Mother & Child

Quebec Testimonials

Before they came to Portage, they were all suffering from substance abuse and asking themselves how they would overcome their addiction to drugs.

Here, they share their experiences and offer their testimonials to help give you a better idea of what the Portage drug addiction rehabilitation programs are like and how they have changed their lives.

"My life really changed with respect to my relationship with my son.  I feel more valued, I feel a lot closer to him.  I have more confidence in myself, in my role as a mother, and I feel less guilty."

- Maude

"After my son was born, I went into a deep depression. I was mixing alcohol and medicine. I was sick all the time. I had no ambition. I thought it was normal; all my friends drank. I know now that I don't have to live like that. Before, I would just decide to move, or get a new job or a new boyfriend, but it would never solve my problems. If you don't change yourself on the inside, your problems will follow you wherever you go. Now, I wake up happy, I'm no longer a slave. I have good friends.  My son is with me, safe and smiling. I'm a good role model for him. Life seems easier now... I don't know why I used to put myself through hell."

- Lisa

“Throughout her time at Portage, my daughter evolved as a woman. She was different – she was open and honest with me. I started to trust her and to believe in my daughter again and we have become a good support for each other.  Day after day, I watched Caroline grow as a mother and become who she really is.”

– Sophie, the mother of a graduate

"I was consumed with serious cocaine and alcohol abuse problems.  I had no self-confidence and I felt myself sinking deeper and deeper.  I decided to do a program at the Mother and Child centre for my son, but mainly for myself.  Now, I’m back in school and hope to become a social worker.  I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished, even though it was very difficult."

- Mandy