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‘You die or you get help’: How an Oromocto High student overcame drug addiction


May 08, 2019 Tatyannah Côté was high on crystal meth when she stole her mother’s 2011 Ford Fusion to visit her friend at the Pizza Delight in Oromocto, although he’d died two days earlier… Read more

Interview with Portage Atlantic graduate


Tonight at the Kingswood Turnaround Achievement Awards, Tatyannah Coté will be recognized for her commitment to changing her life around.  Tatyannah was a resident at the Portage Atlantic rehabilitation treatment centre where she learned to work with the phases of the program and gained interest in continuing her education.  She is a student at the… Read more »

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‘I was just dying’: Islanders share addiction experiences with local school


Feb 12, 2019 CBC News/Prince Edward Island  ‘Just for today I’m not going to use, and I live it that way’ Kyle Buote, now 27, remembers sitting in the auditorium at his high school, listening to recovering addicts share their experiences. “I remember … sitting there and truly knowing that would never be me. And… Read more »


‘It was an all-day thing’: Former student battled addiction


Telegraph-Journal January 11, 2019 Jared Longphee says he wasn’t in high school for long when he realized he had a problem with drugs. Longphee graduated from Harrison Trimble High School in Moncton in 2017. He was supposed to graduate a year earlier, but says his drug addiction and a stint in a recovery program slowed… Read more »

Montreal Transitional Home Helps Drug Users Heal


Hind lives in Portage’s new transitional housing facility in Montreal, Habitations Communautaires Portage II. It’s a place where she feels safe and supported… Read the article.

‘That’s not what my parents would want for me’


Telegraph-Journal April 16, 2018 Logan Sharpe lost both of his parents when he was in middle school, and that tragedy, combined with mental-health challenges, led him to drugs and alcohol, he says. He was in and out of school, and on a dark path. He ended up at the Portage Atlantic drug-rehab program at Cassidy… Read more »

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New community housing centre helps addicts reintegrate


CTV News   A new community housing project was inaugurated on Monday, part of a program aimed at helping recovering addicts stay clean after completing stints in rehab.The new building, which is operating by drug addiction rehabilitation group Portage, is the second of its kind in Montreal’s Southwest borough. Containing 30 units, it allows residents… Read more »

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Dr. Dennis Furlong remembered as ‘a good man’


March 15, 2018 Telegraph-Journal   Speaking at the celebration of the life of Dr. Dennis Furlong of Dalhousie, his brother, Gary, said that prior to his death the man had said that he hoped there’d be a big snowstorm, so nobody could come. Furlong got part of his wish: there was a storm, but that… Read more »

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‘There’s nothing comfortable about addiction recovery’


March 9, 2018 Telegraph-Journal   Cleaning. Meetings. Smoke breaks. Meetings. Classes. More meetings. These are the things that make up the days, weeks and months for youth trying to beat an addiction at Portage Atlantic, a facility nestled beside Cassidy Lake near Sussex.   Read the article

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‘I had just given up’: Teen shares battle with addiction


March 10, 2018 Telegraph-Journal   Alexa Landry’s memories of high school are clouded by a fog of drug and alcohol abuse. She says she started drinking when she was 11 and smoked her first joint at 12. By the time she was 14, she says her drugs of choice were speed and cocaine.   Read… Read more »