Portage Ontario
at Elora
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the righ...
Portage Ontario
at Elora
519.846.0945
www.portage.ca
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A general description of the Portage Atlantic substance abuse treatment program for youth in Elora, Ontario

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Drug addiction rehabilitation program for youth - Portage Ontario

  1. 1. Portage Ontario at Elora
  2. 2. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel "Throughout the program, I began to see that I was as valuable as anyone else. I have learned how to understand others and how to ask for help. I know that I can’t do it by myself, but because of the family I’ve gained at Portage, I know I won’t have to." - Cardier, Portage Elora resident
  3. 3. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • Portage rehabilitation programs • Therapeutic Community Approach • Video – Portage Ontario • Adolescent Program
  4. 4. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • Québec (since 1973) • Adolescent Programs • Adult Programs • Mother and Child Program • Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers Program (MICA) • Employment Reintegration Programs • Ontario (since 1985) • Adolescent Program • Atlantic (since 1996) • Adolescent Program • British Columbia (since 2009) • Adolescent Program
  5. 5. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • Treatment approach based on • self-help • mutual support • peer role-modelling • reality therapy • motivational interviewing • cognitive behaviour • The community is the therapist • Residents are taught to shape their own values, develop a realistic perception of their lives, and build self-respect and self-confidence.
  6. 6. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • Voluntary admission • Highly structured and safe residential environment • Residents acquire competencies through • Participation in groups and activities • Taking on various roles and responsibilities • Interacting with their peers, who serve as role models
  7. 7. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel
  8. 8. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • A participant often demonstrates the following characteristics: • Started using drugs as young as 10 or 11 years of age • Lost interest in school and usually not attending regularly • Has been abusing drugs and/or alcohol for approximately 4 years – primarily marijuana, hallucinogens, cocaine and opiates • Alienated from family, and may no longer live at home • Often involved in criminal activities
  9. 9. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • Residential drug rehabilitation centre • Residential program – up to 6 months • Aftercare follow-up – 2 years • For youth 14 years and older with substance abuse issues • Gender-specific programming • Portage Academy • On-site school programming through the Upper Grand District School Board • Family-type setting within the therapeutic community • Structured and safe residential environment
  10. 10. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • Youth 14-18 years of age • Abuse of drugs and/or alcohol • May have lost interest or dropped out of school • May have social adjustment problems • May be in a stable phase of mental illness • May be in the care of the Children’s Aid Society • May be involved in the Youth Criminal Justice System
  11. 11. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • Eliminate abusive consumption of drugs/alcohol • Develop skills and acquire social aptitudes • Improve interpersonal skills and family relationships for better social support system • Social reintegration: back to school, work, or volunteer work
  12. 12. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • Youth learn that trust and honesty is the key to coming to terms with the difficulties they have experienced. • By sharing with their peers, they discover they are not alone and that many have experienced similar situations.
  13. 13. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • Phase 1: Welcome and integration into therapeutic community • Phase 2: Competency acquisition • Phase 3: Introspection and application • Phase 4: Taking on responsibilities • Phase 5: Validation of acquired therapeutic skills and plan for social reintegration (family, school, work, activities) • Phase 6: Social reintegration
  14. 14. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • Created with the resident upon admission and revised monthly • Objectives and plans for drug issues, physical health, mental health, personal development, social skills, family, education, etc. • Competency development phases • Length of stay based on individual need • Monthly case conferences
  15. 15. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • On-site school programming, adapted to residents’ needs • Sports and recreational activities • Outward Bound • Career counselling service • Community involvement • Weekend outings • Parent/resident groups
  16. 16. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • From 6:30 am to 9:00 pm • Morning meeting • On-site school programming at Portage Academy • Lunch • On-site school programming • Recreation/leisure activity • Community meeting • Dinner • Therapeutic groups, activities, and workshops • Leisure time • Night meeting
  17. 17. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • Preparation for social reintegration • Reintegration visits with family • Support seeking appropriate school environment • Support seeking counselling; individual, group counselling services • Support seeking housing • Career planning and company visits
  18. 18. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • Follow-up for 2 years to support youth in transition • Relapse prevention • Follow-up phone calls • Support groups • Individual counselling, if necessary • Back in touch visits • Employment counsellor and job search strategies • Guidance counsellor services • Continuum of Care
  19. 19. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • For those who, for whatever reason, do not complete residential treatment • 2 years • Periodic telephone calls, tailored to individual needs • Individual meetings, where necessary • Eventually, participants can return to residential therapy at Portage or elsewhere, if necessary
  20. 20. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • Monthly onsite Family Days • Therapeutically focused groups and visits • Build trust, confidence, balance, and skills to cope with youth in treatment • Transition planning to create a strong support network • When reintegrating back into the family, establishing expectations in the home and providing support to both youth and their families
  21. 21. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • A dynamic and multidisciplinary team • Drug addiction counsellors, psycho-educators, nurses, teachers, employment and guidance counsellors, and other resources • Responsibilities • Ensure the physical and psychological safety of residents • Supervise, support, counsel, and assist with learning and new competency acquisition • Monthly treatment planning sessions, weekly follow-up • Parent/guardian/agency contacts via telephone and/or email
  22. 22. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel • A research study on Portage’s services (2003 to 2008) concluded that: • 66% of the adolescents who spent more than six months at our centres were still abstinent more than a year after leaving the residential program. • After treatment, the majority of graduates go back to school or back to work • The majority enjoy improved relationships with their family members and develop a positive social network
  23. 23. I have the right to be happy and to be treated with care and understanding . I have the right to be safe . I have the right to say what I feel “My life had spiraled out of control because of my substance abuse. I had lost everyone and everything I loved and was living a dangerous lifestyle. When I was admitted to Portage, it was the scariest day of my life, but definitely the best choice I ever made. I’m now a caseworker at Portage Elora. I think it’s important that I know where the residents are coming from, that I can relate to them, that I understand all the feelings that they’re going through. In the end, I can always assure them that this program has changed my life and that it can do the same for them.” - Jennifer Andrews, Portage Elora Caseworker and graduate
  24. 24. Portage Ontario at Elora 519.846.0945 www.portage.ca
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