Portage is a Canadian non-profit organization that helps people suffering from addiction and mental health issues. Since 1970, it has developed specialized drug rehabilitation programs for adolescents, adults, pregnant women and mothers with children and criminal justice clients, among others. Portage operates nine addiction treatment programs, based on the therapeutic community approach, in Atlantic Canada, Québec and Ontario.
Portage Montréal’s adolescent program has two tracks—one for English-speaking youth and one for French speakers. The French program has been around since 1991 and the English program was added in 2001. Both offer gender-specific residential treatment for youth ages 14 to 18. Located in the Laurentian Mountains, north of Montréal, the facility is a sprawling mountain retreat that provides on-site schooling and evidence-based treatment and the 12 steps, in addition to holistic methods.
Accommodations and Food
Portage Montréal’s adolescent program is a 40-bed rehab set up in a rural mountain location. The facility includes meeting rooms, offices, classrooms, a music room, computer lab and a dining hall. Clients reside in gender-specific dorms with up to 10 people to a room and each gets a twin bed and storage space. There is a large shared bathroom on each floor. There are also hiking trails, a soccer field, a full-size gymnasium building and lounge areas with a TVs. The grounds are set on a lake and during the summer months clients can swim, canoe or hang out on the dock soaking up sun.
Three healthy meals a day are prepared on-site and served in the dining hall. A staff nutritionist creates the menus and dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
Portage Montréal’s adolescent program offers an average of three months in treatment but clients can stay up to six months if necessary. Detox is not offered but for clients with co-occurring disorders, there is a nurse available 24 hours a day for medication management.
The program is entirely gender-specific with boys and girls separated into different sections of the facility for everything except school. There is a strong emphasis on a positive peer culture environment, with the senior residents serving as peer counselors. Daily group and weekly individual therapy employs CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). The clients become familiar with AA and attend several on-site meetings a week. Education is emphasized while in treatment and the clients are required to attend a fully-accredited on-site school. Many clients are able to advance a grade level or graduate while attending treatment.
The staff members of Portage Montréal’s adolescent program are a multi disciplinary team of MDs, RNs and clinical behavioral health counselors.
Clients have opportunities to participate in team sports, yoga, martial arts, hiking, canoeing, biking and cooking workshops.
There are family counseling services incorporated into each client’s treatment program. Once the residential component of the treatment program is completed, clients receive free on-site aftercare support for up to two years, through regular communication and meetings with aftercare counselors and the alumni community.
Portage Montréal’s adolescent program offers structured gender-specific care for young people in a rural location away from the distractions of city life. This is a great choice for youth in eastern Québec seeking substance abuse treatment that includes behavioral health support, medical services and an education program.
Portage Montréal Adolescent Location
1790, Chemin du lac Écho
Prévost, Québec J0R 1T0
Portage Montréal Adolescent Cost
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