Those looking to recover from an addiction in the comfort and familiarity of a Jewish upbringing could be very much at home at Beit T’Shuvah. It’s inexpensive, located at the edge of West Los Angeles, in a neighborhood bordering Venice and Culver City, and has successfully treated both Jewish and non-Jewish clients.
Accommodations and Food
The main campus can house up to 145 clients with men and women housed separately, two per room. The campus also has a dining room, fitness center, full kitchen and dining room and a sanctuary. Residential rooms are newly renovated and spacious.
Sound nutrition is a part of the program here so clients can expect healthy food at meal time. There is even an organic garden where clients can plant, grow and cultivate their own herbs and produce.
Though Beit T’Shuvah defines the Jewish spirituality they practice as a mixture of spiritual practice, CBT, 12-step philosophy and the creative arts. Beit T’Shuvah offers a tight-knit community as well as an infusion of spirituality. Those who prioritize food, privacy, amenities or one-on-one therapy would probably be happier elsewhere but if the priority is enmeshing with a large community in order to find a niche, this could be the spot.
Beit T’Shuvah, which is Hebrew for “house of redemption,” offers several levels of residential treatment. In primary care, patients are introduced to group therapy sessions, 12-step meetings and Torah Study, as well as a variety of activities—including choir, creative writing and participation in the program’s musical.
Beit T’Shuvah also offers sober living where residents with over four months of sobriety seek employment and pay rent while still participating in therapy, Torah Study and 12-step meetings. The third option is independent living, where graduates can enjoy the privacy of apartment-style housing while they stay close to the support of the program’s community and maintain the option of participating in the group’s activities.
A unique Beit T’Shuvah offering is The Elaine Breslow Family Program, where family members can get counseling and support. The program deals with healing family dynamics and relationship, marriage and crisis counseling.
One of the more unique and popular aspects of Beit T’Shuvah is its Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services. Held in its sanctuary, these services are spirited celebrations open to current residents as well as alumni, family, friends and the community. The weekly gatherings typically attract about 300 people and feature live music as well as a communal dinner following the evening service.
In addition to a well-rounded program for addiction recovery, it also has the BTS Thrift Store, Career Center Services, Music in Recovery, Surf Therapy, Partners in Prevention, a clinical training program and more.
Those of all religious affiliations are encouraged to begin recovery from addiction and thrive in creativity through the healing community at Beit T’Shuvah. With a cost that fits what it offers, Beit T’Shuvah also accepts unemployment checks, disability or SSI money if there’s space and availability there; in other words, if people want to go there, Beit T’Shuvah will do their best to work it out.
8831 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Beit T’Shuvah Cost: $10,000 (California residents, 30 days); $12,500 (non-residents, 30 days). Reach Beit T’Shuvah by phone at (310) 204-8910 or by email at [email protected]. Find Beit T’Shuvah on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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