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 Place of Medicine In Treating Mental Health in the Church

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Stetzer in 2010

Over the weekend the world heard the news that Matthew Warren, son of Pastor Rick Warren and his wife Kay, took his own life after a lengthy battle with depression. The Christian community was shocked and saddened, but now many are beginning to use his story as an example of the church’s dire need to address mental illness.

Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, wrote a post for CNN on Sunday arguing for big changes in how the Christian world handles mental health. The problems aren’t just in the shame or stigma we often struggle with in the community, but also the widespread understandings and sometimes fear for psychological medicine.

Stetzer tells Christians, “we should not be afraid of the medicine.” There has been a heated debate about the use of medicine to treat mental illness for decades. Medicine prescribed by doctors has risks. Patients can abuse certain medicine, or there can be issues in how they respond, but those are managed through honest open dialogue between counselors, and training to identify signs that someone is abusing their prescriptions.

Of course, the medicine prescribed is only a portion of the entire treatment. No patient or doctor should ever rely strictly on pills to manage a mental condition, but attentive counseling and support as well. Just as a cast is only one portion to treating a broken bone, so is medicine only one aspect of handling mental health issues.

As Stetzer puts it, “we’ve long seen the value in the medical treatment of cancer. It’s time for Christians to affirm the value of medical treatment for mental illness as well.”

The common solution to all of the issues surrounding depression and other mental health conditions within the church is education.

There are obviously other steps that must be taken, but the fear of mental health medicine and shame or discomfort with mental health problems require cultural changes that can only come with properly educating the congregations about the reality of mental illness and chemical imbalances within the body.

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