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
Radio-Canada Luc Desjardins, unit manager at Portage’s drug addiction rehabilitation for adolescents in Atlantic Canada speaks about his career and how he is helping young addicts regain control of their life. Listen to the interview … (french only)
March is the month of nutrition, and Portage is promoting its food-related activities and initiatives that are taking place periodically throughout the year. Good nutrition is essential to maintaining good health. This is why Portage addiction rehabilitation centres offers nutritious meals and snacks for the well-being of the residents, so they can retain good habits… Read more »
A Portage Atlantic graduate shares her story at the Drug Awareness Forum ‘It Takes a Village to Raise a Teen’
Natalie Hugues, a 2015 graduate of Portage Atlantic residential rehabilitation program, spoke of her journey from drug dependency to recovery. Currently a student at the New Brunswick Community College, Natalie has been sober for over two years and credits the Portage Atlantic Youth Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Centre with turning her life around. Natalie, along with… 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