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.