The Portage Program for Adolescents in Atlantic Canada
Portage Atlantic provides a residential substance abuse rehabilitation treatment program for young people from Atlantic Canada between the ages of 14 and 21. The centre is located on 165 acres on the shores of Cassidy Lake near Sussex, New Brunswick, in the Parish of Norton. Every year since the centre opened in 1996, Portage has helped approximately one hundred young people from the Atlantic Canada region to regain control of their lives by seeking Freedom from addiction.
Do you think that you or someone you know may need drug addiction rehabilitation therapy?
Portage has helped thousands of people to overcome drug addiction and go on to lead healthy, productive, drug-free lives. We can help you.
At Portage, respect is the basis of all interventions. Portage offers a psychologically and physically safe residential program based on individual case management, in a positive peer culture environment. While at Portage, residents develop a sense of belonging and learn how to trust themselves and each other. By sharing the difficulties and challenges in their lives with their peers and their caseworkers, they cultivate self-awareness, self-confidence and self-respect. Portage provides competency-based therapy
through accredited treatment techniques in the context of gender-specific programs (therapy groups are separated by gender). Residents live in an enriching and structured environment, run by qualified staff members. They participate in daily group therapy sessions and regular socio-cultural and recreational programs.
The Portage Residential Rehabilitation Program for Adolescents is based on:
- Voluntary admission
- The therapeutic community model
- Psychological and physical safety
- Individual case management with the individual setting priorities
- Family support
- Aftercare services
What will you do during your stay?
A typical day at Portage includes:
What can you expect to get out of your stay?
- Competencies with which to face the future
- A sober lifestyle
Portage’s Adolescent Rehabilitation Program in Atlantic Canada – Quick Facts
Services for residents’ families
are an essential element of Portage's treatment program. Provided through group and individual meetings, they help parents understand and manage the issues created by a drug-dependent family member.
Social Reintegration Programs and Aftercare Services
Reintegrating back into mainstream society is a special concern in the Portage process, as the residents’ new values, behaviours and attitudes are put to the test in the outside environment. The Portage program prepares them for the challenge, giving them the tools to be able to withstand negative influences as well as to cope with the stresses of mainstream living. With its Social Reintegration and Aftercare Programs
, Portage accompanies former residents with support groups and individual help.