Montréal, February 15, 2016 - 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 rehab services to respond to the pressing need, opening centres in Ontario, New Brunswick, Québec City, and Montréal; treating both adult and youth populations, as well as specialised clienteles at its Mother and Child and Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers centres.
Two landmark anniversaries for youth programs in Québec
On this year’s Metamorphosis Day, celebrated annually by Portage centres on February 14, the Portage Prévost campus celebrated both the 25th anniversary of its youth program for francophones as well as the 15th anniversary of its youth program for anglophones, both of which are located on Portage’s original site in the Laurentians, next to lac Écho.
“The sooner we can help a person overcome their drug addiction problems, the better – for the individual, the family, and society,” states Peter Howlett, President of Portage. “Which is why youth programs are so very important: the kids can deal with this major challenge early on, and then can hopefully go on to lead a healthy and productive adult life.”
Preparing youth to reintegrate back into society
The on-site school programming, provided by local school boards at each of Portage’s rehab centres for youth, is a cornerstone of the rehabilitation process for this population.
“We’re preparing them to be able to leave the structure and security of Portage and go back to their home environment, where they will undoubtedly be faced with many challenges and temptations,” explains Peter Vamos, Executive Director of Portage. “By teaching them how to function well in a school setting, they will be better equipped to manage the stress of these challenges and to pursue their studies.”
Within Portage’s therapeutic community setting, residents also learn a set of social competencies, such as how to communicate effectively, how to ask for help, and how to work in a team, all of which provide a stronger foundation for a successful future.
43 years of contribution to society
Portage is very proud to have been able to help tens of thousands of people over the past 43 years.
Thank you to all those who have made Portage such a special place. Thank you to our staff team, our board members, and all of our partners and donors for making Portage’s drug addiction treatment programs possible.
Portage is an accredited non-profit organisation that has been helping people overcome their substance abuse issues and reintegrate back into society since 1973. Portage operates drug addiction rehabilitation treatment centres in Québec, Ontario, and New Brunswick, providing a variety of services tailored to the needs of its specific clienteles: adults, adolescents, mothers with young children and pregnant women, and people suffering from both drug addiction and mental illness.
For more information, please visit www.portage.ca.