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News from Portage's drug addiction rehabilitation and employment reintegration centres in Canada.

Legalization doesn’t put an end to addiction: Portage’s reaction to Bill C-45 on marijuana

04-13-2017
About Portage

Many points of view have been put forward in speeches concerning the legalization of marijuana. Those in favour of the initiative denounce the failure of the repressive approach and the exorbitant costs associated with criminalization. Those on the other side of the issue fear that legalization will trivialize the impact of marijuana and encourage young… Read more »

Helping youth at Portage Atlantic

03-29-2017
Portage Atlantic - Vue du ciel

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)

Healthy lifestyles for residents of Portage Rehabilitation Centres

03-01-2017
About Portage - Group

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’

02-28-2017
About Portage

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 presents its services at the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast

02-24-2017
Portage Ontario - Adolescent program

Portage Ontario was invited to deliver a presentation about the services provided at the Portage Elora drug addiction rehabilitation centre for youth at the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast meeting on February 22, 2017. The Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer organisation supported by over 350 local businesses. It serves as… Read more »

New drug on streets of Moncton mixes cocaine and fentanyl – Parents urged to talk to their kids about drugs early and often

02-22-2017
Portage Atlantic - Outside -Summer

CBC News ”Tambrie Hicks, an admissions officer at Portage Atlantic, said she sees young people from across the province who are looking for help. Different drugs are popular in different areas, and a recent arrival in Moncton is alarming, she said. “There’s a new thing going on in Moncton … they’re mixing cocaine and fentanyl… Read more »

Start talking about drugs in grade school, says addiction services co-ordinator

02-22-2017
Portage Atlantic - installations

CBC News Tambrie Hicks, the admissions co-ordinator at Portage Atlantic, the youth drug addiction rehabilitation centre in Cassidy Lake, speaks about why parents should start talking about drugs in grade school.   ”Hicks said it is not uncommon at the Portage rehabilitation centre to admit young people who started smoking marijuana as early as 10 years old…. Read more »

Emily’s Story of Freedom from Addiction at Portage Ontario

02-20-2017
Emily's testimonial from Portage Ontario

I sat in the waiting room looking at the walls and at the buzz of activity around me. The big sign on the wall read “Portage Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Centre”. Beside it, was a catchy poster titled RE AWAKEN your dreams. A young guy sat at the far end with two people who I assumed… Read more »

Bell Let’s Talk initiative supports Portage once again in 2017

02-16-2017
About Portage

Portage is grateful to have been selected by the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to receive a donation once again this year for its drug addiction rehabilitation program for Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA). Portage’s MICA Program is a residential drug addiction rehabilitation program for men suffering from both mental illness (primarily schizophrenia) and substance… Read more »

Metamorphosis Day – Portage celebrates its 44th anniversary

02-14-2017
1973 Portage Centre in Lac Écho - Winter

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 »