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Jewish Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers Near Me

Research indicates that many people who practice Judaism struggle with substance use disorder (SUD).1 Reports show that as many as 20% of Jewish people have a family history of addiction.1 For some, faith-based rehabs can serve as an invaluable resource for those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. By combining faith and evidence-based treatment, Jewish rehab may help create a life of meaningful relationships and sobriety.

What Is a Jewish Faith-Based Rehab Center?

The Jewish religion dates back 4,000 years and is the oldest monotheistic religion.2 Judaism teaches that there is one true God and that He is revealed through the ancient prophets.2 Furthermore, Judaism teaches that God established a covenant, or contract, with the Jewish people and communicates with them through the prophets.2 The sacred text from which they derive their teachings is called the Tanakh, and it teaches that their Messiah has not yet come.2

According to Pew research, approximately three-quarters of Jewish people in the U.S. feel that their Jewish identity is either very important or somewhat important.3 For this reason, it’s important for the Jewish community to have a faith-based rehab center for recovery from SUD.

A Jewish rehab facility will focus on faith-based methods of treatment, combining evidence-based treatment with the beliefs and values of Judaism. In a Jewish drug rehab center, you may find aspects of:4

  • Prayer.
  • Meditation.
  • Penance.
  • Transformation.

Benefits of Jewish Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs

There are several benefits to a Jewish-based rehab program. You may feel more at ease in a treatment facility that promotes the values and principles in which they believe. You may also find that recovery is smoother with the opportunity to practice your faith while seeking addiction treatment.

There is a stigma in the Jewish community concerning the use of substances, so it’s vital that Jewish individuals feel understood and validated. This can facilitate more openness and transparency during the recovery process.

Almost three-quarters of the rehab facilities in the United States have some type of faith-based element.5 Additionally, over 84 % of the research studies show that faith-based therapeutic approaches positively affect the patients.5 Other research shows that a faith-based treatment program can positively affect self-esteem, depression, and physical activity.6 Finally, physicians and psychiatrists are more optimistic about faith being used in a treatment program, thus further promoting its advantages.7

What to Expect from a Treatment Program

Drug addiction is a complex and chronic disease that affects the workings of the brain. When someone takes drugs, the brain receives a positive flood of chemicals that trigger the reward center of the brain.8 Consequently, it becomes “rewarding” to continue using the substance. That’s why treatment is important, however, because no two people seeking treatment are exactly alike, it should be individualized.

Similar to other treatment programs, a Jewish-based rehab program will typically follow a 4-step process:

  1. Patient assessment: You will undergo a thorough assessment to help determine what level of care you need. This includes a complete medical and psychiatric evaluation by an admissions navigator.
  2. Detox: While detox is not always necessary, some patients’ continuum of care will include detox. The detox process will vary, depending on the substance and if your body is physiologically dependant on it. Detoxing can produce intense, and sometimes dangerous, withdrawal symptoms, particularly from certain substances such as alcohol and benzodiazepines. Detox professionals can help ease the symptoms and get patients through detoxification as comfortably and safely as possible.9
  3. Addiction treatment: Addiction treatment can take place in inpatient or outpatient settings and typically involves a combination of behavior, group, and individual counseling. Jewish principles and teachings are incorporated into the treatment regimen.
  4. Aftercare: After you complete the steps above, you will work with your therapist to create an aftercare plan. Your aftercare plan will be created to maintain recovery and preventing relapse.

Types of Jewish Addiction Treatment Programs and Therapies

With a Jewish addiction treatment program, you will find principles of faith and spirituality combined with therapy and treatment, such as:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Family support and therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Alternative therapies
  • Recovery groups

Jewish 12-Step Programs

One of the more popular faith-based approaches that addiction rehabs use is the 12-Step program. The 12-Step program integrates with the Jewish belief in God as a Higher Power and themes of repentance, transformation, and a new life. During a 12-Step program, participants are bonded in fellowship, enhancing support that may help facilitate recovery.

The specific 12 steps are as follows:

  1. We admit we were powerless over [substance], and our lives are unmanageable.
  2. We came to believe that a Higher Power could restore us to sanity.
  3. We decided to turn our will and lives over to God.
  4. We conducted a fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. We admitted to God, ourselves, and another person our wrongdoings.
  6. We were ready to have God remove the defects of our character.
  7. We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and were willing to make amends.
  9. We made amends to people wherever possible, except if doing so would injure them or others.
  10. We continued to take personal inventory and, when wrong, promptly admitted it.
  11. We sought through prayer and meditation to get closer to God, praying for His will in us.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening, we tried to carry this message to others and practice these principles in our lives.

Inpatient Rehab

A Jewish-based inpatient rehab program can provide you with a safe, comfortable residential experience 24/7, with professionals caring for your physical safety.10 At the same time, you will have the chance to pray, meditate, read the scriptures, and keep your faith while you recover.

Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient rehab differs from inpatient rehab in that you do not live on campus during treatment. Instead, they may live at home and go to treatment during the day. The levels of care vary in intensity they are based on the person’s needs.10 Common levels of care include:

  • Standard outpatient.
  • Intensive outpatient.
  • Partial hospitalization.

Depending on your needs, you can participate in therapy once a week or several times a week and may attend individual therapy, group therapy, or both.10 Some individuals may start in a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and transition to a standard outpatient program.11

Dual Diagnosis

People with a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression, are said to have a co-occurring disorder or comorbidity.12 Treating a co-occurring disorder with a dual diagnosis rehab can help address both conditions.12 By integrating the care and treating both conditions, you will have a better opportunity for recovery.12

Jewish Rehab Charities vs. Private Rehab Facilities

When participating in faith-based rehabs, you will find more opportunities for prayer and meditation on God. The values and principles that you hold are upheld in therapy, making the recovery journey feel more comfortable and familiar. In contrast, private rehab centers that are secular will focus more on medication and therapy-based healing.

Choosing a Jewish Rehab Center Near Me

Finding a rehab center near you or out of State is not always a quick and easy decision. You have several options when choosing, so take your time and consider the amenities or treatment options that are important to you in a rehab center. You can make a list of what you want or need to have in a rehab center. You may also be more likely to find a facility that meets all your needs if you are open to travel rather than staying near your current location.

Some factors you can consider when selecting a Jewish drug rehab center include:

  • How much does it cost?
  • Is it located in a place I am comfortable with? (E.g., close to home or farther away due to toxic environments). You can search by location in our directory to find a Jewish rehab near you.
  • Do you have mixed-gender program preferences?
  • Are you looking for a luxury facility?
  • Does it offer the level of treatment you need?
  • If you have a dual diagnosis, does it have a specific treatment for that?
  • How does the treatment program incorporate spiritual principles?

Does My Insurance Cover Jewish Rehab?

Most insurance will provide some level of treatment for substance use disorder. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) lists alcohol and drug addiction services as 1 of 10 categories of essential health benefits. This means insurance sold on the Health Insurance Marketplace must cover treatment.13

You can easily check your insurance by calling your provider or checking online through our portal. American Addiction Centers (AAC) offers a free online verification of benefits to help you determine treatment coverage at an AAC facility according to your insurance plan.

Articles Related to Jewish Rehabilitation Treatment


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