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.

No link between antidepressants and suicide

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According to a recent study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, suicide pattens of depressed people have nothing to do with antidepressant use. According to Gregory E. Simon, MD, and James Savarino, PhD, of the Group Health Cooperative, rates of suicide among depressed people were the same whether or not the patient was on antidepressants or engaged in psychotherapy or both. The study examined 130,000 cases of newly diagnosed patients with depression. The study, contrary to arguments that sight antidepressants as cause for suicide, found that rates of suicide were highest a month before treatment and second highest during the first month of treatment. Rates of suicide were actually lowest during the period after which therapy and or antidepressants had been utilized for over a month.

Studies like this are important in that they help to dispel myths about the effects of antidepressant drugs. Unfortunately, without an understanding of the effects of antidepressants and therapy, distortions of the truth can arise which can ultimately cause people struggling with depression not to get the help that they so desperately need. Below is an excerpt of an article from the Psychiatric Times that reviews the study:

Increases in suicide rates in the first month of treatment for depression appear to be unrelated to the use of antidepressants, reported investigators here.

The patterns of suicide attempts among patients treated for depression were similar whether they received antidepressants, psychotherapy, or both, reported Gregory E. Simon, M.D., M.P.H., and James Savarino, Ph.D., of the Group Health Cooperative, a Washington state health plan.

Data on more than 130,000 new episodes of depression showed that regardless of treatment type, the number of suicide attempts was highest in the month before therapy, next highest in the first of month of therapy, and lowest thereafter, the investigators reported in the July issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

“Our study indicates that there’s nothing specific to antidepressant medications that would either make large populations of people with depression start trying to kill themselves-or protect them from suicidal thoughts,” said Dr. Simon.

“Instead,” he said, “we think that, on average, starting any type of treatment-medication, psychotherapy, or both-helps most people of any age have fewer symptoms of depression, including thinking about suicide and attempting it.”

The investigators reviewed outpatient insurance claims, and identified 131,788 new episodes of treatment for depression — 70,368 beginning with a prescription for an antidepressant from a primary care physician, 7,297 with a prescription from a psychiatrist, and 54,123 with psychotherapy as the initial form of treatment.

The authors then looked at outpatient and inpatient claims to identify suicide attempts or possible attempts in a period ranging from 90 days before the start of treatment for depression to 180 days afterward.

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