Portage is a Canadian non-profit that helps people suffering from addiction and mental health issues. Established in 1970, Portage offers specialized drug rehabilitation programs for adolescents, adults, pregnant women and mothers with children and criminal justice clients, among others. It operates nine addiction treatment programs, based on the therapeutic community approach, in Atlantic Canada, Québec and Ontario.
Portage Montréal’s adult program is co-ed residential track for both English and French-speaking adults, located in a sprawling mountain compound in Prévost, Québec—just outside of Montreal. Home also to the Portage Montréal English and French adolescent programs, it offers evidence-based treatment, the 12 steps and holistic methods.
Accommodations and Food
Portage Montréal’s adult program is a 20-bed wing set up in Portage’s primary rural location in the Laurentian Mountains. Clients have access to meeting rooms, therapy offices, a music room and a dining hall. Residents reside in dual-occupancy, gender-specific rooms with up to four people and a shared bathroom. Each person gets a twin bed and storage space. 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.
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 adult program runs three months but clients can continue for longer if necessary. While the facility is equipped to provide on-site medical care and detox, it does not support long-term Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).
Daily group and weekly individual therapy employs CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). There is a strong emphasis on peer support, with the senior residents serving as peer counselors. The clients become familiar with AA and attend several on-site meetings a week.
The staff members of Portage Montréal Adult are a multi disciplinary team of MDs, RNs and clinical behavioral health counselors. For those with co-occurring disorders, there is a nurse available for medication management.
Family counseling is incorporated into each clients treatment program. Aftercare support is provided for up to two years, which includes attendance at alumni groups and involvement with events in the alumni community. For those who need more support, Portage offers Back in Touch sessions, where clients currently in aftercare can return to Portage for a short period. This provides them with the opportunity to get back to basics and work through personal challenges within the context of the therapeutic community.
Supervised sober living apartments are available to graduates of some of Portage’s drug addiction rehabilitation programs in the greater Montréal region, at affordable prices, for a period of six months to two years.
Portage also runs a specialized residential rehab in Québec for men suffering from severe mental illness (primarily schizophrenia) and substance abuse issues.
Portage Montréal’s adult program offers solid care for those in need of behavioral and substance abuse treatment. Like all Portage programs, this one offers a strong peer community along with evidence-based treatments. An added benefit of becoming part of the Portage community is the two year aftercare program and ongoing support of the alumni community.
Portage Montréal Adult
1790, Chemin du lac Écho
Prévost, Québec J0R 1T0
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