Summer activities at Cassidy Lake
Summer is finally here and the school holiday schedule is in full swing with lots of fun activities for the male and the female communities at the Cassidy Lake substance abuse rehabilitation centre for youth.
Residents share their experiences on Anti-Bullying Day
Many Portage residents have either been a bully or been the victim of bullying in the past, experiences which, in many cases, have contributed to their substance abuse issues. On June 15, Portage Atlantic dedicated the day to talking about bullying and learning how to prevent it and better deal with situations where someone is being the victim of bullying. They watched a few movies on this theme, including the video that was filmed at Cassidy Lake last year by a group of former residents. Click here to view the video…
Cassidy Lake staff members get certified in suicide prevention
At the end of June, the entire staff at Cassidy Lake participated in the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Program. The Suicide Intervention Model, produced by a private company called LivingWorks, is described as “Suicide First-Aid” and is designed to keep a person safe until they are able to be connected with professional help.
Portage Atlantic graduate awarded bursary
Amanda, a Portage Atlantic graduate and fourth year psychology student at Saint Thomas University, was recently awarded a $1,000 bursary from the Ron Evans Bursary Fund for post-secondary studies.
Portage graduate presents moving testimonial to Delta Kappa Gamma women teachers group
The Delta Kappa Gamma women teachers group invited a Portage Atlantic representative and program graduate to speak about the Portage program at their Spring Conference in Fredericton on June 2. The DKG members were visibly moved by the graduate’s story as she shared her deepest moments of pain as a young mother of two battling a severe, life-shattering addiction to drugs.
What’s Portage all about?
For those who have never experienced or witnessed the transformation that occurs while in substance abuse rehabilitation therapy, it may be difficult to wrap your head around what treatment at Portage is all about. This text seeks to give a general overview.
Portage marks Mental Health Awareness Week 2012
Addiction and mental health are becoming increasingly interrelated, as many people who suffer from addiction may also have mental health issues.
Portage celebrates its employees
Every four months, the employees at each Portage centre vote to recognise one of their colleagues for their outstanding work and contribution to the organisation, the staff team, and the therapeutic community.
Portage is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping people who are suffering from substance abuse-related problems to overcome their dependencies and to live healthy, happy and productive lives. Portage is a vital and progressive force in the drug addiction treatment field in North America, with service centres in Québec, New Brunswick, Ontario, and British Columbia. Through drug addiction treatment best practices and the therapeutic community approach, Portage helps residents develop their self-esteem, confidence, and the competencies necessary to overcome addiction. Portage has been operating drug rehabilitation centres in Canada for over 39 years. Portage Atlantic was established in 1996.
Read more about Portage’s mission, vision, and values.