4 days ago
COVID-19 has brought about uncertainty over the future and startling change to our everyday lives. Individuals who struggle with addiction are particularly vulnerable when they feel alone, especially when accompanied by anxiety regarding the pandemic. Telehealth drug rehab allows us to offer addiction treatment online while maintaining social distancing. This light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel service lets people attend group and individual therapy while adhering to social distancing standards.
If you or someone you love is suffering because of a substance use disorder, the virus doesn’t have to stop you from seeking help. Teletherapy has been a growing trend, but it’s now an essential component in diagnosing and treating drug and alcohol addiction. Whether you’re anxious about a potential relapse or you’ve never been in rehab before, remote addiction treatment can provide the guidance and companionship you need to maintain sobriety.
The Connection Between Loneliness and Addiction
Substance use serves a variety of functions for different people. It numbs painful feelings, cures boredom, relieves physical symptoms, induces sleep and often prevents the user from feeling lonely. Unfortunately, the bad feelings that drugs or alcohol are covering up tend to be even stronger once the effects wear off.
Addiction is often accompanied by ultrasensitivity and low self-esteem, which can make it difficult to socialize. During ordinary times, attending therapy and taking part in support groups are two of the most vital aspects of successful recovery. In uncertain times, people trying to stay sober need this support network more than ever.
How Does Remote Rehab Work?
Over the last couple of decades, technology has evolved to allow us to stay in touch in a variety of creative and wonderful ways. What used to be a fun convenience is becoming a lifeline as the world finds itself on lockdown due to the virus. Remote video communication is driving workforces, families and therapy. Telehealth addiction treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse is changing the lives of individuals with substance use disorders by bringing people together and encouraging the use of this new channel of communication for counseling.
If you’ve ever attended a remote work meeting or a webinar or even watched live streaming online, you have an understanding of how remote rehab works. You get a secure password so you can log in and attend group and individual therapy sessions from the safety and comfort of your home.
You’ll use your webcam and microphone so the other participants can see and hear you, and you’ll be able to see them on your computer, tablet or cell phone. Just like regular appointments, you’re expected to be on time and offer positive contributions. You’ll look forward to getting the chance to interact with your support network socially. Talking about how self-isolation — and anything else on your mind — is affecting you is the best way to deal with it.
What Are the Benefits of Addiction Treatment Online?
- Teletherapy and telehealth allow you to attend therapy, counseling, support groups, psychoeducational groups and family therapy — without the risk of being exposed to someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
- You can stay in the safety and comfort of your home while maintaining regular contact with your health care providers and peer support network.
- In some cases, clients find the extra sense of privacy afforded by remote counseling sessions helps them to be more open. Honesty and communication are vital aspects of recovery, and video conferencing can be an excellent platform for both.
- Remote rehab is ideal for people who are shy or may not feel able to attend rehab in person, for whatever reason. It also appeals to the younger generations who conduct a large portion of their lives online.
Is Telehealth Confidential and Secure?
All video conferencing software is HIPAA compliant, so you don’t need to worry about your online security while taking part in teletherapy sessions. Your counselor or therapist is licensed and registered and sworn to confidentiality. Telehealth drug rehab is as secure as if you were attending rehab in person, with all the same benefits.
Telehealth Rehab Schedule
Isolation and drug or alcohol abuse go hand in hand. Boredom, as a result of self-isolation, has the potential to combine with anxiety about COVID-19, tipping vulnerable individuals into substance abuse. At Recovery at the Crossroads, we’re supporting the community by providing telehealth rehab services. Remote technology can bring people together and provide you with the support and guidance you need to overcome addiction. We use Zoom to provide videoconferencing counseling, outpatient and intensive outpatient services on the following schedules:
Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 6 pm – 9 pm
Partial Care services are provided on the following schedule:
Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 3:15 pm
To get more information about telehealth from an addiction expert, call us today at 833-272-6246.
2 weeks ago
Updates and news about Crossroads and Companies and how we are managing the evolving COVID-19 situation.
