ELORA, ON, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Thirty-five youth from across
Ontario returned to Portage Elora on Sunday to kick off National
Addictions Awareness Week (November 18 to 24) and to celebrate their
success since completing a substance abuse rehabilitation program at
The event brought alumni, parents, and loved ones together with current
residents and Portage staff members. Youth and parents shared personal
stories in the hope they would inspire others on their journey of
Dan, a graduate from Ottawa, said: "I hope my story will help others
overcome their fears and know they aren't alone no matter what the
situation. It took me a while to open up but everyone was so patient
and listened, even when I didn't speak. Portage helped me understand
who I was and that paved the way to heal the deep wounds I had."
Julie, a mother from Oakville, said: "I grew up with my own addiction
issues. When my son Zac went downhill so drastically I realised I
didn't have the skills to guide him. I'm so grateful he got to Portage.
Portage healed his soul and gave him a purpose in life. As I watched
him grow and change I knew that if Zac was going to heal I had to heal
too. I made a choice to quit smoking and to get healthy myself."
Portage Ontario is dedicated to helping teens and families overcome
addiction. Since 1973, Portage has helped give thousands of people a
fresh start at life. Portage operates thirteen substance abuse programs
in Québec, Ontario, British Columbia, and Atlantic Canada.
For more information, visit www.portage.ca.
For further information:
Director of Corporate Affairs & Development