Zvi Gluck

Escaping the Pain‏‏

Trigger Warning: Sexual Abuse

Miri* reached out to us regarding a drug addiction that had developed after years of avoiding the trauma resulting from sexual abuse she had suffered as a child.

Miri grew up in a home with a constant stream of guests, in a busy environment where it was easy for things to go unnoticed. When she was eight, Miri was molested by a neighbor who was there for the weekend; she felt too ashamed to tell anyone what happened.

For years after, Miri became a “difficult” child with issues at school; but her parents never delved into why their daughter had changed. They chalked it up to growing pains and a teenager acting out.

Fast forward several years, and Miri got married and had three children. She began turning to drugs to cope with the painful emotions bubbling beneath the surface. Eventually, Miri realized she was on a dark path that could destroy her life; she found the courage to confide in her husband about what had been done to her as a child and how she had turned to drugs for relief.

Miri’s husband was supportive and suggested that they call Amudim. He was on our subscriber list and had seen the weekly stories describing other individuals facing similar challenges.

Our case manager helped connect Miri with an inpatient treatment center that could provide the help she needed. We are grateful that we have a network of donors devoted to aiding those in the community who need our assistance. They also discussed options for daycare and help in the house, so that Miri could enter rehab without the added anxiety of how her family would manage.

Miri is currently mid-treatment; her case manager checks in regularly with her care team. She is doing well but still has a long road ahead. We are hopeful that with continued support, Miri will heal from her past and current challenges and emerge stronger, happy, and ready to move forward.

If you or someone you know is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Amudim is a phone call away and here to help.

*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes

About the Author
Zvi Gluck is the CEO of Amudim, an organization dedicated to helping abuse victims and those suffering from addiction within the Jewish community, and has been heavily involved in crisis intervention and management for the past 20 years.
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