Portage Atlantic - Recovery Trail 2

Come out for the Stride for Success Relay and help Portage Atlantic reach the finish line!

CPortage ATL Newsletter_Recovery Trailome out for the Stride for Success relay and help Portage Atlantic reach the finish line!
This year’s Stride for Success charity relay, taking place on Sunday, July 15th at the Lily Lake Pavilion in Saint John, is the final of three relay events to raise the necessary funds for the Recovery Trail Project at the Portage drug rehabilitation centre at Cassidy Lake.

Portage Atlantic and the Future Focus Foundation are calling for teams to participate in this year’s relay to help raise funds for the Recovery Trail Project. The event welcomes people of all ages and fitness levels. The goal is simply to get out, have fun, and support the youth who are working each day to turn their lives around at Portage. Participants will also have a chance to win some great prizes!
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PEI Minister of Health impressed by the youth at Portage Atlantic

Portage Atlantic - PEI Minister CurrieOn February 27, 2012, PEI’s Minister of Health, Doug Currie, spent the morning at the Portage Atlantic drug rehabilitation centre for youth at Cassidy Lake, accompanied by his communications representative, Beth Johnston. They arrived in time to sit in on the boys’ community morning meeting, during which the youth talked about their challenges and accomplishments, and set personal and community objectives for the day. Following the meeting, two residents from PEI gave the guests a guided tour of the facility. 
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Pictured above: Carol Tracey, Director of Development, Portage Atlantic; Geordie Gould, Director, Portage Cassidy Lake; Doug Currie, PEI Minister of Health


Portage at the New Brunswick Association of Employee Assistance Program
Portage Atlantic will have an information booth at the New Brunswick Association of Employee Assistance Programs (NBAEAP) Spring Conference in Fredericton, on April 23 and 24, 2012.

  Community Breakfast in Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Portage Atlantic will be hosting its seventh Community Breakfast Information Session on May 15 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Presentation at the Delta Kappa Gamma Spring Conference for New Brunswick teachers
On June 2, 2012, Portage will be presenting its rehabilitation program at the Delta Kappa Gamma Spring Conference for New Brunswick female schoolteachers, in Fredericton.

Third Annual Stride for Success Charity Relay
This year’s Stride for Success charity relay, taking place on Sunday, July 15 at the Lily Lake Pavilion in Saint John, is the final of three annual relay events to raise the necessary funds for the Recovery Trail Project at the Portage drug rehabilitation centre at Cassidy Lake.

For more information about any of these events, please contact Carol Tracey, Director of Development, Portage Atlantic, at 506-459-1284 or at ctracey@portage.ca.


Portage Atlantic - Let your soul shine

“I’ll be engaging with people, and encouraging passion and integrity,” says Tim, Portage Atlantic’s new Senior Mentor. “I was so lucky to have people who were invested in my development here. I began to appreciate what’s done here and I realised it’s fundamentally what I want to be doing.”

Funding for the Senior Mentor Program

Portage Atlantic - MP Rob MooreOn March 20, 2012, Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore visited Cassidy Lake to announce new funding for a Portage Atlantic graduate to participate in the Senior Mentor Program.  The Senior Mentor Program is a social reintegration initiative in which Portage graduates obtain valuable work experience that helps them to transition back into the workforce or back to their studies as confident, skilled, and productive members of society.

Through the program, youth who have completed their rehabilitation therapy at Portage are employed as mentors for new residents at Cassidy Lake during a 26-week period. Working 40 hours a week, they assist new residents with their adjustment into the residential therapeutic community and help them make the most of their treatment.

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Picture above (photo from Telegraph Journal): Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore and Portage Atlantic Director Geordie Gould

Spring Break at Cassidy Lake

Like the rest of their peers, the youth at Cassidy Lake enjoyed a Spring Break week off from school at Portage Academy, during which they enjoyed structured activities and workshops.  The girls’ community celebrated International Women’s Day with a meditation session and a spa experience, as well as a discussion about how women are portrayed in the media. The boys’ community enjoyed an improv theatre session. Both communities did a workshop on empathy and played outdoor sports.

Cassidy Lake residents expand their horizons at a Skills Work! for Women networking dinner 

On March 29, 2012, the girls’ community attended a “Skills Work! for Women” networking dinner in Sussex.  These events, put on by the Government of New Brunswick, are designed to introduce young women in high school, who are interested in the skilled trades and technologies, to female mentors who are currently working or studying in a related career field.  The Portage residents enjoyed meeting the mentors and listening to their presentations on the rewards and challenges of different career paths.  Many of them left feeling very inspired by the guidance they had received, and are now looking into new career options that they had never before considered.

Portage Canada
Portage celebrates its 39th birthday!

Portage Atlantic - Metamorphosis DayFebruary 14, 2012 marked the 39th anniversary since the first Portage centre in Prévost opened its doors to its first group of drug addicts who were looking to get back in control of their lives. Every year on Metamorphosis Day, Portage centres across the country celebrate the tens of thousands of lives that Portage has touched.
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The Continuing Care Program

Portage’s therapeutic community has evolved over the years, from its original approach based on the Daytop model and adapted to the reality of the regions where Portage provides services, to a modern-day approach that has been enriched to continuously incorporate best practices in addiction treatment. As Portage’s model has evolved, so has its success indicators. In 2009, Portage established the Continuing Care Program to encourage the success of its participants. Whereas in the past, a client who left Portage without completing all five phases of rehabilitation treatment was considered to have failed the program, with the Continuing Care Program, Portage can now continue to support these people and encourage them to persist on their path to sobriety.
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April 6, 2012 – Halifax Herald News
Pain of addiction Read

March 23, 2012 – The Telegraph Journal
Rehab centre received job fundingRead


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 39 years.  Portage Atlantic was established in 1996.

Read more about Portage’s mission, vision, and values.


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