There are many treatment centres who help people to overcome alcoholism and drug addiction there is no monopoly in this industry as the majority of success is dependent on the residents commitment and willingness to change.
AZ House is a Residential Therapeutic Community, offering residents the chance to learn how to live in a community, develop self-discipline and become respectful contributors to society, alongside freedom from active addiction.
The fully funded program, which is 12 Steps based, offers residents the opportunity to disconnect and focus solely on their recovery.
To begin with, their contact with the outside world is extremely limited and all outside activities are monitored by staff; this strict but encouraging system helps residents to develop a strong foundation. We hope this opportunity to focus so intensely on their recovery, which they are unlikely to have again in this way, will serve them for the rest of their lives. The second stage of the programme supports residents to develop self-sufficiency and to seek employment. Once settled into a job, whilst also reliably maintaining their responsibilities and commitments to the house, residents begin the process of re-establishing themselves into society and become ready to plan the next steps of their new way of life. However, there is no rush to leave house and residents are encouraged to stay as long as they require.
Currently, there are not many treatment centres who cater for the Jewish community, especially regarding orthodox requirements. AZ House offers observant Jews the opportunity to focus on their recovery, whilst maintaining their religious practice. However, by no means does the treatment centre prosthetalise Judaism, we do not believe in forcing people into religion if they do want it. Many residents may not be observant and we are sensitive to this: secular, religious, non-Jewish all are welcome.
AZ House is based on the successful addiction recovery model and philosophy introduced by Jack Mullhal in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1991.
Jack's driving force was the belief that a chance for sober living should be available to anyone determined to overcome their addiction, regardless of their ability to pay for the help they need. He first opened Freedom House, which has successfully supported addicts to achieve recovery for over 20 years; and several other houses followed thereafter.
Jack's dream was to create a therapeutic community environment, in which addicts and alcoholics could initially focus solely on their recovery, supported by peers and knowledgeable staff; then progress to develop the skills required to successfully live independently. Finding work and participating in household responsibilities were fundamental to the program he developed. Jack, who got sober himself through Alcoholics Anonymous, put the 12 steps at the center of his program, requiring residents not only to attend daily meetings, but also to get a sponsor and work the steps, whilst also attending facilitated groups.
AZ House was opened in 2016 after it was recognized that there was a lack of free residential recovery opportunities available in Israel. Named after Avroham Ze'ev Olive, a 23-year-old young man who sadly never achieved recovery, the AZ House aims to provide a much-needed service, which has been proven successful time and time again.
Social Support, Spiritual, Group Therapy
The program is free, donations to cover our costs so that we are able to help those in need are welcome and appreciated.