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.

South Carolina veterans join the “old man’s crack club”


According to Diana Thorne, M.D., who treats addictions at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, S.C., from 2000 to 2007 the number of veterans she has treated for crack cocaine addiction has dramatically increased, a population she refers to as “the old man’s crack club.” According to Dr. Thorne, “ninety percent of the patients that we see are alcoholics.” She went on to remark that until recently the second drug of choice has been marijuana at 70 to 80% consumption in the population she treats. However, it now seems that crack cocaine is the new second drug of choice with between 70 to 75% reporting use of the drug. Another surprising fact is that 14.5% of her patients did not try crack cocaine until after they were 50 years old. Dr. Thorne’s treatment population is based in a largely rural area of South Carolina and is composed of veterans of Vietnam, Korea, and World War II. The following is an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that reviews Dr. Thorne’s findings:

The difference between South Carolina and other places where crack is a problem, she said, is that the state remains largely rural, so that her patients are not hanging around the mean streets, but are out in the countryside.

“They pay $20 for a couple of rocks and go off and smoke it under the trees,” she said.

Dr. Thorne said the ritual surrounding the drug — buying it and preparing to smoke it — is also part of the high for her patients.

Surprisingly, 17 of her patients — or 14.5% — tried crack cocaine for the first time after the age of 50, Dr. Thorne said.

An analysis of medical records showed that 44.4% of the 117 crack addicts had pain disorders, 70.9% had vascular disease, and 40.2% had hepatitis C, she reported.

Also, 59.5% had posttraumatic stress disorder, 34.2% had affective disorders, and 15.2% had psychotic disorders.

One of the study’s strengths is that it “sheds light on a group of cocaine users outside the presumed norm,” according to Petros Levounis, M.D., director of the Addiction Institute of New York at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

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

Pastoral Action Point: One of the interesting items about this demographic is that crack cocaine use is seen in a group that would not normally be thought of as utilizing this drug, especially in the case of veterans over the age of fifty. Addictions in seemly traditional populations are not just isolated to veteran over the age of fifty in S.C.. The fact is that more often than one would assume “people” in general engage in problematic activities despite their Sunday best. I for one believe that this is why faith-based support groups surrounding addiction and other hang-ups are currently in droves in churches across the U.S..

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