Montreal’s ‘Lifeline’ a Local Voice for ‘National Addictions Awareness Week’

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Lifeline’s groundbreaking addiction counseling services are offered in English to people of all backgrounds generally free-of-charge

Lifeline, a non-sectarian recovery and prevention center that offers hope and healing to all affected by addiction, today presented its addiction counseling services in advance of National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW), an initiative of the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) that runs from November 21 to 27.

Lifeline’s team of social workers, therapists, addictions counsellors and youth counsellors offer a range of innovative treatment options and comprehensive at-risk youth programs. Where appropriate, referrals are made to other professionals and agencies. People suffering from substance (alcohol and narcotics) and behavioral (gambling, eating, sex, co-dependency etc.) addictions and their families are guided through a healing and recovery process. With a few exceptions, services are free-of-charge and no one is denied service based on ability to pay. Lifeline is an independent non-profit organization that receives zero government support and is entirely funded through the generosity of the community.

Lifeline applies a distinctly progressive approach to addiction services:

  • Services are immediate / No wait times – Service level of a private for-profit facility
  • Family focus – Counseling provided to partners, parents and siblings of addicts, permitting families to heal together
  • Outpatient model for treating addictions – Versus on-location rehabilitation center
  • High success rate – Unique screening, holistic approach and extensive after-care proven to help overwhelming majority of clients

“The Covid-19 pandemic has been an awful time for addiction – people suffering have been pushed towards addiction while existing addicts have experienced worsening despair,” says Rabbi Benyamin Bresinger, Director, Lifeline. “Addiction is complex – a spiritual, emotional and physical disorder that often stems from isolation and loneliness. While their problems do not usually begin with drugs, alcohol or other addictive behaviors, addicts often reach for self-sabotaging behaviors as temporary relief from their pain and isolation.”

“Our vision is founded on the belief that helping people develop intimate relationships with themselves and others is the solution to addiction. We support our friends at the CSSA on the occasion of NAAW. Our message to the community is simple: If you or anyone you love is suffering from addiction, contact us. We are here to help,” adds Rabbi Bresinger.

About Chabad Lifeline

Chabad Lifeline is a non-sectarian recovery and prevention center that offers hope and healing to all affected by addiction. To learn more, please visit or call (514) 668-7813. To see a short video about Lifeline, please visit

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