Beit T'Shuvah to Host Judge Mark G. Farrell of Amherst, NY Gambling Court

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On May 20, 2011, Beit T’Shuvah, by many standards the most successful gambling treatment center in California, will hold a seminar to discuss the benefits of reorganizing the treatment of the gambling addict in the criminal justice system. The presentation will feature keynote speaker Judge Mark G. Farrell, who is at this time the only judge to preside over an active Gambling Court. http://www.gamblingcourt.com

"Rehabilitation, not incarceration, heals the social wounds that stem from treatable mental disorders,” says Kathy Marks, COO of Beit T’Shuvah and Program Director of Beit T'Shuvah’s Right Action Gambling Program.


On May 20, 2011, Beit T’Shuvah, by many standards the most successful gambling treatment center in California, will hold a seminar to discuss the benefits of reorganizing the treatment of the gambling addict in the criminal justice system. The presentation will feature keynote speaker Judge Mark G. Farrell, who is at this time the only judge to preside over an active Gambling Court. http://www.gamblingcourt.com

Currently, the California judicial system provides an alternative to incarceration for drug addicted and alcoholic offenders, allowing them to instead receive treatment for their addiction. Drug and Alcohol Court successfully treats north of 120,000 people each year. Also in attendance will be Judge Michael Tynan who spearheaded the Los Angeles County drug and alcohol court. Gambling addiction, long recognized by the medical community as similar in nature and severity to drug addiction, has no present parallel in the judicial system, excepting Judge Farrell’s Gambling Court in Amherst, New York.

Founded in 1987, Beit T’Shuvah is a non-profit organization committed to providing emotional and spiritual healing to individuals and families afflicted with addictive and behavioral disorders. Beit T’Shuvah is the only addiction treatment program in the United States that integrates Jewish traditions and spirituality, the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and traditional psychotherapy. Addiction is a disease of the body, mind and spirit and Beit T'Shuvah offers a dynamic program to meet the individual needs of each resident in every stage of recovery.

In addition to its distinguished drug and alcohol addiction tract, Beit T'Shuvah is home to California’s leading gambling addiction treatment program. Since the Right Action Gambling Program began in 2010, Beit T’Shuvah has provided residential treatment to approximately 80 problem gamblers, utilizing its own resources, aid from the California Office of Problem Gambling and UCLA gambling studies program. There are numerous case studies of high profile white collar criminals whom do not publicly acknowledge an addiction to gambling. By keeping addiction to gambling a secret, addicts will not get the help they need and there will be countless more victims of their financial crimes.

The Honorable Mark G. Farrell will address an audience of legislators and key members of the recovery community at Beit T'Shuvah on May 20, 2011, to bring this important initiative to the state of California.

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