have purposely positioned themselves to provide charitable services to the communities they are in, such as food pantries, clothing ministries, support groups and the like. Due to the charitable nature of church communities they often encounter people with mental illness, especially churches in metropolitan areas. This is a wonderful opportunity to express the love and support of Jesus Christ; as such, it is prudent for key church staff to have training surrounding how to appropriately interact with those dealing with mental illness.

Captain Mark Sawa, of the Austin, Texas police department, is one of many individuals taking up the initiative to provide training for Pastors and clergy surrounding mental health issues. Capt. Sawa decided to promote a community training specifically for crisis intervention after having several clergy ask him how they should kindly approach situations wherein persons with mental illness disrupt service.

The training provided attendees with tools to identify signs of mental illness. Team leader Sam Hart suggested clergy should be aware of behaviors such as illogical or obsessive thoughts, the belief that God is giving them obscure orders, or the belief that one is God. The underpinning approach that the trainers taught was one in which clergy “stay calm, speak clearly, and use empathetic language.” The following is an excerpt of an article from The Statesman that discusses the Austin community training:

The minister had just begun his sermon when a gray-haired woman in the second pew at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church jumped up and turned to the congregation. With her arms flailing, she shouted, “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about! He doesn’t come from God!”

An usher strode down the aisle of the Central Austin church and spoke gently to the woman. “Ma’am, can I talk to you for a moment? My name is Sam.”

After a moment, the woman relented and followed the usher out of the sanctuary. The minister continued his sermon.

The scene wasn’t real. It was part of a crisis intervention training seminar conducted this month by the Travis County sheriff’s department for religious leaders. But such disruptions in worship services are common, which is why Capt. Mark Sawa urged the audience to have a plan in place before an incident occurs. A plan should include a 911 call to request either a sheriff’s department crisis intervention team or a similarly trained officer from the Austin Police Department, Sawa said.
Those officers, he said, will assess the situation and determine what mental health services are needed.

Click here to read the rest of the article from The Statesman

Beginning in February of each year, Renewal Christian Care hosts a free luncheon to equip ministers with resources surrounding mental illness and drug addiction. The trainings are held every other month on the last Thursday of the month with the exception of December, which is held on the second Thursday of the month. You and your staff are formally invited to attend any of our intriguing and practical free luncheons.


Click here to view Renewal Christian Care’s list of free upcoming community trainings for Pastors, Chaplains, and clergy and to register online.

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