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

2021-04-16

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 to cater to young adults aged 18 to 21 as of March 2021. The New… Read more »

Mental Health and Addiction: Access Services in Dire Straits

2021-01-27

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

2021-01-18

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

2020-12-16

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 »

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

2020-10-28

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.

Substance Abuse and Mental Illness: A Dual Diagnosis

2020-06-5

May 2020: Mental Health Awareness Month In honor of mental health awareness month which has now come to a close, Portage is shedding some light on a common form of diagnosis that is often unrecognized by the general public: dual diagnosis. What is it? What are the warning signs? When and how should co-occurring disorders… Read more »

Why alcohol isn’t the answer for coping with COVID-19

2020-04-1

As quarantine continues to establish itself as the new normal, the majority of us are experiencing unfamiliar concepts. Boredom, free time, and unfamiliar anxiety, to name a few. With all of the humorous coronavirus content online, it’s normal to feel the effects of alcohol romanticism. Maybe you’re dealing with parenting, navigating working from home, or… Read more »

How to take care of your mental health during COVID19

2020-03-25

Quarantine is mentally and emotionally challenging, that’s for sure. Given the current state of the world, staying home is the new normal. For some, it can bring up feelings of anxiety, anger, frustration, depression, and even symptoms of PTSD. Here are 8 tips to help your mental health during these uncertain times. 1. Only Trust… Read more »

7 Signs That You May Have a Drug or Alcohol Problem

2020-03-17

How do you know if your drug and/or alcohol use is considered excessive? Acknowledging that you may have an issue with addiction and seeking help can be very difficult. Here are 7 signs that indicate that you may have an issue with drugs and/or alcohol. 1. You Can’t Help but Drink and/or Do Drugs Once… Read more »

Joe’s Testimonial

2020-02-20

“Looking back on my life, it’s pretty easy to identify my lowest low. Although my addiction did give me plenty of low moments to choose from.

I was hiding in the woods after going on one of my biggest benders. I had been missing for 48 hours and my family and friends were out looking for me – they feared for the worst. I could see emergency vehicles searching for me from where I was hiding,”