Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Program for

Ontario Youth

Helping Ontario youth since 1985

Portage Ontario’s drug addiction rehabilitation centre located in Elora, Ontario, provides a residential treatment program for Ontario youth 14 to 18+.

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
  • Dinner
  • Night meeting

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is this program intended for?

Portage Elora welcomes young people with substance abuse problems, aged 14 to 18+ from all regions of Ontario in a stable state of mental health.

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 its rehabilitation services free of charge to Ontario residents, with only nominal fees to pay.

Portage Elora is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) through the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN), by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS), several children’s aid societies, and by the Portage Ontario Foundation through the Portage Ontario Youth Treatment Fund.

The MOHLTC provides a limited number of beds (at no cost to residents), as does the Portage Ontario Youth Treatment Fund. At times, there are waiting lists for these beds. Portage is also licensed by the MCYS to provide beds on a fee for service basis to Children’s Aid Societies and to individuals or families who wish to pay for immediate access to treatment. Please contact the admissions office at Portage Elora for the current rate.

4. Where is the program located?
The centre is located in Elora, near Guelph, Ontario. The address is 6681 Irvine Street, Elora, ON N0B 1S0 - T. 519 846-0945.
5. What languages is the program offered in?

The program is offered in English.

6. What is the admission process?

Admission to the program is voluntary. An interview is conducted prior to admission, during which the client’s needs and readiness are evaluated. It also gives the potential client a chance to visit the centre to 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 the resident has been at Portage for at least 2 weeks, the first family visit occurs on Portage premises for a 3 hour period. After 30 days in treatment, family members can take the resident offsite for a 6 hour visit. Two weeks after that, requests can be submitted for residents to leave the centre with their family every two weeks for 9 hour periods at first, and then 12 hour periods, until they reach a certain level in their therapy where they can stay with their family members for a 24 hour period. Once they have reached this level, subsequent visit durations increase by 12 hour increments, so the following visit is 36 hours, then 48 hours, etc. The family visit schedule is subject to change, at the discretion of the resident’s caseworker.

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