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

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


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 »

Emily’s Story of Freedom from Addiction at Portage Ontario

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


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

Portage lac Echo 1973

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 »

Portage highlights Hooked on School Days 2017

Journées de la persévérance scolaire 2017

Hooked on School Days, a Québec initiative that encourages the importance of staying in school, begin tomorrow. Portage believes that learning to succeed in school is an important component of the drug addiction rehabilitation process for youth, helping them to take back control of their lives. All Portage rehabilitation centres for youth provide mandatory on-site school… Read more »

Portage graduates start a new life at Les Habitations Communautaires Portage II

habitations Portage

Les Habitations Communautaires Portage II (HCP II), a brand new thirty-unit apartment building created to provide graduates of Portage’s drug addiction rehabilitation programs with access to supervised apartments following treatment, welcomed its first tenants this past fall. The building is now at complete occupancy, filled with a community of individuals full of hope for a… Read more »

Portage celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

Salle de class au lac Écho

To highlight Teacher Appreciation Week, Portage is paying tribute to all of the teachers and specialised educators working at its drug addiction rehabilitation centres. Did you know that at Portage’s Mother and Child drug addiction rehabilitation centre, the children are cared for by specialised educators and early childhood educators, who help the children to learn… Read more »

Portage highlights National Eating Disorders Awareness Week


This week (Feb. 1-7) is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. At Portage, our individualised treatment plans help to ensure that each client gets access to support tailored to their specific needs. Some of the clients at our drug addiction rehabilitation centers have struggled with anorexia and bulimia and negative self-image. This way, we help clients… Read more »

Construction of the Lewis Fitness Centre


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 »

Special program at Québec City Day Centre focuses on trauma’s effect on addiction


For many clients in treatment at Portage, substance abuse has often been seen as a way to ease the suffering caused by significant traumatic experiences that they have had to deal with in the past. Portage’s Québec City Day Centre provides a special program specifically for clients who present symptoms related to physical, psychological, and… Read more »