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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

Judaism and The Blues

By Matthew Greenwald and Stephanie Lager “It’s a natural. Black people suffer externally in this country, Jewish people suffer internally. The suffering’s the fulcrum of the blues…” This quote is from the late blues legend, Michael Bloomfield, who was a musical expeditionary, and a pioneer in the electric blues rock that was such an important part of the zeitgeist that was going on in the 1960’s. Bloomfield’s slant on Judaism and The Blues was thought-provoking to us; so much so that we decided to sit down with Rabbi Mark Borovitz and pick his brain the subject. The Rabbi had his own unique insight on all of this, both as a member of the clergy as well as a fan of  blues  music (he had even seen Bloomfield perform in the mid-60’s) and … Read entire article »

Filed under: art, Beit T'Shuvah, BTS Communications, Judaism, Spirituality

The Redemption Chronicles

Welcome back to The Redemption Chronicles with me, Photoblogger E-Pad!  I have returned, and will once again be posting every week.  This week’s entry:  A Moment’s Rest.   … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beit T'Shuvah, BTS Communications, Community, Current Events, Education, Family Wellness, Gratitude, International

LA Marathon – The Transition Zone: Part 2/4

By Jaron Zanerhaft Back in the car, I wrap myself up in a blanket that one of our runners tossed my way before she lined up with the team.  I go over my notes in the back seat as we merge onto the highway, wrap around the city, and end up on the wrong side of the street at our next stop.  Lauren, Erin, and I cross the street, dodging people as if we were playing Frogger with the marathon runners, and land safely at the transition zone—the respite 13.1 miles down the course designated for two-person teams to switch runners.  For them, this is the starting lines and finish lines, but for most runners, this is only the halfway point. It’s hard to believe that the sparse flow of runners right … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beit T'Shuvah, BTS Communications, Current Events, Judaism, LA Marathon, Run To Save A Soul, Spirituality

LA Marathon – The Starting Line: Part 1/4

By Jaron Zanerhaft Last Sunday, I was tasked with covering the 2012 Honda LA Marathon for Beit T’Shuvah.  My day began with a fresh notebook three hours before dawn and didn’t end until our last runner crossed the finish line. The day was so full that I felt compelled to break my story into four parts, one for each stop along the way.  This is Part 1. The Starting Line In the cover of a dark morning, thousands of people file in with 5 a.m. mechanized legs, as if on moving sidewalks made invisible by the black asphalt of the Dodger Stadium parking lot. The stagnant cold pricks my half-closed eyelids.  I tap the sharp tip of the pencil in my jacket pocket and make my way from the car with Lauren and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beit T'Shuvah, BTS Communications, Current Events, LA Marathon, Run To Save A Soul, Spirituality

Beit T’Shuvah Charity Design Project

Beit T’Shuvah Charity Design Project

As many people know, Beit T’Shuvah is always striving to give their residents the best care possible.  We are lucky enough to have found a group of volunteers who wish to be a part of that vision, spearheading a project new to the realm of treatment facilities.  Being a nonprofit facility that accepts over 70% of our residents without pay, the treatment has to come first, and unfortunately, aesthetics have always taken a back seat. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beit T'Shuvah, BTS Communications, Charity Design Project, Current Events, Gratitude, T'Shuvah, Uncategorized

I Have a Dream…

By Erin Pad “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness” – Martin Luther King Jr. “I’m sick of your lies,” my mom yelled, “get your stuff and get out of my house!” It was a freezing, January, Michigan night and my mom had finally drawn the line.  She had taken a stand.  I just stood there and mocked her like a selfish brat, but this time it was different— she was different. There was a time when America made empty promises and lied to part of its family.  It took a strong parental figure, like Martin Luther King Jr. to show America that it needed to change.  He drew a line and he took a stand.  When my mom drew … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, Beit T'Shuvah, BTS Communications, Family Wellness, Gratitude, Mark Borovitz, Sobriety

This Is Aronofsky’s Brain Against Drugs

Darren Aronofsky, the director of Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, and The Wrestler, recently hit the small screen, releasing four commercials as part of the nationwide Meth Project.  The Project’s goal is to curb use of methamphetamines throughout the country—as proof of its success, the project cites ABC’s study showing that “meth use has declined by 65% in Arizona, 63% in Montana, and 52% in Idaho since the 2006 commencement of its campaign.” Aronofsky departs from the “this is your brain on drugs” movement of the 1990’s and the “just say no” crusade of the 1980’s.  He instead stays true to his directorial style, depicting intensely graphic, seemingly exaggerated realities. Watching the commercials left me with the same feeling as Black Swan, a queasy stomach, like I had just watched a … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, BTS Communications, Current Events, Education, Family Wellness, Internet, Spirituality, Uncategorized

TGIF? Maybe We Should Thank God on Mondays as Well as Fridays

By M. Alexander Growing up, I hated Mondays.  I hated school. I hated the days I had to go to school, come home and do homework, go to bed early so that I could wake up the next morning for a new day of monotony.  All week, I looked forward to the weekend—a time with no responsibility, a time to watch television, a time to do nothing. Later in life, when I was using heroin, all days were the same.  It did not matter whether it was Saturday or Monday.  If I had dope, it was a good day.  If I didn’t, it was a bad day. My perception of each day’s merits changed yet again when I first got to Beit T’Shuvah. I began to dread the weekend.  Nobody was here.  They … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beit T'Shuvah, BTS Communications, Dating, Family Wellness, Gratitude, Internet, Sobriety, Spirituality

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