Why New York?
The Opioid and Addiction Crisis is impacting every family in our country. Beit T’Shuvah in Los Angeles receives over 600 calls a month with approximately 30% of those calls coming from the tri-State area. T’Shuvah Center wants to provide a residential recovery home and community that is sensitive to the needs of Jewish people from all denominations and help people understand that living Jewishly (however one defines it) helps people heal the underlying causes of addiction.
Since 2000, more than 500,000 people in the United States have died as a result of opioid addiction, a staggering figure larger than the number of American deaths in all the wars fought since World War II.
According to the CDC, in 2017 there were over 72,000 drug overdose deaths.
According to the NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), 12% of all New Yorkers, above the age of 11, suffer from addiction each year.
OASAS reported that more than 109,000 people were treated for opioids in NY in 2017.
In 2017, overdoses in New York City killed 1,441 people, more than any year on record — and double the rate of 2000.
During this time of crisis, T’Shuvah Center believes it has a spiritual solution through recovery and community as seen by the 30+ years of success from Beit T'Shuvah in Los Angeles.
T'Shuvah Center envisions a world where wrestling souls that suffer from addiction can receive the help they need to begin the road to recovery. T'Shuvah Center's spiritual-based model founded on action, authenticity and community is devoted to building a sense of belonging and purpose to anyone who seeks it.
T'Shuvah Center’s mission is to provide addicts of all kinds with the opportunity to build a community for recovery using a model that integrates Jewish wisdom, text, and ritual; psychotherapy; the 12-Steps; and spirituality.
Addiction is a symptom of a divided self and a malady of the soul. It’s an unhealthy dependence on substances or compulsive activities to provide a temporary sense of wholeness and well-being.
It’s not about role-to-soul, meaning rabbi/cantor/therapist/drug counselor to client, it’s about soul-to-soul. The staff at T’Shuvah Center connect deeply with each resident. It is life-changing for many of the residents to have someone listen to them and truly want to understand their story in order to help them move past their challenges.
We are all made of dark and light elements and by denying one of those, we are diminishing ourselves. Residents learn how to accept their dark side and challenges and still reinforce their light side.
This is the essence of T’Shuvah Center. Through a community rooted in the spiritual principles of Judaism, authenticity, and transparency, T'Shuvah Center members are taught, using both traditional and nontraditional approaches, to live in concert with their own inner value, dignity, and kedusha - holiness.