Portage Atlantic Fall 2012 
Portage Atlantic Recognition Ceremony 2012

Forty-three Atlantic youth recognised for overcoming addiction at Portage

On Sunday, September 30, 2012, Portage Atlantic hosted its annual Recognition Ceremony, celebrating the youth who have completed the residential phase of their drug rehabilitation treatment program this year as well as those who have maintained a positive lifestyle since doing so last year.  This year’s ceremony, proudly supported by the RBC Children’s Mental Health Project, featured guest speaker Dan Martell, a successful Moncton-born entrepreneur who, as a youth, struggled with drug abuse and criminal activity before turning his life around at Portage.
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Pictured above: Ron Evans, Portage Atlantic board member, Dan Martell, Portage graduate and guest speaker, Andrew, Portage graduate, and Russell King, Portage Atlantic Chairman

Portage celebrates National Addictions Awareness Week 2012

Portage Atlantic - Cassidy LakePart of Portage Atlantic’s mission is to create more awareness that there are viable and effective treatment options to address the overwhelming social problem of youth substance abuse.  This year, during National Addictions Awareness Week from November 19 to 25, Portage will be focusing on the growing trend of prescription drug abuse, which has been taking a devastating toll on many young lives. If you work at a school or a community organisation and would like to have Portage speak to a group of people about the Portage substance abuse rehabilitation program, or if you would like to come visit the centre at Cassidy Lake during National Addictions Awareness Week, please contact Carol Tracey (contact information below on the right).


Community Breakfast in St. John’s, NL
On November 7, 2012, Portage Atlantic will be continuing its Community Breakfast series in St. John’s Newfoundland, to create more awareness in the region about the drug rehabilitation program at Cassidy Lake. For more information about the event, please contact Carol Tracey (contact information below).

Tracy Friars Family and Friends concert
Proceeds of this year’s Tracy Friars Family and Friends concert, which will take place on November 26, 2012, will be donated to Portage Atlantic.  Tickets for the concert sold out in a half hour when they went on sale in September.  Portage Atlantic is very grateful for this support.

Portage’s upcoming 40th anniversary
The Portage organisation is looking forward to celebrating its forty years of existence this winter.  All Portage centres across Canada will look back over the past forty years of history since the first centre was opened in Québec in 1973, to celebrate how the organisation has grown and evolved over the years, as well as the tens of thousands of people that it has helped to overcome addiction and become productive members of society.


Raising Portage’s profile in Newfoundland

Cassidy Lake community working to beautify the centre

Portage Atlantic participates in the annual Portage Olympics

Portage Atlantic Inspirational Art

“I almost died,” said Andrew, a Portage graduate who was celebrating his one year anniversary free from drugs at this years’ Recognition Ceremony.  Before Portage, Andrew suffered a life of intravenous cocaine use and underage prostitution. “That’s what inspired me to change – you face death and you think ‘I’m not going to make it’…but I did, even though the doctors said I wouldn’t make it to 18. I’m alive.”

Portage gets its very own fitness centre

Portage Atlantic is pleased to announce that the brand new Lewis Fitness Centre will soon be built at Cassidy Lake, thanks to a very generous donation from the late Dr. William Lewis of Nova Scotia.  It’s no secret that physical activity can help improve physical health, mental health, and academic performance, and this new addition to the 64-bed drug rehabilitation centre at Cassidy Lake will be a welcomed enhancement to the recreational programming provided to the residents.
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Family Services

Portage Family ServicesAn essential element of Portage’s rehabilitation treatment programs are the services it offers to residents’ family members. Provided through group meetings and individual support, these services help parents understand and manage the issues created by a drug-dependent family member.
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New advertising campaign

Portage campagne publicitaire 2012Portage is proud to officially launch its new advertising campaign, now available in English, developed courtesy of HOP Comportement de marque.
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Employee Recognition

Portage is pleased to celebrate the milestone anniversaries of forty of its employees this fall, who are celebrating five, ten, fifteen, twenty, and even twenty-five years of service. Among them, five Portage Atlantic staff members were honoured for their devotion to the organisation.

About Portage

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.

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October 3, 2012 – Radio-Canada
Entrevue avec une finissante et le chef de serviceListen

October 1, 2012 – Times & Transcript
Portage helped businessman beat addictionRead

October 1, 2012 – Acadie Nouvelle
Sans Portage Atlantique « je serais mort »Read

September 18, 2012 – Telegraph Journal
Tickets sell out for fundraising eventRead


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:

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


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