Addiction is a disease that affects people of all religions and spiritual backgrounds. Yet the Jewish community has been haunted by a myth that substance abuse does not affect people of this faith. Because of this tendency to deny or suppress the reality of addiction, gaining an accurate view of the prevalence of substance abuse among Jews has been challenging in the past. However, the community has become increasingly aware of the problem of substance abuse, not only among mainstream Jews, but also among the more traditional Orthodox members of the community. Recent efforts to establish treatment centers that observe Orthodox Jewish law reflect this growing awareness, as well as a demand for such services.
Jewish Addiction Awareness Network / Resources / Jewish Resources
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