While most in the frum community won’t even talk about it, Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski has been helping people to recover from their addictions for over 40 years. In this intimate piece, he shares how the Shmutz problem started & the effective new recovery method that’s trusted by 25,000 Jews.
By: Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, MD
For the last 40 years, I’ve been helping members of the Jewish community to overcome their addictions. I’m sure you can imagine all the changes I’ve seen over the years. Many of them have been positive, others have been more challenging.
One of the problems I’ve been asked to help with most is an addiction to viewing inappropriate materials.
The story here goes back to the early days of the internet. Sure, this problem has been around for much longer, but never before had I experienced so many frum Jews coming to me desperate for help.
At first, I didn’t understand the severity of such a struggle. Every day more people came knocking. Asking for help. They shared the intimate details of their struggle to me and I learned a great deal about just how much pain this problem could cause. Many had tried to quit on their own, even several times. The ones that couldn’t, felt like they had nobody to turn to for help. If they turned to the ones they love, they might be shamed or worse.
What would their wife or family think of them?
Sadly, this fear isolated many sufferers, as they often decided to keep the secret to themselves. Many told me that hiding all these secrets made them feel like they were living a double-life.
Having been involved so deeply with this epidemic in the Jewish community, I can’t describe how excited I am to share with you a proven solution that I’ve been involved with closely over the past few years.
GuardYourEyes.com is an anonymous internet community & recovery program designed specifically to help members of the frum community to regain their purity and set themselves free from the grips of shmutz addiction.
Today, over 25,000 have joined the GuardYourEyes community to seek treatment and support and their success rate is phenomenal. From my experience, I know that this is just the beginning. There are FAR MORE Jews that struggle with shmutz dependency at different levels.
As we know, many are too afraid to ask for help. Luckily, one of their brave members has allowed us to share his personal transformation with the world. If you’d like to get a glimpse into what so many Jewish men are facing today, I’m sure you’ll appreciate this video.
It could be your chavrusa, the friend sitting next to you in shul or anyone you love. That’s why it’s so important that you get informed and maybe you could also save a life of someone you know.
The GuardYourEyes project is truly a pikuach nefesh – the future of Klal Yisrael depends on it.
Currently, GuardYourEyes is running a fundraising campaign to get enough resources to help all the new members that are joining each day. If you can see the value in this cause, then I’d sincerely appreciate if you would open your heart and give generously to help them continue their holy work.
All of their services are free of charge and it’s a great mitzvah to support them. Right now, during the days of repentance, your support means more than ever.