The limitations of secular drug addiction programs
Picture this: The setting is a drug rehab program, and there’s a group therapy session in progress. The room is full, and one lone young yeshiva guy sits there, the only person in the room with a kippah on his head.
That’s exactly what our founders experienced when they left yeshiva in Israel to receive treatment in the United States. They both attended top-tier secular programs, programs with wonderful track records of successful recovery, and while the rehab centers were excellent, the shock alone of being immersed in a secular environment is difficult and brings with it a whole host of challenges. This major adjustment and cultural disconnect can seriously impede recovery and make true sobriety more difficult to achieve.
The serious lack of dedicated Jewish addiction services is not a new problem, and many of our colleagues have tried to create programs with kosher food and visiting rabbis. We commend these efforts, but we have seen first-hand how the care suffers. Therapy and rehab are so much less effective when the therapists and health care providers have difficulty relating to the patients due to so many cultural differences and nuances. Jewish life comes along with its own unique joys and circumstances, and no secular therapist can truly grasp how that upbringing and environment can have such a profound impact on the patient in treatment.
The unique needs of Jews in recovery
Our solution? We believe that just like there are executive programs for celebrities and high net-worth individuals, gender-specific programs, programs for adolescents and programs for adults, opioid tracks, and marijuana tracks, so too, the Jewish community needs a Jewish drug rehab center program that truly understands the nuances of what it means to come from an ultra-Orthodox, Chassidic, or Modern Orthodox community.
The role a Rabbi plays within a community, the role family plays in an individual’s trajectory, and the role that Judaism plays in each Jewish person’s life is not something we take lightly. We believe that when the particular values, messages, and education of the Jewish individual are all factored into treatment at a Jewish drug rehab, the chances for sustainable and lasting recovery can be greatly enhanced.
Achieving cultural competency
In Social Work school and during all our mental health training, one of the first things we are taught is that cultural competency is paramount. Cultural competency in mental health treatment is the ability of mental health providers to recognize, understand, and respond to cultural differences in the provision of mental health services. This includes being aware of and sensitive to the different beliefs, values, and attitudes of different cultural groups, as well as understanding how cultural background can affect the mental health of individuals. Cultural competency can involve understanding the impact of historical trauma on certain populations, such as African Americans or Native Americans, as well as being aware of how racism and other forms of oppression can impact a person’s mental health. Additionally, cultural competency involves being aware of the different ways in which mental health treatments may be effective for people of different cultural backgrounds.
Today, everyone claims to be everything and they claim to be able to treat everyone.
A Jewish drug rehabilitation program bydesign
After many years in the industry we identified a critical gap in Jewish alcohol treatment for the Jewish community, and even more so for the frum community.
Too often we have seen Jewish men and women enter secular programs, big-name organizations that claim to have Jewish tracks, only to see the care fall short. And even one patient receiving sub-par care is one patient too many. But far beyond merely replacing sub-optimal care, there’s a special something in Jewish alcohol rehab treatment that’s geared specially towards Jewish alcoholics chemically dependent persons.
The power we have seen from a group of Jewish young people, all from very similar backgrounds, sitting in a group together in our Jewish residential treatment center and finding hope and courage through each other is second to nothing. Our patients understand each other, each other, support each other, and as fellow Jews in recovery, they help each other achieve Jewish sober living.recovery than Israel.
We believe that Genesis Israel fills the need for a super comprehensive quality program by Jews for Jews. And for that, there is no more sacred place in the world than Jerusalem.
So much healing can occur just by being in our Holy Land, and we believe there is no better place for recovery than Israel.
Making family and community support an essential part of treatment
Jewish substance abuse programs are also essential for grounding an individual in recovery in their family traditions and community support. When a person is in recovery, they are often seeking connection, community, and a sense of belonging. By observing their Jewish traditions and rituals while in recovery in a Jewish alcohol treatment program, the individual can find a sense of connection with their family and community. This connection can be an important source of support during recovery, providing a sense of security and community. Furthermore, it can help to reduce the chances of relapse, as the individual will have a Jewish alcoholics anonymous support system that can help them through difficult times.
While attending a Jewish drug rehabilitation center, a patient’s family traditions can also provide structure and purpose in their recovery. When a person is going through recovery, it can be difficult to find a sense of purpose in their life. By observing their family traditions, the individual will be able to find purpose in their life and feel more motivated to continue on their recovery journey. This can help the individual stay on track and remain focused on their recovery goals.
Our founders both attended big-name secular programs with proven track records, and they founded Genesis based on first-hand knowledge of what being the lone Jew in such a program feels like, especially for guys who have grown up in the yeshiva world.
We have set out to develop a sterling product, to create a truly excellent Jewish addiction treatment center for the community. The results of our Jewish rehab facility have been wonderful, but they have not been surprising as we expect the level of healing to be superb.
After decades of cumulative experience working with some of the most well-known treatment facilities in the world, we have brought all that subject-matter expertise to our homeland. And we are offering it at a fraction of the cost of what the big box organizations offer.
We are on a mission to heal all those in the Jewish community whom are suffering from mental health and substance use issues and no big name program can say that.
Have you been searching for a Jewish drug rehabilitation program that can offer the environment, support, and top-tier care you need?
Reach out to our admissions staff today to see if Genesis Israel can guide you to sobriety.