Beit T’Shuvah Overview
Located in the city of Los Angeles, California, Beit T’Shuvah is a residential addiction recovery, congregation, and educational center for men and women suffering from substance abuse issues. The congregation began in 1987 in the form of a small Friday night service which took place in the backyard of a halfway house and involved eight men under the supervision of Mark Borovitz. Today, Mark Borovitz is now a Rabbi and assists the congregation in providing assistance for more than 300 families. In its philosophy, the center believes that addiction is the evidence of a divided self and a means of providing a temporary sense of well-being. The center is very rooted in the spiritual principles of Judaism and believes that every single person has a right to redemption. The facility offers a spiritual, faith-based approach to treatment incorporating creative arts, psychotherapy, and the 12-step program. Additionally, the center engages its members in Jewish study, discussions, prayer, and meditation. Programs offered are individualized to suit the needs and wants of each patient and take place in a protected and safe environment. Among the levels of care, the facility provides a residential treatment program, an extended care, and an aftercare program. Most of these treatment programs are heavily based on counseling and therapy. The center also offers a 6-week family education program for families battling substance addiction problems.
Accommodation And Food
The facility offers gender-specific accommodation with the capability of housing up to 145 adults at a time. Clients are also accommodated in semi-private rooms and should expect to live with one person. The campus also features a sanctuary, dining room, fitness center, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Meals are usually healthy and well-balanced and clients can participate in planting, growing, and harvesting their own produce in the center’s organic garden.
Treatment & Therapy
The center offers some treatment and therapy services depending on the unique needs of the client. Some of these are:
- Residential treatment
- Aftercare program
In the facility’s residential treatment program, clients are heavily involved in counseling, therapy sessions, and psychiatric care. Each resident is assigned their own master’s-level addiction counselor who is tasked to provide them with compassionate and personalized care. Clients attend daily 12-step meetings and crisis management is also available if needed.
The aftercare program designed to meet the needs of each client and involves various therapy and counseling models. Clients also receive spiritual guidance, professional career counseling, and the opportunity to be mentored by members of the Alumni Association.
The following are a list of conditions treated at the facility:
- Substance abuse
- Self-destructive behavior
- Gambling addiction
The facility offers various options of therapy which include:
- Individual counseling
- Spiritual counseling
- Relapse prevention
- Group counseling
- 12-step program
- AA step study
Beit T’Shuvah costs approximately $10,000 for a 30-day treatment at the facility but this quota is for California residents only. Non-residents will pay approximately $12,500 for the same 30 days but both prices are subject to change as it is greatly dependent on the level of care and treatment a patient requires. The facility is in-network with most major insurances and is available to work with out-of-network providers. Clients are advised to contact the facility for more information on benefits, coverage, insurance verification, admission, and more. Insurance accepted includes Aetna, Blue California, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and more.
Beit T’Shuvah Advantages
The treatment center is very religious and dedicates Friday and Saturday mornings to Shabbat services and this shows the uniqueness of the treatment community. The facility has an area regarded as a sanctuary where these services and celebrations take place. This service is available to both current residents and alumni, where they can gather and have spirited celebrations. These events typically attract approximately 300 people as the organization offers dinner to individuals after the evening service and live music is also featured for entertainment.
Programs and services such as the BTS Thrift Store, Music in Recovery, Partners in Prevention, Career Center Services, Clinical Training Programs, Surf Therapy, and more are offered in addition to the already comprehensive program.
Despite its flexibility and deep Jewish religious roots, the facility offers good care at a cost that fits its offer, as well as accepts Disability money, SSI money, Unemployment Checks, and more if there is an open space, basically, the facility will find ways to make sure that clients are admitted.
Clients seeking a facility where religious beliefs are encouraged in an environment that promotes creativity and complete wellness will find Beit T’Shuvah to be a good option.
Rabbi holds a Master’s from the University of Judaism in Rabbinic Literature and also the university where he got ordained in 2000. He passionate about helping addicts gain complete healing and find their way back into the world by using his knowledge of Torah combined with street smarts. Rabbi is an ex-con, a recovering alcoholic, a spiritual leader, and a senior rabbi making him very relatable and also helping him build trust and reach all kinds of individuals.
Interim Executive Director
Warren is certified by the state of California to be a public accountant. He also used a be a partner of Goldrich & Kest Industries before he retired and had joined the real estate company as a controller before working his way to the top and becoming the Chief Executive Officer. He was the founding president and Chairman of the board of Biet T’Shuvah and is committed to helping the less fortunate and individuals suffering from addictive behaviors. He has served on the board for 12 years and has been recognized with notable awards for his dedication.
Chief Financial Officer
Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Economics and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics in Economics. Prior to joining the organization, she served in different capacities at different organizations including the Jewish Community of Chicago where she served as the Financial Manager and V-Mark Automation where she served as CFO and Co-owner.