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Created On Monday, 21, March 2016
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Drug & Alcohol Detox and Treatment With Jewish Faith-Based Programs in New York

Across the state of New York will be many Jewish faith-based drug and alcohol treatment services and programs. Unfortunately, addictions and substance abuse are not often talked about within Jewish communities across the United States. This can make it difficult for addicts to find proper help when they are unable to open up about their problems with their loved ones. Jewish faith-based drug and alcohol treatment services are specifically tailored to help Jewish addicts and their families. These types of rehab centers are no different from what methods of treatment they use, but there will be more spiritual rehabilitation involved. Many addicts will already have had a strong spiritual foundation, and they will want to strengthen this when they go through treatment. The spiritual healing process can be quite beneficial for an addict because it will be part of healing the mind, body, and spirit.

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Substance Abuse and Addiction within the Jewish Community of New York State

The Jewish community with New York City consists of approximately 13% of the population, which is the largest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel. Over two million Jewish people are living across New York State. Unfortunately, substance abuse and addiction impact this community as it does any other community within the state. However, the issues are kept close to the families and the problems are not brought to the forefront. There are numerous reasons why someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol. In a 2011 Jewish Community Study of New York regarding poverty, within the eight counties in the New York area, approximately 32% of all people living in Jewish households were poor or near being poor. At the time of this study, about one in five New York Jewish households were poor. Roughly one in ten New York area Jewish households were near-poor.

Additionally, 45% of the children in Jewish households live in poor or near-poor households. The study reported that more Jewish people are affected by poverty in the New York area than Jews living within the Jewish community. Within New York City at the time of this study, one in four Jewish households were poor. Struggling with poverty is a strong motivator for someone to choose to abuse drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, substance abuse causes the addiction problem to become worse. It later becomes difficult to afford treatment because of the issues of poverty and addiction. Within the state of New York are treatment programs for Jewish families and addicts. There is still a stigma attached to being addicted to drugs and alcohol, which does prevent many people from coming forward with their drug problems. Finding the right help is crucial, whether it is outpatient or inpatient treatment within the state of New York.


Marcel Gemme, DATS - Author

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.