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Arriving in school drunk

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Kate* was a shy, reserved 14-year-old high schooler with good grades and an interest in music. No one imagined that she was drowning inside.

Until one day when Kate showed up to class intoxicated. Slurring her words and acting out.

As Chabad Lifeline had recently established a staff presence on campus, the school Guidance Counselor arranged a one on one session with our Youth Addictions Counselor.

Kate opened up. Her mother had a very serious drinking problem and it affected her home life, her relationship with alcohol, and her self-worth.

After several meetings, we met Kate's mother and provided both her and Kate with individualized treatment plans. 

Kate is no longer alone, leading a chaotic life. She still meets regularly with our Youth Counselor and has developed close friendships with her peers. Her mother is doing well at Chabad Lifeline and their house has become a safe haven, a home.

Chabad Lifeline is here to help anyone affected by addiction. We are in the community and in our schools, educating, counseling, and working on prevention. 

If you know someone affected by addiction, contact Chabad Lifeline by phone at 514-738-7700 or by email

 

*Names and some information has been changed to protect the anonymity of those in the story. The image is a stock photo from the Ferreiro Project.

Meet Laurie Baum: new Youth Counsellor at Chabad Lifeline

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After collaborating with the English School Board of Montreal since 1989, we have taken a big step and hired a new Youth Counsellor who will be present in five alternative schools across Montreal on a daily basis.

Laurie Baum M.Ed holds a Master's degree in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. She comes to Chabad Lifeline with many years of experience at high schools working with adolescents in the area of social services. Laurie uses a non-judgmental approach to connect with youth and provide clients with ongoing support in reaching their treatment goals.

Laurie will meet one on one with students who have been flagged by school Guidance Counsellors and will also spend time at Chabad Lifeline working with our comprehensive youth department.

In addition, she will present cases at our twice weekly clinical meetings so our team can develop a plan to provide the best possible care for the youth and those affected by addiction.

A letter to my parents

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Dear Mom and Dad,

I'm sitting here crying as I write this. I need you to know a few things.

My one year anniversary of being sober is coming up. I've worked very hard on myself to try and find out where my behaviour came from.

I want to say I'm sorry. I'm sorry for trying to blame you. I'm sorry for hating you.

You are not at fault. You never were.

I am in recovery today thanks to you.

Sticking to your ultimatum is what made me seek help. I was alone and broken. I hated you with a vile passion but now I'm grateful.

I'm 11 months and 27 days clean thanks to your uncompromising, steadfast resolution. I loathed you at the time but looking back I'm really grateful you had the support from Chabad Lifeline and were able to do the right thing. It must have been the hardest thing you've ever done.

Dear Mom and Dad, I love you.

I always will.

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Note: this is a copy of an actual letter. Certain identifying details were removed.

Parents, would you like to hear from experts and young addicts in recovery?

On November 30th, Chabad Lifeline will be hosting a free educational initiative where you can ask questions to our Family and Youth Counsellors, as well as young recovering addicts who will recount their struggles during adolescence.

No cost but pre-registration required.

Scott's story: "The disconnect is killing me."

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Hi, my name is Scott* and I am a porn addict.

I'm writing this knowing that someone in my situation may be afraid to ask for help. I thought I would take this secret to my grave.

I was first exposed to porn when I was 12 years old. But while my friends were able to move on, I just couldn't get those images - the ones showing "pleasure", the ones hitting my brain with dopamine - out of my head.

I needed more. And I found them. On my phone.

Every night (and sometimes during the day) I was awash in a fantasy world. I was on my cell phone but the disconnect was killing me.

Things got worse in college. I started failing tests. I wasn't sleeping. I was missing classes.

I turned to a student counselor, who had the insight to send me to Chabad Lifeline. I can tell you, this saved my life.

I was given a treatment plan and joined Lifeline's sex addiction program.

I had dropped out of college but over the summer I've been preparing and have been accepted back into college. As of today, I'm four months clean and I'm looking forward to a full year ahead.

If you are reading this and have experienced some of what I've gone through, call Chabad Lifeline. They've been discreet, they've been amazing, and for that I'm very grateful. Don't be afraid to reach out for help!

Note: Scott is a pseudonym used by the author of this blog post to protect his privacy.

David's story: "She was the cause of my Dad's suicide"

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Imagine.

The pressure on his shoulders.

