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Portage Atlantic highlights the importance of collaboration between
mental health and addiction programs and services


Fredericton, November 18, 2013 During National Addictions Awareness Week, which runs from November 18 to 24, Portage Atlantic is seeking to create awareness about the important link between its addiction rehabilitation program for youth and the local mental health and addiction support services with whom it works. 

According to the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, 30% of people with a mental illness will develop a substance abuse problem in their lifetime and 53% of people who abuse drugs will develop a mental illness.
“Not one organisation can address these issues alone,” states George Gould, Director of the Portage Atlantic treatment centre for youth at Cassidy Lake, NB. “It takes a network of support systems to help our youth every step of the way on the road to recovery.”  For example, while in treatment, residents who need extra mental health supports work with their caseworker and local mental health services to address this need.  However, “more needs to be done across the country to provide access to simultaneous addiction and mental health treatment,” contends Mr. Gould.
National Addictions Awareness Week is also the culmination of Portage Atlantic’s first online fundraising campaign, which seeks to raise awareness and get people talking about substance abuse issues, while raising funds for the Cassidy Lake treatment centre. 
Please visit www.rally4dreams.ca to learn more about the campaign. In the end, it is not about about the fundraiser, it is about how your donation can help a youth in need and possibly save a life.  


About Portage


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 provides drug addiction rehabilitation treatment in Québec, Ontario, New Brunswick, and British Columbia, 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. Portage Atlantic operates a bilingual residential treatment program for youth at Cassidy Lake, near Sussex, NB.
For more information: www.portage.ca  

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