The opening of the Berman Center and Derech Homes completes “Atlanta’s Jewish Recovery Triangle” in response to the Jewish Heroin Triangle detailed in stories in the AJT in the past year.

“We recognized it will take all of us coming together to fully address addiction in our community,” Jewish Family & Career Services CEO Rick Aranson said Monday, Aug. 28, at the open house for the Berman Center, which is opening in early September. “We have documented our intent to work together and established a formal cross-referral agreement to provide the continuum of care necessary to fight this epidemic.”

The three legs of the recovery triangle are the Berman Center, an intensive outpatient center in Dunwoody; Derech Homes, a Jewish transitional or sober living facility; and the array of services provided by JF&CS and its HAMSA (Helping Atlantans Manage Substance Abuse) program as a step-down referral base for people after or in conjunction with intensive treatment.

Alyza Berman, a therapist and Temple Sinai member, is opening the Berman Center as part of the Jewish answer to the opioid addiction crisis that is killing tens of thousands of Americans per year.

The center connects the network of services and resources available to those suffering from addiction and their families. Berman coined the phrase “Atlanta’s Jewish Recovery Triangle.”