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.

Social networking sites provide alarming insight…

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According to findings from a study published in the January 2009 issue of Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, social networking sites provide alarming insight to risky behaviors among teens. According to the study, conducted by Megan A. Moreno, M.D., of the University of Washington, and colleagues, more than half of the MySpace profiles sampled for the study (500 profiles of 18-year-olds) contained references to personally committed risky behavior to include sex, substance abuse, and violence. Teens have increasingly utilized social networking sites like MySpace.com; this truth coincides with the reality that around 90% of teens have internet access. While over 50% of the profiles sampled had laid claim to risky behaviors, researchers believe that in actuality these numbers may be even greater as many teens may not disclose information about risky behaviors. “We would not expect all sexually active teens to display sexual information on a public website… the population of adolescents who display this information may represent a higher-risk population willing to showcase sexual behaviors in a public venue,” the researchers said.

There are a variety of unwanted effects of posting this kind of information online such as attention from sexual predators and lessening of employment opportunities, to name a couple. The following is an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that discusses the study further:

The researchers said that previous surveys have found these activities to have protective effects on adolescent risk-taking behaviors.

The authors noted that the study was limited by the fact that the validity of self-report and self-reported behaviors on MySpace Web sites is unknown and that the profile search was conducted exclusively using the proprietary MySpace search engine.

But, they said, social networking sites may provide a new venue to identify teens who are considering or engaging in health risk behaviors.

These sites are “a particularly powerful setting for the modeling of risk behavior,” the researchers said, because such wide display of behaviors facilitates connections between users with similar interests.

They also said the findings imply that adolescents need guidance on safe Internet use, given the dangers associated with displaying personal risk behavior information online.

In an accompanying editorial, Kimberly J. Mitchell, Ph.D., and Michele Ybarra, Ph.D., of the University of New Hampshire, said the findings show that social networking sites “provide opportunities for pediatric health professionals and parents to communicate with young people.”

Click here to view the entire article from Medpage Today

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