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Minister of Justice and Attorney General Marie-Claude Blais, Portage Atlantic graduates Shellee and Chad, and Portage Atlantic Chairman Russell H.T. King at the Portage Atlantic Recogntion Ceremony.

Portage Atlantic celebrates forty-two youth who have overcome substance abuse this year at Cassidy Lake

On September 25th, 2011, Portage Atlantic hosted its fifteenth Annual Recognition Ceremony at Hampton High School in Hampton, New Brunswick.  Forty-two youth from across Canada walked across the stage to receive a certificate of completion of the residential component of their substance abuse rehabilitation program at Portage. 

Surrounded by family, friends, Portage staff members, and members of the community, it was day full of emotions for the Portage graduates, who expressed their sincere gratitude to all those who helped them on the road to recovery and sobriety.
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Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health awards grant to Portage Atlantic

Portage Atlantic News - Canada Post Foundation Grant SThe goal of the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health grants is to improve the quality of life for people living with mental illness by raising awareness and by helping organisations that provide mental health services to people in need.  People who suffer from substance abuse issues may also suffer from mental health problems, which is why Portage Atlantic was selected as at 2011 grant recipient.  

Portage Atlantic has used the Canada Post Foundation grant to hire a second Aftercare and Continuum of Care staff person to work with the youth and their families once they have completed the residential phase of their program, to ensure a successful reintegration into mainstream society.
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Community Breakfast
Portage Atlantic will be hosting a  Community Breakfast in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia on October 25th.  For more information, please contact Carol Tracey, Director of Development, Portage Atlantic at or at 506-459-1284.


Portage Olympics Week
On August 16, 2011, seventy adolescents and 20 staff members from all of Portage’s centres in Québec, plus a delegation from the New Brunswick centre, gathered at the Portage centre in Prévost, in the Laurentian Mountains for the 2011 Portage Olympics.
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September 26, 2011 – Telegraph Journal
Portage Atlantic helps those who want to help themselvesRead

July 28, 2011- Telegraph Journal
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“It started when I was 12, with the people I was hanging around with and surrounding myself with. I started using. I didn’t get along with my parents. I got into fights with them. When I was 16, I moved out on my own and things just went downhill from there. I struggled with attending school, using all the time, partying with friends. I didn’t want to go home,” said Shellee a Portage Altantic graduate at the Recognition Ceremony. “When I first came here it was hard. It was really difficult being away from my son. But he was my inspiration and that’s what I told myself every day.  Portage gave me my life back, that’s for sure. I don’t think I would have my son back if it weren’t for this place.”

Cassidy Lake will have its own fitness centre

Healthy bodies help nurture healthy minds and a healthy lifestyle, which is what Portage Atlantic is trying to cultivate in the residents seeking substance abuse rehabilitation therapy at Cassidy Lake.

The late Dr. William Lewis, a Champion Donor of Portage Atlantic’s “Making Miracles Happen” capital campaign for the construction of the new centre at Cassidy Lake, has left a very generous donation in his estate for the construction of a recreational facility and fitness centre at Cassidy Lake, to be named in memory of his parents, Oliver and Doris Lewis.
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Portage Atlantic’s greatest asset:  the staff at Cassidy Lake

The knowledge, dedication, and commitment of Cassidy Lake’s multi-disciplinary staff team of teachers, clinicians, nurses, and paraprofessionals, is one of Portage Atlantic’s strongest assets. Staff members are passionately dedicated to helping the youth in their care and providing them with opportunities to grow and rediscover their true potential.  While ensuring the proper functioning of the therapeutic community and the safety and security of the residents, staff members also serve as role models for the residents.  Many are Portage graduates themselves, and can therefore relate extremely well to what the residents are experiencing and feeling.
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New Brunswick Premier David Alward visits  Portage drug rehabiliation centre

During a recent visit to Portage Atlantic, New Brunswick Premier, Mr. David Alward, met with residents and staff members and went on a guided tour of the Cassidy Lake rehabilitation centre for adolescents. The special visit was a look into the day-to-day programs and services offered at Cassidy Lake.

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Photo left to right: Portage Atlantic Director Geordie Gould, NB Premier David Alward; Portage residents Char and Terry; and NB Minister of Natural Resources Bruce Northup.

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Portage Academy

Portage AcademyAll Portage rehabilitation centres for youth provide mandatory on-site school programming, recognised by local school boards and adapted to the needs of the residents. Whereas in the past many Portage residents have struggled with school and some have even abandoned their studies altogether, Portage Academy helps them rediscover their academic abilities and often reawakens the drive to complete secondary school and even to go on to post-secondary studies.
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Portage has a new website!

Portage News - has a brand new look and feel, designed to be more user-friendly and to provide more of the information that our visitors are looking for.  Whether you are seeking information about substance abuse rehabilitation for yourself or a loved one, or if you are interested in our organisation’s work and would like to get involved, there is a section designed specifically for you.



For more information, to participate in our activities, or to share comments, please contact:

Carol Tracey
Director of Development
Portage Atlantic

For Admissions information, please contact the Cassidy Lake Centre at:

Toll Free (from anywhere in Atlantic Canada): 1-888-735-9800
Tel.: 506-839-1200
Fax: 506-839-1210


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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 38 years.  Portage Atlantic was established in 1996.

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