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.

Treatment reduces depression in older diabetic patients by almost half

Depression in older diabetic patients is not at all unusual and accounts for poor diet, not taking prescribed pills, and poor quality of life, according to Dr. Hilary Bogner, MD, at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bogner, along with her colleagues, published a study in the December issue of Diabetes Care which indicates that the five-year death rate in depressed, older, diabetic patients is lessened by half when receiving treatment for depression. According to the study, the risk for death was 0.49 among patients receiving intense treatment for depression and 95% CI (0.24 to 0.98) among those in the same demographic that were not receiving treatment for depression. Data for the study was taken from the Prevention of Suicide in Primary Care Elderly: Collaborative Trial (PROSPECT). The sample group consisted of 584 patients between the ages of 60 to 94, among whom 123 had diabetes. The five-year death ratio varied by 17% in non-diabetic patients and 27% in diabetic patients. The following is an article from the RX Times that reviews the study:

Depressed, older adults with diabetes live longer when they are treated for depression,
according to a study in the December issue of Diabetes Care, which
publishes on November 27, 2007.

Also being published this month is an editorial by U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) Medical Officer Dr. Robert Misbin, highlighting
lessons learned from the recent Avandia controversy and suggesting a
re-evaluation of the approval process for diabetes drugs.

The depression study, which followed primary care patients in the New
York City, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas for five years, also showed
that treating depression reduced mortality more for those who had diabetes
than for those who did not.

“Depression is not only common in persons with diabetes but contributes
to not taking medicines, not following prescribed diets, and overall
reduced quality of life,” said lead researcher Dr. Hillary R. Bogner,
Assistant Professor at the Department of Family Practice and Community
Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Action Point:

I think this study brings out a very simple and practical point; depression “is” an issue with older diabetic patients and treatment “does” help immensely. Surely, many other end-of-life health issues could cause depression as well. In my opinion, and unfortunately, there is a pessimism that excludes the hope of a bountiful and enjoyable life for elderly with severe or terminal health issues. As such, and in accordance with a pessimistic outlook, depression would be a natural end-of-life behavior. It is unfortunate that this opinion is held because, as this study clearly points out, quality of life can be greatly improved for older patients struggling with depression associated with health problems, in this case diabetes.

Click here to read the entire article from the RX Times


Click here for information on treatment options for depression

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