"I'm 18 but I'm afraid to leave her alone."

As part of Chabad Lifeline's school outreach program which sees thousands of kids a year, our youth team travels to schools to educate and discuss addiction and those affected by it. Five years ago, the following message appeared on the post-presentation questionnaire:

"My Mom has been an intense alcoholic and crackhead for around 20 years. She ruins the lives of all the men she dates. She was the cause of my Dad's suicide. She's impossible to talk to because she makes false assumptions and sticks by them and I don't know what to do. I'm almost 18 but I'm afraid to leave her alone."

The student, David*, left his cell number.

Our youth coordinator called David who came to Lifeline for an intake, eventually receiving counseling and joining our youth group. He recently sent the following email to Rabbi Benyamin Bresinger, Director of Chabad Lifeline:

"Hi Rabbi, I'm in a different place because of you guys at LL and especially the youth group," he wrote. "I learned that my job is to be the son of my mother, not her father. Thank you."

*Names and identifying details from the true account have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals involved. 

Part of our mandate at Chabad Lifeline is to help youth affected by addiction. If you have any questions or know someone who can use our services, call 514-738-7700 or contact us through our Facebook page.

8 valid reasons why you haven't bought a raffle ticket

So you haven't yet bought a ticket supporting Chabad Lifeline's raffle? (if you already purchased a ticket, thank you so much!)

Here are:

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8. I've been in an underground bunker for the last six months and haven't heard about the raffle.

7. I already bought tickets so quit hounding me!

6. I've been stuck on the road for the last 3 weeks trying to get home through all these construction sites!

5. The check is in the mail.

4. My dog ate my entire email inbox.

3. I was about to buy a ticket... But then my mother called.

2. My wife has been in labor for the last week.

1. I won last year's $15,000 raffle and currently live in Ibiza.

Those are all perfectly valid points. However, consider these:

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8. At Chabad Lifeline, the cost for an addict in crisis is $2,250 for 12 months of help vs. $25,000 for 30 days at a rehab or hospital.

7. Addicts in crisis can find themselves on a waiting list through the public system, wasting valuable time. Treatment at Chabad Lifeline is both immediate and free, supported by your generous donations.

6. At Chabad Lifeline, we focus not only on the addict, but on their family and dependents, who often suffer in silence.

5. Incarceration keeps addicts off the streets at a cost of over $100,000 per year, with high recidivism numbers. The success rate for addicts after leaving Chabad Lifeline's 12 month program is over 50%.

4. At Chabad Lifeline, a team of seven professionals meet twice a week to discuss each client. In the public system, clients are often seen by one professional, who focuses on dealing with the current issues at hand.

3. Chabad Lifeline has a department dedicated to helping youth, both youth-at-risk and the ones coming from families.

2. Chabad Lifeline goes into schools to connect with the youth. In fact, this year we will be expanding our unique programming in schools.

1. Because we have helped so many. Watch testimonials from school officials, organizations we work with, and people we have helped.

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Short on money? Buy "half" a ticket or pay it out over time.

Having problems online? Call 514-738-7700 and purchase your ticket over the phone!

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Feature focus: Medical Doctor & Addiction Specialist

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"My relationship with Chabad Lifeline has evolved beyond collegiality into friendship," said Dr. Jean-Francois Boivin in a recent chat. "What I value most in terms of things you don't find too often is the teamwork. The fact that I can come here and share my views on patients and also receive the feedback from others and we work together as a team around the patient."

Often, in the field of addiction, whether substance or behavioural addictions, we find we call comorbidities, the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions in a patient. For example, depression may be present, but there might be other problems such as hyperactivity which must be dealt with as part of an effective treatment plan.

With this in mind, Chabad Lifeline reached out to the Herzl Clinic years ago to collaborate and allow a physician and addiction expert to be consulted by our staff when we have a client we feel should be assessed for disorders such as depression, physical health and the like. They put us in touch with Dr. Boivin and a friendship was born.

Direct research on street kids 

When Jean Francois Boivin was a student looking to major in molecular biology, he discovered epidemiology and public health and its research piqued his interest. As time passed, Boivin moved toward statistical research of epidemiology, studying the causes of cancer and unwanted side effects of medication.

