Montréal, February 14, 2011 – It was on February 14, 1973, that the very first Portage substance abuse rehabilitation centre was opened in the Laurentian Mountains. The original Portage site opened its doors and launched its program with about ten residents, on a 35 acre property, located 45 minutes from Montréal. Today, 38 years later, the lac Écho campus in Prévost can accommodate up to 130 residents – 90 adults and 40 adolescents.
Over 250 employees, residents, Board Members and friends of Portage will be gathering together today, to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Portage’s 38th anniversary as well. “After thirty-eight years of service, Portage has many reasons to celebrate: our roots in the community, the dedication and commitment of our staff, and, above all, the success of our clients – tens of thousands of people who have overcome enormous challenges to change their lives and once again become active and productive citizens in their communities,” highlights Peter Howlett, President of Portage.
The unconditional accreditation obtained by Portage from Accreditation Canada is a testament to the quality of the services that the organisation provides. Portage is the only substance abuse rehabilitation organisation with several points of service in Canada that holds this certification.
Since 1970, Portage has helped tens of thousands of people to overcome their drug addiction problems. The organisation offers a multitude of services tailored to the needs of its various clienteles, including programs for adults, adolescents, mothers with young children, pregnant women, and people with both mental health and substance abuse problems. Portage operates seven substance abuse treatment centres across Québec, with facilities in Montréal, Beaconsfield, Prévost (the Laurentians), Québec City, and Saint-Malachie (Chaudière-Appalaches). Two other establishments serve the populations of Ontario and Atlantic Canada.