The Opioid Epidemic: Addiction with a Prescription

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More than 2,000 deaths by overdose between January and July 2018 in Canada; 72,000 deaths by overdose in 2017 alone in the United States (more than the combined number of deaths due to motor vehicle accidents and guns): such is the toll of the opioid crisis in North America. Many people who fall prey to… Read more »

Creating Awareness among Students

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Members of the Portage Atlantic staff and youth continue to participate in various community outreach initiatives to create an awareness of the program and services offered at the Cassidy Lake residential rehabilitation centre for youths between the ages of 14 and 21 who are dealing with substance abuse issues. Recently, Portage Atlantic Admissions Coordinator Tambrie… Read more »

I Always Wanted to be Part of a Catalyst for Change

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We interviewed Kathie Rodger, Director of the Portage Atlantic Centre for adolescents, to learn about her professional career and her role in our organization. Q: Hi Kathie, can you tell us how you started your career? Sure! I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I was younger. After fantasizing about becoming a… Read more »

Maître de sa vie: a People-Centered Program

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Maître de sa vie

In order to carry out its initial mission, which is to develop essential personal growth skills for adults with alcohol or drug addiction, Portage-Québec officially added a new program to its service offer in September 2013. The Maître de sa vie Program is intended for clients addicted to psychotropic drugs who also present symptoms related… Read more »

Alcohol and Drug Use in Women

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Have women fallen into the insidious trap of alcohol and drug use? Recent studies on the prevalence of alcohol and drug use among women worldwide tend to show an increase in their consumption of both. Social pressure, post-traumatic stress – the reasons for the increase seem to be on the rise as women are caught… Read more »

New Studies Link Cannabis Use to Violence and Depression

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A new study conducted by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and Oxford University has linked cannabis use in adolescents to an increased risk of depression. In 2017, a study by the Institut en santé mentale de Montréal had already shown a link between cannabis use and violent behaviour. The risks… Read more »

Portage and Desjardins Unite to Promote Academic Perseverance

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Montreal, February 11, 2019 – As part of the Hooked on school days, the Portage Foundation is proud to announce the launch of a new scholarship program for its young residents. Thanks to the generosity of Desjardins, Portage was able to set up this program to encourage our young people to reach their full potential…. Read more »

Giving is receiving!

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There are many benefits to volunteering whether it is motivated by societal needs or more personal reasons. While giving of one’s time, knowledge and skills certainly benefits the recipient, it can also be very rewarding for the person doing the giving. Below is a list of reasons for becoming a volunteer. If you would like… Read more »

Christmas Magic at Portage

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Thanks to several Portage Foundation partners, residents of the Portage rehabilitation centres received a wide array of Christmas presents during the 2018 Holiday Season.  Many thanks to Avaya, RBC, Fondation Carmand Normand, IBM Québec and Richard Mayrand for their great generosity. Avaya donates food baskets for families in Portage’s supervised apartments For a third consecutive… Read more »