In 1981, he graduated Harvard with a doctoral degree in epidemiology and in 1990, he finished Chis studies at the Universite de Montreal as a physician and specialist in community medicine. In the mid-nineties, Dr. Boivin began researching street youth in Montreal, the health of homeless kids. This research led to an interest in substance abuse and addiction among the street kids.

"We worked with all of the key resources that offer services to street youth in Montreal," he recalled. "Through them, we accessed street kids and took blood samples as well as did various surveys on their health, filling in questionnaires on their habits and backgrounds."

"One of our findings was that there is a very high mortality rate among these kids. About 10 times higher than what you would find among youth of similar age in Quebec," he continued. "We felt that there were infections like HIV, overdoses, hepatitis, and higher suicide rates which brought about the huge mortality rate."

Returning to clinical practice

Dr. Boivin has served on various scientific and policy committees such as the Scientific Council of the Québec Research Institute for Health and Occupational Safety (1997-2001), the Scientific Council of France's Mutuelle générale de l’éducation nationale (1999-2002), and the Advisory Board of the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (2004-2008).

He was a consultant and examiner for the Faculty of Medicine of Kuwait (1998-2002). He is currently a member of the Québec Regional Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Fellowships Affairs of the Royal College, and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse.

10 years ago, Dr. Boivin returned to clinical practice. "I wanted to see the people who were behind the numbers we were working on and I wanted to return to the clinical encounter," he explained. "Eventually it became something I felt I needed to do. Because I had been in research for so many years, I took a year off and had to relearn the clinical skills, so I spent one year at the St Luc Hospital which is a large addiction centre relearning how to be a doctor with a focus on addiction medicine due to my work with street youth."

Joining Lifeline's team 

Dr. Boivin joined the Herzl, where they have an addiction clinic, and joined Chabad Lifeline's team as our addiction specialist, making himself available for Lifeline clients who need assessment and treatment for clinical disorders. "We also have access at the Herzl Clinic to a psychiatrist who will conduct in depth assessments of our patients, and I can send patients from Lifeline to a psychiatrist for a one shot in depth assessment for more complicated cases," said Dr. Boivin. "With the information from the psychiatrist, we can guide the treatment plan for the patient."

Dr. Boivin regularly meets with Lifeline's clinical team to discuss cases they are working on together and to share different perspectives and update treatment plans accordingly.

In addition, Dr. Boivin advises on topical subjects such as the current harm reduction debate, and shares his expertise in physical medicine. "For example, I remember early on someone at Lifeline asked me to explain the distinction between Hepatitis A, B and C," he recalled. 

In addition to his duties at the Herzl Clinic and Chabad Lifeline, Dr. Boivin is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McGill University. His expertise and guidance have helped save the lives of countless clients of Chabad Lifeline.

Support our team as we reach the end of our raffle campaign. Purchase a ticket here.

Lea's story: a shocking letter

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Partners of addicts can be in the dark for years. Sometimes, the opening of an envelope can turn your world upside down.

After 14 years of marriage to her high school sweetheart, Lea* came across a notice of foreclosure from the bank. She confronted her husband who confessed to a gambling addiction that led back to poker games in CEGEP. Their inheritance and life savings were gone.

Lea was distraught and moved into her mother's home together with their children. A friend recommended Chabad Lifeline and we made sure she wasn't alone and the children received support during this crisis. We also met with her husband and set out a treatment plan for him to follow.

The family is back together, building their life again on a foundation based on honesty and good values. Lea now helps other women deal with the catastrophic shock of codependency.

"My family was torn apart and thanks to Chabad Lifeline and good friends, we've made it through the crisis," admitted Lea. "We're still working on paying back my husband's debts but more importantly we are dealing with the addiction together."

In next month's newsletter, we will address and define codependency, and discuss the enabling of addicts and the importance of setting boundaries.

Please note that Lea is a pseudonym and certain details were changed to protect the privacy of the family.

We are in middle of a raffle campaign. Click here to support Chabad Lifeline and allow us to continue helping families like Lea's.

Feature Focus: Family Counselling

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Karen Bresinger MSW from Rutger's University in New Jersey, is Clinical Director and Family Counsellor at Chabad Lifeline. She has extensive experience counselling family members dealing with addiction, working with co-dependency, and she directs the treatment program for addicts and families.

“Family members of addicts are usually the first ones to call us seeking help for someone with addiction issues, being that addiction includes a lot of denial,” explained Karen. “They are the first ones to see the problem and call in crisis, asking how they can help their family member.”

