With overdoses, substance abuse and many forms of addiction making national news, the Jewish community has not been edited from those tragic headlines. In fact, the statistics are dangerously growing with minimal sustaining solutions to the problem among all Jewish denominations. After traveling to over 600 Jewish communities in the world, this catastrophic problem did not escape the attention of Dr. David Nesenoff who this year opened Tikvah Lake Recovery, a very unique oasis for those who need to overcome their addictions.
“I learned that there was a 90% relapse rate of addicts who actually went to rehab,” Dr. Nesenoff said. “I knew that there had to be a better solution.” Nesenoff, along with his son Rabbi Adam Nesenoff, decided to infuse strong clinical treatment with Jewish traditional teachings. Together they established Tikvah Lake Recovery, a kosher Florida Licensed residential addiction rehabilitation facility. The 15,000 square foot mansion on a lake provides multiple beautiful settings to receive treatment from a highly qualified medical and clinical team. Additionally, the grounds include an exquisite environment to pray, learn, enjoy Shabbos and holidays, eat healthy, boat, fish, hike, exercise, swim and reboot one’s life.
Among the unique characteristics of Tikvah Lake Recovery is that Dr. Nesenoff and his wife actually live at the facility full time, allowing for very personalized and protective care over the residents. This unprecedented aspect, along with the State health and fire departments’ inspections and permits, help produce a safe, warm, home environment.
“There are a few basics we adhere to: confidentiality, dignity and a non-judgmental atmosphere,” Dr. Nesenoff noted. “And our three secret weapons to healing our residents are our incredible clinical director, our Jewish home and our 300 acre lake.”
In an attempt to not exclude anyone in need, Tikvah Lake Recovery has recently begun accepting insurance as well as offers patient financing plans. In contrast with many programs and facilities that attempt to attend to 80 people at a time, Tikvah Lake Recovery limits their attention to a maximum of six residents – for a myriad of addictions.
“The key is to not just stop the addcit’s destructive behavior while he is momentarily in rehab, but to actually cancel that frightening relapse statistic as well,” Nesenoff said. “And we do that six souls at a time.”
Tikvah Lake Recovery offers a 24/7 phone contact: 954.644.5040. Their website is TikvahLake.com.