In response to the growing, and often overlooked drug and alcohol addiction dilemma in the Jewish community, a new kosher and rabbinically endorsed recovery program is being launched in the New York metropolitan area. Shalom Jewish Recovery Center will officially open its doors on June 14 in discreet locations in Long Beach and on Manhattan’s Central Park West.
The center, offering drug/alcohol recovery and detoxification from a team of world-class doctors in a first-rate facility, will provide 30, 60 and 90 day in-patient programs, in addition to customized out-patient programs in which individuals can be restored to sobriety discreetly in the comfort of their own home.
The program is the brainchild of its founder, Long Islander Matthew Belcher.
Belcher explained the program’s simple philosophy.
“Our unique, individual, personalized recovery regimen puts the Shalom center in a class all by itself,” he said. “We strongly believe that we will change the industry.
“An 8 to 1 ratio of staff to client is our standard. Those eight professional LMSW/CASAC will focus on one client at a time for their whole stay with us. This personalized regimen has never been done before.”
Belcher has dedicated the past 36 months to set up this treatment program after losing a pair of close friends to avoidable, tragic overdoses.
“Through our intense studies in the field of recovery, we’ve discovered that the most proven program is personal, one-on-one recovery,” he said. “We have come to realize that no recovery center on earth takes this important approach to such a high level.
“We will lead the way in changing recovery for the better. And they will get to do so in a fully kosher environment.”
Leading the rabbinical team for the center is Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser from Congregation Bnei Yitzchok in Brooklyn. Rabbi Goldwasser is the author of The Addicted Soul, a comprehensive analysis of the physical, spiritual and emotional conditions of the addicted individual.
Rabbi Goldwasser’s personal exposition of the Twelve-Step Program, based on Torah values and philosophy, lays an effectual foundation for recovery from addiction and spiritual growth.
At Shalom Jewish Recovery Center, clients are kept separated for a variety of clinical reasons. The only time one would see another client would be at the banquet table for Shabbat dinner on Friday night, if the client chooses to attend. Privacy and confidentially is of the utmost importance.
Programs are available for alcohol dependency, benzodiazepine detoxification, heroin and opiates addiction, and co-occurring disorders.
In terms of accommodations, each client at the Manhattan location will stay in a 2,150 square foot suite. All rooms are outfitted with a bold and engaging style befitting New York City. Every detail is custom designed to create a relaxing experience.
Visually stunning 12 foot, floor-to-ceiling windows will give their clients precious views of Central Park and the New York City Skyline.
The Long Beach treatment facility will provide similar comfort, but with beach and ocean views from the patient accommodations.
Individuals battling addiction or their family members are encouraged to call the 24-hour wellness hotline at 631-805-2928. You will speak to a staff member, never an answering service. All calls are kept completely confidential. Clients never need to worry about privacy, so they can focus on their recovery.
Belcher can be reached by email at: Matthew@ShalomJewishRecovery.com
Matthew Belcher and Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser meeting in Matthews office today to discuss ways to improve our wellness center. The Rabbi always stops by to chat and see how things are going at Shalom Jewish Recovery Institute. Rabbi Goldwasser has been a staff and board member since Oct, 2015 and was a welcomed addition to our team.
Even with the Rabbi’s busy schedule, he jumped at the opportunity to help us at Shalom Jewish Recovery Institute. The Rabbi is well aware of the tremendous problems our communities are having with the use of drugs and alcohol. Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser is always working with me and the staff at Shalom Jewish Recovery Institute to see how we can always improve our approach to helping our clients achieve long term sobriety.
