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.

Strong link between depression history and Alzheimer’s

According to a recent study published in the April 8 issue of Neurology a strong link between depression history and Alzheimer’s exists. Specifically, individuals that had depressive episodes before the age of 60 had four times the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. According to Monique Breteler, MD, Ph.D., of Erasmus University, the research did not indicate whether or not there were structural changes in the brain to account for this connection. The following is an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that reviews the study’s findings:

Individuals with a history of depression requiring medical advice were more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as those without past depression, a study found.
Furthermore, those with depressive episodes before age 60 had nearly four times the risk for Alzheimer’s, Monique Breteler, M.D., Ph.D., of Erasmus University here, and colleagues reported in the April 8 issue of Neurology.

It is not clear whether the depression-Alzheimer’s link is mediated by structural brain changes, the researchers wrote. However, in this study there was no difference in the size of the hippocampal or amygdalar structures in people with a depression history and those without depression.

The study included 486 individuals, ages 60 to 90, without dementia at baseline (1995 to 1996), who reported their history of depressive episodes. Individuals came from the prospective Rotterdam Scan Study, which investigated chronic diseases among elderly participants.

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

Click here for information on the treatment of depression

Pastoral Action Point:

Studies have shown that those who isolate themselves or are simply isolated are at greater risk for depression than those that do not. Church is a great place for people to come and find life giving interaction and involvement with others. Considering studies like this one, which link depression with actual physical ills, connecting with community may provide more than just emotional support.

Proverbs 17:22 says, “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

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