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.

Symptoms of eating disorders are common in narcolepsy

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A recent study published in the March 1st issue of Sleep reveals some intriguing findings. According to the study, symptoms of eating disorders are common in narcolepsy. Specifically, half of the patients in the study that were reported to have narcolepsy had extreme and regular cravings for food and binge eating. 23.3% in the study possessed the criteria for a clinical eating disorder. According to Hal Droogleever Forluyn, MD, of Radboud University, nine of the patients had an form of binge-eating that was incomplete and categorized as “not otherwise specified,” four had bulimia nervosa, and one had anorexia. The following is an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that reviews the study:

Even if they did not fulfill criteria for a clinical diagnosis, the majority of narcoleptics had some of the symptoms of eating disorders. Compared with healthy controls, significantly more of the patients reported an irresistible and persistent craving for food (67% versus 5%) and some level of binge eating (55% versus 1%) (P<0.001 for both).

In a separate analysis comparing 32 narcoleptics with 32 controls matched for body mass index, the higher prevalence of symptoms of eating disorders in the sleep-disordered group remained.

More of the patients said they had persistent cravings for food (66% versus 13%, P<0.001) and experienced binge eating (66% versus 22%, P=0.002).

“These findings justify more attention for eating disorders in the treatment of patients with narcolepsy,” the researchers said.

An increase in body weight is a prominent symptom of narcolepsy, but few studies have looked at the prevalence of eating disorders in this population, they said.

So they recruited participants for two studies: one comparing patients with narcolepsy and its attendant loss of voluntary muscle control (cataplexy) with age- and sex-matched controls from the general population and the other comparing them with controls additionally matched for BMI. All patients met ICSD-2 diagnostic criteria for narcolepsy with cataplexy.

In the study comparing narcoleptics with healthy controls, the mean age for all participants was 43.5. Patients had a significantly higher mean BMI than the controls (27.8 ± 5.7 versus 24.6 ± 3.3 kg/m2, P=0.001).

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

Click here for more information on eating disorders

Action point: It is important for Pastors and other church professionals to be aware of the demographics and signs of eating disorders, as they are often times in a position to refer someone to get help. Although not reflected in this particular study, eating disorders can strike individuals throughout the life span as a response to attempts to enhance self-image, image distortion, stress or anxiety, or the need to fit in, among others. It is important for people to love themselves and accept the body that God gave them. Click on any of these key words to learn the signs of an eating disorder: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive overeating

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