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February 09, 1996 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-02-09

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More than half of them will
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hard to breathe. Eventually it's
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PHYLLIS MEER SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS

D

r. Abraham Twerski has
worked with many teen-
agers who had 'the time of
their lives" before ending
up in drug rehabilitation pro-
grams.
Dr. Twerski, an ordained rabbi
and founder of the Gateway Re-
habilitation Program in Pitts-
burgh, Pa., once counseled a
14-year-old girl who was hooked
on alcohol, marijuana, tranquil-
izers, pain killers, as well as diet
and sleeping pills.
"Do you help your mother in
the kitchen?" Dr. Twerski asked
the girl.
She giggled and replied,
"Sometimes."
"Where do you put the orange
peels?" he asked.
"In the garbage can," she said.
What Dr. Twerski said next
shocked his young patient. She
became silent. Tears rolled down
her cheeks. He told the girl that
drugs are garbage and that, as
one who takes drugs, she must
equate herself with a garbage
can.
"Kids know drugs are
garbage," he said. "They think of
themselves as garbage cans."
On Monday, Dr. Twerski
spoke to a crowd of about 450
people at the Maple-Drake Jew-
ish Community Center. Spon-
sored by the JCC, Daniel Soble
Friendship Circle and The Jew-
ish News, the speech was titled
"Pull the Plug On Self-Defeating
Behavior."
Dr. Twerski said many factors
contribute to drug abuse and
other dangerous preoccupations.
First, many people have unreal-.
istic expectations of life. Good
is never good enough. He gave
the example of a man who lived
in a 44-room mansion on 400
acres of land with every pos-
sible luxury. Despite material

wealth, the man was miserable.
"What's the problem?" Dr.
Twerski asked.
Replied the man: "I only make
$150 a week."
Our value systems are to
blame for the epidemic of self-
defeating behavior, Dr. Twerski
said. In modern society, close
friendships and mentors rank a
notch below money and success.
Referring to Jewish teachings,
Dr. Twerski urged parents in the
audience to show children that
other things matter. Teach your
children, he said, that feeling
good is a consequence of doing
good.
Encourage them to study the
lessons of Torah, which cultivate
moral sensibilities and pride.
Furthermore, volunteer activ-
ities with the elderly, disabled

"Kids know drugs
are garbage."

— Rabbi Abraham Twerski

and disadvantaged members of
society encourage children to look
for meaning beyond their own
lives.
Dr. Twerski stressed the im-
portance of volunteering because
"it takes one outside of oneself."
Learning to feel good from do-
ing good — instead of getting
high off drugs — gives people a
sense of purpose, of personal
value, a sense of self-esteem, Dr.
Twerski said.
Gary Doyle, superintendent of
Bloomfield Hills Schools, at-
tended the lecture. He said his
greatest professional challenge
is trying to overcome "the desire
people in today's culture have for
immediate gratification." ED

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