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If you or a loved one are a practicing Jew, you likely have specific needs (and desires) when choosing a New Jersey rehab center program to help you overcome addiction and mental health issues. It is essential to choose a rehab program where all of your needs are met. Seeking help from a program where treating the addiction- rather than the person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs- is a priority is likely to lead to less than optimal treatment outcomes. This is why many Jewish people cannot go to any drug rehab program.
When someone has an addiction or mental health disorder, it is not uncommon to feel worry, shame, or concern about disclosing their challenges to others. Many within the Jewish community do not feel comfortable talking with loved ones or strangers about their need for help to overcome a substance use disorder. There are many reasons for this, but stigma and a historical misrepresentation of addiction and the Jewish faith may be the most significant contributors.
For many years, addiction and mental health struggles within the Jewish community has been cloaked in stigma. Although many partake in alcoholic beverages as part of rituals and religious holidays, one would be hard-pressed to find someone of the Jewish faith who would acknowledge personal challenges with addiction or that they knew anyone who had a problematic relationship with drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, decades of denial have led to a wide variety of struggles for members of the Jewish community suffering from addiction.
The misconceptions surrounding addiction in the Jewish community have led to challenges in collecting accurate data on addiction and addiction treatment rates. Because faith suggests addiction is a moral failure or that addiction is not a problem for Jewish people, those who were asked about personal, family, or social experiences with substance abuse were likely to provide false responses. However, a study published in the Journal of Addiction shed light on addiction and mental health within the Jewish community.
Of those surveyed, more than 41% knew someone with a drug or alcohol problem, and 23% had a family history of substance abuse. Of those, 44% would look to a local community-based support group, while 3% noted they would not seek help personally or for a loved one with an addiction. Unfortunately, many Jewish people continue to view addiction as a moral failure rather than a disease that can be treated effectively.
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What Is A Kosher Treatment Center?
Although traditional New Jersey inpatient rehab programs can and will provide the evidence-based addiction treatment care you need to get sober, they may lack many essential requirements to satisfy other specific needs. For example, some treatment programs may be unwilling or unable to provide kosher meals to meet dietary requirements. Still, others may not provide activities or religious services that cater to the Jewish faith. A Kosher rehab focuses treatment planning around your specific needs and goals as a member of the Jewish faith.
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What to Expect at a Kosher Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Program
At a kosher drug rehab, you can expect the same vital addiction treatment and mental health services you would receive at a traditional program. Depending on your unique needs as you enter therapy, treatment will begin with detoxification followed by comprehensive, evidence-based treatment designed to help you understand and overcome addiction and mental health issues. Finally, as you reach the end of your primary treatment program, we will work with you to develop an aftercare plan that ensures access to the medical and mental health supports you need to maintain lasting recovery.
At our kosher rehab, we develop our plans to meet your cultural, personal, and religious beliefs while caring for your physical health as you progress through treatment at Relevance Recovery. However, unlike traditional drug and alcohol rehab, our kosher rehab provides for specific factors specific to your needs, including a kosher diet, Jewish activities, and religious services.
Kosher Diet Plans
Access to meals that meet your dietary requirements is a vital part of your daily routine and a significant contributor to your overall well-being. For those who adhere strictly to the Jewish faith, accessing and following a Kosher diet (regardless of whether you are at home or in a treatment program) is crucial for your spiritual health. Our program at Relevance Recovery understands the critical importance of Kosher meals, and our programs ensure a Kosher dietary plan is part of your treatment planning.
We aim to help you maintain your regular diet while in treatment by offering several Kosher food options, including meats, vegetables, fruits, grains, breads, pasta, dairy products, snacks, desserts, coffee, tea, and other beverages. Our nutritional professionals understand it is undesirable (and sometimes physically impossible) to change your diet when entering treatment. When someone is accustomed (physically, psychologically, and spiritually) to specific foods, forcing them to change their diet while trying to heal from addiction and mental health issues can only lead to worsening medical and mental health challenges.
Our kitchen at Relevance Recovery is fully stocked with foods to help you maintain your Kosher diet. Following a healthy, Kosher diet is an essential element in your recovery as it will help you build your immune system and enhance your nutritional health. This is essential because poor nutritional health is common among those suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Eating healthy will boost your energy while improving your mood, allowing you to focus on what is most important during treatment and getting well.
Jewish activities and religious services
Engaging in peer-group activities is another essential component of successful, effective addiction treatment. It is not uncommon for those who seek help to overcome addiction to experience several challenges to their sobriety during treatment and after. One such challenge is isolation. For some, talking with others (including friends and loved ones) about their struggles is difficult if not impossible due to fear of what the other person may say or think. At a Jewish rehab program like Relevance Recovery, you are surrounded by others who share similar challenges. But in addition to shared challenges is the benefit of shared faith.
By offering religious services and activities rooted in the Jewish faith, our rehab programs provide a safe, comfortable environment where peers who share the same beliefs and goals can help each other walk through what is inevitably a challenging time. We observe Shabbos and offer Shabbat meals in addition to regular Jewish religious services. Even if you are not practicing regularly, we believe engaging with others with similar backgrounds and goals for a substance-free future can help boost your success in treatment and help you maintain lasting recovery.
Statistics show that addiction and mental health rehab programs are most successful when the environment is supportive of the culture of the individual. For this reason, many rehabs have developed programs that cater to specific demographics. For example, gender-specific, LBGTQ, Veterans, first responders, teens, and our Kosher program at Relevance Recovery.
Research indicates when like-minded peers surround you, you will feel more comfortable talking honestly about your relationship with drugs and alcohol. The more comfortable you are being open and honest about the challenges addiction has brought to your life, the more effective treatment will be.
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Relevance Recovery's Kosher Rehab Program
Our Kosher drug rehab and mental health treatment center in New Jersey fully supports your faith, allowing you to embrace your spiritual connections while taking steps towards healing. We offer a full kosher diet, religious services, activities, and access to medical staff who understand and share your beliefs.
At Relevance Recovery, we understand seeking help is especially challenging as a member of the orthodox Jewish faith. Our team at our Kosher drug rehab and mental health facility in New Jersey is here to help you find lasting health and wellness in an environment that allows you to embrace your spirituality. If you would like to learn more about Kosher rehab, contact a member of our admissions team today.