Take back control of your life

It takes time, patience, and hard work, but you can do it - you can overcome your drug addiction problems.
Only you can do it, but you can’t do it alone.

At Portage, you will be surrounded by a community of people with the same goal as you, and you will help each other make it through.

“Portage: Finding a pathway around an
obstacle in order to continue the journey”

Portage - how you can help


It takes a community to help someone overcome drug addiction and communities are strengthened as a result. Help us spread the word, donate your time, expertise, and resources, become involved in helping our clients seek freedom from addiction.


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A Heartfelt Donation to Portage Atlantic


In memory of his wife, the late Patricia Mercer, the Sussex Club Lion Chester Mercer was proud to donate one of her paintings, accompanied by a monetary donation dedicated to the purchase of arts supplies, to the Portage Atlantic youth residential rehabilitation treatment centre at Cassidy Lake. Patricia Mercer was one of the founders of… Read more »


A Dream Come True


On March 27, 2018, Portage Atlantic Board members were on hand at the Nashwaaksis Lions Club meeting and presented a commemorative plaque to the Club members in honour of “A DREAM” come true. The desire to help occurred during his years of volunteering as a hockey coach, when Lion Ronald Evans was made aware that… Read more »

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Invite to Portage Atlantic female residents from Community Group


On March 19, 2018, Portage Atlantic female residents, accompanied by social worker, Melanie Steeves, were invited to a speaking engagement and dinner organized by the Sussex Women’s Network. The girls who attended shared their touching personal stories and Melanie described aspects of the distinct phases of the Portage residential rehabilitation treatment program, as well as… Read more »


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Effects and Harms of Cannabis: Misconceptions among Youth


Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug among Canadians aged 15 to 24, and is more commonly used by youth in Canada than in any other country, according to a study done by UNICEF (2013)[1]. Even more alarming is the fact that many Canadian youth are not properly educated about the effects and harms… Read more »

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From Pot Smoker to Lamplighter


It all began very innocently… I was fourteen when I smoked my first joint. I lived in an outlying region and it was our way of having fun among friends on the weekend. During the week, I studied hard, I got good grades, I was into sports and I had a good social life. I… Read more »

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Access to Youth Services : Portage Innovates


Responding quickly to youth and parents who require assistance is a major challenge for all partners in the youth drug-rehabilitation sector. Last year, the managers of Portage’s drug addiction rehabilitation program for youth at Lac Écho initiated discussions with counsellors, partners, youth and parents to develop a project aimed at improving access to youth services…. Read more »