MONTREAL, Sept. 30, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, 195 men, women, and youth
who have overcome their substance abuse issues this year at one of
Portage's drug rehabilitation centres in the greater Montréal region
were recognised at the Portage Recognition Ceremony at Place des Arts.
Surrounded by their loved ones, the graduates celebrated having
successfully completed the residential treatment program at Portage and
their recent reintegration back into their communities with a new
"Your victory over substance abuse is a source of inspiration for all of
us who have gathered here today to celebrate with you," said Peter
Howlett, President of Portage. "Each one of you should be proud of what
you have accomplished."
Portage had invited figure skating champion Joannie Rochette, an
inspiring example of determination, to give a special address to the
graduates. "It takes great resolve and strength of character to have
taken on the challenge of overcoming addiction," she told the
graduates. "And that determination will help you maintain your positive
lifestyle in the years to come."
Portage also took advantage of the occasion to officially launch its new
Virtual Therapeutic Community pilot project. Particularly created for
Portage graduates who live too far away to attend Portage's follow-up
support groups in person, this chat system provides a platform through
which they can still have access to the support of the community
through online support sessions.
"Portage's Aftercare Program is of primordial importance to the
rehabilitation process, providing crucial support during this
vulnerable period," states Portage's Executive Director, Peter Vamos.
"Our new Virtual Therapeutic Community will help us better serve our
graduates who live at a considerable distance, which will increase
their chances of maintaining a positive lifestyle."
Portage's Virtual Therapeutic Community was created with a grant from
the Government of Québec.
Since it was established in 1970, Portage has helped tens of thousands
of people to overcome their substance abuse issues, with specialised
programs for adolescents, adults, pregnant women and mothers with young
children, as well as adults with mental health issues. Portage operates
seven substance abuse rehabilitation programs in Québec, with centres
in Montréal, Beaconsfield, Prévost, Québec City, and Saint-Malachie.
Three other establishments serve the adolescent populations in Ontario,
British Columbia, and Atlantic Canada. For more information, please
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