When the AJT reported on the problem of opioid addiction within Jewish Atlanta last year, one point emphasized by families who lost loved ones to overdose was the absence of Jewish treatment and recovery facilities.
Derech Transitional Living is being established to help fill that gap.
The Atlanta sober living facility will provide a supportive environment for Jewish men and women ages 21 to 35 who are committed to recovery. At the for-profit Derech Transitional Living, they will find spiritual guidance, fellowship, residential stability, therapeutic options, recreational programming, and access to kosher food and synagogues.
Living in an atmosphere of honesty, skill building, accountability and self-discovery, residents will have the resources to support a journey toward sustained sobriety.
Yaakov Litkin is the program director, and Rabbi Moshe Dyakovetsky is the house rabbi and manager.
Among the advisory board members is psychotherapist Alyza Berman Milrad, who has launched The Berman Center, the nation’s second intensive outpatient addiction treatment center focusing on the Jewish population.
The plan is for The Berman Center’s outpatient program and Derech’s residential program to work together.
Jewish elements at Derech will include the following:
- Rabbinic and Jewish spiritual guidance.
- A Jewish home environment that includes kosher food on request.
- A contained Jewish community with connections to synagogues and other resources in the surrounding Jewish area.
- Study groups with a focus on Jewish spirituality and recovery.
- An environment for Jewish prayer and meditation.