Portage “West Island” Celebrates 20 Years

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Portage’s Anglophone Youth Program (commonly known as the West Island program) welcomed its first resident on January 18, 2001. Since then, 2,353 Anglophone youth have come through its doors. “Imagine a time when a dream became a reality. The opening of Portage “West Island” was just that, the making of a dream! The province’s first-ever… Read more »

The Users Committee of Montreal is Recruiting!

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A short message of interest to all Portage residents, both current and past. Portage’s Users Committee (of Montreal) is looking for new passionate members to fill current vacancies. This committee allows members to continue giving back to the community, impacting the communities, and having a voice amongst Portage’s directors and administrators. Requirements: A desire to… Read more »

Mental Health and Addiction: Access Services in Dire Straits

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There is a strong connection between addiction and mental health disorders and the two are often mutually sustaining. People with this dual diagnosis often have to contend with a lack of available resources, a slow-moving system, and isolation. An Overstretched System On March 3, 2020, the Ontario Health Minister announced an unprecedented 25-million-dollar investment to… Read more »

We All Have a Journey to Share… This is Caroline’s

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Stories like Caroline’s are at the core of what we do at Portage. We are proud to share her story and to encourage other residents to share theirs. *Names are fictional for privacy. What lead you to start taking drugs and drinking, and why? I started drugs by wanting to escape my emotions from being… Read more »

To My Son, Mathis

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Mathis is a turbulent, but very endearing child. He is an explorer, a cheerful boy, a ray of sunshine with boundless energy. He never wants to sleep and never says he’s tired. For many years, he would wake up several times a night; truth be told, he would do so up until he started taking… Read more »

COVID-19: Worsening a Lesser-Known Public Health Crisis

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Sunday marked the start of National Addictions Awareness Week in Canada, and there is great concern that deaths from drug overdoses have been increasing dramatically during this pandemic. Read more about how Portage is getting involved here.