Crossroads campuses in Atlantic County and Gloucester County, are open. Although we are temporarily suspending our Mental Health Partial Care program and our transportation services, we will continue to provide treatment services and are accepting new patients at Behavioral Crossroads Recovery and Greenbranch Recovery and Wellness in Egg Harbor Township, NJ as well as Recovery at the Crossroads in Turnersville, NJ. For all Substance Abuse Primary & Co-Occurring PHP, IOP & OP levels of care. We are using state of the art audio and video conferencing software to stay in touch with our clients. We will continue to offer out-patient services through both video conferencing and in person sessions at each site under the strictest 10 person maximums and clear 6-foot separation as social distancing allows with the COVID-19 protocols.
The disease of addiction loves isolation – and while social isolation is needed in this time of crisis, it is a breeding ground for substance use disorders. Those with substance use disorder, mental health disorders and their families need us now more than ever, with the shutdown of bars, restaurants, retail stores, offices and industrial companies, many states will force some into potentially life-threatening alcohol withdrawal and emotional distress. This is an emotional trigger for all, increasing situational anxiety and other mental health disorders due to less external resources. There is a need to maintain prescription management for our clients, since access to many services will be limited. Currently, the safest place for those with substance use disorder and mental health disorders are in treatment.
Last week, we shared a message with you how Crossroads stays prepared to mitigate risk and reduce the spread of infectious diseases to continue to keep our campuses safe. Crossroads has well-established practices, policies, and procedures aimed at preventing the spread of infectious diseases 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please note, all new patients will be pre-screened for possible COVID-19 exposure and symptoms associated with COVID-19 prior to admission.
Crossroads is uniquely equipped to manage the situation at hand, as well as to forecast and adapt to whatever changes may come in the subsequent weeks and months. Over the years, our team in Atlantic County have developed seamless relationships with our local community providers in time of case escalation, should a patient require a higher level of care. Gloucester County’s connections with its local community providers also afford a similar layer of stability and safety that helps our families and patients trust that we have the strength, training, and ability to weather this storm.
At the guidance of local and national officials, we have restricted visitation on our campuses, moved non-essential staff members to work remotely, and launched virtual programs and services throughout the continuum. In addition, our Recovery Centers in all locations are now offering all services remotely.
We encourage you to connect with our Call Center Team to learn about what services are currently being offered in your area. During this unprecedented time, our team is here to help, from providing a referral to connecting you with resources to helping you facilitate an admission at 609-645-2146.
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1 month ago
Addiction is a cruel disease that steals aspects of a person’s entire character. Not only does it affect the individual with the habit, but it touches the lives of everyone who cares about them. As it progresses, the negative consequences pile up, and it might seem as if there is no escaping its clutches. However, with love, support and medical treatment, you can make the changes necessary to regain control over your life. Same-day rehab might be available in extreme cases at Recovery at the Crossroads, and every application receives a response as soon as possible.
Does Recovery at The Crossroads Offer Same-Day Rehab?
If addiction has taken over your life, it might have taken a significant amount of time to accept the help you need. However, once you’ve made the decision, beginning a treatment program can’t come soon enough. Loved ones of someone with a substance use disorder may have staged an intervention and be anxious to get the person they care about into rehab as soon as possible.
Our rehab counselors and admissions team work hard to get people into the facility as quickly as they can. We understand the urgency of your situation and will do everything in our power to get your recovery started at the time you have in mind.
How Do I Prepare for Rehab?
Anyone brave enough to face up to the fact they need to make changes in their lives should be incredibly proud. Addiction is painful and challenging, but it feels as if the substance you’re using is a crutch or an integral part of your daily life. Often, the thought of letting it go feels as if it’s going to leave you with an empty space.
Before you get to rehab, try to reflect on the opportunities that will open up. Think about all the activities you can get back into and how much more control you’ll have over your future. With outpatient care, you have the option of continuing with your life as usual while attending treatment. This means the majority of preparation is psychological. Speak to loved ones about your plans, and begin a recovery journal to track your progress and give you an outlet.
