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 Shave November: Toss Your Razor

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No Shave NovemberMany men across America are tossing out their razors and not shaving for the whole month of November.  Even popular television personalities such as Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Willie Geist and Carson Daly are not shaving.  Why are many men across America letting their hair grow long? It’s simple: to bring awareness to men’s health. The popular topics for men’s health are prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and male breast cancer. In the spirit of “No Shave November,” I want to share some ways to help men mentally deal with cancer.  Men’s mental health when dealing with cancer is sometimes forgotten and overlooked.

How to Help Men Mentally Deal with Cancer?

If you have a man in your life who has recently been diagnosed with cancer or is currently receiving treatment for cancer, you may wonder how you can you help your him? I wish there was just one answer but since every man is different there are many different answers.  Be there for him. Most men don’t like to share their feelings, in general. They will normally hide or redirect what is going on in their life, especially when it is something personal like prostate or testicular cancer. So keep that in mind when you talk with men, and try not to ask too many questions. You want to be there when they are ready to talk, and try to make it feel like a normal conversation. Seek outside help.  You may also want to see a counselor by yourself to talk about what you are feeling and how you can help him.  Act Normal. During this time, people want to treat the person with cancer differently. They might act shy around them or hover over them. Most people with cancer just want to feel normal. So when you talk with them, just talk about what you would have talked about before they had cancer.

 Dealing with Depression with Cancer

When a man goes into the doctor’s office for a checkup, not expecting to get negative results, and the doctor says, “It’s cancer,” a normal day has turned into a dreadfully awful day in just seconds. Depression can start to creep up in this man’s life, and he may start to hide how sad he feels about the cancer.  You need to be aware of the signs of depression to understand what he is going through.

Signs of depression from the Mayo Clinic include:

  • Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
  • Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Changes in appetite — depression often causes decreased appetite and weight loss, but in some people it causes increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Agitation or restlessness — for example, pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
  • Irritability or angry outbursts
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration
  • Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy — even small tasks may seem to require a lot of effort
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself when things aren’t going right
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
  • Crying spells for no apparent reason
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

If you see these signs, it’s okay to seek help from a doctor or counselor.  This is especially true regarding thoughts of suicide, you must make sure the person is safe.

 Men Need Faith

That old saying “when the chips are down” don’t give up hope is a good one. I believe hope can make a huge difference in the whole outcome. I love this verse in Jeremiah 29:11(NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” This tells us that we can put our hope not in our body but in God, and not in this world but in Heaven.  Remember to put 2 Corinthians in practice and pray, pray, pray every moment you get.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (ESV) ”So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

 

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