Beit T'Shuvah Philosophy
Beit T'Shuvah is a residential rehabilitation center for chemically dependent men and women seeking holistic substance abuse treatment. With an emphasis on spirituality as a means of overcoming addiction, Beit T'Shuvah utilizes a multifaceted faith-based approach to recovery. Principles of the Jewish faith are incorporated with evidence-based and holistic practices such as theater arts, band, and choir, producing a unique approach to lasting sobriety.
Areas of Specialization
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Meet the Staff
Founder and Executive Vice President
Harriet Rossetto is a rebel spirit. A self-professed misfit, who felt she was operating her life on the fringe, it is there that she found her fierce calling: helping broken souls and changing a broken system. Harriet was blessed with a missionary spirit and a skeptical mind, which were often at war with one another. Harriet's belief that addiction is a malady of the soul that requires spiritual healing inspired her to create a community that for 25 years has supported the process of recovery. She has become something of a Relationship Guru, nurturing budding and fragile families. For Harriet, the greatest reward is witnessing and participating in the miracle of transformation. Her living message is that everyone is capable of redemption, which is why she empowers the residents of Beit T'Shuvah with employment, hiring 90% of her staff from within. Today they are the lifeblood of the organization.
Rabbi Mark Borovitz
CEO, Head Rabbi
Officially ordained ten years ago at the University of Judaism with a Master's in Rabbinic Literature, Rabbi Mark Borovitz combined his knowledge of Torah and street smarts to shape his calling: helping recovering addicts find their way in the world. Spiritual Leader, Head Rabbi, COO, and overall anomaly, he is able to reach both the addict and the congregant, and de-stigmatize this life threatening disease. Rabbi Mark's leadership is unparalleled. Community members, addicts, educators, dignitaries, and executives all seek his wisdom; a blend of acute savvy and rabbinic teachings. When working with residents, he is living proof that change is possible; when speaking to the congregant, he stands for hope that every man has a higher purpose.
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ABOUT BEIT T’SHUVAH
Originally founded in 1987 as a transitional home for Jewish inmates, Beit T’Shuvah operates today as a comprehensive behavioral health center. The state-licensed and Joint Commission accredited organization, located in West Los Angeles, works with adult men and women seeking treatment for substance abuse and process addictions such as gambling and sex. Care options include residential treatment, extended residential treatment, intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment, day treatment, and aftercare.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Most Beit T’Shuvah clients begin with primary residential treatment, which lasts between 90 to 120 days, before transitioning to day patient or extended residential treatment. Upon completion of residential treatment, clients may choose to enter the organization’s transitional housing program. For those who prefer to reside at home, IOP may be the ideal route to recovery. Regardless of their treatment track, all clients are encouraged to attend regularly held alumni events and meetings.
While heavily faith-based, programming relies on evidence-based and holistic practices just as much. Clients can expect a curriculum guided by 12-step principles and highly scheduled days of individual, group, and spiritual counseling and educational workshops. Enrollees of residential and IOP tracks can also take advantage of the center’s Mind and Body Fitness program, which offers yoga, meditation, marathon training, art therapy, and more.
Per the center’s webpage, the treatment team includes psychotherapists, certified alcohol and drug counselors (CADCs), and spiritual counselors.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 135-bed facility houses men and women separately in double-occupancy rooms with attached bathrooms. On campus, there’s a sanctuary for religious services, a gym with weights, a career center, a recording studio, as well as a communal kitchen and dining room. As a Jewish organization, Beit T’Shuvah allows for observance of the weekly Sabbath and all Jewish holidays.
Clients enrolled in the transitional living program reside in nearby houses or apartments, all of which are within walking distance to the main facility.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The six alumni polled by Rehabs.com gave mostly positive reports on the center’s staff, programming, and counseling options. I.R., who gave five stars for the center’s treatment effectiveness, highlighted the “excellent family therapy” and counselors who were “always available to talk.”
An anonymous survey respondent appreciated the center’s “non-punitive flexible and individual” approach, while Rhonda, another five-star reviewer, called Beit T’Shuvah the only long term treatment facility that gets to the core of the individual person and work on the issues at hand.”
I.R. highlighted that the center admits all clients, not just those who are Jewish, a point seconded by Peter, a five-star Google reviewer: “As a non Jewish, Asian American, I suffered from an addiction for gambling…By receiving the wonderful and caring treatment from BTS, I gained my dignity and freedom from the disease that I suffered for 25 years of my life.”
Criticisms of the center were minimal, but included insufficient medical care and favoritism amongst staff members.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
As of this writing, four loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com shared positive assessments and recommended the facility to others. Debbie, whose daughter attended treatment here, referred to the center as a “caring well structured and thoroughly professional place.”
Stefanie, another loved one, highlighted the wide range of counseling options available to clients: “They offer spiritual counseling, equine therapy, surf therapy, yoga, PTSD counseling, family counseling, family groups…Beit T'Shuvah never turns anyone away based on the fact they can't pay,” she wrote. She noted, however, that the center’s food “isn’t that good,” and that scheduling an appointment to see a psychiatrist can be challenging.
WHAT STAFF SAY
While they felt that the center suffered from “arbitrary, unpredictable non-transparent (crazy-making) deicison making,” B.S., a staff member, celebrated Beit T’Shuvah’s large community atmosphere and spiritual program: “Unfortunately chaos reigns; if you can negotiate between the lines, many folks get help, if not, they get run over.”
Beit T’Shuvah works with most PPO insurance plans, including Blue Shield, Covered California, Health Net, and LA Care PASC-SEIU according to its website. Sliding scale payment options may also be available, though Medicare, Medicaid, and Medi-Cal are not accepted here.
Updated April 2017
Published on June 2017
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