Karen’s work involves educating the family members on what’s helpful. And based on research, what’s most helpful is for them to get help for themselves.

One of the best forms of help is to join a group of people facing similar challenges, which has been proven to be the most effective way to help with dealing with addiction for both the addict and the family members, being that they see that they are not alone. “There’s a sense of connection when someone is with other people, and that’s really helpful,” said Karen. “We offer individual counselling and therapies for the parents, spouses, children, even grandparents of the addict, as well as groups they all can join.”

Counselling family members of addicts often involves advising them to look at their own behaviour and see if anything may be enabling the addict. “The three C’s are very important,” Karen explained. “Family members need to know that they didn’t Cause it, they can’t Control is, and they can’t Cure it. Many family members come in thinking they can do all of the three.”

Family members are guided through psychoeducation and group support in learning the many aspects of addiction and healing.

“What makes Chabad Lifeline unique in this area is that regardless if the addict is coming for help or not, or if they’re getting help with Chabad Lifeline or elsewhere,” said Rabbi Benyamin Bresinger, Director at Chabad Lifeline. “We see support for the family as essential because they are also suffering.”

Chabad Lifeline also tries to give family members tools to support the addict in reaching out for help as well, and with Lifeline's team working together, can offer a complete service where the addiction counsellors, family therapies, and youth coordinator can get together under the same roof on a regular basis to aid the family on a path of complete recovery.

 

Feature focus: intake

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It can take years for someone affected by addiction to finally come for help. We see how important creating a warm, welcoming and non-judgmental environment is.

This lifesaving atmosphere is embodied by Ruth. “It’s Ruth’s smile and love that saved my life,” said Donna K.

Ruth is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor and Certified Canadian Addiction Counsellor. She has been an Addictions Counsellor at Chabad Lifeline since 2002.

Ruth had been counselling addicts independently for many years. “Fifteen years ago, I walked into the centre and offered to help,” she recalled. “This was always a passion for me and it evolved into a career. I love this place.”

Ruth is responsible for the intake, screening and assessment. “I will usually see a client the same day or maximum within 48 hours,” she said. “That’s for an intake, but a person can come in immediately and tap into our vast resources and never have to be alone again.” 

Intake involves filling out paperwork which includes a confidentiality form, the client’s contact information and a brief history. The client then fills out a questionnaire that screens for multiple addictions. “Very often someone comes in for an alcohol problem and the screening and intake will reveal that they also have other issues that have never been addressed.”

After the initial meeting, she meets with the eight members of our clinical team to come up with the best treatment plan possible.

Ruth also leads an open speaker’s group, coordinates volunteers, and serves as a liaison with the recovery community. “I love watching people get better,” she said warmly. “Seeing them show up and then go from darkness to light is very rewarding. I love our clients.”

Ruth’s non-judgmental, hospitable manner is vital to the healing process of everyone who has been helped by Chabad Lifeline. It actually saves lives.

Emma's story

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Emma* came to Chabad Lifeline six years ago to deal with her alcohol abuse. A close friend working on her gambling addiction referred Emma to us and when we met with the 17-year-old, she had hit rock bottom.

We set out to understand what was the underlying cause of her alcohol abuse, and during a one on one therapy session at Lifeline, Emma opened up and shared her horrifying backstory. Her father had been using her as part of a prostitution ring, and she was being forced to recruit friends as well.

To escape the miserable realities of her life, Emma had started drinking heavily. Thanks to Lifeline's staff, she was able to get away from her father, the prostitution, and has been living in sobriety.

Recently, she called Lifeline to thank us and share the good news that she had been accepted into Concordia and will be starting in the fall.

"Chabad Lifeline saved my life," she said. "I was taught to reframe my story and deal with my issues. It's still a struggle sometimes, but I'm proud to be sober and have referred some friends who fell into the same trap I did to Lifeline where they are being helped."

*Names and and certain details were changed to protect the privacy of the young woman in the story.

Emma was helped thanks to support from people like you. We are in middle of a raffle campaign. Please open your heart and purchase a ticket or two by clicking here

Job Posting - Addiction Counsellor Position

Due to our growth, we are looking to add another addiction counselor to our team.

