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.

Warning signs of Metabolic Syndrome in teens

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Some teen couch potatoes are showing signs of metabolic syndrome by the age of seventeen. According to a study published in Dynamic Medicine by Robert McMurray, Ph.D., and colleagues, these same teens showed poor levels of aerobic fitness during the ages of 7 to 10. According to Dr. McMurray, “This is the first study to examine the importance of childhood fitness levels on your metabolism as a teenager… Previously we didn’t know if low fitness levels were an influence. It’s obvious now that there is a link and this is something which we need to pay attention to by encouraging our kids to keep fit, or suffer the consequences later in life.” The study collected data from 2,200 children in North Carolina ages 7 to 10 and then, years later, parallel data from teenagers ages 14 to 17. 4.6% of the teenage sample was found to have several signs of metabolic syndrome. The study measured habitual activity, aerobic fitness, lipids, BMI, and blood pressure. The following is an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that reviews the study:

But, the study found, those teens had already shown lower fitness levels and other signs of trouble ahead when they were children. Specifically, on average:

– They already had a higher body mass index, systolic blood pressure, and total cholesterol than the children who would not go on to develop metabolic syndrome risk factors, differences that were significant at P<0.04.
– They also had lower physical activity scores by self-report and aerobic fitness as measured by VO2max on a cycle ergometry test. Again the differences were significant at P<0.04.
– Absolute body mass was higher, but not significantly so, although body fat percentage was significantly higher (at P<0.04).

Seven years later, the group with metabolic syndrome risk factors had higher body mass, body mass index, body fat, systolic blood pressure, total cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose than the other teens, as well as lower HDL cholesterol, physical activity levels, and aerobic fitness. The differences were significant at P<0.002.

Click here to read the rest of this article from Medpage Today

Pastoral Action Point: Fortunately, churches are typically connected with the community’s youth and serve as a wonderful platform for discussion of a healthy lifestyle. In the age of gaming consoles, Internet, TV, and like sedentary activities, the message of physical activity and proper diet is timely and could prevent early onset of metabolic syndrome.

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