As many as 1 in 4 children grow up in homes where substance abuse and/or codependency is present, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. When alcohol or drug abuse is prevalent in the home, it affects children deeply.

One method the children or siblings of an addict use to deal with the chaotic home life is to assume a role of responsibility. Another role is that of the "innocent victims," who withdraws into their own world and suffer in silence.

Inside, the innocent victims often believe that the addiction is their fault. They feel lonely and don't want to add to the chaos. This leads to a pattern of invisibility. They become loners, with no friends.

Innocent victims suffer from low self-esteem and have little zest for life. They rarely confide in adults they trust or the authorities, which often leads to additional feelings of helplessness and anxiety.

Chabad Lifeline's Youth Counsellors are trained in identifying innocent victims. We see addiction as a family disease and we make sure to meet with parents, siblings, and children of the addict.


If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be an innocent victim, contact us. We'll set up an immediate, confidential intake at no cost, and you'll never have to be alone again.


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 similar 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. 

Chabad Lifeline


4615 Chemin de la Côte-S.-Catherine

Montreal, QC H3W 1M1 Canada

Phone:  514-738-7700

Fax: 514-738-6166


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