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Overcoming addiction is extremely difficult for anyone caught in its trap, whether it's for cannabis or any other substance. Yet, in most cases, the same pattern can be observed.  There are many ways to break free from addiction and they all share the same goal: helping people return to a happy, productive life.

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The addiction cycle and how to break it

Addiction to something, whether it be to cigarettes, alcohol, other drugs, or to certain behaviours (shopping, gambling, pornography, etc.), is hardly ever experienced as something pleasurable by a person who suffers from addiction, but rather, as a form of enslavement. Consuming substances, or chronically repeating a behaviour, is no longer a choice that can be controlled through willpower.

As soon as a person has entered into an addiction cycle, they feel incapable of breaking free, without really knowing why.

From Pot Smoker to Lamplighter

I was fourteen when I smoked my first joint. I lived in an outlying region and it was our way of having fun among friends on the weekend. During the week, I studied hard, I got good grades, I was into sports and I had a good social life.

Five years later, I decided to pack up and head to Montreal. I did all sorts of small jobs, and though I had few opportunities to play sports, I had more and more opportunities to smoke pot. At the time, I thought pot helped me relax and it quickly became a daily routine. And, of course, the people I hung out with with were regular smokers too.

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Seven Ways to Start Talking About Drugs With a Teenager

It’s not easy for parents to start a conversation about drugs with their children. But youths become vulnerable targets as soon as they set foot in school, where they quickly meet people who use drugs. That’s why parents must take the time to discuss this matter with their children.

Sure, drug use is sometimes a taboo and difficult subject, but keep in mind that your child has probably already been in contact with people who use drugs, to varying degrees of severity.

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About Portage

Portage is a Canadian non-profit organisation that helps people suffering from substance abuse-related problems to overcome their dependencies and live healthy, happy, and productive lives.

Since it was established in 1970, Portage has helped tens of thousands of people to take back control of their lives with its specialised drug rehabilitation programs for adolescents, adults, pregnant women and mothers with children, the aboriginal community, adults with mental health issues, and individuals referred by the justice system.

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Tips on attending festivals while staying sober

07-09-2024

For those who are in their post-therapy reintegration phase or who want to avoid falling back into their old patterns of substance use, summer festivals can be both enjoyable and challenging.  This article contains practical tips on how to fully enjoy these events while staying sober.   Surround yourself with positive people When you go… Read more »

Official Opening of “Your Community Garden” Project

06-17-2024

On June 13, 2024, Portage Atlantic celebrated the official opening of the Your Community Garden Project in partnership with the Lions N1 District. The event was a tremendous success, marked by the recognition of 18 generous donors. Each donor was invited to come up to the Garden signage and place a leaf identified with their… Read more »

Expedition with Odyssée Adventure for the residents of Saint-Malachie

06-13-2024

For several years now, the residents of Saint-Malachie have had the opportunity to participate annually in an expedition with the facilitators from Odyssée Aventure. This emerging program from camps Odyssée aims to provide significant outdoor experiences to adolescent and young adult clients. The youth of the Saint-Malachie community have rolled up their sleeves by getting… Read more »

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