Ontario youth recognised for success overcoming addiction
Elora, Ontario, November 19, 2013 – Thirty-five youth from across Ontario returned to Portage Elora on Sunday to kick off National Addictions Awareness Week (November 18 to 24) and to celebrate their success since completing a substance abuse rehabilitation program at Portage.
The event brought alumni, parents, and loved ones together with current residents and Portage staff members. Youth and parents shared personal stories in the hope they would inspire others on their journey of recovery.
Dan, a graduate from Ottawa, said: “I hope my story will help others overcome their fears and know they aren’t alone no matter what the situation. It took me a while to open up but everyone was so patient and listened, even when I didn’t speak. Portage helped me understand who I was and that paved the way to heal the deep wounds I had.”
Julie, a mother from Oakville, said: “I grew up with my own addiction issues. When my son Zac went downhill so drastically I realised I didn’t have the skills to guide him. I’m so grateful he got to Portage. Portage healed his soul and gave him a purpose in life. As I watched him grow and change I knew that if Zac was going to heal I had to heal too. I made a choice to quit smoking and to get healthy myself.”
Portage Ontario is dedicated to helping teens and families overcome addiction. Since 1973, Portage has helped give thousands of people a fresh start at life. Portage operates thirteen substance abuse programs in Québec, Ontario, British Columbia, and Atlantic Canada.
For more information, visit www.portage.ca.