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.

Smoking may be more pleasurable to some than others


Smoking may be more pleasurable to some than others according to a recent study published in the August issue of Addiction. Findings from the study reported by Ovide Pomerleau, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan, and colleagues, suggest that the nicotine sensation that can lead to addiction is more pleasurable for some due to a genetic mutation. The mutation occurs in a subunit of the neuronal acetylcholine receptor (CHRNA5) which increases the risk of addiction by 50% and increases pleasurable sensation by 60%. According to the authors, “The findings suggest that phenotypes related to subjective experiences upon smoking experimentation may mediate the development of nicotine dependence.” The following is an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that reviews the findings:

Many studies have underscored the genetic influence on smoking habits, including initiation, persistence, and addiction, and recently, several common variants have been shown to be associated with nicotine dependence in Caucasians, the authors said.

The variants, or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), had several effects with functional significance, including effects on nicotine metabolism, they continued. Additional research showed that an SNP in exon 4 of CHRNA5 altered the nicotine receptor.

Subsequently, a highly correlated CHRNA5/CHRNA3 haplotype was found to have a strong influence on smoking behavior, specifically the number of cigarettes smoked per day, the authors said.

In an attempt to expand on the previous work, Dr. Pomerleau and colleagues focused on phenotype associations for the top 25 SNPs associated with nicotine dependence. They began with the SNP previously shown to alter the nicotine receptor (rs16969968) and then examined the other 24.

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

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