Based out of Tsor’a, Israel, Retorno is the world’s largest Jewish organization providing treatment and prevention services for clients struggling with substance abuse and addiction. In the setting of a sprawling, countryside campus, it offers a range of services, which include outpatient and residential care plans. While Retorno’s curriculum does integrate traditional Jewish teachings, individuals of all different faiths are also welcome to attend. In addition to the programs mentioned above, the organization also offers stepped down sober living options.
Accommodations and Amenities
Retorno’s sober living home is Refresh, a small house located in Beit Shemesh, near Retorno’s main campus. Though occupancy can vary, the home can hold eight to 10 residents in both shared and private dorm-style rooms. Each bedroom comes with basic decor, twin beds, dressers and closet space. The home also has outdoor areas, a screened-in patio, common areas with couches and cable TV and musical instruments.
Throughout their stay, clients have access to a nearby gym as well as to the main Retorno campus where they can go horseback riding and participate in group therapy. Residents are also served three meals a day. Lengths of stay are typically three to six months. While not actually run by Retorno staff, the Refresh home is supervised by Retorno to allow a balance between structured activities and a return to normal life.
Rules and Regulations
Like many sober livings, residents are required to follow a basic house behavioral contract which forbids substance abuse, fighting and other basic rules. Residents submit to regular and random drug tests and remain active in a 12-step recovery program and any relevant outpatient groups as well. Clients who are stable enough to look for work are encouraged to do so, though all residents must remain active by either attending treatment, going to school, volunteering or working. The program is open to men between the ages of 17 and 50.
As mentioned, Retorno also more intensive programs and outpatient plans for those in need. Other services include Bach remedies offered by a holistic practitioner. In essence, these are a suite of homeopathic and aromatic therapies designed to soothe the body and mind. Early prevention and family therapy groups are also offered. Finally, Retorno can also help provide sober birthright trips for those who qualify.
Retorno’s sober living program provides a stable environment for men in early recovery. Clients at Refresh attend outpatient groups on Retorno’s main campus while reintegrating into the community, looking for work and developing bonds with the other housemates. Although the program is mostly limited to Retorno alumni who have already completed residential care, those seeking an international or culturally-specific sober living option may want to consider it.
Retorno Sober Living
3835, Tsor’a, Israel
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