Putting into practice the skills acquired in therapy

Saint-Malachie, August 14, 2023 – From August 14 to 17, Portage proudly welcomes the long-awaited 21st edition of the Portage Games to the Saint-Malachie site after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The event, which takes place over one week of lively camaraderie and competition, will bring together some 90 residents from Portage's adolescent rehabilitation centers in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario.

The Games allow participants to celebrate their recovery journeys and put various skills into practice that they acquired during their stay at Portage—notably, teamwork.

"This is a unique opportunity for residents to realize that they are not alone in their efforts to take back control of their lives and to be able to apply the skills and values taught at Portage throughout the week," says Cindy Chabot, Director of the Saint-Malachie center. "The competition is on to win the event's most coveted prize: The Best Sportsmanship Award!"

Renewed Success

Throughout the week, teams from different centres will engage in friendly competition across various sports, including volleyball, field hockey, soccer and basketball. The atmosphere will be one of community as residents share their stories and rehabilitation experiences, strengthening their support for one another. Every year, this event is a testament to the determination of young people, highlighting their commitment to personal growth and recovery.

Portage extends its gratitude to the participants, volunteers and staff whose dedication is sure to make the 21st Portage Games a success. This inspiring event will not only highlight the power of rehabilitation. It will also emphasize the importance of fostering a supportive community for young people seeking to live healthy, positive lives.

About Portage

For 50 years, Portage has helped thousands of people with substance abuse problems overcome their addiction issues. The organization provides a range of services tailored to the needs of adults, youth, mothers with young children, pregnant women, men and women with both mental health and substance use problems, members of First Nations and Inuit communities, and individuals referred by the justice system. Portage offers free treatment programs that are recognized and certified by Accreditation Canada.

Portage operates several drug rehabilitation centres in Québec: in Montréal, Prévost (Laurentians), Québec City and Saint-Malachie (Chaudière-Appalaches). Two other centres cater to residents of Ontario and Atlantic Canada. For more information, please visit our website at www.portage.ca or call us at 514 939‑0202.

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For all other information:
Claudia Ntihinyuka
Telephone: 581-888-1048
Email: cntihinyuka@tactconseil.ca


Seychelle Harding
Telephone: 514-939-0202, extension 1118
Email: sharding@portage.ca

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