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Meyer* knew that his drinking was out of control, but try as he might, he just couldn’t seem to kick the habit.  Alcohol was the only thing that made the pain go away and while he was able to stay sober for a few months at a time, eventually his PTSD would kick in as the memories of his dysfunctional and abusive upbringing surfaced yet again.  And the only way that Meyer knew how to escape the demons that haunted him was to drown his sorrows in Jack Daniels, straight up.

Believe it or not, the night that Meyer was arrested for drunk driving actually turned out to be the best night of his life.  Meyer’s wife of five years, Shani, called Amudim for assistance with both the legal issues and the underlying drinking problem and our case managers worked tirelessly with the family and the authorities to coordinate penalties that were constructive, not punitive. After a miserable night in jail, Meyer was issued a fine and community service and was mandated an outpatient treatment program that would best suit his needs, with Amudim making all the necessary arrangements.

Over the course of Meyer’s treatment, it became clear that he lacked the proper coping skills to deal with the trauma he had suffered as a child and day by day, his therapist worked with him to deal with those unresolved issues.  In addition to getting Meyer the help he needed, our case worker also helped Shani enroll in therapy as well as support groups such as al-anon so that she could understand her role in helping Meyer manage his addiction, which is actually a family illness.



It has been six months since that fateful night and both Meyer and Shani are doing well and we continue to stay in touch with them as they travel the road to good health.  These days Meyer spends as much time as possible focusing on being the best father he can to his two young sons, doing all he can to create happy memories and positive experiences with them.

If you or someone you know is struggling with Alcohol, we are here for you. Call us anytime (646) 517-0222.

*DetaNIS changed to ensure client confidentiality


Also This Week!!!

When NISsim Black and Yosef Brown approached us about creating a song to help raise awareness about Amudim’s mission of hope and healing, we knew it was an incredible opportunity. Amudim is proud to collaborate with NISsim Black, Yosef Brown, and Avi Kraus to bring you “Hold On”—an anthem that reminds us we have the strength within ourselves to overcome times of crisis. Please enjoy this sneak peak and first look at “Hold On”. Click here to sign up and receive updates regarding the release of the full-length music video soon!!!

And here is an actual breakdown of new cases we opened this past week:

49 New Cases Opened This Week

  • 2 Domestic Violence
  • 3 At Risk Matters
  • 1 Suicide Prevention
  • 10 Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • 12 Mental Illness
  • 18 Sexual Abuse
  • 3 Therapy Referral


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