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.

Potential dangers of bariatric surgery

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Bariatric surgery, while providing hope for health among those that are obese, does have its potential dangers. According to a recent study published in the October edition of Archives of Surgery, approximately 1% of all bariatric surgery patients die within the first year of having the surgery and another 5% die within five years. When analyzing data surrounding patients receiving bariatric surgery in Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2004, researchers found that there were many deaths after the surgery that were not attributed to physical health but rather suicide.

The findings imply that more concentrated follow up could help reduce the death rate in bariatric patients in the long term after surgery. In particular, screening for depression would be key to such a follow up effort. However, clinicians would be well suited to watch for signs of diabetes and hypertension as well. It should be said after discussing the study’s findings that the risk of not having the surgery often outweighs the risk involved in the surgery itself, especially in cases where candidates for the surgery are morbidly obese. The following is an excerpt of an article from Psychiatric Times that reviews the study’s findings:

Starting with 32 procedures in 1995, 74 hospitals in the state performed steadily increasing numbers, peaking at 4,778 in 2003, before dropping back slightly to 3,818 in 2004.

All told, there have been 440 deaths recorded after 16,683 procedures, the researchers found.

The 30-day case fatality percentage was 0.9% overall. The rate increased with the age of the patient, reaching 3.1% for those 65 and older. There was no evidence that the 30-day fatality rate changed over time.

While 74 hospitals performed bariatric surgery, 90.3% of the procedures took place in just 32 hospitals and 48.2% in only eight, the researchers noted.

Of the 440 deaths, 82.7% took place among the patients of the 32 hospitals that contributed more than 90% of the procedures, Dr. Kuller and colleagues said.

Among the 440 deaths, there were 45 that the researchers defined as traumatic, including 16 due to suicide, 14 due to drug overdoses that were not classified as suicide, 10 due to motor vehicle crashes, three to homicide, and two to falls.

Based on U.S. vital statistics, the researchers estimated that three suicides should have occurred in this population, instead of the 16 that were seen. “There is a substantial excess of suicide deaths, even excluding those listed only as drug overdose,” they said.

Among the remaining 395 deaths, the leading cause was coronary heart disease at 19.2%, followed by sepsis at 13.9%, pulmonary embolism at 11.9%, therapeutic complications at 11.4%, and cancer at 10.6%.

In his critique, Dr. Livingston pointed out that “lacking randomized trials, the effect of bariatric surgery on obesity-related mortality is inferential at best.”

“What was unexpected,” he said, “was the frequency of suicide and drug overdoses.”

Click here to read the entire article from Psychiatric Times

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