Jewish Journal

Suppositions on Family

by Beit T'shuvah

August 5, 2013 | 2:50 pm

By Joan Praver--Board Member/Volunteer

Volunteering your so-called abilities to try to help others makes you subject to a book you’ve never before opened. It’s almost like exposing yourself to a foreign language. In the beginning you become the student, who then becomes the teacher. In retrospect, I now realize it took chutzpah on my part to suggest conducting a group in WRITING FROM THE INNER SELF. It was the addict who exposed to me the mindset of someone caught in the web of demanding instant gratification.

The one premise I unearthed is that our educational system has overlooked the most significant courses they should include in their curriculum. It is so obvious and so ignored. To my knowledge there are no degrees given on the study of MARRIAGE or CHILD RAISING. The only lessons we acquire are the examples of our parents who flounder, trying to become self-taught, and are argued over continuously.

At Beit T’Shuvah parents are invited to classes to ask questions, discuss problems and seek answers to their individual inadequacies. They are guided by experts in both fields. Here, we realize addiction is a family problem.

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