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.

Severe sleep disturbance in returning vets


Preliminary findings from a study focusing on the sleep disturbances of vets returning from the middle east conflict have yielded some intriguing results. According to Anne Germain, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburg, returning vets can have sleep disturbance just as severe as persons with insomnia. Vets who served in combat and are having difficulty with adjustment upon returning home “do not get good sleep like good sleepers,” said Dr. Germain. During her talk at the Professional Sleep Societies meeting Dr. Germain presented both subjective patient reports of sleep disturbance and objective findings from measures used in the study. The current findings are a part of a study that intends to gather data from 90 participants by the time of its close. The following is an excerpt of an article from Medpage today that discusses the findings:

In the sleep lab, Dr. Germain said, she tested 11 medication-free veterans, of whom nine met full criteria for current moderate-to-severe posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

She also tested 11 medication-free and healthy volunteers who were good sleepers, using Cohen’s d-values to assess group differences with small, medium, and large effect sizes indicated by d-values of 0.20, 0.50, and 0.80, respectively.

* Had lower sleep efficiency (d=0.81), related to moderate increases in sleep latency (d=0.35), duration and number of nocturnal awakenings (d=0.49 and d=0.62, respectively), and reduced total sleep time (d=0.34).
Sleep efficiency was significantly and negatively correlated with PTSD severity, at P<0.001.

Click here to read the rest of this article from Medpage Today

Click here for information on the treatment of PTSD

Pastoral Action Point: Adjustment is a major issue for most combat vets returning from war. One of the things that can help bring normal life back into perspective for returning vets is community. Obviously, church is a wonderful place to find compassionate, supportive community. As such, it is important to embrace returning vets, welcoming them back, letting them know that the church community embraces them. Perhaps a house visit, some home baked goods, or simply a phone call would be appropriate to reestablish connection with these heroes.

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