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.

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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.

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The RENEWAL program at Brookhaven Hospital incorporates your faith into the recovery process in order to address your physical, mental and spiritual needs

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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.

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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.

New genes found associated with schizophrenia

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Two groups of researchers have found new gene variants that provide more understanding about schizophrenia. The new genes were discovered by the teams of Dr. Kari Stefansson of Decode Genetics in Iceland and Dr. Pamela Sklar of Massachusetts General Hospital. The genetic variants that the teams discovered substantially increase the risk for schizophrenia but are limited to a narrow populace of those that have the disease. This finding suggests that schizophrenia can be genetically identified by a large number of extremely rare variants as opposed to a few common variants. According to Dr. Stefansson, “What is beginning to emerge is that a lot of the risk of brain diseases is conferred by rare deletions.”

These results follow a finding in March from a team of researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle that discovered that duplications and sparse deletions of DNA are prominent in people with schizophrenia. The accumulation of new findings suggests that natural selection is efficient at removing unwanted genetic mutations from populations but that new mutations associated with schizophrenia regularly occur in populations despite this. The following is an excerpt of an article from the New York Times that reviews the findings:

“We’ve looked for common variants in schizophrenia and get almost nothing,” said Dr. David Goldstein, a geneticist at Duke University and one of Dr. Stefansson’s co-authors. “This means natural selection has done a really good job of purging them away, and we’re left with rare variants, a constant flow of them, as the principal driver of the disease.”

“This may be the case in other brain diseases, too,” Dr. Goldstein said, “because successful cognitive functioning is a highly complex system and there are many independent ways to take it down.”

One obvious way in which natural selection acts against the disease is that schizophrenics have fewer children than others. “The brain diseases are those where we find the biggest evidence for negative selection, “ Dr. Stefansson said, a finding he found surprising because “I would have thought the brain was a luxury organ when it comes to reproductive success.”

Devising treatments for schizophrenia could be more difficult if the disease is caused by subsets of 2,000 rare variants, say, rather than by just 20 common ones. But several experts said it was too early to know what mix of common and rare variants may cause the disease and whether that might affect the search for treatments.

Click here to read the rest of this article from the New York Times

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