Portage Atlantic, a non-profit organisation established in 1995, operates a residential drug addiction rehabilitation centre for Atlantic Canada youth (14-21) in New Brunswick.
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.
“During my time at Portage, I have learned a lot about myself and about the issues that led to my drug use in the first place. Portage has provided me with the opportunity to get my life on track and re-connect with my family. Without Portage I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I have a sound mind, I am healthy and happier then I have been in a very long time. I can never thank Portage enough for all they have done for my family and I.”
"Addiction for me, for everyone really, is a monster. It took me somewhere in life I never wanted to go. It was dark, depressing, and horrible. I'll never forget what Portage did for my life, it saved me."
“I had nothing before I went to Portage and today I have contentment. It may not seem like a lot, but for someone who lived in total hopelessness and misery for years, to wake up happy is a big thing.”
"At Portage I rebuilt my self esteem, learned to love myself and the simple things in life. Everything I have today is due to the help from the staff and my peers here at Portage. I have relearned who I am, and in the process, gained friends who will last a lifetime."
Portage Atlantic News
Jennifer Loughery, nurse at the Portage Atlantic rehabilitation centre, has implemented an awareness program on how staying hydrated is important to overall good health. “The youth were showing up in my office more and more frequently with issues of constipation, fainting spells and just overall feeling unwell. A major issue that I noticed was that… Read more »
Portage Atlantic staff and residents create awareness about the Portage program and the services it offers at its Cassidy Lake residential rehabilitation centre for youth. On May 3, 2019, Tambrie Hicks, Admissions Coordinator for the Cassidy Lake residential rehabilitation centre for youth in New Brunswick, hosted an information booth at the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association… Read more »
On April 11, 2019, the Moncton Portage Atlantic Aftercare group hosted the volunteers at its weekly meeting activity, providing the opportunity for youth to express their appreciation. A mother and son team shared their story of how the Portage program at Cassidy Lake, NB, has brought positive changes to their lives. This was followed by… Read more »
Portage Atlantic Board
The Portage Atlantic Board is chaired by Dr. Russell King, a family doctor in Fredericton and former New Brunswick Health Minister in the McKenna government. 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 Atlantic Canada.
- Dr. Russell King, Chair
- Jill Durepos
- Dave Emmerson
- Ron Evans
- David Ferguson
- Erin Flood
- Wayne Gamble
- Peter A. Howlett
- Frederic Laforge
- Ronald Murray
- Roderick Nolan
- Patricia Rogers
- Frank Wilson
- Brad Woodside
- Rod Wright