The Admissions Process
You can complete an application for rehab, whether you’re a family member or an individual seeking care for themselves. The online form is simple and asks for your basic details, referral source, medical history and insurance details. If you need any help filling it out, you can call us and speak to an adviser who can talk you through it or answer any questions you might have.
The next step will be an intake conversation with a qualified member of staff, where we’ll discuss the level of care you require: general outpatient, intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization. This decision is made together, depending on the severity of your condition and whether you have responsibilities to attend to. Finally, we’ll find out when you’re looking to start treatment and do everything we can to meet your expectations.
Get the Help You Need Today
To begin the admissions process and get on the path towards long-term recovery, call Recovery at the Crossroads at 888-342-3881 today.
2 months ago
People say that addiction is a family disease — and with good reason. The illness brings about changes in the sufferer that get progressively worse and become increasingly difficult for them to hide. They often put an emotional and financial strain on themselves as well as the people they love the most.
Substance abuse disorders aren’t a choice. They leave the individual feeling guilty, ashamed and unable to change their behavior. Family therapy for addiction is integral because it educates every person involved in the best ways to help the addict and avoid relapse.
1. Understand Addiction
The way addiction affects the brain is incredibly complex and differs significantly from the old-fashioned understanding many people still have. Family therapy includes the people closest to the sufferer to ensure everyone is on the same page in understanding the nature of the condition. Learning how to separate the person from the disease can be incredibly liberating for loved ones.
While a family member can be justified in any emotional response they have to the addiction and the effect it’s had on the person they love, they often need help learning how to avoid blaming them.
2. Discover How to Avoid Codependency and Enabling
Codependency is a little different from the way most people perceive it, and it tends to affect spouses and parents who have adapted to a dysfunctional family situation. A codependent person neglects their own needs in favor of obsessing over the actions, behavior and problems of a loved one. They tend to base their own emotions on those of the person with the addiction.
Enabling is when a person removes consequences for the addict as a result of fear or love. They may go out of their way to make everything appear normal to everyone else, accept phony justifications for drug or alcohol abuse or use substances as well.
Family therapy helps to identify these patterns of behavior and work towards changing the dynamic to one that’s healthy and robust.
3. Rebuild Trust and Focus on the Positive
Recovery signals time to draw a line in the sand and make a fresh start. Family therapy allows attendees to have an outlet for their feelings in a safe, constructive setting. The counselor will then focus on rebuilding trust and framing future plans with a positive mindset.
4. Learn How to Communicate Healthily
Communication is crucial when it comes to family, and addiction can severely hamper the way you communicate with the people you love the most. Often, when we don’t say how we feel, it’s out of fear of hurting the other person’s feelings. Family therapy will help you to learn how to express your emotions in a way that makes you all more likely to listen to each other.
5. Restore Healthy Boundaries
Boundaries are guidelines about expectations, behavior and responsibilities that are reasonable, clear and consistent. They help each family member to distinguish their unique identity from one another and prevent manipulation and exploitation. To get your family unit back on track, a family therapist will help you establish boundaries or re-establish boundaries that may have broken down.
For more information about how family therapy could change your life as part of an addiction treatment program, call Recovery at the Crossroads today at 888-342-3881.
2 months ago
When speaking to people in long term recovery from an alcohol use disorder and their families, you hear the heartbreak of active alcoholism as well at the joy to be found on the road to recovery.
Alcoholism is a disease. Because of its devastating impact on families, it is called a family disease, a disease of isolation, secrecy, guilt, and shame. The words often used in connection with alcohol use disorders are very punitive and often demeaning. Alcoholics are sometimes described as weak, dangerous, morally deficient, among many other unflattering terms. We describe their families as dysfunctional, possibly a home void of love and filled with abuse. Today we know that alcoholism and addiction do not only come from unhealthy homes but can develop in loving and functioning homes.
