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.

The church’s changing view of mental illness

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The realities of mental illness have been largely overlooked historically by churches in America. Even in recent times, mental illness is occasionally associated with a lack of faith or sin among communities of faith. One psychiatrist recalled a woman, who was managing well with the help of medication, that ceased to take her medication at the advise of her Pastor. The Pastor told her that she was cursed because of her sin and this was why she was suffering from depression. As a result, the woman stopped taking her medication and threw herself down a flight of stairs. Another woman, after recalling her mother’s challenges with mental illness, felt isolated from her church stating, “I had a deep prayer life but could not talk to anyone at church about my mothers problems… I wondered if God had forgotten about us.”

The good news is that things are changing. Churches across the nation are beginning to see faith as an instrument for recovery for those suffering from mental illness. The following is an excerpt of an article from the Chicago Tribune that discusses the changes that have and are occurring in the church’s position on mental illness:

The National Council of Churches USA has produced a documentary called “Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness,” which has aired on ABC-TV stations nationwide. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism spoke out against insurance discrimination during the High Holidays, and Pope Benedict XVI used World Day of the Sick to focus on the disease.

That message “was the catalyst for renewed Catholic outreach,” said Connie Rakitan, chair of the Chicago Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness.

Pathways to Promise, a national interfaith organization that promotes understanding for the mentally ill, is using a $90,000 grant from the American Psychiatric Foundation to launch an anti-stigma campaign aimed at some 26,000 U.S. churches and synagogues. The goal of the new campaign is to chip away at misperceptions by providing support and resources.

“We’re just emerging from a time when people feared this disease because they didn’t understand it,” said Rev. Bob Dell of Sandwich in DeKalb County. Dell, who has a 49-year-old son with schizoaffective disorder, has channeled his energy into Pathways to Promise after retiring from parish ministry with United Church of Christ.

Click here to read the entire Chicago Tribune article

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