March 29, 2018

Passover always seems to catch me by surprise.  It is only a day away!  And I have so much work to do to clear out the ‘chametz’ in my life.  As an addict I could never give up the things that made me a slave.  It wasn’t just the drugs or the alcohol, although they did...

When an addict hits bottom and the stark choices of recovery or death are before him, he is offered an opportunity to start again and end the enslavement of addiction. Starting again takes tremendous courage and experts have shared that a recovering addict must take li...

March 20, 2018

When Amy Kaplan heard about Betty (not her real name), a Jewish Family Service client in her early 70s who said she couldn’t afford all of her medications, Kaplan suspected there was more to the story. Kaplan, a social worker and addiction specialist, visited Betty’s h...

March 19, 2018

Substance abuse is a growing epidemic that doesn’t discriminate based on religion, economic class, gender, or ethnicity.

Experts will all tell you that drug and alcohol addiction are not about the substance, but rather about what pain the users are trying to escape, wha...

March 15, 2018

The Twelve Steps Made Simple

  1. There’s a power that will kill me.

  2. There is a power that wants me to live.

  3. Which do I want? (If you want to die, stop here. If you want to live go on.)

  4. Using examples from your own life, understand that selfishness, dishon...

March 9, 2018

Interestingly, the Twelve Steps is built on a paradigm of self growth that Judaism has been teaching for 3000 years.

The first thing that sticks out upon delving into the Twelve Steps is that the addictive behavior is mentioned only once ― in Step One: "We admitted we w...

March 7, 2018

Vayakhel

Exodus 35:1–38:20

If anyone could or if anyone should play God, it would be Moses. He after all is the closest of any of the prophets has a personal relationship with God. They talk all the time, he gets commandments he argues, he complains. And we rely on the r...

March 7, 2018

I made a decision yesterday. I’m in an AA meeting leading the discussion and we’re talking step 3.  Turning my will and my life over to the care of a “God of my understanding”. That means turning over my thoughts and my actions. I have been in flux for the past few mon...

March 5, 2018

This week in Shabbat News…

I did something different this week. I was at synagogue on Saturday morning. Engaged in a great conversation with my cousin and friend and regular at the main service, we walked to put down his tallis (he has his own shelf in the exec director...

March 2, 2018

The Shabbat before Purim is called Shabbat Zachor, the Shabbat of Remembrance. In the Torah portion we are told we must remember to forget the tribe of Amalek, who attacked the weak and the weary of the children of Israel wondering in the desert. 

Only now as an addict...

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