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Young addict finds redemption

At the Portage Centre, Abbott said he finished high school, got his teeth fixed and found true friends among the other young recovering addicts there. They all stayed in touch through Facebook after he finished the program in November.

Arriving at Portage after a week in detox in St. John’s, Abbott admitted to having an attitude.

But one of the facility’s case workers, Doris Belliveau, remembers him a bit differently than that. While he portrayed himself as a tough guy, he was actually traumatized by his drug life, she said.

Abbott was a chronic addict who’d come to the end of the line, but was not in denial and recognized he needed help, Belliveau said.

“We all fell in love with James. He is quite a character,” she said. “We all hope he continues on his road to recovery.”

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