If we look at a comparison of the reaction to other life-threatening diseases, we do not find personal attacks on the person or look to their families for blame. No-fault is assigned to those diagnosed with Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme, and other conditions, nor are their families automatically seen as dysfunctional. People rally support with praise of heroism as the affected person battles the disease. There is no shame. No blame.
The disease of alcoholism can equally affect the quality of life resulting in possible death as do other serious diseases. But unlike other diseases, the person is held responsible for having the disease. This incorrect fact often affects how people treat both the alcoholic and their family. More accurately, alcoholics like anyone that is diagnosed with a disease are not responsible for having the disease. They are responsible for making healthy choices in how to treat their disease and seeking treatment.
The story of alcoholism begins with both the person and their family believing that alcoholism could not affect them. The family member is in denial of their drinking, and the family joins them in the dissent, thinking their loved one could not be a problem drinker. Their denial becomes the barrier to addressing the needs for recovery. Rationalizations protect them from feeling the shame and fear experienced in acceptance of alcoholism in their family. Drinker and family offer explanations of why it cannot be true, they are just a social drinker, there are no alcoholics in the family, they never miss work, they are too young, they are too old, they don’t drink and drive, they don’t drink alone, on and on the reasons provide the faulty reasons of why this can’t be. The alcoholic and the family desperately want to believe there is no problem.
There is no religion, social standing, or love that gives full protection from the disease of alcoholism. Once the concern becomes real, families look for solutions. Sometimes they try having a “firm” talk with and bargain for sobriety. Negotiations result in disappointment and frustration. Co-dependency grows as the loved ones try various ways to control their drinking. Not understanding that alcoholism is a disease, not weak will power, makes attempts to promote sobriety fail. Families put off treatment and find excuses for why it is not needed. They look for short term solutions at first, not recognizing recovery needs time.
Not drinking is the first necessary step to recovery. It is a brilliant start but by no means the finish. Due to the shame and secrecy bred into the diagnosis, the strain can be devastating to the person suffering and everyone that cares about their life. Families often consider that the problem lies only with the alcoholic, and if they stop drinking, everything will be fine. Loved ones need to heal from the anger, frustration, shame, self-blame and broken hearts often surrounding alcoholism. This help can be found in treatment and family programs.
The reality that alcohol kills more people than all other drugs combined has faded into the background of many discussions on addiction. With statistics that record 88,000 deaths related to alcohol a year in the United States in comparison to 15,000 from all other drugs combined, the question becomes – how is the devastation of alcoholism and effects on families slipping off of society’s radar? Fifteen million people in the United States are suffering from alcohol use disorders, with only 7% receiving treatment.
We need to bring the truth about alcoholism from the darkness into the light.
Hope needs to replace the fear.
Good treatment is available, free self-help groups are prevalent, and recovery from alcoholism and the impact on families is possible.
Recovery is possible, get help today! https://www.racnj.com/contact-us/
2 months ago
The Team at Recovery at the Crossroads introduced a wellness aspect into our client treatment plans in order to expand each individual’s recovery process. At RAC, we know if you want to do well in all areas of your life, you must make your health a priority. While coupled with a healthy lifestyle, wellness goes beyond the boundaries of general health. It encompasses a positive outlook on mind, body, and soul and is something we often have more control over than health.
There are various dimensions of wellness that can be viewed as a quality, state, or process. Emotional wellness deals with thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It allows you to clearly recognize and accept your feelings, both positive and negative. This includes adapting to stress, life changes, and difficult times. When recovering from alcohol or drug addiction there can be many aspects at play. That’s why health and wellness is a priority at Recovery at the Crossroads. We help clients improve their emotional wellness and teach them skills for daily living, for example:
- Being optimistic and focusing on the positive aspects of life
- Learning to accept your emotions, whether good, bad, or ugly
- Building and maintaining strong relationships
- Staying in the moment
- Practicing mindfulness
- Smiling as much as possible
- Maintaining a good work/life balance
- Getting enough sleep at night
- Seeking professional support when necessary
- Managing stress through positive coping methods
Another dimension of wellness Recovery at the Crossroads focuses on is spiritual wellness. This can be achieved in a variety of ways including organized religion, prayer, meditation, yoga, along with a careful assessment of your morals, values, and beliefs. RAC also implemented Adventure Therapy which consists of martial arts, yoga, and Pilates to add a freedom from stress and build confidence and trust in your physical ability. A weekly spirituality group speaks in a general way to your soul, and the attitude necessary to facilitate healthy change.
