Judaism, Addiction and Recovery presents a Jewish faith-based perspective on chemical dependence. The author, Rabbi Richard Eisenberg, a former rehabilitation counselor in a drug/alcohol treatment center for 10 years as well as a pulpit rabbi for 35 years, wrote this book as a wake-up call to the Jewish community. His approach draws upon models that extend beyond the 12 Step philosophy. The spiritual and faith-based outlook presented by Rabbi Eisenberg offers newer ways of understanding the phenomena of addiction and recovery, allowing fresh concepts to emerge from the fog of addiction and its effects. Expounding upon Biblical and Rabbinic texts plus the author’s professional clinical experience, Judaism, Addiction and Recovery invites Jewish individuals, families and communities to find helpful direction in the wake of a growing personal and public health crisis.
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Author: Richard Eisenberg
- ISBN-13: 978-1946124579
This book is a must read–we are dealing with an epidemic of addiction in our communities and this short book goes a long way to show how education, faith and patience can alter its destructive force. This book is the first I have seen specifically geared to the Jewish community, which the author recognizes may be feeling disenfranchised, naive or otherwise at a loss as to how best to help or connect with family and friends who may be struggling with addiction in their own lives. With a second career as a Certified Addictions Counselor, Rabbi Richard Eisenberg has woven the Jewish liturgy, beliefs/values and spirituality along with what is today considered standard of care as well as new ways of approaching addiction treatment.