Jewish Journal

Addiction, Prevention, and Spirituality

by Beit T'shuvah

April 23, 2013 | 1:03 pm

By M. Alexander

Beit T’Shuvah has proven something to the world—that the integration of spirituality into the psyche can prove to be an effective intervention against a range of addictions and the malaise of the human spirit.  

The next logical step is: if spirituality can be an effective intervention, can’t it also be just as effective in terms of prevention?  Yes, it can.  It is my job and the job of everyone in The Prevention Program at Beit T’Shuvah to spread the message of spirituality as a helpful combatant.  We lead panels and discussions, speaking to teenagers who have not had the misfortune of trudging down the path toward destruction.

We go to schools and synagogues all over Los Angeles, Florida, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan—telling everyone who will listen that they do not have to walk the same path as we once did.

Tomorrow, we have an event that will talk about this exact issue.  In conjunction with The Kalsman Institute and Cedars-Sinai’s Week of Learning, Beit T’Shuvah will be hosting an event entitled “Addiction, Prevention, and Spirituality.”  You will hear from Harriet Rossetto, Rabbi Mark Borovitz, Youth Outreach Director Douglas Rosen, and a Prevention employee.  A panel discussion will follow.

The event is being held at Beit T’Shuvah (8831 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90034) from 9-11am.  Please RSVP to Michael Soter at msoter@beittshuvah.org.

Check out this video for all the details.

Addiction, Prevention and Spirituality with Rabbi Mark Borovitz and Harriet Rossetto from Kalsman Institute on Vimeo.

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