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 Relationship Between Church and Mental Illness

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Many religions have issues reconciling mental illness with the plan of a higher power. More than once, I’ve heard Christians say people with mental illness are actually suffering from a lack of faith, as if believing harder will somehow make them better.

Why would anyone put blame onto people already struggling? Mark Stephenson, director of Disability Concerns asked this same question, and found that there is no validation out there for people blaming mental illnesses on lack of faith.

It is well documented that mental illness often results from chemical imbalances in the brain, or other times, traumatic experiences throughout their life. Even more so, the Bible never suggests that mental disease or disorders could somehow be the victim’s own fault.

If anything, the Bible shows glimpses of individuals who may have been dealing with mental health problems. Stephenson himself points to the author of Psalm 88, who laments being trapped in a “bottomless pit,” and writes lines such as “for as long as I remember I’ve been hurting. You made lover and neighbor alike dump me; the only friend I have left is Darkness.” That sure sounds like depression to me.

So how do we understand mental illness in the scope of a higher power? There really is no way to fully understand. The “reasons” behind mental illness are as comprehensible as any other type of tragic disease. We don’t blame the victim of tuberculosis for falling victim, do we?

Instead of focusing on understanding the grand scheme behind mental disorders, what is more important is how you deal with those suffering. Pitying those with mental illnesses makes them feel less than human, just as treating someone stuck in a wheelchair as different in meaningful ways is offensive to their cognitive and physical abilities.

Don’t pity or condemn those facing mental illness. Instead, healthy churches make sure the victims of mental illness do not face it alone. Bring them the love of God, not as a “cure” to their illness, but as a comfort that comes with a community of caring people. If they are too depressed to cook, bring them meals. If they feel alone, try to bring them to church social events, or if that is uncomfortable for them, just give them occasional phone calls or visits.

If you condemn those already faced with the embarrasment and stigma associated with mental illness, they will only feel worse about their condition. Instead, help them see they are loved by members of the church, and try to show them the support healthy churches are known for.

 

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