Drug addiction rehabilitation program for youth - Portage Keremos, BC

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A general description of the Portage Atlantic substance abuse treatment program for youth in Keremos, British-Colombia

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Drug addiction rehabilitation program for youth - Portage Keremos, BC

  1. 1. Portage Keremeos, BC at “The Crossing”
  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 "In my addiction, I was missing the basic fundamental needs of living a happy and successful life. With the support from my peers and the dedicated staff, as well as all the tools I have learned, finally I am able to feel good about myself and the choices I am making. Portage has saved my life. It is such an amazing place and it can help anyone who is willing to put in a little dedication." - Jon, Portage Keremeos graduate
  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 BC • 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 14-18 years with substance abuse issues • Gender-specific programming • Portage Academy • On-site school programming through the Okanagan- Similkameen District 53 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 • 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
  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 • 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.
  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 • 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
  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 • 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
  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 • On-site school programming, adapted to residents’ needs • Sports and recreational activities • Career counselling service • Company visits • Community involvement • Weekend outings • Parent/resident groups
  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 • From 6:30 am to 9:00 pm • Morning meeting • Therapy groups • Activities and workshops • Lunch • On-site school programming at Portage Academy • Dinner • Night meeting
  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 • 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
  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 • 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
  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 • 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
  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 • 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
  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 • 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
  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 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
  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 "I came to Portage with a lot of issues like abandonment, loss, resentments, addictions, regrets and so on. By being at Portage I was able to learn how to express my feelings and open up. I was like a safe that was hard to crack open. When I finally did open up, all the hurt of a five year old boy came out. I am now a mature young man. Portage gave me many of tools to help me succeed in life. I have learned how to have structure in my life. I have also developed self-respect and learned to love who I am. My past addiction rarely goes through my head and I now wish for a successful life which I believe I will get because of my time at Portage." – Cody, Portage Keremeos resident
  23. 23. Portage Keremeos - BC at “The Crossing” 250.499.4165 www.portage.ca

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