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.

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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

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.

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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.

Overweight Teens May Be At Higher Risk For Smoking

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Most parents do everything they can to keep their children from smoking, but a large number of teens still take up the dangerous habit. A new study may help identify which teens are more likely to smoke and why they may be more drawn to cigarettes.

The study, from the University of California, Los Angeles, found that overweight or obese teens are more likely to smoke cigarettes. Surprisingly, despite the increased risk of smoking, these teens were not associated with a higher likelihood of alcohol or marijuana abuse.

The researchers suggest one reason overweight individuals may be more likely to smoke is the myth that smoking helps with appetite suppression or weight reduction. Instead, Christopher N. Ochner, Ph.D., said “people who smoke crave fatty foods more” and there is no connection between cigarettes and weight loss.

The study, published in the American Journal of Health Behavior, collected data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health which surveyed teens about their mental and physical health in 1995, 1996, and 2001. Participants also reported their height and weight in the study to approximately determine body mass index (BMI) and the study included questions about their use of cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana.

The results showed that high BMI was directly correlated to cigarette smoking in young adulthood, but those teens were less likely to abuse alcohol or marijuana than those with an average BMI.

“For overweight or obese adolescents, the increased desire to improve social standing or fit in with others may also increase the probability of engaging in regular cigarette smoking. Cigarettes may also be used because they are thought to suppress appetite and help with weight reduction,” lead author H. Isabella Lanza, research associate with the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs in Los Angeles, said in a press release.

For many of these teens, smoking may be the result of feeling like they don’t fit in with their peers. While it is perfectly common for church-going individuals to have these feelings, having an open and accepting group of peers such as a church youth group can help improve self-esteem and happiness which may help prevent smoking.

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