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.

Pain Beyond Injury

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American Soldier Saluting Lost FriendsLast Thursday, August 14, 2014, Michael Bruns spoke about moral injuries at Brookhaven Hospital’s RENEWAL Pastoral Seminar series. Mike is a Brain Injury Case Manager for the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute with a background in working with people with brain injuries including: military veterans, the homeless, incarcerated people and individuals who have survived disasters like the Joplin tornado. He is an Army veteran having served on the DMZ in Korea. Mike’s presentation dealt with the subject of moral injury which. as he described, is a reaction experienced by “individuals who struggle with the transgressions of moral, spiritual and religious beliefs and are haunted by dissonance and internal conflict”.  In Mike’s definition, moral injury includes what we think of with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): flashbacks, hyper vigilance, and nightmares, re-experiencing the event, irritability, insomnia, depression, fatigue, cognitive deficits, anxiety and self-medication via prescription or illegal drugs and alcohol. He described moral injury as “the infection” and PTSD as the underlying disease. A study involving Vietnam veterans with PTSD examined the relationship of combat experiences to the occurrence of PTSD. In that study, veterans who killed or thought they killed women, children and the elderly experienced a higher rate of PTSD than those who killed enemy combatants. In the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan it can be hard for the soldier to determine who the enemy is and the killing of non-soldiers can occur. With that in mind, are PTSD and the related moral injury more of threat?

CNN recently featured the psychological issues faced by returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and the high rates of suicide, PTSD, substance abuse and other psychological problems. The treatment program that was offered to some veterans included exercises to develop trust in others and themselves and to learn to free themselves of pain through Mindfulness meditation. The program’s facilitators were veterans who had faced similar problems. Mike Bruns referred to the veterans needing to heal themselves and in the CNN piece that is exactly what happened.

There is much to be learned about moral injury as part of PTSD and as a separate entity. As an “infection” it occurs in returning veterans, police officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, physicians and disaster relief workers, anyone who encounters the aftermath of violence, by their hand or that of another, and experiences suffering at a spiritual level in which they question themselves, society and how God could let that happen. It is an injury of enormous depth which may leave no physical mark. The process of healing is complex and involves bringing the spiritual and religious components into the treatment process.

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