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.

Should Christians Feel Guilty About Depression?

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christian_compulsive_overeating_treatmentOut of all the people struggling with depression that I meet, the Christians routinely show guilt that their secular counterparts don’t. Christians routinely say they should “know better” or suggest that they aren’t getting better because they aren’t “good enough” believers to be healed. More often than not, they seem to be in denial of their depression, usually helped by friends, family, and religious leaders telling them to “snap out of it” or “cheer up.”

But, as anyone who works with depression on a daily basis, it is obvious depression isn’t something you “snap out of.” It also can’t be entirely cured through prayer. While the Lord offers support, acceptance, and endless love that can help depression patients in ways that secular patients can’t comprehend, the Bible is not the most reliable cure for a mental health issue. If miracles cured every person who prayed for them, they wouldn’t be considered miracles, and we would never have to explain our faith to anyone again.

Unfortunately, the cause of depression stems from brain chemistry. The chemicals that help maintain mood and happiness are imbalanced, and depression can take hold. Genetics can also play a big role in creating these chemical imbalances that drag us down. Christians can suffer just as atheists, though we are given tools from the church that can help us be better prepared to handle these struggles.

As Matt Mounts explains, “We all accept the fact that our bodies wear out and run down and are susceptible to disease. We can even accept the fact that our brains can be ravaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s. But some Christians will not accept the fact that clinical depression also has specific biological causes.” We, as members of the church, work to change this stigma, but it is alarming how often this issue arrives and how frequently innocent and caring Christians attribute their struggles with depression to lack of faith.

Mounts is a full-time pastor for Community Christian Fellowship and has a Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Not only does he deal with these issues on a regular basis, he also knows first-hand the experience of depression creating doubt over your personal relationship with God. As a pastor, the guilt from his depression was “overwhelming” and it took years to understand the reality of chemical imbalances and how they can destroy everything you hold dear if you let them.

This puts Mounts in a particularly special position to discuss the weight of depression on a Christian’s heart and what can be done to fight back and reclaim normalcy and restore your confidence in your relationship with the Lord. His article for Grace Communion International should be a first step for any Christian that believes they may be struggling with depression and simultaneously feeling guilty for their struggles.

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