Last year’s relocation of Portage’s addiction rehabilitation centre for anglophone youth, from the West Island to the Laurentians, was difficult for the residents - above and beyond the challenges they were already facing in treatment. Portage’s new service point in Pointe-Claire has helped mitigate some of the challenges associated with the move, by providing youth and their families with access to services much closer to home.
On September 11, 2015, Portage welcomed long-time partners to the inauguration of its new office at 7 Revcon in Pointe-Claire. Demetra, a Portage graduate who was in treatment when the program moved to the Laurentians, was there with her parents to say how grateful they are that Portage has opened a new service centre in the West Island.
Though the residential component of the addiction rehabilitation program is still located at the Portage centre in the Laurentians, all admissions interviews, Family Services, and Aftercare Services are now handled at the Pointe-Claire office, a location that is more accessible to the majority of clients.
“Portage had become a family for us, a big family,” said Demetra’s mother. “We’re still coming to the parents’ groups. Demetra is still going to her aftercare groups. We’ll come for as long as it takes. One day at a time.”