Portage Atlantic, a non-profit organisation established in 1995, operates a residential drug addiction rehabilitation centre for Atlantic Canada youth (14-21) in New Brunswick.
In the therapeutic community environment, residents work through the underlying issues that caused their substance abuse and develop a set of social competencies that will help them deal with the challenges of everyday life without resorting to drug abuse.
“During my time at Portage, I have learned a lot about myself and about the issues that led to my drug use in the first place. Portage has provided me with the opportunity to get my life on track and re-connect with my family. Without Portage I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I have a sound mind, I am healthy and happier then I have been in a very long time. I can never thank Portage enough for all they have done for my family and I.”
"Addiction for me, for everyone really, is a monster. It took me somewhere in life I never wanted to go. It was dark, depressing, and horrible. I'll never forget what Portage did for my life, it saved me."
“I had nothing before I went to Portage and today I have contentment. It may not seem like a lot, but for someone who lived in total hopelessness and misery for years, to wake up happy is a big thing.”
"At Portage I rebuilt my self esteem, learned to love myself and the simple things in life. Everything I have today is due to the help from the staff and my peers here at Portage. I have relearned who I am, and in the process, gained friends who will last a lifetime."
Portage Atlantic News
On February 14, 1973, Portage’s first drug addiction rehabilitation centre, located in Prévost, Québec, opened its doors to a small group of adults who wanted to overcome their drug addiction issues and take back control of their lives. Since then, Portage has expanded its drug rehab services, opening other centres in Ontario, New Brunswick, Québec… Read more »
After all the planning and fundraising for Portage Atlantic’s Lewis Fitness Centre project, construction is now well underway and Portage staff members and youth have been reveling in the anticipation of watching the day-to-day progress of the construction site. On January 17, Dave Emmerson, Chair of the Lewis Fitness Centre Capital Campaign, met with the… Read more »
All of the potential stresses of adolescence that may contribute to substance abuse can be compounded by a struggle with sexual identity. In order to better respond to the needs of clients who identify themselves as transgender, Portage Atlantic has put a pilot project in place at its residential drug addiction rehabilitation centre. At Portage,… Read more »
Portage Atlantic Board
The Portage Atlantic Board is chaired by Dr. Russell King, a family doctor in Fredericton and former New Brunswick Health Minister in the McKenna government. The Board is made up of dedicated volunteers who are involved in their local communities and who ensure the proper governance of Portage activities in Atlantic Canada.
- Dr. Russell King, Chair
- Jill Durepos
- Dave Emmerson
- Ron Evans
- David Ferguson
- Dr. Dennis Furlong
- Wayne Gamble
- Peter A. Howlett
- Ron Murray
- Pat Rogers
- Roderick Nolan
- Pat Rogers
- Frank Wilson
- Brad Woodside
- Rod Wright