Blackwood, NJ – Many in the Jewish community don’t feel comfortable talking about addiction or their need for help with substance abuse. Unfortunately, statistics have shown an increase in the number of Jewish people who are struggling with addiction or from mental health disorders that can cause Dual Diagnosis.
Going to a Kosher Rehabilitation & Addiction Treatment Services Center is one way to surround one’s self with the comfort of their faith and the fellowship of their community while getting the addiction treatment they need. Recovery at the Crossroads provides clients, suffering from addictions, programs that will take root in their Jewish faith.
Research has shown that people do best in rehab centers that are relevant to the culture of the individual. When like-minded people surround them, they feel more comfortable about being open and honest. Openness is one of their most valuable resources during addiction recovery; the more they feel able to speak their truth, the more effective therapy will be. If one is looking for Jewish rehab in New Jersey, look no further than Recovery at the Crossroads.
Not only will their support group be united with them in the fellowship of Jewish faith, but the people providing their care will be, too. Kosher food, the celebration of yamim tovim and the weekly observation of the Shabbos will help them feel right at home.
Why Choose a Jewish Substance Abuse Program?
Shalvah is the goal of Jewish addiction treatment, and while addiction is an all-consuming condition, it can be overcome. Many individuals in the Jewish community who find themselves in this position feel shame and fear their community will shun them.
Often, this leads to them backing away from their faith, a path of solitude that can push them further into the grasp of drug abuse. When they come to the addiction treatment center, they’ll be welcomed with open arms by members of their lifelong community.
Experience Recovery at the Crossroads
Recovery at the Crossroads is a community-focused general outpatient (GOP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) addiction treatment center. Their caring team of addiction specialists are here to help individuals or a loved one recover from substance use disorder (SUD) or behavioral disorders.
Jewish outpatient care caters to one’s health concerns as well as supporting their cultural and religious needs. It’s challenging enough for Jewish people to talk about or seek help for addiction, so going to a treatment facility that doesn’t observe their faith is not an option. Depending on their needs, they’ll take part in partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or general outpatient treatment programs. During the admissions process, a counselor will help them decide which is best for them.
During partial hospitalization, one will attend the clinic daily but doesn’t require 24-hour supervision, so they can spend the night at home. For several hours a day, they’ll attend group therapy, individual therapy and holistic therapy. The aim is to help them understand why they’ve started using drugs in the first place, develop healthy coping mechanisms and prevent relapse.
If one requires intensive or general outpatient rehab, they’ll attend the treatment program for 10 hours per week. These hours will be highly structured, with a mix of group, individual and holistic therapy, but still afford them time to continue with work or school.
During general outpatient treatment, one will spend between one and three hours per week at the rehabilitation center. They’ll attend group and individual therapy sessions, overseen by a Jewish team that truly understands what they’re going through.
The Effects of Addiction in the Jewish Community
What effects can alcoholism have on a family who practices the Jewish faith? The answer to this question is complex. Drinking wine is described as “bringing joy to Gâ?’d and man” (Judges 9:13). On the other hand, praying while drunk is forbidden, and priests are not permitted to bless the congregation while under the influence of any alcohol whatsoever. The way one’s family is affected depends entirely on how they deal with the problem.
The shikur is often the subject of ridicule in culture and uncontrolled drunkenness is undoubtedly viewed as evil. As a Jewish person, they will be inclined to please their loved ones and weary of disgracing their family. These factors and the stigma of addiction can lead them to hide or deny their struggles from them due to shame. Facing up to the reality of their situation is imperative as the first step on their journey to recovery.
If one’s family finds out they are seeking help, they are likely to support them. The community will surround them and guide them as they demonstrate bravery in the face of adversity.
As the old Jewish saying goes, “Understanding the disease is half the cure.” Addiction is not a moral choice nor a condition that only exists in the mind or only within the body. If an individual or someone they love becomes addicted, the condition has existed within them from birth. Many alcoholics and drug addicts feel entirely wretched and that the only way to feel relief from this overwhelming sense of despair is to become inebriated.
There is no need to feel shame or guilt because G-d is just and merciful. Having the strength to move away from the excesses of alcohol or drug abuse and back into the arms of the Jewish community puts them back on track to realizing their full potential.
How Do I Prepare for Rehab?
Before one gets to rehab, try to reflect on the opportunities that will open up. Think about all the activities one can get back into and how much more control they’ll have over their future. With outpatient care, they have the option of continuing with their life as usual while attending treatment. This means the majority of preparation is psychological. Speak to loved ones about their plans, and begin a recovery journal to track their progress and give them an outlet.
Being thankful and mindful and adopting a positive mindset are some of the most important values to keep in mind when making the journey towards long-term sobriety. Praying three times a day allows one to practice these values and connect with G-d. Morning prayer, birkhot hanehenim and evening prayer give them a vent and enable them to release stress and negative energy healthily.
Meditating on verses in scripture, the divine name and selected chants is another way to experience the holy, giving one an enhanced ability to master their emotions and cravings.
Jewish rehab helps one to reconnect with these exercises and find stability in their faith.
The next step will be an intake conversation with a qualified member of staff, where they’ll discuss the level of care one requires: general outpatient, intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization. This decision is made together, depending on the severity of one’s condition and whether they have responsibilities to attend to.
If one would like to speak to an expert about how a rehabilitation center can integrate Jewish values into their treatment program, call Recovery at the Crossroads today.
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