Addiction does not discriminate. Regardless of gender, ethnicity, age or religion, addiction can greatly affect anyone and the people that surround them. This can result in harm and detrimental outcomes. However, within the Jewish Community, this is not always thought to be the case. Rooted deeply within the community, the idea of addiction is considered taboo by many. However, substance abuse within the community is an ever-present issue that needs to be addressed. At Morningside Recovery, we aim to help all people who are struggling with addiction, including those within the tight-knit Jewish Community. Our recovery program for alcohol and drugs is here to help out our clients within the Jewish community.
According to those within the Jewish Community, substance abuse has become an only increasing issue. With more and more people suffering from addiction, the need for Jewish recovery programs is growing. Due to the denial that is frequently associated with substance abuse in the community, it is difficult to accurately pinpoint how many Jews suffer from alcohol or drug abuse. It is common for those in the Jewish community to feel shame surrounding their substance abuse issues. In Jewish tradition, treating your body with the utmost respect is essential; therefore, the use of alcohol and drugs is greatly frowned upon. Feelings of isolation, guilt, and shame dominate the minds of those battling with their addiction. The fear of judgment by the greater community can sometimes prevent those struggling from speaking out. Therefore, many people do not receive the help that they desperately need. Due to this, members of the community have begun speaking out about their own experiences with addiction. By doing so, the community aims to create a space where help is provided for those who want it, but feel too ashamed to ask for it. Rabbis, along with community members, have begun approaching the issue head-on.
The Need for a Jewish Recovery Program
With more of the Jewish Community recognizing the prominent rise in alcohol and drug abuse problems, the need for treatment remains strong. At Morningside Recovery, we offer individualized treatment that includes the full spectrum of addiction and mental health treatment including detoxification, residential treatment and intensive outpatient programs. Our facilities in Orange County, CA, provides privacy and comfort in our single bedrooms, family therapy sessions, handcrafted kosher meals upon request, and attend Shabbat. Our expert clinical team works with each resident and their families to create an individualized treatment program to address both addiction and mental health issues.