For Jewish families with a family member who has a drug or alcohol addiction, knowing where to turn for help can be a challenge.
Rabbi Noah Chertkoff at Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point, encouraged the start of an Al-Anon chapter there several months ago. Al-Anon is a support group for the families of people addicted to drugs or alcohol.
The Congregation Shalom chapter meets Monday nights and currently draws between two and six people. Community resources for Jewish families dealing with an alcohol or addiction issue include:
Alcoholics Anonymous: An international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Meetings are held at multiple times and locations around the city, including 7 p.m. Monday night, Chabad-Lubavitch 3901 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee. To find other meeting times and locations, call 414-771-9119, the local office of Alcoholics Anonymous or go to AAMilwaukee.com.
Al-Anon: For family members and friends of someone with an alcohol addiction. Monday 7-8 p.m. at Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Fox Point. Other meetings are held at multiple times and locations around Wisconsin. Call 414-257-2415 or go to AlAnon-Wi.org for more information.
Friendship House Fellowship: A support group for Jewish men and women in recovery from addiction to alcohol or other substances. Requirements for membership are participation in a 12-step program (such as AA or Narcotics Anonymous) and a desire to recover. Meetings are Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at The Shul at 3901 N. Lake Drive in Milwaukee.
Jewish Family Services provides outpatient mental health services to people dealing with personal problems and mental health issues, including addiction. Contact Beth Shapiro, Intake Coordinator, at 414-390-5800. JFS is located at 1300 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee.