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.

Psychotropic drugs and weight gain

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Currently in the United States there is an obesity epidemic. The obesity epidemic is of particular importance to psychiatrists due to the fact that many of the psychotropic drugs they prescribe are associated with weight gain. There are various reasons for this including using particular combinations of drugs and diet, however. One study, focusing on 98 patients with affective psychosis or schizophrenia, found that recipients of atypical-antipsychotic drugs experienced a 7% weight gain in one year. There are several other studies that have explored the relationship between weight-gain and psychotropic drugs. Here is an excerpt of an article from Journal Watch that discusses some of these studies:

Some weight-related research might augur psychiatric pharmacogenomics, allowing clinicians to identify patients who are likely to gain weight when taking certain medications. In an animal study, the binding of antipsychotic drugs to histamine H1 receptors paralleled their likelihood of increasing appetite. Clozapine and olanzapine, both strongly associated with weight gain, increased hypothalamic AMP-kinase, which regulates food intake through H1 receptors. Atypical antipsychotics might increase appetite and therefore weight gain through this mechanism, which could become a target for treatment. Other receptors might be involved in antipsychotic-induced weight gain. Increased waist circumference, a core component of the metabolic syndrome, was associated with three polymorphisms of the serotonin 2C receptor gene.

Eating more, especially foods that pack a lot of calories into a small volume, is undoubtedly one mechanism of medication-associated weight gain. Animals given high-fat foods showed increased expression of striatal FosB, an early gene product involved in reward signaling. After withdrawal of high-fat or high-carbohydrate foods, animals showed stress responses mimicking those seen after withdrawal from substances that cause physical dependence. Animals also endured an aversive environment to obtain high-fat foods. Any strategy to prevent or treat weight gain must involve an appreciation of the potent effect of food on reward mechanisms.

Click here to read the rest of the article from Journal Watch

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