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.

Moderate alcohol intake is associated with a loss in total brain volume

There is an abundance of research supporting the idea that a small glass of wine in the evening promotes good heart health, but how does it affect your brain? According to a study published in the October issue of Archives of Neurology, moderate alcohol intake is associated with a loss in total brain volume, more volume loss than expected from aging alone (P<0.001). According to Carol Ann Paul, of Wellesley College, the cardiovascular benefits from low to moderate alcohol consumption supposedly come from an increase in blood flow, which would be thought to help the brain as well. However, low and moderate alcohol intake was closely related to the cognitive decline and brain atrophy associated with heavy drinking. Paul, summing things up, said, "The brain shrinkage that you see with Alzheimer's and dementia is of a much greater magnitude… however, any decrease in brain volume is probably not beneficial." The following is an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that reviews the study:

They analyzed self-reported alcohol intake for 1,839 participants in the community-based Framingham Offspring Study who had an MRI between 1999 and 2001 but no clinically evident neurological disease, stroke, or dementia.

Most participants reported drinking one to seven alcoholic beverages a week, which is considered low intake. Men were more likely to report moderate or high — more than 14 drinks per week — alcohol consumption.

Increasing alcohol consumption was associated with decreasing total cerebral brain volume, which remained significant after adjustment for head circumference, age, sex, education, body mass index, and Framingham Stroke Risk Profile score (P<0.01).

The slope of this negative association (−0.25) was slightly greater than that for the average annual decline expected with aging.

Moderate drinking had a significantly worse impact on the brain than former drinking (P=0.03).

Heavy drinking was associated with significantly smaller brain volume compared with all other groups (P<0.01 versus abstinence, former drinking, and low intake, P=0.04 versus moderate intake).

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

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