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Drug Crisis in the Frum Community

Watch: A TV report highlights the tragic deaths - and stigma - of drug addiction in the Orthodox Jewish community. Full Story, Video

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October 30, 2017 8:33 am

I travel throughout Utah continuously working with Jewish kids in residential treatment cebrers throughout Utah. I’ve offered my help in educating the community repeatedly and have done so numerous times outside of Chabad circles; Chabad circles don’t seem to have any interest. Rabbi Benny Zippel

To 23
October 30, 2017 2:04 am

Unfortunately, that’s close to impossible. Chinuch is important, as well as being aware of any medicines you are prescribed as people can get addicted through those, even if they wouldn’t imagine taking drugs. And of course, therapy and rehabilitation is extremely important. But to stop the dealers is impossible, there’s way to many people selling the stuff.

October 29, 2017 6:10 pm

We have to stop the distribution and also the ones who sells driug kits

October 29, 2017 5:18 pm

כל הכבוד להורים האילו שאומרים את האמת .לצערינו קראו לנו כבר מיקרים רבים כגון אילו ,אבל תמיד מספרים סיפורים שהם מכסים על הצרה הגדולה שזה הסמים . כל ילד וילדה צריכים לדעת מה הדבר הנורא הזה יכול לגרום לו . צריכים להפוך עולם יש יותר מידי ילדים שנפלו לזה . ויפה שעה אחת קודם ..

Why go to the press?
October 29, 2017 12:06 pm

What is the benefit of getting this in TV?

# 1
October 29, 2017 11:58 am

So true
Excuses from the rest
Honesty and openness and transparency
kol hakavod

so sad
October 29, 2017 11:14 am

the only problem is so many people know about all the people taking drugs and dont do anytthing about it!

October 29, 2017 10:36 am

Neurofeedback and biomagnetism save from addiction!

Resources for those who need
October 28, 2017 10:30 pm

My son was diagnosed with mental illness and drug addiction over a year ago, thankfully only marijuana but when you combine marijuana with the mental health prescriptions it is counterproductive. He has been to 2 rehabs outpatient and is currently attending a clinic but unfortunately this is not dealing with his drug issue. We are currently looking into two outpatient rehabs one that MASK endorses called LSA in flatbush which takes medicaids and some private insurance. There is also a new Jewish rehab outpatient called Journeys in Boro Park; also looking into that. If you need in patient rehab I… Read more »

October 28, 2017 10:02 pm

My son almost died. Bh Hatzoloh was there. A son of one of the biggest rabbis was the dealer. My son had no idea what he was given. This kid is the biggest supplier in CH. Wake up. My thanks to the Benjamin family for bringing awareness. My heart goes out to them. Could have been my son

Mental health professional
October 28, 2017 6:19 pm

I admire the Benjamins for speaking out about a very painful and personal matter. What was not mentioned however, was the fact that drug addiction is a brain disease. The brain of an addicted person no longer functions the way it should. Just as we would have sympathy for someone suffering from a metabolic disorder, or a cardiovascular condition, we need to view drug addiction in the same way. It is almost impossible( and can be dangerous) for someone with addiction, to just stop using.. it is a very complex and difficult disease to cure. Last, we need to understand… Read more »

To number 1
October 27, 2017 1:21 pm

As a recovering addict you are just like any other person who is turning a blind eye to the problem if you want to know more information on what goes on why did you attend at GA meeting it will help you as a human being to understand that sometimes people’s problems I’m always cancel pe

Yaacov Behrman
October 27, 2017 1:06 pm

Kol Hakavod to Yaacov Behrman for everything he does. The one true leader in our community

We are very lucky to have Yacov Behrman involved
October 27, 2017 1:06 pm

He is a truly caring and capable person who has stepped up to the bat. May HaShem help him with this crucial mission.

frum effected parent
October 27, 2017 1:05 pm

Unfortunately I am one of the parents effected by the drug crisis. My son is 24 and had drug addiction that began with marijuana then cocaine. I sent him to Tikvah Lake Recovery in Florida and they serviced his needs and helped him through therapy, life lesson sessions and Jewish learning to overcome his addiction and other personality problems. They were so personable and private about it. I highly recommend them – TikvahLake.com

To # 1 you don't know what it's like till it happens to you
October 27, 2017 12:36 pm

Even drug addictions that start from stress have an underlying cause . Usually those susceptible to addictions suffer from a loss of self worth that is caused by severe trauma from abuse they cannot cope with. What drug addict needs is unconditional love and nonjudgmental support.

to number 1
October 27, 2017 11:37 am

for most their death is a kaparah and an end to a life of misery,

please think into this- so unkind and harsh

col hacavod Benjamins
October 27, 2017 11:34 am

I so appreciate and admire your approach Benjamins. Your efforts should help many others and you should soon be hugging your son in Yerushalayim with Moshiach!!!!!

Maybe this can help
October 27, 2017 10:26 am

I don’t know the ultimate solution to prescribe but in general light pushes away darkness and an “empty pit gets filled with snakes and scorpions.” Collectively, adding in meaning and care for each others can certainly help uproot part of the problem before it even starts because people will not feel a lack which makes them turn to these substances and behaviors.

To 1
October 27, 2017 10:07 am

Every life saved is an entire world. One life too many is a crisis for the family, community and world Jewry.

Thank you Benjamins
October 27, 2017 9:59 am

So selfless of you to open yourselves up like this.

Important to know
October 27, 2017 9:48 am

TikvahLake .com
Tikvah Lake Recovery is a rehab for the frum community.

October 27, 2017 9:00 am

We need to do all that we can to stop this today!

"Self Defense Studio CH"
October 27, 2017 8:51 am

sport brings kids out of drugs

define stigma? a few points
October 27, 2017 8:51 am

most of the frum families whos child or sibling died from an overdose tried everything inc. rehab .
unfortunatly drugs fry your brains and many times the addict refuses to go to therapy unless court mandated
this is not a crisis its sad and painful the numbers are way exagerated and in comparison to how big the frum world is these are miniscule for most their death is a kaparah and an end to a life of misery
a frum rehab was tried many times and they couldnt fill it for free “like yatzkan”….

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