Jewish Addiction Outreach & Support
There is a pervasive myth that addiction is not a Jewish issue. No one, however, is immune. The myth that Jews are somehow protected from addiction reinforces shame and isolation and can inhibit community members from seeking needed help. The goal of this program is to ensure that Jewish individuals and their families who are impacted by addiction find support within the Jewish community and receive education and a safe space to receive support.
Elements of the program include:
- Educational workshops held in synagogues, schools, and gated communities
- Consultations and referrals for individuals
- A professionally led family support group.
A dedicated Alpert JFS professional provides focused and targeted outreach throughout Palm Beach County and oversees an active task force of community leaders.
This program provides a caring, non-judgmental “welcome mat” to the Jewish community affected by addiction.
FAMILY Support Group
This professionally led support group offers a safe space for families struggling with a loved one affected by addiction. This group meets weekly at Alpert JFS’ West Palm Beach Office on Fridays from Noon to 1:00 p.m., facilitated by Rebecca Marcus Wheeler, LCSW.
Rebecca Marcus Wheeler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who partners with clients in creating healthy change in their lives. Working with adults and teens, she specializes in working with couples and those in Recovery. Wheeler focuses on empowering her clients, inviting them to find their truths, clarifying their past, and learning to communicate in a way that helps them love and be loved.
She has worked within a variety of settings, including hospitals, treatment facilities, community mental health centers, and universities. Wheeler’s collaborative approach generates a safe space, empowering clients to accomplish goals and create lasting change. Her kind and empathetic nature builds trust, and allows each client to acknowledge and engage in creating the life they desire.
Wheeler received her undergraduate in History of Art at the University of Michigan, with further graduate-level study of the Art Market at Christie’s Education in New York City. She received a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan, pursuing the advanced curriculum in mental health to support her clinical practicum at the UM Psychological Clinic on campus. Wheeler combines her passion for the arts with her focus as a therapist.
She serves as a Qualified Supervisor within the State of Florida, and has supervised registered interns from many of the local universities and community agencies. Wheeler is currently a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and is a Master’s-Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP). She is currently pursuing her Doctorate at Florida Atlantic University and certification as a Certified Practitioner in Psychodrama and Sociometry.