2 days ago ·

Treating Addiction With Jewish Values

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Substance use disorders often tear people away from practicing their religion, leaving them out in the cold. Jews in recovery usually discover that reconnecting with the faith they grew up with helps them through the toughest times. First, the misconception that a drug addict or alcoholic only presents as a skinny, down-and-out homeless guy is a vital hurdle to overcome.

Even warmhearted, kind and religious people can fall victim to this complicated condition. Not wanting to believe that it could happen to you or someone you love could significantly slow down the recovery process. Accepting help and finding a kosher rehab gives you and your entire family the peace of mind that fellowship and faith are core values in treatment.

Understanding Addiction is the First Step

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 you or someone you 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 God 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 you back on track to realizing your full potential.

Observing Judaism During Rehab

Treatment for substance abuse disorders is most effective when the program and staff relate to the views, values and beliefs of the client’s upbringing. When the doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors and your peer group also follow the Jewish faith, you feel a sense of belonging that can be highly valuable in the recovery process. Enjoying the benefits of a nutritious kosher diet nourishes your body, which, in turn, boosts your mental health and helps you get back to a healthy lifestyle.

Observing the Shabbos is a crucial tenet of Judaism, and following this routine in the way God intended helps to give you a sense of worth as well as ensuring your week is structured. In Jewish rehab, you enjoy these weekly celebrations as well as a wholesome home-cooked Shabbat meal.

The Power of Prayer

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 you to practice these values and connect with God. Morning prayer, birkhot hanehenim and evening prayer give you a vent and enable you 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 you an enhanced ability to master your emotions and cravings. Jewish rehab helps you to reconnect with these exercises and find stability in your faith.

If you’d like to speak to an expert about how a rehabilitation center can integrate Jewish values into its treatment program, call Recovery at the Crossroads at 888-342-3881.

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1 month ago ·

7 Reasons to Spend Hanukkah in Rehab Getting Sober

Celebrating HanukkahThe holiday season is a time for joy and celebration. If you’ve been struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, your ability to share in the merriment of this wonderful time is most likely impaired. Getting sober is the only way to move away from yetzer hara and get back on track to reaching your full potential. Addiction is an all-consuming illness, and you may feel there’s no way out. Just remember, “if you improve, it will be forgiven you” (Genesis 4:7).

Hanukkah presents an ideal time for an observant or lapsed Jewish person to rediscover themselves under the guidance of addiction specialists. As someone with a religious background, shame and a sense of betrayal are often intense. You may not be aware that faith-based rehab centers exist or the extraordinary benefits they offer. Recovery at the Crossroads allows you to observe your faith among a ready-made like-minded support network.

1. Show Your Family That You Care About Them

If you’re struggling with addiction to alcohol or drugs or a family member of someone who is going through this turmoil, you know substance abuse takes its toll on loved ones. You never want to think of people you care about as a burden. But there comes a point when the person struggling needs to seek addiction treatment for the benefit of themselves and everyone around them. What better gift could you give your family than your recovery?

2. The Perfect Time to Reflect

During the celebration of light represented by the burning illumination of the menorah, it’s time to move away from darkness. Many of us have happy memories of celebrating this glorious time of year as children. The empathetic addiction experts at rehab can help you to rekindle the innocence within, and traditional celebration is an excellent means of rediscovering the best aspects of yourself. The time for self-effacing is over; confidence in who you are is an imperative aspect of long-term recovery.

3. Enjoy Being Among Like-Minded People

Spending the holidays in a treatment center with other people who have shared not only your experience of addiction but also your religious sensibilities can be truly enlightening. Often, victims of substance misuse disorders feel alone. Rest assured, while your experiences are unique, other people have taken the wrong path and are ready to make the changes necessary to get back on track. Addiction is something you can get over, and harmonious group therapy is one of the most effective methods of treatment.

4. The Ideal Time to Rekindle Your Faith

If you’ve lost your way or turned away from your religion because you feel shame over letting your family and your faith down, recovery during the holidays can show you that this was a misguided decision. The inclusive, loving environment helps to inspire you to put all of your heart and soul into the recovery process. To truly benefit from your time in rehab, you must immerse yourself in the culture and take on board the guidance of therapists, doctors and support staff.

5. Learn The Joys of Getting Sober While Celebrating

Many people who suffer from addiction don’t think it’s possible to enjoy celebrations without the assistance of alcohol or drugs. Once again, we ask you to remember your happy childhood years. Substance abuse rewires your brain to deceive you into believing that you need to be inebriated. Rehab can help to show you that this is illogical and inaccurate, and celebrating Hanukkah while sober gives you tangible proof that this is true.

6. Hanukkah Is a Time For Miracles

Just like the olive oil that kept the menorah alight for eight days, you can take part in your miracle this holiday season. With the right attitude, love for G*d, and love for yourself and your family, you can move toward the light and leave the burden of addiction behind you. The first step on the journey to recovery is admitting you have a problem. From this point, working hard to achieve your goal and accepting professional help will enable you to get better for good.

7. Avoid Triggers

To get sober, you need to discover what your triggers are and learn coping mechanisms that stop you from turning to drink or drugs. Celebratory times are full of these kinds of triggers for people suffering from addiction. Learning how to overcome them while celebrating sobriety gives you an excellent chance of healing.

If you’re ready to spend the holiday season among caring staff who genuinely understand what you’re going through, get in touch with Recovery at the Crossroads at 888-342-3881.

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2 months ago ·

What effects can alcoholism have on a Jewish family?

Jewish father holding kiddish cup blesses family at ShabbatWhat 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 G‑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 your family is affected depends entirely on how you deal with the problem.

Drinking wine is encouraged on special occasions because, in moderation, it relaxes the body and allows our spirit to shine through. However, getting drunk or trying to escape your feelings is strongly discouraged. This distaste for inebriation and focus on personal responsibility can make those who fall victim to the clutches of addiction feel guilty — sometimes to the extent that you feel you’ll be rejected by the community and take a step back, spiraling further into alcoholism.

This isn’t necessary or encouraged. Tailored, compassionate help is available for practicing Jews. Alcohol destroys families who don’t stick together, but with guidance and therapy from qualified practitioners who understand your unique needs, you can overcome this hurdle. First, you need to gain an understanding of the nature of alcoholism within the Jewish faith and accept that it’s time to make a change.

1. Many Jewish People Feel Afraid to Talk About Alcoholism

The shikur is often the subject of ridicule in our culture, and uncontrolled drunkenness is undoubtedly viewed as evil. As a Jewish person, you will be inclined to please your loved ones and weary of disgracing your family. These factors and the stigma of addiction can lead you to hide or deny your struggles from them due to shame. Facing up to the reality of your situation is imperative as the first step on your journey to recovery.

If your family finds out you are seeking help, they are likely to support you. The community will surround you and guide you as you demonstrate bravery in the face of adversity.

2. Conflict Resolution Is an Important Part of Recovery

Conflicting sentiments in scripture are often cited as a reason for people in the Jewish faith developing addictions. This is especially true concerning alcohol seemingly being revered and demonized at once. Occasionally, you might make excuses or blame your family for adhering to wine-drinking practices including Kiddush, the four cups at the Passover Seder and the importance of alcohol during a brit milah or chuppah.

Along your journey to recovery, you’ll learn the importance of finding the middle ground and avoiding extremes. Not everyone can adhere to the strict moderation required to enjoy alcohol. If you find yourself unable to control your intake, abstaining based on medical grounds is advised and permitted.

3. Reconnecting With Your Faith Will Help You to Recover

Alcoholism is lonely. The people who go through it regularly lose touch with loved ones, the wider community and their faith. There is increasing evidence that isolation is a major contributing factor in someone developing an addiction. Therapy within a Jewish faith-focused rehab program will help you to identify when and how you started going down the wrong path. With the help of nurturing, certified clinicians, you can learn to rebuild your inner strength and the connections you’ve lost.

If you’re the family member of someone who is going through active addiction, you probably feel hurt, disappointed and confused about how your loved one could end up in this position. Standing by them by helping them to get treatment for alcoholism will give you the much-needed support you deserve.

4. Addiction Can Affect Jewish People

There is a persistent myth that Jewish people aren’t impacted by addiction. Awareness surrounding alcoholism has increased significantly in recent years. There is truth in the myth; 20% of Jews possess a gene that makes developing alcohol addiction unlikely. Not only that, but the close family ties and strong moral code within our community make it less likely. Nonetheless, it is possible and it does happen. 

