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God, Religion, and America's Addiction Crisis

Modern medicine, psychology, and behavioral science can help some addicts. But for the underlying spiritual condition, an older set of tools—like Judaism’s—has more to offer.

A patient at a Brooklyn methadone clinic looks to a tattoo of the Sh’ma prayer in his fight with addiction. Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

A patient at a Brooklyn methadone clinic looks to a tattoo of the Sh’ma prayer in his fight with addiction. Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Essay
Aug. 7 2017
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Jeffrey Bloom is a writer on issues of culture and society.


Modern medicine, psychology, and behavioral science can help some addicts. But for the underlying spiritual condition, an older set of tools—like Judaism’s—has more to offer.

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