Portage Atlantic

Drug Addiction Rehabilitation for Adolescents in Atlantic Canada

Portage Atlantic

Portage Atlantic, a non-profit organisation established in 1995, operates a residential drug addiction rehabilitation centre for Atlantic Canada youth 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.”

- Brandon

"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."

- Jared  

“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.”

- Stephanie

"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."

- Liam

Portage Atlantic News


Youth celebrate Freedom from Addiction as Portage Atlantic celebrated 20 years helping Atlantic youth overcome drug addiction


Cassidy Lake, October 2, 2016 – Portage Atlantic hosted its twentieth annual Recognition ceremony, recognizing 26 youth for having completed various stages of the residential and aftercare components of the program. Looking backward with gratitude, Portage Atlantic is grateful for the youth, families, staff members, volunteers and partners who gathered to celebrate the twentieth annual… Read more »


Former residents credit youth rehab centre on 20th anniversary


Global News The Portage Atlantic Centre near Sussex celebrated its 20th anniversary today. As Global’s Andrew Cromwell reports one former resident credits the centre, which treats youth with serious substance issues, with saving her life. View the report


Rehab centre celebrates 20 years


CTV News Atlantic Portage’s graduate Danielle McArthur talks about how Portage Atlantic helped her, saying it saved her life. View the report

Portage Atlantic Foundation

Portage Atlantic’s drug addiction rehabilitation program for youth in New Brunswick is financed in part by the Portage Atlantic Foundation, which raises funds through individual and corporate donations as well as fundraising activities.

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