Why New York?
The Opioid and Addiction Crisis is impacting every family in our country. Beit T’Shuvah Los Angeles receives over 600 calls a month with approximately 20% of those calls coming from the Tri-State area. We want to provide a residential recovery community that is sensitive to the needs of Jewish people of all denominations and help people understand that Living Jewishly (however one defines this) helps people heal the underlying causes of Addiction.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio explained that, “the opioid epidemic has killed more people in [New York City] than car crashes and homicides combined,"
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 According to the CDC, in 2016 there were over 62,000 drug overdose deaths. According to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, or OASAS, around 12% of all New Yorkers above the age of 11 experience addiction or abuse disorders each year. Statewide, over 1.9 million New Yorkers (1.77 million adults and 156,000 youth ages 12-17) have a substance abuse problem. –OASAS
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, we believe we have a spiritual solution through recovery and community as seen by the 30+ years of success from Beit T'Shuvah Los Angeles.
Mission and Vision
Born out of Beit T'Shuvah Los Angeles, T’Shuvah Center follows the same mission to guide individuals and families towards a path of living well, so that wrestling souls can recover from addiction and learn how to properly heal. The T'Shuvah Center’s faith-based model, founded on authenticity and wholeness, integrates spirituality, psychotherapy, Jewish teachings, and the 12 Steps. We are a compassionate, supportive community, devoted to building an empowering sense of belonging and purpose to everyone who seeks it. T'Shuvah Center believes everyone has the right to redemption, and practices never turning a single soul away due to their inability to pay... allowing for all who wish, to make T'Shuvah.
Addiction is a symptom of a divided self and malady of the soul; an unhealthy dependence on substances or compulsive activities to provide a temporary sense of wholeness and well-being. 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.
The vision of T'Shuvah Center is to raise a new generation. One in which the paradigm of human understanding shifts, so that individuals and families can see each member as autonomous and unique. Our integrative Jewish faith-based model, based on authenticity and wholeness, can be applied not solely to treatment centers and family units, but also to any community organization that is willing to look within. Ultimately, we hope to be international educators, pioneering a curriculum that teaches individuals how to live well.