Addiction Prevention Resources


Addiction prevention and support services in our community

Addictive behaviors and the abuse of substances are a growing concern in society. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington seeks to be an inclusive and caring community. We are working to:

  • Educate ourselves about the challenges we and our neighbors face
  • Remove stigma that may prevent individuals from seeking help and support
  • Build awareness within our community institutions about creating safe, healthy space for people and programs
  • Strengthen the infrastructure of treatment and prevention programs appropriate to each individual’s situation

In order to achieve these goals, Federation is implementing the following initiatives to bring greater access to Addiction Prevention resources to members of the Greater Washington community:

  • Addiction prevention resources are in the process of being added to the Jconnect community website to provide easily accessible information for families and friends who need it.
  • Community Trainings and workshops will provide professionals working in Jewish community with the tools needed to support and help the addiction community.
  • Federation’s series of holiday guides are being edited, reprinted and reposted on line using new inclusive language that is sensitive to people with addiction issues.

Print Resources

  • God of Our Understanding: Jewish Spirituality and Recovery from Addiction Paperback – Aug 2 2010, by Shais Taub
  • Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery, 2nd Ed.: A Personal Guide to Turning from Alcoholism and Other Addictions - Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex... Paperback – Oct 1 2009, by Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, MD, Stuart A. Copans
  • Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception Paperback – Apr 30 1997, by Abraham J Twerski
  • The Spiritual Self: Reflections on Recovery and God Paperback – Mar 17 2000, by Abraham J Twerski
  • Recovery, the 12 Steps and Jewish Spirituality Paperback – Sep 30 2014, by Rabbi Paul Steinberg
  • Recovery - The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice Paperback – May 1 2009, by Rabbi Rami Shapiro
  • Not As Prescribed: Recognizing and Facing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Older Adults Paperback - April 2016, by Harry Haroutunian, M.D.
    In this book, Dr. Haroutunian, physician director at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, provides you with the vital information needed to understand the dynamics of addiction in older adults. You’ll learn to:
    - Clearly distinguish between the signs of aging and the signs of addiction, many of which overlap
    - Identify the indications of drug misuse and its progression to addiction
    - Understand the unique treatment needs of older adults
    - Get the help you—as a caregiver or loved one—need to cope with your loved ones’ addiction

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