In its seventeenth year, the theme of the Portage Atlantic Recognition Ceremony this year was: “Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change,” celebrating the Atlantic Canada youth who took up the challenge to change their lives by seeking addiction rehabilitation therapy at Portage.
The Recognition Ceremony, which recognised both this year’s graduates of Portage Atlantic’s residential rehabilitation program as well as those who have maintained a positive lifestyle through Portage’s aftercare program, was held at Sussex High School on September 29. Portage Atlantic graduates, residents, staff members, board members, family, friends, partners and supporters were in attendance to recognise the incredible journey that these youth have undertaken to overcome their substance abuse issues and obtain the skills and competencies to be able to handle the challenges of everyday life, without resorting to drug abuse.
During the ceremony, Portage Atlantic’s Chairman Dr. Russell H.T. King, introduced special guest speaker RCMP Inspector Rick Shaw, who provided an inspiration address to the graduates about the impact that one person can have on others, encouraging them to continue making changes to better their future.
“The ripple effect of what you do is felt for generations,” he said.
It was an emotional ceremony for all those present, but especially for the graduates who have come so far and for their family members who have been able to get their loved ones back.
“It is nice to be in a group of people who have all stayed sober and conquered the beast that is addiction,” said Spencer, who was among the graduates. Having overcome his addiction to intravenous opiates and cocaine, he will be heading back home to PEI to pursue his studies at the University of Prince Edward Island.
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