Montréal, September 30, 2012 – Today, 195 men, women, and youth who have overcome their substance abuse issues this year at one of Portage’s drug rehabilitation centres in the greater Montréal region were recognised at the Portage Recognition Ceremony at Place des Arts. Surrounded by their loved ones, the graduates celebrated having successfully completed the residential treatment program at Portage and their recent reintegration back into their communities with a new positive lifestyle.
“Your victory over substance abuse is a source of inspiration for all of us who have gathered here today to celebrate with you,” said Peter Howlett, President of Portage. “Each one of you should be proud of what you have accomplished.”
Portage had invited figure skating champion Joannie Rochette, an inspiring example of determination, to give a special address to the graduates. “It takes great resolve and strength of character to have taken on the challenge of overcoming addiction,” she told the graduates. “And that determination will help you maintain your positive lifestyle in the years to come.”
Portage also took advantage of the occasion to officially launch its new Virtual Therapeutic Community pilot project. Particularly created for Portage graduates who live too far away to attend Portage’s follow-up support groups in person, this chat system provides a platform through which they can still have access to the support of the community through online support sessions.
“Portage’s Aftercare Program is of primordial importance to the rehabilitation process, providing crucial support during this vulnerable period,” states Portage’s Executive Director, Peter Vamos. “Our new Virtual Therapeutic Community will help us better serve our graduates who live at a considerable distance, which will increase their chances of maintaining a positive lifestyle.”
Portage’s Virtual Therapeutic Community was created with a grant from the Government of Québec.
Since it was established in 1970, Portage has helped tens of thousands of people to overcome their substance abuse issues, with specialised programs for adolescents, adults, pregnant women and mothers with young children, as well as adults with mental health issues. Portage operates seven substance abuse rehabilitation programs in Québec, with centres in Montréal, Beaconsfield, Prévost, Québec City, and Saint-Malachie. Two other establishments serve the adolescent populations in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.