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:
- A professionally-led family support group
- A professionally-led support group for individuals in continuing recovery
- Educational workshops held in synagogues, schools, and gated communities
- Consultations and referrals for individuals
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.
JEWS IN RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP
Addiction specialists Rebecca Marcus Wheeler, LCSW, MCAP, PHD, and Michael Gans, MSW, CLSW, Ph. Dc, facilitate this unique support group that offers a broader option for those looking for post-treatment and/or post-rehab support. The weekly sessions — Tuesdays, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Zoom — put the focus on recovery through a Jewish lens, creating a safe space to explore and navigate one’s road in sobriety — both early and long-term.
Feel empowered to find your truth and communicate in a way that can help you love and be loved. The initiative — the only one of its kind in the community — welcomes Jewish individuals in recovery to be part of a community of like-minded people who can understand and appreciate this nonjudgmental environment. Together, participants can share and support one another on their sober journey.
Weekly Support Group: Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
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, MCAP, PHD