Finally, we focus on wellness of the body. Neck and body massages are offered along with wellness consultations, including but not limited to topics of sleep disturbance, depression, and anxiety relief. We also offer other options that can be used daily to improve overall health and wellness of the body, some of those options include:
- Consuming a well-balanced diet
- Eating breakfast every day
- Scheduling routine physical exams with a medical provider
- Getting enough sleep at night
- Learning to listen to your body and recognize early signs of illness
Recovery at the Crossroads offers a warm and professional atmosphere enhanced by the commitment of our wellness program to treat all aspects of the client’s life. The program provides a variety of wrap-around services that incorporate a healthy mind, body, and soul. Our program supplies skills to complement state-of-the-art clinical treatment. If you or a loved one are seeking addiction & mental health treatment that focuses on all aspects of an individual’s recovery, then Recovery at the Crossroads is the place for you.
2 months ago
Once you’ve decided to take the first step towards recovery and enter an addiction treatment program, you need to choose between inpatient vs outpatient treatment. Although both types of care are recovery-focused and often include elements such as detox, behavioral therapy and group counseling, inpatient treatment is exceptionally more intensive, while outpatient treatment allows the patient to attend rehab on a part-time basis, enabling them to continue working, attending school or dealing with other responsibilities.
What to Expect from an Inpatient Treatment Program
As mentioned earlier, inpatient care is intensive. It typically lasts a minimum of four weeks and in some cases can continue for even longer. In cases where addiction is severe, inpatient treatment is almost always the better choice. When comparing inpatient vs outpatient treatment, inpatient care allows patients to take more time to focus on their recovery without outside distractions or communication with those who many enable them to use drugs or alcohol.
What to Expect from an Outpatient Treatment Program
Outpatient programs are best for individuals who aren’t able to take time away from work, school or family life. While they generally have lower success rates than those in inpatient care, outpatients who dedicate themselves to the program do have the opportunity to successfully recover from their addictions. Outpatient programs consist of treatment plans that are similar to those created for inpatients; the major difference between the two programs is the intensity of treatment and the frequency at which it’s provided.
Considerations When Choosing a Rehab Program
Addicts who have a strong support system might find that they prefer to recover at home and attend treatment during the daytime. However, those who don’t have support at home or whose friends and family enable them to use should consider inpatient care, which ensures patients remain focused on recovery 24 hours a day. Outpatient care is also considerably less expensive than inpatient treatment; for some, the cost alone is the deciding factor.
- Each day in treatment follows a rigid schedule
- All patients are subject to strict rules while participating in the program
- Medical staff is typically available to provide care around the clock
- Peers provide motivation and support
- Treatment is monitored by trained counselors 24/7
- Best option for patients who experience frequent urges to use drugs or alcohol or are dealing with more than one addiction or mental health condition
- Patients are responsible for their own recovery and must adhere to treatment appointments
- Structured treatment programs are available for those transferring from a partial hospitalization program or inpatient care
- Best option for patients who require treatment at a lower cost or a flexible treatment schedule
Making the Right Choice
The most important factor to consider when choosing inpatient vs outpatient treatment is your own health. Patients who are dedicated to their recovery can find success in an intensive or general outpatient program, while those who need more structure or medical attention are more likely to benefit from inpatient treatment or a partial hospitalization program.
3 months ago
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.
4 months ago
The 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.
4 months ago
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 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.