Resource Category: Substance Use Disorder and Addiction

Substance use disorders, colloquially called addiction, is a complex disease that affects the functioning of the brain and body. It involves craving something intensely, losing control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences. Recovery from addiction is very challenging, but it is possible.

A collection of resources from our friends at A Mitzvah to Eat, including FAQs, prayers, a letter to clergy and more.
The beginning of the Jewish year is a time of teshuvah, or "returning." For some, this is a return to God, but it can also be a return to healthier versions of ourselves in the coming year. This concept is very close, if not identical, to recovery, which makes the High Holy Days the perfect time to educate ourselves and our communities on how they can help those in recovery have the best chance of success.
A personal story. The concept of Betzelem Elohim—that we are each created in the image of sacred divinity and worthy of honor—has become one of my favorites, perhaps because it always eluded me in the past.
SMART Recovery is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating).