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.

Removing Shame From The Mental Health Discussion

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This month has been a big one for the mental health community. Not only is May National Mental Health Awareness Month, but this year it has also been marked with the release of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5.

It is possible however that you may not have heard about either of these events. They received light media coverage, and mental health is not exactly a popular conversation topic in the church, even though The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that at least 25% of all Americans are living with at least one diagnosable mental illness. That means at least a quarter of our congregations are living with mental health problems, and yet so many ignore or stigmatize those who are suffering.

It is true that sometimes the Christian community sees mental illness as a result of sin or weak faith, but Laurel Shaler, Ph.D., contributor for the American Association of Christian Counselors, worries more about those who attribute mental illness to direct oppression or possession by the devil or satanic forces that must be stomped out.

While not getting into the controversial and complex topic of possession, it is clear that mental illness should never be confused for that issue in any way. It is also clear how strongly some members of the Christian community view mental illness as shameful, and shame is the absolute worst emotion that can be added on top of the feelings and struggles of a mental health patient. To try to show the church how we can address mental health without shaming the individuals, Shaler made a list of tips.

  1. Mental Illness is and Illness – The large majority will agree cancer is not a sin. While it can be a result of arguably sinful acts, such as smoking, the cancer itself is not sin. Neither is diabetes. Mental illnesses are the results of imbalanced chemicals in the body, just as diabetes is the result of too little insulin. Neither is sinful, and both are diseases and should be treated as such. Mental illnesses are very real health conditions, and treating them as illegitimate only hurts those we love.
  2. Educate Others – The biggest hurdle mental health disciplines face are educating the public, especially in areas that are resistant such as churches. Take the time to try to educate those in the church who hold influence, such as pastors and ministerial staff. Educate them on handling crisis, and the resources that are available like suicide prevention telephone lines. If those in power in the church aren’t informed, they won’t be able to help the members of the church in need.
  3. Recognize that God Supplies All Out Needs – God calls upon us to comfort others, and for us to be available for those who need our support. God supplies all our needs, and often that comes in the form of support from like minded believers. In some cases, God uses you to fill the needs of others’, and as a Christian counselor, you are serving the lord through your support of fellow church goers.

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