Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Program for

Atlantic Youth

Helping Atlantic youth since 1996

Portage Atlantic’s residential drug addiction rehabilitation centre located in Cassidy Lake, New Brunswick, provides a bilingual treatment program for Atlantic youth aged 14-21.

Within the gender-specific therapeutic community environment, residents deal with the root causes of their drug addiction problems and learn how to better function in their everyday lives, without needing drugs.

The on-site schooling, tailored to individual needs, helps them learn to succeed in school.

The supportive community of people who have been through similar struggles helps them to develop the self-esteem and social competencies necessary to build the confidence that they too can live healthy, happy, and productive lives.

Aftercare and Family Services help them develop a strong support network of people to help them pursue a positive lifestyle after treatment.


  • Eliminate abusive consumption of drugs/alcohol

  • Develop self-esteem and acquire social skills to better handle life’s challenges

  • Learn how to succeed in a school environment

  • Improve interpersonal skills and family relationships to develop a strong support system

  • Prepare for social reintegration and a continued positive lifestyle

How does the program work?

Upon admission, new residents are welcomed by those currently in treatment, who help them understand how the program works. Under the supervision of a team of clinical staff members, residents support and encourage each other through the program, helping each other to acquire the necessary competencies and knowledge to move through the phases and eventually become role models to new residents. Read more


Typical Day

  • Breakfast
  • Morning meeting
  • Group therapy
  • Activities & Workshops
  • Lunch
  • On-site school programming
  • Dinner
  • Night meeting

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is this program intended for?

Atlantic Canadian youth between the ages of 14 and 21, with substance abuse problems.

2. How long is the typical stay at a residential adolescent program?

The program’s duration is determined by each individual’s needs, motivation, and readiness for treatment; it can be up to six months.

3. How much does it cost?

Thanks to government funding and private donations, Portage is able to provide its rehabilitation services free of charge for residents of the provinces with which we have agreements, with only nominal fees to pay.

4. Where is the program located?
The centre is located on the shores of Cassidy Lake, near de Sussex, New Brunswick, in the Parish of Norton. The postal adress is P.O. Box 339, Norton, NB, E5T 1J7 - Phone number: 506 839-1200.
5. What languages is the program offered in?

It is a bilingual program with services offered in English and in French.

6. What is the admission process?

Admission to the program is voluntary. An interview is conducted prior to admission, during which the client’s needs and readiness are evaluated. It also gives the potential client a chance to visit the centre to get a better idea about the environment and the services that are offered.

Please contact the centre for more information.

7. Must clients be referred by health professionals?

No. Referrals to the program can be made by the clients themselves, their families or guardians, social service agencies, hospitals, community resources, courts, schools, and other treatment providers.

8. How often will I see my family?

After the resident has been at Portage for at least three weeks, family members can take the residents off the premises for their first 6 hour visit. Following this initial visit, residents can leave the centre with their family for 12 hour periods every two weeks, until the resident reaches a certain level in their therapy where they are granted 48 hour visits with their families (or 72 hours of the family lives very far from the centre). The family visit schedule is subject to change, at the discretion of the resident’s caseworker.

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