Emily’s Story of Freedom from Addiction at Portage Ontario


Emily's testimonial from Portage Ontario

I sat in the waiting room looking at the walls and at the buzz of activity around me. The big sign on the wall read “Portage Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Centre”. Beside it, was a catchy poster titled RE AWAKEN your dreams. A young guy sat at the far end with two people who I assumed… Read more »

Bell Let’s Talk initiative supports Portage once again in 2017


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Portage is grateful to have been selected by the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund to receive a donation once again this year for its drug addiction rehabilitation program for Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA). Portage’s MICA Program is a residential drug addiction rehabilitation program for men suffering from both mental illness (primarily schizophrenia) and substance… Read more »

Metamorphosis Day – Portage celebrates its 44th anniversary


1973 Portage Centre in Lac Écho - Winter

On February 14, 1973, Portage’s first drug addiction rehabilitation centre, located in Prévost, Québec, opened its doors to a small group of adults who wanted to overcome their drug addiction issues and take back control of their lives. Since then, Portage has expanded its drug rehab services, opening other centres in Ontario, New Brunswick, Québec… Read more »

Portage working with the Psychology Foundation of Canada


Mother and Child drug addiction treatment centre in Montréal

Addiction and mental health issues are becoming increasingly intertwined, necessitating collaboration between experts in both fields. Portage recently met with the Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC) to discuss how each could help the other to carry out its mission. Representatives from PFC, a charity that focuses on mental illness in children, sat down with Portage’s… Read more »

Portage’s drug rehabilitation centres prepare for Accreditation Canada visit


Accredidation Canada english logo

Portage’s addiction rehabilitation centres are in the process of preparing for a visit from Accreditation Canada, which will take place in June 2017. The information gathered by Accreditation Canada representatives will help them to make a decision about the renewal of Portage’s accreditation status, which was last awarded following their visit in 2013. The Accreditation… Read more »

Portage Ontario residents and staff members connect with the community


Portage Ontario

In order to increase awareness and about youth drug addiction and the services provided at the Portage Elora rehabilitation centre, Portage residents and staff members are often out visiting schools and organisations in surrounding communities. Speaking engagements at schools are generally the most impactful, as Portage residents share their personal stories with an often younger… Read more »

Portage Ontario Outward Bound Expedition – Fall 2016


Portage residents during Outward Bound expedition

This past October, eight residents of Portage Elora’s boys’ community used the Algonquin Uplands Backpacking Trail as their “wilderness classroom” to apply the skills and social competencies they have been learning while in drug addiction rehabilitation treatment to an outside environment. The seven-day Outward Bound expedition was a challenging one for the group, which hiked an average… Read more »

Skye’s Story of Freedom from Addiction at Portage Ontario


Skyes testimonial at the Portage Ontario Recognition Ceremony 2016

Skye delivered the following address at the Portage Ontario Recognition Ceremony 2016. I’d like to start by thanking Portage for the opportunity to express my gratitude to so many of my fellow peers, my counsellors, and most importantly my family. In order for everyone to understand the impact this program has had on my life,… Read more »

Celebrating freedom from addiction at the Portage Ontario Recognition Ceremony


Ontario Recognition Ceremony

This past fall, more than 130 people gathered at the Grand Theatre in Fergus for Portage Ontario’s annual Recognition Ceremony, to pay tribute to twenty-nine youth who have completed the residential phase of their drug addiction rehabilitation program and have committed to living a positive lifestyle, free from drug abuse. “During my program I worked… Read more »