Portage Ontario Fall 2012

Portage Elora Drug Rehabilitation Centre

Portage to join the Ontario Telemedicine Network

Portage Ontario is among the addiction agencies recently selected to receive new telemedicine equipment and support to link into the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).  This is part of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s initiative to address narcotics abuse and to make specialised addiction and mental health services more accessible to people who live in rural and remote communities.  Through the OTN, specialists can conduct appointments with clients via a secure video link, as opposed to face-to-face, thus reducing the need for travel.
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Portage celebrates National Addictions Awareness Week


Part of Portage Ontario’s mission is to generate 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 focus on the growing trend of prescription drug abuse, which is taking a devastating toll on many young lives. If you work at a school or a community organisation and would like to have Portage Ontario speak to your group about substance abuse rehabilitation, or if you would like to come visit the Portage centre in Elora during National Addictions Awareness Week, please contact Jennifer Blunt, Director of Corporate Affairs and Development, Portage Ontario at 416-531-1333 or at jblunt@portage.ca.


Branden’s story of overcoming addiction at Portage


Portage Elora soccerBranden had his first sip of alcohol at age five. His mother left when he was just a toddler, after years of fighting with his father who drank heavily. He would follow his father from party to party and take care of him when he passed out drunk. By grade seven, Branden was using marijuana and drinking alcohol daily.
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Mark your calendars!

Do you love the Beatles?

Plan to attend a night out of dancing and classic Beatles music, in support of Portage Ontario, at the next Classic Albums Live event on Saturday February 9, 2013. Read more…

HIT THE BRICKS Adventure Race and Festival – Register your team today!

The inaugural Hit the Bricks Adventure Race and Festival will take place on April 28, 2013 at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto.  Read more…

Portage’s 40th anniversary

This February, Portage centres across Canada will look back over forty years of history since the first centre was opened in Québec in 1973 and celebrate the tens of thousands of people that have been able to overcome addiction issues at Portage and become productive members of society.


Outward Bound: “If I can do this, I can succeed at recovery too”

Six adventurous and persistent young women who are nearing the end of the residential phase of their rehabilitation treatment program at Portage Elora went on a week-long and somewhat rainy Outward Bound expedition in Algonquin Park in September.   Read more…

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“Before the program I was really spiteful.  I was really vulgar.  Stuff I’d say was awful.  I created trouble.  I’m not like that anymore.  I see the other side of things.  I treat people like I want to be treated.” – Branden, Portage Elora graduate





An inside look into Portage Elora’s social reintegration program

Portage Elora Social Reintegration StaffWhether in Guelph, Port Elgin, Ottawa, Kitchener, Toronto, or anywhere else in Ontario, Christy Kolb travels on a weekly basis to meet with the youth who are in Portage Elora’s Continuing Care Program. As a reintegration counsellor, Christy supports graduates of the residential drug rehabilitation program for an eighteen month period, as they transition back into mainstream society.  This is one of the most challenging and fragile periods in the rehabilitation process, as new values, behaviours, and attitudes get put to the test in an outside environment.
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Dear Portage,  you helped get Dave back on track

Portage Elora drivePortage recently received the following letter of appreciation from a foster father who had taken in a graduate from the Portage drug rehabilitation program in Elora a few years ago. It is a heartwarming story that“illustrates the underlying strength of the Portage treatment program.”
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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 40 employees this fall, who are celebrating five, ten, fifteen, twenty, and even twenty-five years of service.  Among them, two Portage Elora staff members were honoured for their devotion to the organisation, Kathleen Lipin and Chad Morey.

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 Ontario was established in 1985.

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For admissions information, please contact our centre in Elora, Ontario:

Tel. 519-846-0945

Fax 519-846-5703


For the Portage Ontario Board, campaign, events, and volunteer activities, please contact:
Jennifer Blunt

Director of Corporate Affairs and Development

Portage Ontario




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