Feeling as if you are somehow “un-Jewish” because you’ve developed an addiction is counterproductive. Discussing what you’ve been through with a certified counselor who understands your unique needs helps you to prevail over these feelings. Recovery aims to regain control over your life and enrich your future experiences with healthy pastimes.

5. When Alcoholism and Family Collide, Therapy is Always Best

You may have been put off attending therapy sessions because you’ve heard that programs such as the 12-step method are for gentiles only. However, AA and NA are no longer affiliated with any religion. An alcohol rehab center, like Recovery at the Crossroads, provides targeted support groups that use these methods while incorporating Jewish principles. Once you’ve been taught how, you can attend nonspecific group meetings and apply what you’ve learned to any setting.

Family therapy is a key component of alcohol treatment at Recovery at the Crossroads, helping you and your loved ones to communicate better and understand each other’s situation. Call us at 888-342-3881 to find out about our admissions process or seek advice from one of our friendly experts.

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3 months ago ·

Getting Through Tough Times with a Reflection on Sukkot

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For some, discovering new spirituality plays a part in recovering from addiction. Sukkot is a holiday that commemorates the many years the Jewish people spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land. During this time, they struggled through an arduous journey and made innumerable sacrifices until they eventually came to a land where they could live in peace and prosperity.

As you begin your journey through substance abuse treatment, you’ll be much like those people who once struggled to find the Promised Land. Like them, you’re on a journey that will lead you to a place of continued sobriety. At Recovery at the Crossroads, we’re here to help you reach the goal of becoming an independent person with control over your life, so you can give back to your community while finding fulfillment through your faith.

How Can Recovery at the Crossroads Help with Your Recovery?

At Recovery at the Crossroads, we want to help you through all stages of recovery, from the moment you arrive until the moment you walk out as an empowered, sober individual. We know your path to sobriety won’t be simple, which is why we offer treatments that help you recover from the ground up. We’ll encourage you to reflect on trauma and past events that may have impacted your decisions. We’ll also help you avoid giving in to the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that may lead to relapse.

We believe that a stronger connection to your heritage, family and community will help you become a more independent person with healthy relationships you’ll need to stay sober once your treatment is complete. Sukkot encourages you to examine everything you and your loved ones have done to get to where you are today. During treatment, you’ll be asked to look back and reflect on your life and what brought you to the Recovery at the Crossroads program.

The Torah tells us how the Israelites depended on God for protection during their 40-year journey in the desert, and at Recovery at the Crossroads, we believe that you can turn to Him for support and know He will lead you to recovery and faith. By the end of your treatment, we hope you will be able to look back on the time you’ve spent with us as a positive movement forward and away from the grip of addiction.

We will encourage you to take part in Sukkot and to eat in the Sukkah, when possible. We’ll develop a kosher meal plan that protects your faith while you focus on commemorating this important tradition in our community. As you celebrate, you will build strong bonds and develop healthy relationships with others who can support you as you continue along your journey to sobriety.

Reflecting on Sukkot Helps You When Times Get Hard

On the hard days, it can be tempting to give up and fall back into addiction, but that won’t help you reach your goal. Although you may stumble on the path to sobriety, you can continue moving forward with the help of those who are surrounding you with love and guidance. The Sukkot holiday embraces the idea that hard work eventually pays off at the end of a difficult journey, and we believe this is true in substance abuse treatment as well. The efforts that you put in today will help transport you to a new place tomorrow, so you can look back on where you once were and be proud of how far you’ve moved forward.

If Rough Times Are Impacting Your Journey to Sobriety, We Can Help

At Recovery at the Crossroads, we are ready to help you as you begin your journey toward sobriety. Like your ancestors who traveled across the vast Sinai Desert, you also have a challenging task ahead of you. Our expertise and treatment programs will get you on track toward living the life you’ve been praying and hoping for. At Recovery at the Crossroads, we know that life isn’t easy, and recovery isn’t easy either. That’s why we’re always here to lend support. Contact us online or call us at 856-644-6969 to speak with one of our substance abuse counselors about how we can help you today.

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