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A Both/And Solution to the Addiction Epidemic

A Both/And Solution to the Addiction Epidemic

by Harriet Rossetto I have been in the addiction recovery “business”for thirty years (before it was a business), and have stood in the middle, watching the pendulum swing between extremes: no medication allowed in treatment programs; Alcoholics Anonymous-only; abstinence-based; moderation models; some psychotropics allowed; methadone/suboxone medication treatment. These kinds of either/or examples of thinking exemplify the insanity of doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results, the hallmark of addictive thinking.  Our culture is addicted to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-Steps, addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, Beit T'Shuvah

Embracing the Broken in Our Communities

Embracing the Broken in Our Communities

The one thing I surely know about myself and the Jews that I serve is that we are Americans.  Yes, we love baseball, apple pie, and Hollywood.  We have unequivocally benefited from all of the rights and security that America has granted, and we appreciate them.  And, in a way, every time a survey or poll about Jews in America comes out, we seem to learn much more about ourselves as Americans in this moment … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, Beit T'Shuvah, Community, Education, Judaism, Sobriety

Taking Off The Mask

Taking Off The Mask

By Jared Ross As Yom Kippur passes, we think about not only how we will live better in the future, but how we can clean up the wreckage of our past.  The act of atonement is a prominent requisite for instilling a degree of integrity—a central theme of Beit T’Shuvah. Yom Kippur has much to do with wholeness and purity.  Symbolically, many wear all-white and no leather on this day of atonement.  But what about how we … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, art, Beit T'Shuvah, Community, Judaism, Mark Borovitz, Sobriety, Spirituality, T'Shuvah, Temple

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

By Eliot The modern marathon as a sporting event was inspired by the fabled story of Philipedes, who ran from the battlefield at Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over the Persians. After uttering his last words, “joy to you,” he promptly collapsed and died. When I ran the L.A. Marathon earlier this month, I wasn’t bringing any news to anyone in particular, but I certainly felt like collapsing and death was probably in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-Steps, addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, Beit T'Shuvah, BTS Communications, Community, Current Events, Gratitude, Judaism, LA Marathon, Run To Save A Soul, Sobriety, Spirituality, T'Shuvah

Does Facebook Reflect Your True Self?

Special Thanks to Susan B Krevoy Eating Disorder Program Blog for providing us with this material. By Eliot The Internet is not real. In real life, much less choice is involved in how we present ourselves. We are who we are, and even if we try to hide our secrets, they have a way of surfacing in subtle ways. Online, we can pick and choose exactly what we present to our ‘friends’ and how we present it. Our online selves are mostly trim and tidy, we allow sloppiness if it’s tasteful and mildly self-deprecating. Even the most blithe Facebook user has removed an unflattering tag or two. But for young people who’ve never known a world without Facebook, the Internet is very real. A recent study conducted by Florida State University found a … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, Beit T'Shuvah, BTS Communications, Current Events, Eating Disorder, Internet, Sobriety, Spirituality

Sacred Space: Our First Shabbos in the New Building

Sacred Space: Our First Shabbos in the New Building

By Eliot Godwin Steve Jobs said, “A lot of times people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” Our leader and CEO, Harriet Rossetto, didn’t know what she was supposed to do with her life. A small advertisement in the paper was the spark that ignited Beit T’Shuvah, our singular organization which has blossomed into a diverse and expansive community. Last Friday, the doors of our beautiful new sanctuary were opened for … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, Beit T'Shuvah, Community, Current Events, Gratitude, Judaism, Mark Borovitz, Music, Sobriety, Spirituality, T'Shuvah, Temple, Torah

Reaping What We Sow

By Eliot Nestled in the charming confines of Beit T’Shuvah’s Comey Complex on a cool Saturday evening in February, BTS residents, staff and a few lucky guests broke bread and shared laughs during the first ever Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner. Conducted by Organic Garden co-founders Davis Watson and Allison Hennessey, whose aim is healthy living and active recovery, the dinner was a rousing success from start to finish. “We’re building a sense of community by connecting people to the land,” Watson said. “Part of why the food tasted so good is because everyone’s hands were on it. We invited the staff and others, and everyone got to know each other better.”  This egalitarian attitude defines the Beit T’Shuvah philosophy, and when residents recognize this, they can’t help but dive in and flourish. “Community is … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-Steps, addiction, Beit T'Shuvah, Community, Current Events, Gratitude, Judaism, Mark Borovitz, Sobriety, Spirituality, T'Shuvah, Uncategorized

Digital Drugs: Cyberhigh

By Stephanie Lager and Matthew Greenwald There is a current trend permeating today’s youth culture. It is alarming to some, and ridiculous to others. It’s not quite a drug epidemic, but it might be the next addictive, mind altering component on the minds of curious teenagers. But you can’t get it from a drug dealer; it’s digital. In a nutshell, digital drugs are 10-30 minute tracks of sound, music and white noise, which claim to be designed to induce states of altered consciousness, mirroring those of drugs such as Psychedelics, Ambien, Marijuana and others. For a fee (usually $10-20, but “the first one’s free”) tracks are available on sites such as I-doser. Unsurprisingly, the whole “first one’s free” marketing ploy effectively mirrors how kids experiment with drugs in the first place, … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, art, Community, Current Events, Education, Internet, Sobriety

Judaism and The Arts: Freedom Song Update

  In writing our Judaism and the Arts blog we didn’t need to look far to find the perfect topic for our next post. Beit T’Shuvah’s very own creation, Freedom Song, has been exploring performance art as a way to engage audiences with the relatable feelings of addiction, family dysfunction, and personal slavery in a side-by-side musical presentation of an A.A. meeting and a Passover Seder. The three-act play’s cast is made up of Beit T’Shuvah residents, alumni, and staff members, which culminates in a Q & A session that ties the whole performance together. Jessica Fischel, the show’s coordinator and an associate of Beit T’Shuvah’s Prevention department, weighs in on why she is so passionate about promoting Freedom Song. Even though Freedom Song performs for audiences as young as 7th … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-Steps, addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, art, Beit T'Shuvah, Community, Current Events, Family Wellness, Freedom Song, Judaism, Sobriety, Spirituality

Interacting With The Opposite Sex

By Chris Alvarez How do you find interacting with the opposite sex without alcohol? Its strange, I used to need “Man in a Can” to be able to interact with girls. I had no confidence. I thought nothing of myself.  My ego told me drink and then maybe girls would like me, it worked for a night or two, but then it didn’t. Alcohol was a tool I used to get over my anxiety and low self-esteem. It was useful until it wasn’t and then it just hurt me and degraded me.  The very thing I was using to help me feel better and give me “confidence” was just bringing me down. There was a point when I realized this but couldn’t stop drinking on my own. However once I stopped drinking and began … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-Steps, addiction, Current Events, Dating, Gratitude, Sobriety, Uncategorized

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