2 years ago ·

Speaking out on Mental Health.

What does mental health mean? Simply defined mental health is a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.

In todays society the topic of one’s mental health is becoming more openly discussed, as it should. For some of us we go along in life never being extremely impacted by our own state of mental health, but that is not the case for everyone. Mental health problems can cover a broad range of disorders, but the common characteristic is that they all affect the affected person’s personality, thought process or social interactions. For example, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder can cause someone to have impulsive behavior or difficulties remaining focused. Some more openly discussed are Anxiety and Depression, in serious cases these can be life threating if not treated properly.

There is not one single factor to cause a person to have a mental health disorder. Some may stem from a family history of mental health disorders. Others can be caused by changes in brain chemistry from substance abuse or a drastic change in one’s diet. Social exposure can also form the foundations for harmful thought patterns associated with mental health disorders.

What ever the cause, don’t be ashamed to ask for help. These issues effect many of us, even celebrities, Lady Gaga said it best during this year’s 2019 Grammy Awards.

“If I don’t get another chance to say this, I just want to say I’m so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues. They’re so important,” she said at the mic. “A lot of artists deal with that and we gotta take care of each other. So, if you see somebody that’s hurting, don’t look away. And if you’re hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you.”

  • Lady Gaga

Fortunately, there are ways to treat a mental health disorder. One being prescription medication in conjunction with behavioral therapy or cognitive therapy So, if you or a loved one has signs of a mental health disorder, it’s important to seek help or treatment. Don’t feel like this is something you have to go through alone.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health disorder, we can help!

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An Evening of Education and Support on Addiction

2 years ago ·

An Evening of Education and Support on Addiction

An Evening of Education and Support on Addiction, sponsored by Recovery at the Crossroads and Lev Rochel Bikur Cholim of Lakewood was held this past Wednesday, June 27. Guest speakers included Rabbi Shlomo Gissinger Shlita and Lew Abrams, ACSW, LCSW, CASAC.
Those present were privileged to hear from some of the most acclaimed experts in the field of addiction, getting educated about addiction and receiving resources for recovery. There is a solution!

ADDICTION- The word addiction sends shivers down my spine, the reason being that I understand addiction very well; not from a clinical standpoint and not from a rabbinical standpoint but from an addict’s standpoint.

If you look up the definition of addiction you will find many different explanations; the most common being a disease of the brain with compulsive behaviors. I, however, have my own definition from my personal experience as a frum Jew who attended Yeshiva growing up. My definition of Addiction is the Malach HaMaves. That may sound harsh to some people, but I believe addiction is actually worse than the Malach HaMaves… the Malach HaMaves takes one individual at a time while addiction takes and destroys entire families at once.

That being said, the fact that I am writing this and that I am here today is not to talk about all the misery and destruction that goes along with addiction, but rather the freedom and happiness that comes along with recovery. I am so lucky and grateful to have had this experience. People who have suffered from this disease and are willing and able to put in the work and become honest with themselves and others, live lives that others cannot fathom or would never dream of.

Throughout my journey, I went to many treatment centers and through it all, I had no option of receiving treatment with other addicts coming from the same background. Today, however, we have options for both men and women at licensed facilities such as Recovery at the Crossroads… where men and women from the community have the opportunity to experience Shabbos and Yom Tov and all the other beautiful gifts of Judaism that I took for granted while receiving therapy and gaining skills necessary to stay clean and sober and live productive, happy and wholesome lives.

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