Portage Ontario

Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Program for Ontario Youth

Portage Ontario

Portage Ontario, a non-profit organisation established in 1985, operates a residential drug addiction rehabilitation centre for youth in Elora, Ontario.

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. They develop the self-esteem and confidence to go on to lead healthy, productive, drug-free lives.

The Portage Elora treatment centre serves Ontario youth referred by parents, schools, family physicians, hospitals, other addiction-treatment and youth-serving agencies, as well as Youth Justice and the Children's Aid Society.

Testimonials

"I believe that success is a journey not a destination. Coming to Portage was one of the hardest decisions of my life.  The Portage program helped me to realise that it wasn’t just the drugs that were the problem; it was also how I viewed myself. Over time in the program I gained confidence and when I left, it was with my head held high. I’m a year and 7 months sober. I don’t think I would have made it here today if it weren’t for Portage. There have been some rocky roads and some flat tires on my journey, and I haven’t reached my destination yet.  But I’m well on my way, thanks to Portage.” - Tyler
“The staff members were supportive and I learned to trust them. I learned to respect myself more and learned many coping mechanisms to overcome my addiction and to distance myself from negative friends. Thanks to Portage, I learned to use my stubbornness in a positive way to push myself. I am here today to tell you that I survived.” - Julie
"Throughout the program, I began to see that I was as valuable as anyone else. I have learned how to understand others and how to ask for help. I know that I can’t do it by myself, but because of the family I’ve gained at Portage, I know I won’t have to." - Cardier
"Since I came to Portage I've stopped using drugs, I've stopped talking to negative people. I started becoming more independent and respecting others and myself, learning basic skills of life and just having fun without being high." - Jennifer

Portage Ontario News

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Portage launches new website, making it easier for people to find the drug rehab services they need

08-15-2016

Portage’s website has been redesigned with the youth, adults, and parents who need our services in mind. An array of videos and images are at the forefront of the experience, with programs and services explained simply and cohesively. A self-assessment questionnaire helps potential clients understand their needs. Graduate testimonials help encourage them that they too… Read more »

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The Guelph Community Foundation: A loyal friend to Portage

08-10-2016

The Portage drug addiction rehabilitation centre in Elora, Ontario is part of a wonderful community in Wellington County that supports the youth in treatment. The Portage Ontario Foundation has been working to strengthen partnerships with individual, foundation, and corporate community leaders, which have translated into financial contributions to support the work being done at Portage… Read more »

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Drug addiction and young women: Focusing on the various elements at play

08-02-2016

Young women today are subject to increasing pressure from aggressive marketing, the prevalence of social media, and the feminine ideals portrayed in the media. To deal with this pressure, some turn to drugs or other risky behaviour. In order to respond to this new reality for young women, a group of Portage staff members recently… Read more »

Portage Ontario Foundation

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

Portage Ontario Board

The Portage Ontario Board of Directors is chaired by Harriet Stairs. 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 Ontario.

  • Harriet Stairs, Chair
  • Peter Howlett, President of Portage
  • Clarke Addison
  • Alice Adelkind
  • Richard Bowden
  • Peter Caven
  • Piera Morra
  • Michael Mundy
  • Eric Nachman
  • Gabriel Nachman
  • Todd Nishimura
  • Peter O'Brien
  • Colin Stairs
  • Mary Usher-Jones
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