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December 8, 2012

Saturday Questionnaire

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Adam Mindel is the Family Program Coordinator at Beit T’Shuvah.  He is also a former resident of the program and has now made it his mission to help fight addiction both for the individual and their family.  Here is what he had to say about Beit T’Shuvah and the process of redemption.

 

What is your idea of redemption?
My idea of redemption is to come to know yourself as a decent man.  To live your truth, to live a life as best you can according to your beliefs and morals.  I don’t think it’s possible to redeem ourselves and to go against ourselves consistently.  I think that we can grow into the people that we want to become.  I think redemption, true redemption, is knowing your own decency.

What was BTS’s role in your life?
Beit T’Shuvah was the 10th treatment program that I went through.  And obviously something happened for me here.  I have 9.5 years sober.   It was the only place that I went to that spoke to a part of me that I didn’t know existed and that was my soul.  I saw here how that little spark, even though I couldn’t really comprehend what that was, I knew that if I could grow that piece that it would be a path to wholeness.  Through wisdom, community, support, love, and encouragement I have grown as a man.

What do you like most about yourself?
I think I have developed a sense of compassion in myself and for other people.  I’m pretty proud of that.

What quality do you value most in your friends?
If they can make me laugh, that’s really important.  But I would say that the quality I value most in friends is really love.  Love in all its forms.  It’s really about them being true to themselves and true to me. 

What is your favorite occupation?
I love what I do here at Beit T’Shuvah as a therapist.  I get to be a part of change every day.  It’s amazing that I get to share all of life in one day.  All in one day, we share in the whole fabric of life.  From sorrow to joy, from success to failure.  The other thing I love to do is I get to work as an interventionist for Beit T’Shuvah.  I really love it.  I get to change people’s lives and it’s really incredible to take somebody from a hotel room and then the next day they’re in treatment and their life is changing—it’s incredible to be a part of that.

Who are your heroes real or fictional?
I was never one who really had heroes in life.  I was talking with one of the spiritual counselors the other day, though, and we were talking about who we would like to meet the most.  So the one we ended with was Moses.  Right? Because he actually saw G-d so we thought that’d be a trippy conversation—I’d like to hang out with that dude. 

What inspires you?
The idea of Tikkun Olam, of healing the world and healing myself, that seems to have a real meaning.  Sometimes I’m inspired by the fact that in this crazy universe, that I’ve been put in a role where I get to help people.   I forget how blessed I am sometimes. 

What is your major fault?
My biggest fault is impatience.  I am learning patience every day.  I meditate and I continue to learn patience.  It’s really about the mind.  It’s really about changing your ideas of how fast things can happen.

What is your motto?
Life is good.

What is your present state of mind at this moment?
Hope

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