Joel is an alcoholic – and yes, he's Jewish.
His addiction impacted his family, his relationships in the community and his spirituality. At the time, many rabbis did not understand how to help a congregant who turned to them when dealing with addiction. Knowing that he had to seek recovery, Joel attended 12-Step groups that met in local churches and has been clean and sober ever since.
Today, Joel is a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor, and uses tools from JCFS Chicago's Jewish Center for Addiction to integrate Jewish practices, prayers and the Torah to guide others in the recovery process.