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 Disorder Behind Those Fake Chain Mail Stories


We all regularly see the stories pop up in their Facebook feed, similar to those passed around in e-mail chains. Stories of children born with a terrible medical issue, only to have to fight a brain tumor right as they were beginning to get on their feet.

These stories play on emotions, and often rally for support, but sadly many of them are fake.

The people creating these fake stories are being linked to an old disorder with a new version, Munchausen by Internet, or MBI. The original Munchausen disorder causes people to make themselves appear sick, or often actually making themselves sick for attention.

“It refers to people who go online and either feign, exaggerate, or in the most extreme cases, actually induce illness and present themselves to health-based support groups or special interest groups online in order to mobilize attention and sympathy,” Dr. Marc Feldman, a clinical professor of psychiatry and adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Alabama, who coined the term, told

Feldmen started investigating MBI in 1998 after giving a speech about Munchausen syndrome, where a person shared a story with Feldman about a person going online and claiming to have cancer, asking for help to afford medical care. In this particular instance, the “victim” claimed to be a monk, and couldn’t afford medical care because of a vow of poverty, but these are just variables to a common story.

The anonymity offered by the internet, combined with the feelings of community found in social networks and online health forums allow MBI sufferers to present themselves as victims of terrible diseases, which offers them a sense of human connection.

It is important to note, real sufferers of MBI are not the people trying to scam you out of money. According to Feldman, MBI patients usually have deep-seated personality disorders that prevent them from getting their needs in healthy ways, but they do not mean to cause problems for others. They are looking for human connection, not cash.

“I’ve had some of the [MBI patients] tell me their stories and it always comes back to this core of un-socially skilled or non-socially skilled people who are alone and lonely, and find a shortcut to building a supportive community around them.”

One of the biggest tip-offs to MBI perpetrators is the creation of new personas or profiles called “sock puppets” used to support the initial deception. They have the same writing styles and errors present in their writing, which reveal the profiles are the same person. Feldman says, “They’ll originally claim to be an individual with cancer, but then sign on as their mother who supports the deceptions and say ‘yes indeed, we’re all struggling with John’s cancer.’  And then sign on as a girlfriend who’s pregnant with his child, and so on.”

The hardest part of diagnosing people with the disorder is their common reluctance to admit to their lies and deceptions. The deceptive nature of the disorder makes it more common for victims to try to hide their deceptions until they crumble around them, and then rebuild.

“They’re happy to claim a medical diagnosis they don’t really have, but they won’t accept a psychiatric diagnosis which they really do have.”


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