ADDICTION COUNSELOR POSITION

POSITION TITLE: Addiction Counselor

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Outpatient Addiction Centre – Chabad Lifeline is a non-sectarian organization dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by addiction. At Chabad Lifeline, individuals suffering from substance and behavioural addictions as well as their family members are guided by experienced and caring professionals through the process of healing and recovery.

SALARY:
Commensurate with experience

JOB DESCRIPTION: Providing psychosocial counseling, support, and education around issues related to addiction to youth and adults. Counseling and support provided to youth is not limited to addiction, but can also address issues related to relationships, slef-esteem, bullying, anger, stress management, etc.

Specific duties include:

• Initial intake, screening and assessment of new clients
• Ongoing psychosocial support and counseling for existing clients
• Provide support to our Youth Coordinator developing programs for youth-at-risk and in schools
• Outreach Program – Education / Prevention / Counseling
• Liaison and contact with schools, hospitals, community organizations, 12-step community, and other clinical referrals
• Other duties as required

EDUCATION AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS: BSW (with a minimum 5 years of work experience) or MSW or MA. Excellent clinical and organizational experience is required, as well as creativity, flexibility, and self-direction. Shows strong initiative and independent judgment, has the ability to multi-task, with proven critical thinking skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required, as well as having the ability to work well in a team environment.

TO APPLY: For more information or to apply for this position, please send cover letters and résumés to: director@chabadlifeline.com or call 514-738-7700.

4615 Chemin Côte-Ste-Catherine
Montréal, QC H3W

Feature focus: Youth Coordinator and Addiction Counsellor

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Lindsay Faul MSW is Chabad Lifeline’s Youth Coordinator and Addiction Counsellor. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Calgary, she worked with at risk youth and sexual abuse victims for five years. Then, she moved to Montreal where she obtained her MSW.

Addiction in the family affects youth at risk

"From a young age, I felt passionate about social issues and curious about people's unique experiences in life," Lindsay recalled. "Growing up I wanted to be a psychiatrist. Then I realized how much math and science it took to become one, and I backpedaled because I dislike math. Luckily, I was directed to the field of social work, which not only promotes advocacy at a societal level, but also views individual struggles through a wider environmental and contextual lens."

Lindsay was motivated to working with at risk youth after watching the dynamics of members of her own family. “I remember thinking, ‘why can’t they just learn to understand each other and communicate better?’”

After several years of helping at risk youth and sexual assault victims, Lindsay noticed that addiction often played a large part, whether through the youth themselves or from members of their own families. “I realized that addiction and mental health were a huge part of youth at risk,” she related. “When I moved to Montreal, I was lucky to get a job working in addictions, and I realized that it was a passion of mine and a really important area for working with youth.”

The rewards of helping youth at risk

At Lifeline, Lindsay is responsible for everything to do with youth under the age of 25. Her job has different facets. Inside the centre, she does addiction assessments, as well as individual, group and ongoing counselling. She also travels to schools across the city doing presentations and meeting with individual students to speak about addiction and mental health, and what we do at Chabad Lifeline. She also does assessments with students that are flagged from administrators.

“The resiliency of people is what makes me love my job,” she said. “I’ll meet people who have gone through tremendous struggles and ordeals that were thrown on them from where they were born and the situation they were born into and see them find the strength, compassion and drive to heal deep within them, and rise above their struggles and circumstances to become the best version of themselves that they can be.

“To watch people on that journey and see someone start in a certain place where they are doing self destructive behaviours and then come to a place where they learn to love themselves and spread that love with other people, that’s very rewarding.”

When it comes to working at Lifeline, Lindsay loves the unique sense of community and the flexibility of her job. “I’ve worked in places that were more research based and clinical, and didn’t allow for flexibility and adapting your treatment for the type of client you have,” she said. “Bringing the community and spirituality aspects as part of the healing process is something I love about Lifeline.”

If you know someone who can benefit from any of Lindsay’s programs, please contact her at 514-738-7700.

Nathan's story

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Nathan* was a model student in a Montreal school. Nobody knew that he was being sexually abused by his uncle on a regular basis. When he was 12 years old, a classmate procured a 6 pack of beer, and Nathan was briefly able to forget.

From beer, the drop to heavy drugs was rapid. Nathan's grades went down, he started blacking out. The abuse continued.

As part of Lifeline's school outreach program, an addiction counsellor delivered a presentation at Nathan's school. But it was the honest vulnerability of a recovering addict who shared her story that led Nathan to leave his name and phone number on Lifeline's questionnaire.

