On September 8, Portage joined health and addictions organisations across the country to celebrate Canada’s second annual Recovery Day. In Québec, Portage organised a Homecoming event for the graduates of Portage’s rehabilitation centres in the Montréal region.
The graduates and staff members who attended the event really appreciated the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to make new ones, enjoying the time to share stories and network with other graduates.
Twelve Canadian cities celebrated Recovery Day with official rallies where a proclamation was read by city officials. Portage representatives were on hand at Recovery Day rallies in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, and Fredericton, lending their voice to the call to end the stigma around addiction. The Recovery Day initiative seeks to encourage recovered addicts to speak proudly about the transformation they have made in their lives, while highlighting the importance of addiction rehabilitation treatment, and inspiring people to seek the help they need to take back control of their lives.
As no official Recovery Day event had been organised in Québec this year, Portage chose this day to host its Homecoming event in Montréal. Portage has been celebrating freedom from addiction for over forty years since its first substance abuse rehabilitation centre was opened in Prévost, Québec in 1973.
“Graduates of our programs have gone on to succeed in business, healthcare, and the arts,” states Peter Howlett, President of Portage. “By helping them to develop their self-confidence and empowering them with tools and competencies to be able to withstand the challenges of everyday life without resorting to drugs, rehabilitation treatment has helped these people to once again become happy and productive members of society.”