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
During the week of September 16 to 22, 2019, Portage Atlantic partnered with Tim Hortons to raise funds to support the Cassidy Lake drug addiction rehabilitation program for adolescents. Since 1996, the Canadian company Tim Hortons has been holding an annual fundraising campaign for charities across the country. Last year, the Smile Cookie Campaign raised… Read more »
Portage Atlantic hosted its Annual Recognition Ceremony at its addiction rehabilitation centre on the shores of Cassidy Lake, NB, on September 29, 2019. This ceremony celebrates youth who have either completed the residential phase of their rehabilitation treatment program, or who have maintained a positive lifestyle since they graduated one year ago. This year, 35… Read more »
As part of Portage Atlantic’s commitment to promote the importance of education, an academic plan is put in place upon entrance to the Portage Program at Cassidy Lake. Objectives range from studying towards high school credits, on-line university courses or completing a GED. Portage residents are encouraged to complete as much academic work as possible… 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