Located on Venice Boulevard on the border of South and Central LA, Beit T’Shuvah is a rehabilitation center for chemically dependent men and women seeking holistic substance abuse treatment.
Run by a rabbi and his social worker wife, this rehab center puts emphasis on spirituality as a means of overcoming addiction.
Tutoring its patients in Judaism and recovery, Beit T’Shuvah Treatment Center’s mission is to guide individuals and their families towards a path of living well and healthy.
First of all, Beit T’Shuvah offers five levels of care including primary residential treatment, day patient, extended residential treatment, off-campus transitional living, and alumni aftercare. The facility takes a Jewish, faith-based approach to recovery, combining Torah teachings with cognitive behavioral therapy, the 12-steps method, and creative arts. Each patient receives a spiritual adviser, a therapist, and a counselor.
Furthermore, Beit T’Shuvah provides a variety of primary residential services including treatment for substance abuse, compulsive gambling, sex addiction, and other process disorders. The program includes individual and group counseling, spiritual counseling, AA meetings, but also Shabbat and Jewish holiday services, and introduction to the principles of the 12-steps. Residents also go through substance abuse education, relapse prevention, Jewish ethics, life skills, anger management, and conflict resolutions. There is also a wide array of creative programming like choir, recording studio sessions, theater arts, and organic gardening.
Upon the competition of the primary care program, residents graduate to the extended residential treatment program. The extended residential treatment encourages clients to resume work and contribute to their cost of care. Residents attend counseling sessions, 12-step meetings, but also Torah studies, and therapy.
The extended residential treatment program is followed by off-campus transitional living. Patients here facilitate their transition into life by paying rent, and managing their own work and social lives. They still participate in therapy, Torah study, and 12-step meetings.
Finally, after the completion of the program, Beit T’Shuvah alumni remain active participants in the celebration of sober birthdays, annual alumni events, family education, and multi-family groups.
In addition, detox is not available on-site, though the center arranges referrals to an appropriate facility.
Typical Day at Beit T’Shuvah
Beit T’Shuvah, is Hebrew for “house of redemption”. 70% of the patients are Jewish, however, you don’t have to be a believer to get in. There is a great level of liberty, with TVs in some rooms, and patients can also use their lap-tops after a couple of months. People often fall into relationships that need to be approved following a meeting with the rabbi. Newcomers start at Level One and gain privileges as they ascend. The elected residents usually also assign chores to newcomers.
Apart from daily group therapy sessions and meetings, patients here can also engage in holistic activities and alternative therapies like yoga, meditation, acupuncture, art therapy, and creative writing. There are also some less traditional activities available including surf therapy, training for the L.A marathon, and recording studio sessions.
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2. Accommodations and Food
The Beit T’Shuvah facility offers a warm, serene, and inviting setting where 120 residents live in a healing atmosphere. The rooms are double occupancy and also include attached bathrooms. Men and women live in separate buildings of the campus. The campus also has a dining room, fitness center, career center, full kitchen, record studio, and a sanctuary. The residential rooms are newly renovated and spacious. Clients in the transitional living program live in nearby houses or apartments, all of which are within walking distance of the main facility. Each home is aesthetically furnished and features fully-equipped kitchens, hardwood floors, and outdoor patios.
Furthermore, healthy nutrition is a part of the program here so clients can expect healthy food at meal time. There is also an organic garden where clients can plant, grow and cultivate their own herbs and produce. Breakfast usually includes eggs, pastries and fruit, while dinner is often themed, with Mexican and Chinese nights. Coffee and plenty of snacks are available for most of the day.
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Beit T’Shuvah’s treatment team includes trained therapists and chemical dependency counselors. More than half of the employees are also residents or alumni of the program.
An alum shares their experience saying: “They treat the whole person with individualized plans. Various levels of treatment. Long term care. They help the residents find their passions, so they can find jobs. They offer spiritual counseling, equine therapy, surf therapy, yoga, PTSD counseling, family counseling, and family groups.”
Moreover, other alum complains about the staff: “No structure, no therapy- which is a vital part of sobriety. No 24hrs supervision. I don’t know how people recover there.”
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Beit T’Shuvah has a 4.6-star rating on Google reviews, 4.5 stars on Rehabs, and 4.8 stars on their Facebook page. Some of the comments include:
If you want to awaken your soul and find a new sense of passion by supporting the healing of others then give yourself the gift of attending a Beit T’shuvah Shabbat. Unforgettable and always moving. – R.M.K
You don’t have to be Jewish and you don’t have to be rich. But if you want to turn your life around I suggest checking this place out. – G.P
It’s got its definite pluses. Major drawback include a cult- like attitude/adherence. A lesser one is downright filth. – F.S
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Treatment at Beit T’Shuvah usually costs $5,000 for Californian residents, and $7,500 for others. However, Beit T’Shuvah also accepts clients on the basis of what they can pay, sometimes offering free treatment.
Moreover, the center works with the following health care insurance plans: EPO’s, Medi-Cal, Medicare, and Medicaid. The center is also in-network with Blue Shield, Covered California, Health Net, and LA Care PASC-SEIU.
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Those looking to recover from an addiction in the comfort and familiarity of a Jewish upbringing, will find Beit T’Shuvah to be the ideal place to seek refuge.
Through study, meditation, prayer, and discussion, patients at Beit T’Shuvah will find strength to alter their destructive behavior.
In conclusion, encouraging patients to begin recovery from addiction and thrive in creativity, Beit T’Shuvah ensures a healthy transition into a sober life.
For more information about Beit T’Shuvah, please visit their official website.