Right Action Gambling Program
Beit T'Shuvah's Comprehensive Treatment for Problem Gambling
Our mission is to restore lost souls and return them to themselves, their family, and society through a healing community of Jewish spirituality. Addressing addiction as a symptom of a divided self, an unhappy dependence on substances or compulsive activities (gambling) that provide a temporary sense of relief and well-being. As a therapeutic community, our mission is to reduce the incidence of addiction and other harmful behaviors by treating addiction as a "disease" of body, mind, soul, and spirit, incurred through unhealthy living over time. Beit T'Shuvah's commitment is towards restoring all the fragmented pieces of the addicted individual's life that was lost as a result of their gambling addiction. The integrative recovery model at Beit T'Shuvah's Right Action Gambling Program is committed to treating the whole individual and affected families.

Gambling Addiction is a Family Problem
The compulsive gambler lies, steals and creates destruction and despair among the people that love him/her. The family finds ways to cope with the stealing and lying by unwittingly colluding with the addict's promise to quit, and thus becomes increasingly more dysfunctional as the financial and emotional strain placed on the family mounts, eventually leaving a family, lost, confused, and shamed into secrecy until finally becoming destitute. Those closest to the compulsive gambler are its first victims, starting with immediate family, expanding to friends, employers, and eventually society at large. But, this suffering need not continue. Through our family work at Beit T'Shuvah's Right Action Gambling Program, the whole family can recover, as reunification, growth and most of all, hope, become real possibilities.

The Profile of a Compulsive Gambler
The profile of the compulsive gambler in his/her last phase of addiction, who is seeking treatment, is one of hopelessness. They emotionally "give up," and don't care if they live or die. In fact, for many, the latter is preferable. They will consider suicide during this phase, and most will commit actions which could place them in jail or prison. Clinical depression is a given. In their minds, no one cares and no hope is available. This final hopelessness phase is the end of the road-the time when the pathological gambler either gets help, is imprisoned, or dies. Frighteningly, one out of five "problem gamblers" will eventually file for bankruptcy, become homeless or attempt suicide. In fact, the suicide rate for problem gamblers is twice the suicide rate for drug addicts and alcoholics. Our work is arduous, the goal honorable, and your contributions paramount in the "saving of lives." We are most often the last vestige of hope for many gamblers and families in crisis.

Financial Repair
Individual sessions with a financial planner aid the gambler in clearing their negative credit history, teach them to budget within the confines of earned income, address the anxiety and shame of the gambler's financial wreckage, and help them build the framework toward a healthy relationship with money.

"Achieving Success One Step at a Time" 2015 award
Beit T'shuvah's Right Action Program is the recipient of the "Achieving Success One Step at a Time" 2015 award in the area of treatment for gambling disorders. Each year The California Department of Public Health Office of Problem Gambling recognizes one outstanding agency/individual and acknowledges them for their continued support in administering problem gambling treatment services.


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