A phone call from Lifeline's youth coordinator and addiction counsellor led to a meeting, the difficult admission that Nathan was an addict, and opening up about the sexual abuse.

Lifeline's staff suggested a treatment plan for Nathan to follow, and with Nathan's permission the authorities were notified about the sexual abuse. Within six months, at the cost of five raffle tickets, Nathan was drug and alcohol free, working hard at moving toward a healthy lifestyle.

"If not for Chabad Lifeline, I don't think I would be alive today," admitted Nathan, who has been sober for five years now. "I owe my life to Lifeline, and to a recovering addict who was brave enough to share her story to a bunch of kids in my school."

The monies collected in Chabad Lifeline's upcoming raffle will go toward arranging an Addiction Counsellor who will work full time in Montreal schools, helping people like Nathan. Support us and purchase your tickets by clicking here.

Please note that Nathan is a pseudonym and certain details were changed to protect the privacy of the young man in the story.

A history of growth

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It’s your chance to win $15,000, and you’ll be supporting Chabad Lifeline.

In 1998, Chabad Lifeline – at the time called Project PRIDE, organized a raffle with limited resources and limited needs at the time. Tickets were $25 and the grand prize was $5,000. A total of $50,000 was raised. At the time, Project PRIDE had one full time staff member.

The raffle grew and so did Lifeline. By 2002, our staff had grown to four professionals. Five years later, Rabbi Benyamin and Karen Bresinger moved to Montreal to serve as Director, Clinical Director and Family Counsellor of Project PRIDE.

In 2010, Project PRIDE became Chabad Lifeline. “The words Project PRIDE didn’t explain what the organization did,” explained Lifeline’s Founder Rabbi Ronnie Fine, who had established Project PRIDE 1989 while serving as a McGill University Chaplain. “PRIDE stood for Prevention, Resources, Information, and Drug Education but it wasn’t clear enough. The word ‘Chabad’ represents the sponsoring organization, inspired by the Chabad Rebbe whose lifework was about taking care of all of mankind and make the world a better place filled with goodness and kindness. ‘Lifeline’ tells you what we’re doing, how we’re giving a lifeline to people by saving lives and keeping families together.”

By 2011, the raffle raised $150,000 and provided help and healing to more than 10,000. Chabad Lifeline was able to move from a storefront location on Queen Mary into the former home of the Jewish General Hospital's first Executive Director Samuel Cohen on Cote Ste Catherine, a much more spacious location.

Eddy Wiltzer, a community leader and great friend of Chabad Lifeline, proposed taking the raffle to the next level by selling tickets for $100 rather than $25, and raising the prize from $5,000 to $15,000 in order to make it more attractive. The result in 2012: 30% more funds raised. In our 2016 raffle, we managed to raise $260,000, half our current budget.

Thanks to the inspiration and encouragement of raffle Chair Eddy Wiltzer, today we can accomplish much more than in the past. We have a staff of thirteen and accomplish more than we ever had, with over 16,000 visits each year.

According to Correction Service Canada, the cost of incarceration for an addict in crisis per year is $117,788. A 30 day stay at a rehab can cost between $14,000 and $27,000 according to a Rehabs.com study, and a month stay in the hospital costs around $27,000 for the patient, according to approximate base figures provided by the CLSC. At Chabad Lifeline, it costs an addict $2,250 for ONE YEAR of help.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 31% of patients achieved one continuous year of abstinence after completion in a treatment program of 90 days or fewer. A study of 715 inmates by Prendergast et al in 2004 proved that 79% of inmates were went back to using illegal drugs after incarceration. A study at Chabad Lifeline in 2016 demonstrated a success rate for addicts after leaving the program of over 50%.

Want to see your donations go to a place where you get the most bang for your buck? Support Chabad Lifeline. “We do not receive any funding at all from the government, that is why it is imperative that our raffle is successful every year,” said Executive Committee Chair Eddy Wiltzer. “Please purchase as many tickets as possible and I wish you good luck in receiving our first prize and also knowing that you are saving lives at Lifeline each and every day.”

Photo features a throwback to the poster from our 2013 raffle next to the design of our youth facility. Since its inauguration, thousands of children and teens affected by addiction have been helped at Lifeline.

To purchase your ticket, visit www.LifelineRaffle.com 

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