So many dichotomies over the past several weeks. Good versus evil. Death and destruction versus new life and joy. Division and unity. Faith and hopelessness. While the community faces this reality on a global scale, so many individuals are fighting their own personal battles. And with each person we can help, with each life we can save, small shards of light push their way out through the darkness.
Benjy* is a 27 year-old addict who has been in recovery for five years. Until four weeks ago.
Benjy’s best friend was murdered during the October 7 massacre, and he relapsed into daily drug use due to the overwhelming grief and sense of loss. Benjy felt isolated and depressed; he didn’t want to continue on this self-destructive cycle, but he was in too much pain to take action. All he was able to do was dial Amudim’s number and say “please help me.”
Our case manager listened and offered support and encouragement with no judgment. He shared in Benjy’s grief and assured him that he was not alone. They discussed options of individual therapy and support groups to help Benjy deal with the trauma and begin working towards recovering a sense of calm, healing, and his sobriety once again. Benjy was eager to grab the lifeline and grateful for the assistance. Our case manager also coordinated with Amudim staff to connect Benjy with other young adults in recovery, who have been accompanying Benjy to his meetings and providing a safe place of community as he processes his pain. Benjy and his case manager maintain weekly phone calls for guidance and help with resources.
The entire Jewish community is struggling during this time of tragedy, loss and fear. While the images of unity and resilience are a source of comfort, the pain and trauma will not disappear overnight, especially as they are ongoing. But if nothing else, we have seen in recent weeks that no one has to suffer alone.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Amudim is just a phone call away and here to help
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes
Each week, Amudim fields calls covering a wide range of crises and addressing various human concerns, including addiction, depression, abuse, health and domestic emergencies and many others. We track the calls and breakdown of issues for many reasons, foremost of which is to consistently improve and strengthen our knowledge and ability to address community’s needs.
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