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The Decriminalization of Drugs: Are All Drug Users Guilty?

January 20, 2022

Are all drug users criminals? The debate came up once again in Canada following a request by several public health researchers and police forces dealing with the current devastating opioid crisis. While Oregon has become the first American state to… Read more »

Addiction Services: Have 18 to 21-Year-Olds Emerged From Their Adolescence?

April 16, 2021

Recent questions about caring for young adults battling drug and alcohol addiction are changing mindsets about where these young people belong in social and health services. Portage considered this matter and has now extended its adolescent program in Eastern Quebec… Read more »

Mental Health and Addiction: Access Services in Dire Straits

January 27, 2021

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… Read more »

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

January 18, 2021

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… Read more »

To My Son, Mathis

December 16, 2020

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… Read more »

Jamie’s Testimonial, Graduate of the Adult Center at Lac Écho

October 28, 2020

I am moving out of HPCII in Griffintown in 3 weeks. I have come a long way in the last five years. Prior to 2015, I would have never dreamed that I would be where I am today. I never thought it would be possible to untangle all of my problems and find solutions.