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.

People struggling with obesity may gain less pleasure from eating

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Findings from a study published in the October 17th issue of Science reveal that people struggling with obesity may receive less pleasure from eating, contributing to their weight. Eric Stice, psychology researcher at The University of Texas at Austin, and colleagues, found that individuals may have a predisposition to obesity due to their brain’s sluggish response to a sensation of fulfillment or pleasure from eating; these individuals compensate for the lack of reward from their brain by eating foods that are more calorie rich, this makes them gain weight. As Stice put it, “Obese people may have fewer dopamine receptors, so they overeat to compensate for this reward deficit… they need to take in more of a rewarding substance to experience the same level of pleasure as other people.” The following is an excerpt of an article from Medical News Today that discusses the study’s findings more:

For the study, Stice and colleagues used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to watch activity in the dorsal striatum of female participants while they consumed a chocolate milkshake and then while they consumed a tasteless solution. They did this twice, once with 43 female students aged 18 to 22 and then also with 33 teenage girls aged 14 to 18.

They also tested both groups to find out which individuals had the Taq1A1 gene, which meant they had a lower number of dopamine D2 receptors.

Stice and colleagues then followed the participants for 12 months and monitored changes in their body mass index (BMI).

The results showed that participants whose striata were less active when they drank the milkshake and who also had the Taq1A1 gene were the ones most likely to put on weight over the follow up period.

Stice said understanding how the dopamine receptor deficit affects the brain’s reward circuits and their response to eating is important for the development of treatment options that could target this effect in people at higher risk of unhealthy weight gain.

Click here to read the rest of this article from Medical News Today

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