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We all know someone, whether a family member, friend, or colleague, who has been affected by addiction in some way. It wreaks havoc on our society and it is our shared responsibility to help young people who are suffering before it’s too late. At Portage, they can acquire the skills to free themselves from the grasp of addiction. It will assure them a better future, and benefit all of society.

We’d like to share the stories of a few of our alumni and how Portage changed their lives:  Dustin’s Story    Samantha’s Story    Vince’s Story

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Dustin's Story

Dustin’s story starts the same as many kids’ stories do. But Dustin went deeper. Anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses were being fueled by addiction...    

Samantha's Story

Samantha describes her rock bottom as an “Existential Crisis” – that her life didn’t matter – One day she would be forgotten, so why try to be remembered?  

Vince's Story

Life always seemed like a challenge – one wrought with pain and anger. A physical response felt like the right thing.

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

About Portage - Collaboration

Family Support Day

07-03-2017

Families play a critical role in a resident’s treatment and reintegration back into the community. A resident’s family becomes part of the larger Portage family and on Saturday, June 10th, families, residents and Portage staff came together for a Family Support Day. Activities included a BBQ and a plethora of games including volleyball, a balloon… Read more »

Booth- 5th annual addiction and mental health conference in Toronto-May 29-30

Making Connections at the 5TH Annual Addictions and Mental Health Conference

07-03-2017

Portage Ontario was proud to be a Bronze sponsor & attendee at the Addictions and Mental Health Conference held in Toronto May 28th through 30th. Our admissions team hosted an information booth for the 350 representatives from 220 Ontario addiction and mental health organisations that were in attendance. “Stronger Connections – Communities Working Together” was… Read more »

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Recognising Cultural Diversity at Portage

07-03-2017

In addition to being a residential drug addiction rehabilitation program that focuses on helping vulnerable youth to stop using drugs, Portage Ontario is about empowering its residents to develop a healthy lifestyle – eating well, sleeping well, and enjoying social and recreational activities. Portage works hard to offer diverse programming so that youth can learn… 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
  • Richard Bowden
  • Peter Caven
  • Mary Usher-Jones
  • Michael Mundy
  • Todd Nishimura
  • Peter O'Brien
  • Colin Stairs
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