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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.


The pictures are chilling and heartbreaking: zombie-like adults passed out in the front seat of a car, overdosed on opioids, a small child belted into the infant seat in the back, safe from traffic accidents but not from his or her own parents.

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