Keremeos, June 25, 2012 – “I was addicted to drugs at 12 years old,” stated a young British Columbian at the third annual Portage BC Recognition Ceremony on June 23. It was a day filled with emotions as she and her fellow graduates, their families, peers, and caseworkers came together to celebrate the accomplishments of the courageous youth who have taken control of their substance abuse issues at the Portage Keremeos residential rehabilitation centre at “The Crossing”.
The celebration recognised seventeen youth for completing the residential phase of the Portage treatment program this past year and fourteen others who have maintained a positive lifestyle since they completed the residential program one year ago.
“It is with great pride that we celebrate the success of our residents and honour them for the tremendous achievement of having overcome their addiction issues,” said Diane Power-Jeans, Director of Portage Keremeos.
The Recognition Ceremony also celebrated the residents’ success at Portage Academy, the on-site academic program at Portage Keremeos, where residents work to get their education back on track. Four residents were able to complete their high school requirements at Portage Academy this year.
“Simply put, Portage saved my life,” said Josie, one of this year’s graduates. “It not only helped me face my addiction, it also gave me the tools to transition to life outside of treatment.” Josie is currently working towards her Certificate at Community College and has great plans for the future.
Congratulations to all the graduates and their families on this remarkable achievement.
Portage is a non-profit organisation, dedicated to helping people overcome their substance abuse issues and reintegrate into society. Established in Québec in 1970, the organisation now operates ten addiction rehabilitation facilities in Canada (Québec, Ontario, New Brunswick, BC). The rehabilitation centre in Keremeos, opened in 2009, offers long-term residential substance abuse treatment to young people between the ages of 14 and 18 years.