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Addictions and Substance Use Disorders

Jewish Center for Addiction: Prevention, Help and Hope

The goal of the Jewish Center for Addiction at JCFS Chicago is to ensure that Jewish individuals and their families who are impacted by addiction find support within the Jewish community and receive education on treatment resources. JCA programs address specific needs of Chicago’s Jewish community and reflect best practices in the addiction prevention and treatment fields.

Services Include:

  • Community Education
  • Youth Drug Prevention
  • Older Adult Services
  • Information and Referral
  • Jewish Resources for Recovery
  • Professional Training
  • Advanced clinical training on evidence-based practices.
  • Consultation to Jewish organizations around the country that are interested in developing addiction recovery programs in their local communities.
  • Support & Funding

Resources from the Department of Health and Human Services

The Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (Partnership Center) at HHS leads the department’s efforts to build and support partnerships with faith-based and community organizations in order to better serve individuals, families and communities in need. They provide tool kits, webinars, and funding opportunities to help faith communities to prevent and provide support for people facing addiction and substance use disorders.

Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities

This toolkit, which is segmented into seven key areas, briefly covers practical ways your community can consider bringing hope and healing to those in need. To further complement this kit, we recommend signing up for their monthly webinars, which go into greater detail and highlight promising practices. Sign up by emailing Partnerships@HHS.Gov.

Prevent Opioid Misuse Post Card

The Surgeon General just published a post card with 5 steps to prevent opioid misuse.  Check it out here.


The following are links to webinars aimed to educate and resource faith and community leaders on addictions and opioids.

Cook County Medications Disposal

A new campaign called the Cook County Meds Disposal Initiative is helping Cook County residents know what to do with unused medications. It includes a directory of sites throughout the county where people can dispose of medications. Proper disposal of medications is important for the environment and can also prevent their misuse.
For more information, visit

A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.