When anyone is hooked on pain killers or heroin (the same thing) we know how afraid the individual is of becoming dope sick. We know that there isn’t a worse pain then kicking dope or pills. Even in state run detox’s they are prohibited by law to only give you just enough of the detox medicine to keep you from throwing up. Sometimes people have been taking so much for so long that even when they receive the detox medications at state run facilities, they are still very sick. They can’t get out of their beds. All they do is lay their and think. As we all know, when in that bed, dope sick just thinking all day and night, because the sleeping meds they give you don’t put you to sleep. All you think about is very depressing things. The harms done to close family members, work related failures, loss of job or family, in trouble with the law, I wish I never relapsed to begin with. Etc. Add much, much more horrible thoughts. That’s why I knew when opening our treatment center, being private allows us to prescribe medications a bit differently, we can give you enough so you feel good and aren’t suffering at all, actually, people have appetites. They go to recovery sessions and start hearing the message of hope, which is recovery. Please call and speak to me, about kicking pills or heroin, I was in your shoes a long time ago. I know how you feel. I know how scary it is prior to getting the medication from our doctors. I will talk to you and tell you exactly how we do detox here at shalom. I promise you this, once you come and get started, within 36 hours you will be thanking me for being honest with you about pain free detox. We give you real sleep medication. I know how important it is to sleep, we don’t make people suffer here. We do the opposite of almost every detox I know of. Anyway, please call and speak to me personally. I will walk you through the whole detox process and make you feel at ease. Don’t say tomorrow anymore. Make the call now. You may not see tomorrow. These drugs kill way to many people each day. All because they said, ” just one more time, then tomorrow, I swear I ‘m gonna get help. There may not be a tomorrow. Call Matthew at 631 805 2928 now 24/7 I ‘m really hoping you call me, because I’ve been where you are right now, full of fear and worry, and guilt etc. We can change all that. You will want to wake up again and not have to worry, how am I gonna get it, where am I gonna get the money today for more. That whole life could end right now, call me right now, not in 5 minutes, right now.
Nearly 80% of the people coming into treatment centers around the united states are coming because of their addiction to Opiods. Someone could not have an addictive personality, yet because of legit reason must take addictive pain medicine. Before they know it, they are taken them just not to be sick. Most heroin users today started with pain killers and moved on to heroin because its so much cheaper and more available to them. We are losing one person every 8 minutes to over-doses in the Jewish communities. These are facts. Please do your own homework and see for yourself. Its become an epidemic in our communities.
- Have you ever decided to stop drinking or drugs for a week or two, but only lasted a few days? Many have made all sorts of promises to themselves, family and friends, but found we couldn’t keep them, even when we really wanted to.
- Do you wish people would mind their own business about your drinking or drugging– stop telling you what to do?
- Have you ever switched from one kind of drink or drug to another in the hope that this would keep you in better control and stop you from getting drunk or too high? We have tried all kinds of ways, we made our drinks weaker, or just drank beer, or we didn’t drink when we had work the next day, drinking or using drugs only on weekends, etc.
- Have you ever had to have an eye-opener upon awakening?
- Do you envy people who can drink or drug without getting in trouble at home, work, with friends, law, health?
- Have you had problems with your health as a result of your drinking or use of drugs?
- Has your drinking or drug use caused problems at home?
- Do you ever try to get “Extra” drinks or drugs at a party because you don’t get enough, or drink or drug before going out? Do you have pre-game drinks or drugs before going out?
- Do you tell yourself you can stop drinking or using drugs any time you want to, even though you keep getting drunk or high when you don’t mean to?
- Have you ever missed work, appointments, or school because of your drinking or drugging?
- Did you ever have blackouts? A “Blackout” is when you have been drinking or using drugs and can’t remember what happened. You may call a friend or colleague to see what happened last night.
- Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you didn’t drink or drug?
Try to keep an open mind on these questions, be honest with yourself with each question. Only you know how you answered these questions. If we asked these same questions about you to your family, friends, rabbi or co-workers, what do you think their answers would be?
If you answered yes to more than one, you are probably in trouble with alcohol and or drugs. One phone call to shalom institute can and will change your life. We will be glad to work with you and show you how to stop drinking or using drugs as well as teach you how to stay away from the first drink or drug, forever.