The first thing you should know about Scott is that Scott isn't his real name. Everything else you're about to read, however, is 100 percent true. Starting with how he opened his email to me.

"My name is Scott," he wrote, "and I am an alcoholic."

He had a normal upbringi...

October 31, 2018

Last Shabbat, we witnessed the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in North American history. This Shabbat, we respond with our greatest show of solidarity and we invite people of all faiths, from all across Greater Atlanta to #ShowUpForShabbat. Together,

We can rise above h...

October 30, 2018

- An Addiction Doctor's Take On 'A Star Is Born'

*Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen A Star is Born, consider reading this article

AFTER you’ve seen the film!*

A Star Is Born was released several weeks ago, but I didn’t see it right away. Based on the trailer and multiple...

October 24, 2018

The portion of Lech Lecha is the last stage of the beginnings we have been experiencing over the last few months.

The week before we read of Noah’s emergence from the Ark after the Flood, when the world was given the chance to begin all over again. And the week bef...

October 19, 2018

For some years, interest in withdrawal programs with a Jewish orientation has been growing.

Eric Miller remembers exactly the day eleven years ago when he knew his life with drugs and alcohol was over. An acquaintance, also addicted to illness, had collapsed on Miller's...

October 5, 2018

We understand that. Everyone understands that.

But at some point, you have to admit your dependency is a problem, and it is controlling your life. Even if you have taken this step before, there can be no denial, no blaming of others, no pretending. That is why we and ma...

September 25, 2018

The High Holidays are designed for reflection and redirection. During these weeks, we are asked through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with the God of our understanding. Sound familiar?  

I had several conversations this year about how the 12 ste...

August 16, 2018

It’s the beginning of the month of Elul. A truly special time in the Hebrew calendar. It’s a month before the high holidays. When each year we are written into the book of life and then sealed. A time for reflection and growth. A time to examine your life, and the dire...

June 4, 2018

In Parashas Shelach, the stories of the spies are read in the Torah. Here in the middle of the desert the people aren’t sure about going into Israel. They’ve heard rumors, they are afraid. The unknown is always a bit scary. Even though God has been with them all along....