MY CHILD NEEDS HELP
PARENTS OF AN ADDICT
It is essential that parents of addicts realize that addiction is a disease, that even a child supported and nurtured may become an addict due to a combination of social and genetic factors. In many cases, parents can be unaware of a traumatic event that took place in a child's life which may have led to the substance or process addiction.
The best way a parent can identify a child's need for professional support is by looking for symptoms. Below are some warning signs but it is important to remember that it may be difficult to recognize the signs, particularly if the addiction isn't yet severe. Seeing a Counselor at Chabad Lifeline can help a family navigate the signs and symptoms.
Personal hygiene negatively affected
Activities and hobbies that used to excite them no longer hold their interest
Spends more time alone
Changes social group
No longer appears to care about anything
Declining grades in school
It's important to remember the three Cs
You can't control the addiction
You didn't cause the addiction
You can't cure the addiction
There is a fourth C. You can contribute to their well-being
If you worry that your child may be an addict, reach out for help by email or by calling 514-738-7700. Our Counselors will help you navigate the signs and symptoms, and learn what is in your power to change and how you can best help your child, your family, and yourself.
Our family workshops and groups (contact us for more information)
Group Dynamics for Families: Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 PM (pre-registration required)
This group is dedicated to helping family members who are suffering due to a loved one's addiction.
Our family group consists of individuals who all share the same experiences. Whether it be a child, spouse, sibling or parent, the chaos and inability to live in the status quo are what bring family members to the realization that their lives have become unmanageable, and what they are doing is not and has not been working. With other group members and a facilitator, we explore and gain understanding of what is in our control to change and what is not.
Parent Support Group (pre-registration required)
Does your child seem distant or removed? Are you concerned that they might be engaging in destructive behaviour? Join our parent support group, Mondays 5:45 to 7:00 PM. Limited space available.
Please contact us by email for information about joining the parent support group or by phone at 514-738-7700 (speak to Karen).