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Learning to live again


Despite their young age, Jade and Simon have experienced major upheavals. As people suffering from drug addiction, they are currently at Portage for a duration of six months. Read more

McKenna cuts ribbon on gym to help youth combat drug addiction


Telegraph-Journal The ribbon was cut on a facility that allows young people overcoming drug addiction to come full circle in their healing. The opening of the Lewis Fitness Centre at the Portage Atlantic rehabilitation centre for youth was held on Friday afternoon with former premier Frank McKenna taking the scissors as honorary chairman of the… Read more »

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First Study on the Use of Crystal Meth and Sex


fugues Crystal meth is now a substance widely used among gay men during sex parties. Whether it is inhaled or injected, it increases and prolongs sexual pleasure. According to Clinique l’Actuel’s data, the number of crystal meth consumers has doubled in seven years.   “Simply put, when people discuss substance addiction and rehabilitation options, sex… Read more »

Youth at Portage Atlantic reach major milestone


Kings County Record   After completing a six-month drug rehabilitation treatment program at Portage Atlantic, 20-year-old Jamie Gallant says he carries a special message with him he once heard from a speaker. “‘You’re the light and there’s going to be a person that follows you,’” he quoted.   Read the article

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Alexa Landry talks about her recovery at Portage Atlantic


Interview with Alexa Landry, a Portage Atlantic graduate, and staff Greg Savoury. Click here to listen to the interview (in French)

Graduates of rehab program celebrate second chances


CTV News Etienne Jobin is one of the graduates. He began using drugs when he was just 12-years-old. “I started doing things like mushrooms, I tried MDMA, I went on to LSD and cocaine and my life started spiraling completely out of control,” he said. For read the article ans see the video, click here.

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We’re young people with really adult problems


Telegraph-Journal ”But his life didn’t always involve drugs. The 21-year-old says he had a normal childhood, attending St. Stephen High School and maintaining a healthy social life. But he then entered university and became attracted to a life of partying. And tragedy soon followed. His older brother was in a serious car accident where he… Read more »

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Helping youth at Portage Atlantic


Radio-Canada Luc Desjardins, unit manager at Portage’s drug addiction rehabilitation for adolescents in Atlantic Canada speaks about his career and how he is helping young addicts regain control of their life.   Listen to the interview …  (french only)

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A Portage Atlantic graduate shares her story at the Drug Awareness Forum ‘It Takes a Village to Raise a Teen’


Natalie Hugues, a 2015 graduate of Portage Atlantic residential rehabilitation program, spoke of her journey from drug dependency to recovery. Currently a student at the New Brunswick Community College, Natalie has been sober for over two years and credits the Portage Atlantic Youth Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Centre with turning her life around. Natalie, along with… Read more »

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New drug on streets of Moncton mixes cocaine and fentanyl – Parents urged to talk to their kids about drugs early and often


CBC News ”Tambrie Hicks, an admissions officer at Portage Atlantic, said she sees young people from across the province who are looking for help. Different drugs are popular in different areas, and a recent arrival in Moncton is alarming, she said. “There’s a new thing going on in Moncton … they’re mixing cocaine and fentanyl… Read more »