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Who Invited Martin Buber to our Nar-Anon Meeting?

Who Invited Martin Buber to our Nar-Anon Meeting?

by Ruthanne and Gary A.

Parents of a daughter who suffers with addiction share how Martin Buber’s core philosophy plays a role in the way members of their support group find healing and serenity.

The Necessity of Emotional Honesty

The Necessity of Emotional Honesty

by Thomas Fransen, MSW

After losing everything to addiction, how can one embrace the darkness with honesty and find connection with the Divine Presence?

L’Dor v’Dor - A Grieving Mother Looks Back

L’Dor v’Dor - A Grieving Mother Looks Back

by Tracy Ellyn

Through her grief, a mother shares what it was like to raise a son who had a medical condition that led him to substance use disorder, ultimately claiming his life.

From Chaos to Seder: Pesach, Addiction, and Removing Our Personal Chains

From Chaos to Seder: Pesach, Addiction, and Removing Our Personal Chains

by Devora Shabtai, MSW

What does it truly mean to be free? We can learn so much from people working a Twelve Step recovery program about how to deepen our Pesach experience to find life-changing freedom.

Bright Stars

Bright Stars

by Laurie Morgan Silver, LCSW

A sister’s tragic death changes the author’s life trajectory as she struggles to make sense of it all. Read how Laurie Morgan Silver created a moving Hanukkah memorial service so loved ones can honor and remember the treasured lives of family members and friends who died by suicide or overdose.

The Rocky Waters of Forgiveness

The Rocky Waters of Forgiveness

by Marla Kaufman

The High Holy Days, with their themes of forgiveness and teshuvah, provide powerful wisdom and inspiration for healing relationships in families affected by substance use disorder.

Wandering the Wilderness: A Journey of Self-Discovery & Healing

Wandering the Wilderness: A Journey of Self-Discovery & Healing

by Jory Hanselman

How our ancestors and history of wandering the wilderness can support growth and recovery, and reframe our attitudes toward mental health and substance use disorder.

God, Idolatry & Addiction: The Quest for Wholeness

God, Idolatry & Addiction: The Quest for Wholeness

by Rabbi K'vod Wieder

A broader definition of addiction. What Parshat Ki Tisa can teach us about human nature, and what takes us further away from or brings us closer to God.

God is Not an Enabler

God is Not an Enabler

by Joseph Kaufman

A parent connects God’s actions as He was freeing the Israelites from Mitzrayim to family members’ difficult challenges with loved ones struggling with substance use disorder.

From Spirits to Spirit

From Spirits to Spirit

by Rabbi Paul Steinberg

How the journey from addiction to recovery transformed my perspective on Judaism, my Jewish practice, and my relationship with God.

Addiction is Not a Spectator Sport -   The Whole Family Gets to Play!

Addiction is Not a Spectator Sport - The Whole Family Gets to Play!

by Stuart K.

A family finds serenity and wholeness after discovery of a son’s addiction to drugs pulls them apart, ultimately using their journey to help others.

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