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 Myth of Mental Health Care: The Medication of Normalcy



While the church doesn’t have the best history of handling mental health issues as an institution, we too often transfer this notion into the idea that the majority of Christians outright reject mental illness or counseling. The reality is, while extremists may insist mental illness is the result of demonic possession or sin, the average church member accepts the existence of extreme depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and the other most notable mental illnesses.

The problem is many of these people are ill informed of what living with any of these conditions actually looks like or means, thanks to misinformation and poor depictions of mental health issues in popular media. They believe these conditions exist, but mainly in their most extreme forms.

This is why many who tell their loved ones or fellow church goers that they are taking antidepressants or are dealing with anxiety, they are often treated as if their problems aren’t real. To their eyes, they see a normal person. How could they have a mental illness if they seem to be functioning and … normal?

These types of situations are one of the leading reasons so many people believe the psychiatric community is turning normal behaviors into mental illness. They think doctors are just handing out pills willy-nilly. “You feel anxious speaking in public? Take this.” “You are still sad over your break-up? Try these.”

Anyone who has actually seen a well-educated and qualified counselor or psychiatrist knows how wrong this is, but it is easy to see how the confusion came about. There are psychiatrists out there willing to give pills out for anything, but these people do not characterize the field itself. The practice can actually lose a doctor their license.

Ron Pies, M.D. recently responded to this issue and the myth of medicating normality. In “The Myth of Medicalization” he writes:

In my view, the medicalization narrative contains some kernels of truth, and many defenders of the term proceed from honorable and well-intentioned motives; for example, the wish to reduce unnecessary use of psychotropic medication — and who could be opposed to that?

But on the whole, I believe the medicalization narrative is philosophically naive and clinically unhelpful. On close examination, the term “medicalization” proves to be largely a rhetorical device, aimed at ginning up popular opposition to psychiatric diagnosis. It not only stigmatizes the field of psychiatry and those who practice in it, but it also undermines our ability to provide the best care to our patients, by spuriously normalizing their suffering and incapacity.

The role of psychiatry isn’t to medicate or even to define normality. In Pies’ perspective, the primary role of psychiatry is to relieve suffering or pain however possible. Disease exists so long as there is suffering that qualifies as incapacitating or substantially detrimental to the quality of life. As Therese J. Borchard put it, the mission isn’t to medicalize normalcy, it is an ethical imperative. Pies explains:

Physicians, fundamentally, are not philosophers or evolutionary biologists. We do not, as a matter of daily routine, entertain metaphysical and semantic questions, such as “What is truly normal for the human species?”

Rather, physicians have a general concept of what constitutes health, and a general concept of enduring and significant departures from health. We find ourselves faced with a waiting room full of distressed and often incapacitated human beings who, in ordinary circumstances, are voluntarily seeking our help. We do our best to respond to them not as specimens of abnormality, but as suffering individuals — and as fellow human beings.

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