‘It was an all-day thing’: Former student battled addiction

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Telegraph-Journal January 11, 2019 Jared Longphee says he wasn’t in high school for long when he realized he had a problem with drugs. Longphee graduated from Harrison Trimble High School in Moncton in 2017. He was supposed to graduate a year earlier, but says his drug addiction and a stint in a recovery program slowed… Read more »

Journey to the Heart of Addiction

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My journey began 34 years ago when I joined the Portage team to become a drug addiction counsellor. Today, I am the director of one of Portage’s innovative programs, the Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) program. In 1984, Portage had already been in existence for more than a decade, but did not yet have the… Read more »

Pedal for Portage Raises $94,000!

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Pedal for Portage

On September 22, 2018, cyclists, both young and old, took to the country roads and scenic trails that make up the region of Centre Wellington in support of Portage Ontario. The outpouring of support for Portage’s first-ever cycling event known as Pedal for Portage was tremendous! Not only did participants’ efforts raise $94,000 in proceeds,… Read more »

The Lions Bring Holiday Cheer to the Portage Atlantic Residents

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Lions Christmas Party

The Lions bring Holiday cheer to the Portage Atlantic residents at the Annual Christmas Party, on Sunday, December 9, 2018 As they do every year, the Lions District N-1 clubs hosted a Christmas Party for the youth at the Portage Atlantic’s Cassidy Lake rehabilitation centre. Santa and Mrs. Claus warmly greeted the adolescents in residence… Read more »

A Woman’s Path From Nurse to Director

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I’ve always wanted to help others, to serve something greater than myself and to make a difference. When I was younger, I always wanted to be involved in humanitarian efforts and dreamt of being part of Nurses Without Borders (NWB). Taking off to South America for example, to help those that are in need. But,… Read more »

One Month After The Legalization of Cannabis

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After more than a month following the legalization of cannabis in Canada, many observations can be made. The cannabis shortage affecting many of the SQDC branches have forced the government to reduce store hours. The bold intentions of reducing the reach of the black market and increasing the quality of the distributed substances have been… Read more »

Alcohol and Drug Use: The Ongoing Issue of Prevention

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Governments and organizations are being pressured to find effective means of dealing with substance abuse problems and prevention is seen as a key factor in achieving that goal.   The Importance of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention Among Youth Alcohol and drug use at a young age often herald addiction problems later on. A major study conducted… Read more »

The Users’ Committee and its Quizzzz!

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Have you heard of the Portage Users’ Committee? This small group of fierce residents from Portage centres located in the Montreal area meet several times a year since 2010 to discuss the best way of spreading the good news: Yes,  ladies and gentlemen, residents do have the right, in fact the duty, to voice their… Read more »

Portage and Bell Unite to Overcome Mental Illness and Addiction

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Portage was invited to give a presentation on its services at Bell headquarters on Wednesday October 3, 2018 as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Entitled Taking back control: overcoming mental illness and addiction, the presentation focused on Portage’s MICA (mentally ill chemical abusers) program for men and its new program for women. Antonio Maturo,… Read more »