Jerusalem holds an immense spiritual significance to all three major monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – and is one of the oldest cities on Earth.

The Western Wall (also known as Wailing Wall) is an iconic remnant of the Temple and one of the holiest Jewish sites, while annually thousands of Christians visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem for prayerful pilgrimages.

What to Expect

Detoxification is often the first step of addiction rehab and involves giving the body time to rid itself of drugs or alcohol from its system.

At this stage, an addict may experience withdrawal symptoms which range from mild to severe depending on the drug used and individual metabolism. Many opt for residential detox programs where medical professionals manage withdrawal symptoms to ensure smooth recovery from addiction.

Jerusalem offers many detox facilities for individuals struggling with addiction. The facility they choose will depend on what substance they’re dependent upon and their withdrawal symptoms; often inpatient detox is the optimal choice because it provides 24-hour medical support and keeps accessing drugs or alcohol at bay.

Once a patient has undergone detox, they will transition to an alcohol or drug rehab program where intensive psychological therapy will be provided as part of recovery from addiction. This step is crucial as it addresses any underlying mental health conditions which may be contributing to their dependency.

Retorno offers a groundbreaking therapeutic program that blends innovative therapy with real-life experiences. Situated in a bucolic rural setting, Retorno’s aim is to aid clients find lasting recovery by following the 12 steps of addiction treatment. Furthermore, Retorno integrates Israeli cultural norms of peer support and self-reliance as ways to instill resilience among its attendees, breaking away from an addiction-recovery-relapse cycle.


Detoxification is the initial step to recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, focused on treating its physical side. Detox is often seen as a prerequisite for more intensive psychological therapy provided as part of an addiction program; its core concept recognizes that those struggling physically will find it more challenging to address psychological problems; Genesis Israel offers innovative therapy within a safe kosher environment using real-life experiences to address detox. Genesis Israel pioneered mental health and addiction treatment as pioneers of its Jerusalem Treatment Model.

Withdrawal Symptoms

At detox, when gradually withdrawing from certain drugs and alcohol, individuals often experience withdrawal symptoms. Their severity will depend on factors like length of substance abuse and specific details like the age and health status of individual users.

Withdrawal symptoms from opioids and alcohol tend to be psychological rather than physical; however, if not medically managed properly they can lead to potentially life-threatening seizures or even death if taken in large enough amounts. For this reason, it is highly advised that detox be undertaken under medical supervision within an inpatient drug or alcohol rehabilitation center.

As part of detox, patients will be closely monitored by a team of medical professionals that may include physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and addiction counselors. Medication may also be administered during this stage to minimize drug or alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Alcohol detox is best conducted in an inpatient residential rehab facility, as this allows for continuous supervision and emergency assistance should any complications arise during withdrawal.

At this stage, it is crucial that you stay hydrated by drinking ample amounts of water to speed up the detoxification process and flush away toxins from your system. Aim to consume at least 100 ounces (12 cups) each day during this phase – tea, low-sugar fruit juices or coffee are all excellent ways to stay hydrated during detox and can even help soothe feverish symptoms during this process.

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

Symptoms experienced during a drug or alcohol detox will depend on your level of abuse, your individual tolerance levels, and which drugs you were abusing. You are more likely to experience more severe withdrawal symptoms if you’re addicted to heroin, other opiates, benzodiazepines (commonly referred to as “benzos”) prescription medication such as medically prescribed painkillers, and/or some types of antidepressants.

Genesis Israel utilizes Innovative Therapy in combination with real-life experiences to advance mental health care and addiction treatment as well as cultivate personal well-being within a Jewish environment. A subsidiary of Telstone Behavioral Health from Florida, Genesis Israel pioneered the Jerusalem Treatment Model which provides an effective means of combatting both addiction and mental health disorders.

The AZ House was constructed by purchasing, renovating, and furnishing an exclusive 200-year-old stone house located on the western Jerusalem hills in Lifta village – a former Arab village formerly. This space provides a safe haven for 12 men and women at once to complete phase one of our program.

Outpatient Detox

Drug withdrawal and detox can be uncomfortable experiences that deter many from seeking help, yet those willing to start recovery should seek out treatment programs nonetheless. A treatment program can manage withdrawal symptoms so the user’s life continues as normal while attending sessions with an addiction specialist – this form of therapy is known as outpatient drug detox and it has proven itself highly successful for those ready to embark on recovery.

Inpatient or residential detox centers provide more intensive forms of treatment. Patients reside at the facility while detoxing, closely monitored by doctors and addiction specialists, who may prescribe medications on-site to lessen cravings or ease withdrawal symptoms. Furthermore, inpatient treatment offers a safe place for healing that’s isolated from drug-using communities allowing individuals to focus solely on healing themselves.

An inpatient detox typically lasts from five to 14 days and is highly recommended for people with serious drug or alcohol problems who cannot control their drinking at home. Additionally, it provides the ideal environment for individuals at risk of experiencing withdrawal emergency symptoms, such as someone suffering from opioid use disorder who experiences extreme morphine or heroin withdrawal symptoms.

Genesis Treatment offers an innovative combination of therapy and real-life experiences designed to address mental health and substance abuse within a Jewish environment. Nestled in Jerusalem’s Old City, it’s one of two programs worldwide to utilize Telstone’s Jerusalem Treatment Model – this combines intensive psychotherapy sessions with inpatient residential treatment settings in order to ensure maximum comprehensive rehabilitation services are offered for addiction rehabilitation.

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