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 Ministry and Faith

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Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for Renewal at Brookhaven Hospital

Stigma surrounds mental health in some of our church denominations. Yet, in the midst of our congregation, there are people suffering from some sort of mental health crisis.  If you ever wondered, why a member constantly wants your attention, it might be because the treatment they need is beyond your ministry scope of practice. That’s okay. The best thing you can do in the situation is to refer them to a mental health professional.

Not all depression is long term, but sometimes due to grief or recent trauma; depression can often be treated in several counseling sessions by a mental health provider. Most health providers are now trained to treat from a holistic approach.

I think some of the stigma in the faith communities is rooted in this belief: “Use your faith and you will be healed.” That is not the way we apply our faith. We first learn the root of the problem, learn new coping strategies and begin to use and apply our faith towards healing. Faith needs something to work with.

According to the National Alliance of Mental Health [NAMI] in a 2002 study by the Pew Global Attitudes Project , people in the US have said that “…religion plays a very important role” in their personal lives.

The impact of religion and mental health seemed relevant enough to cause a change in the 1994 revision of the American Psychiatric Association (APA Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) which added a new diagnostic category (V62.89) called “religious or spiritual problem.” (American Psychiatric Association, 1994, p 300)

What is really troubling to the mental health professional community is that some pastors have no background in mental health and may not know how and when to refer someone for additional help.

Concerned about increase of depression and deaths by suicide, NAMI has developed a Mental Health Ministry guide in order to help educate pastors, so that they can have a better awareness in what to look for when providing spiritual counseling.

The good news is, we have counselors who are now more trained in spiritual care and psychiatric hospitals like Brookhaven that offers Renewal Christian Care services if the patient chooses to participate.

Christians need to know that there is nothing wrong in getting additional help. In fact, it is the opposite of having insufficient faith.  Getting help will strengthen your faith.

 

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