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.

Understanding Depression Within The Context of Faith

Aaron Kheriaty, M.D.

Many would argue that religious institutes do not have the best track record when it comes to understanding or even respecting the lives of individuals dealing with mental issues, especially when those issues are less visible than severe mental handicaps.

While not as easy to reconcile, it is at least fairly possible to comprehend that a person with mental and physical disabilities is not “just acting out” when they exhibit behavior others deem acceptable.

On the other hand, those dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and many other “invisible” issues are often treated as if their mental health problems are pleas for attention, illegitimate, or in the worst cases manifestation of evil itself which can only be rid of through atonement and repentance rather than support and counseling.

This isn’t necessarily the case anymore. As we learn more about mental health conditions and the ways they undeniably impact a person’s life, Christian institutions have given light to the reality of mental illness and the need for an accommodating mode of treatment and spiritual assistance rather than shunning the victims of these conditions.

Depression specifically has faced a hard path to being treated as a real disorder, and not just in the church. Widespread misunderstanding of the debilitating condition has created a public mindset of depression as simply being sad for an extended period, which is far from the truth.

To help bring a more modern and refined understanding of the complex condition we call depression into the context of Christianity (specifically Catholicism), Aaron Kheriaty, M.D., created The Catholic Guide to Depression. He was recently interviewed by First Things, where he discussed his book and depression within religious circles. I strongly advise reading the entire interview, but his explanation of depression as a bodily and not just mental condition stood out to me.

“Depression goes beyond a passing emotional state and really affects the whole body and the whole mind. We have to get past that word and try to explain to people that what their loved one is going through is profoundly debilitating both mentally, and in a sense, even physically. A person feels drained and sapped of vitality and they lack a normal sense of being connected to the world and even connected to their own body.”

As with any mental issue, the most important step we can take is educating the public, from church pew to street corner, of the reality of depression. Stigmatization and trivialization of the condition may not ever be completely erased, but they can be pushed back only through a push better information available.

One of the worst aspects of dealing with depression is the secondary wave of shame that comes with the realization of what you are going through. With the current stigma against depression, those who are already struggling are made to feel as if they simply aren’t trying hard enough to be happy, which can be be very damaging beyond delaying proper treatment.

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