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.

Young Massachusetts paramedic and firefighter recruits overweight or obese?

According to a study recently published online in the journal Obesity, 75% of young Massachusetts paramedic and firefighter recruits are overweight or obese. The excuse that is often presented on the behalf of firefighters is that the added weight is from muscle mass; this is not the case according to the authors of the study. Steffanos N. Kales, M.D., M.P.H., of the Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues, studied medical examination records of 370 firefighters and ambulance recruits that were seen during visits at two Massachusetts clinics between October 2004 and June 2007; among those seen at the clinics 43.8% were overweight (BMI of 25 to 30 kg/m2) and 33% had an even greater BMI. Researchers commenting on the findings mentioned that firefighters and emergency responders that are overweight could well put themselves in danger as well as their coworkers and the public. “We propose making BMI a vital sign during emergency responders’ medical examinations, especially as perception of ‘average weight’ is skewed higher, even among physicians,” Dr. Kales’ group said.  The following is an excerpt of an article from Medpage Today that discusses the findings more:

Already in their 20s, the average 28.5 kg/m2 BMI in these emergency responder candidates exceeded that of veteran responders in their 30s and 40s, based on a review of studies from the 1980s and 1990s.

But despite common arguments that this simply reflects greater muscle mass among recruits, the researchers showed that increasing BMI was associated with cardiovascular risk factors the same as in the rest of the population, including:

* Higher blood systolic and diastolic blood pressure (both P<0.001 for trend)
* Greater likelihood of hypertension (2.4% in normal weight, 6.2% in overweight, and 16.5% in obese, P=0.001 for trend)
* Higher total cholesterol (P=0.001 for trend)
* Greater triglyceride levels (P<0.001 for trend)
* Lower exercise tolerance and higher heart rate after three-minute step test (P<0.001 and P=0.006 for trend, respectively)

These findings were particularly worrisome because cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal injury rank high as causes of morbidity and mortality among emergency responders, the researchers noted.

“Young recruits are expected to be at or near peak career fitness,” the researchers said.

But a substantial proportion of the recruits couldn’t meet the minimum exercise threshold proposed by the National Fire Protection Agency. Whereas all those of normal weight could reach 12 metabolic equivalents, 7% of those who were overweight and 42% of those who were obese failed this standard.

Notably, each unit increase in BMI reduced the likelihood of meeting this criterion by 54% (P<0.001).

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

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