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Understanding Addiction from a Jewish Perspective

Understanding Addiction from a Jewish Perspective

ACROSS THE U.S. AND CANADA, millions of individuals grapple every day with addiction. This disease is having a devastating impact on lives, families, and entire communities — including Jewish communities.

While battling addiction, Jewish individuals and families must also confront the stigma and shame associated with a disease so misunderstood. The myth that Jews do not suffer from addiction as much as other groups often leaves families and individuals feeling isolated and disconnected from their friends, congregations, and communities. We’re changing that.

Jewish Addiction Awareness Network (JAAN) connects families and individuals to information, support, tools, and Jewish perspectives to help them face addiction and work toward recovery. Through partnerships, community-building, outreach, and education, we are helping Jewish communities better understand substance use disorder, as well as the power of Jewish traditions and wisdom in providing comfort and guidance.

If you or someone you love is living with addiction or in recovery, know this: You are not alone. And we will no longer be silent.

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Our Story

JAAN grew out of one Jewish family’s experience with addiction and the stigma that left them feeling isolated and disconnected from their community.

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Services

Explore the range of services JAAN offers to Jewish organizations, agencies, clergy and professionals looking for strategies and resources to help families and individuals living with addiction.

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Perspectives

JAAN gives voice to Jewish families and individuals struggling with addiction. Hear the perspectives of people affected by this disease as well as clergy and professionals who support them.

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Resources

JAAN continually researches and locates resources and events across the U.S. and Canada for Jewish families and individuals grappling with addiction, as well as the communities and congregations that serve them.

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Addiction is a Jewish issue. We’re working to address it.