Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Program for

Francophone Youth in Eastern Quebec

Helping Quebec youth since 1999

Portage’s adolescent program for francophone youth is a French-speaking residential drug addiction rehabilitation program, located in Saint-Malachie Quebec.

Within the gender-specific therapeutic community environment, residents deal with the root causes of their drug addiction problems and learn how to better function in their everyday lives, without needing drugs.

The on-site schooling, tailored to individual needs, helps them learn to succeed in school.

The supportive community of people who have been through similar struggles helps them to develop the self-esteem and social competencies necessary to build the confidence that they too can live healthy, happy, and productive lives.

Aftercare and Family Services help them develop a strong support network of people to help them pursue a positive lifestyle after treatment.


  • Eliminate abusive consumption of drugs/alcohol

  • Develop self-esteem and acquire social skills to better handle life’s challenges

  • Learn how to succeed in a school environment

  • Improve interpersonal skills and family relationships to develop a strong support system

  • Prepare for social reintegration and a continued positive lifestyle

How does the program work?

Upon admission, new residents are welcomed by those currently in treatment, who help them understand how the program works. Under the supervision of a team of clinical staff members, residents support and encourage each other through the program, helping each other to acquire the necessary competencies and knowledge to move through the phases and eventually become role models to new residents. Read more


Typical Day

  • Breakfast
  • Morning meeting
  • Therapy Groups
  • Activities & Workshops
  • Lunch
  • On-site school programming at l’école l’Envol
  • Dinner
  • Night meeting

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is this program intended for?
The program is for francophone youth aged 14 to 18 from Eastern Quebec. Francophone youth from Western Quebec are served by Portage's rehabilitation centre in Prevost, which also has a program for anglophone youth.
2. How long is the typical stay at a residential adolescent program?

The program’s duration is determined by each individual’s needs, motivation, and readiness for treatment; it can be up to six months.

3. How much does it cost?
Thanks to government funding and private donations, Portage is able to provide this rehabilitation service free of charge to Quebec residents, with only nominal fees to pay.
4. Where is the program located?
The centre is located in Saint-Malachie, near Quebec City. The adress is 244, chemin de la Montagne, Saint-Malachie, QC G0R 3N0 - Phone number: 418 642-2472
5. What languages is the program offered in?

The adolescent program for francophone youth is offered in French. A program for anglophone youth is available in at the Portage centre in Prévost.

6. What is the admission process?

Admission is voluntary. You can either contact Portage or Access Mechanism in your region to schedule an appointment, during which the adolescent’s needs and desire to undertake the rehabilitation process will be evaluated. An appointment at the centre will also give the potential resident a chance to look around and get a better idea about the environment and the services that are offered.

Please contact the centre for more information.

7. Must clients be referred by health professionals?

No. Referrals to the program can be made by the clients themselves, their families or guardians, social service agencies, hospitals, community resources, courts, schools, and other treatment providers.

8. How often will I see my family?

After a month of therapy at Portage, residents can go home to visit their family every 2 weekends. The family visit schedule is subject to change, at the discretion of the resident’s caseworker.

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