Central Florida's Independent Jewish Voice

A new destination for troubled Jewish youth trying to kick drug dependency: Cyprus

TEL AVIV - Young people with substance-abuse dependencies often face a stark challenge when trying to overcome their problem: Any kind of lapse is seen as a failure, and if they backslide even occasionally they start to see themselves as hopeless recidivists.

"This 12-step idea says that once you're an addict, you're always an addict - that as soon as you touch drugs, you're off the wagon," said psychologist Tamir Rotman. "But it's very detrimental to teens at such an early stage of their lives and self-exploration. It's like a self-fulfilling prophecy."

Rotman is the director of change at Fre...


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