Apr
16

Crossroads 2014 Annual Giving Campaign: Together We Will Save Lives

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“As many times as I wanted to leave, I was talked ‘back to reality’. I am forever thankful.  This place and the entire community saved my life. I’m forever thankful for all here.”  

Crossroads Residential Rehabilitation client

Crossroads saves lives. This powerful and compelling statement came up several times when our board of directors gathered for their annual retreat, as they paused to reflect on their reasons for dedicating their time and efforts to volunteer for the organization.

Our generous supporters helped provide aid to 886 women and men who came through Crossroads’ doors to receive life saving treatment last year. It is this support and commitment that allows more women and men the opportunity to learn the tools needed to lead a healthy life. Your support is making the difference. This year we are raising funds for the newly created Barbara L. Dacri Scholarship Fund. 100% of the proceeds of this fund go directly to clients needing assistance to pay for treatment. Can we count on your support to Crossroads to provide more women and men access to this life saving care?

2014 marks Crossroads’ 40th anniversary. Our organization started as a women-only treatment center that addressed alcohol addiction. Throughout the years, we have been dedicated to gender-responsive treatment, well before the treatment field recognized this effective approach. Today, we serve both women and men using this evidenced-based treatment method. This approach guarantees that all our clients are treated with respect and their unique needs are met.

Like most treatment facilities, we’ve faced our share of challenges over the years. What has kept Crossroads in the forefront is its innovative approach to treatment and the ability to identify the populations that need to be served with the necessary treatment they require and deserve. With a professional staff and strong board of directors and amazing supporters like you, Crossroads will continue this successful history for another 40 years.

With your support to the Barbara L Dacri Scholarship Fund we can help more women and men remember who they wanted to be. If you prefer, you may also give a gift to our general fund so that your donation will go directly where the need is greatest. Please visit our secure online donation website at  www.crossroadsme.donortools.com or send your gift by mail to Crossroads, 71 U.S. Route One, Suite E, Scarborough, Maine 04074.

Together, we will continue to save lives.

Sincerely,
Shannon Trainor, Crossroads Executive Director
Emily Semenchuk, Crossroads Board President

Apr
07

Join Crossroads for a Charmed by Charity Event at Alex and Ani Portland (Maine) on April 16th

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Come join us for a party at the Alex and Ani Portland, Maine store on Wednesday, April 16th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. 15% of sales that evening will be donated to Crossroads!

RSVP: Lrawlings@crossroadsme.org

Mar
27

Shannon’s March Cross Chat Vlog: Addiction and the Media

Each month, Crossroads executive director, Shannon Trainor, publishes a short video on different topics relating to addiction, mental health and gender-responsive treatment.

In her vlog for March 2014, Shannon talks about addiction and the media. News coverage of celebrities’ problems with drugs and alcohol, like Philip Seymour Hoffman’s recent overdose, gives us the opportunity to educate others about the realities of addiction.

Have a topic you’d like Shannon to cover in the future? Let us know in the comments!

Based in Maine, Crossroads provides gender-responsive addiction and behavioral health treatment services in a safe and respectful environment so individuals and families can lead healthy lives. Visit www.crossroadsme.org for more information on our treatment options or call 207.773.9931.

Mar
19

Take a Peek Inside Crossroads’ Back Cove Residential Program for Women

We invite you to take a peek inside Crossroads’ Back Cove Residential Program in Portland, Maine.

The Back Cove Residential Program serves as a premier recovery destination for women from all over the country, offering holistic treatment in a beautiful Maine setting. In addition to cutting edge gender-responsive addiction and emotional health treatment, our holistic approach includes yoga, equine therapy, acupuncture and other complementary services.

Watch this video and find out more about this innovative treatment program for women.

Mar
11

Guest Post: Introducing Sober Mommies

The following article is a guest post by Julie Maida, founder of the Sober Mommies blog.

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I was extremely honored when Jennifer asked me to contribute a post to Crossroads about the Sober Mommies blog. She asked me to write about how and why I started the blog, and I struggled a bit. There are so many amazing reasons to list; I didn’t know where to start. Of course, the obvious reasons- the wonderful sense of community and support the site provides to women, and combatting the terrible stigma the word “addiction” still carries.  I tried to come up with the words to describe the fierce motivation behind what has become one of my favorite things in the whole world.

And then I received a submission from a stranger, named Shanna.

Not unlike me, Shanna had an abusive relationship with alcohol. As the mother of twin boys, she did her best to balance the loves of her life. As I read her story, something inside of me cried, “Me too!” Alcoholism and motherhood is not a glamorous match. At least it was not in my case, and in many of the stories I’ve heard over the years.

I did my best to weigh my motherly responsibilities against the tormenting fury of my addiction. I made promises the first time I looked upon my daughter’s face that I had every intention of keeping. Before alcohol, I had not met anything with the power to pull me away.

Shanna’s story is mine. In the midst of my alcoholism, I gave up custody of my little girl. I handed her over to her father, and felt relief. I knew that I could not be a full-time mother and drink the way that I wanted to. The problem was simply that I always drank that way. When I drink, I give up the power to say “enough,” and surrender to whatever consequences result. I did not make those choices because I was a terrible mother, or a horrible person. I made those choices because I was sick with the disease of alcoholism. When I wasn’t drinking, I was thinking about drinking. There was no foreseeable “out,” and placed blame wherever I could.

I got sober a year after I gave up the rights to my daughter, and I was sober for ten years before she was back under my roof full time. I cannot tell you the shame I felt for not being able to keep all of those promises to my daughter. For many years, I could not bring myself to tell anyone about the choice I had made. It was my secret, and it disabled me. I could not, or would not risk the judgment I knew I would receive. I told myself that no one could possible understand, and I believed it.

We do not talk about these things.

It wasn’t until I read Shanna’s story that I was able to fully comprehend the tremendous power that is, Sober Mommies. Every single time I read and identify with another woman’s journey, it quiets that voice inside my head that says,

“You suck. No one will ever understand you.”

Sometimes I don’t or can’t understand what’s in my heart until I hear you say it out loud. Then and only then can I acknowledge it and heal, wrapped in the support of your experience. The details of your story may differ from mine, but we are connected in a beautiful and unique way. I believe that connection should be acknowledged and celebrated.

Sober Mommies is a safe place to bring whoever you are and whatever you’ve done and say it out loud. It’s a place where we can meet, connect and share, and encourage each other with what I believe to be the two most powerful words in any language, “Me too.”

Julie MaidaJulie Maida has been sober since May of 2000, and lives in the Boston area with her husband and three children. She founded the Sober Mommies blog in May of 2013, and it has quickly become one of her favorite things in the whole world. With the perfect combination of humor and honesty, the women of Sober Mommies address life on its terms and the realities of sober motherhood; while inviting women to identify and empower themselves by sharing their own experiences.

Feb
26

Shannon’s February Cross Chat Vlog: A Tour of the New Back Cove Residential Program in Portland, Maine

Each month, Crossroads executive director, Shannon Trainor, publishes a short video on different topics relating to addiction, mental health and gender-responsive treatment.

In her vlog for February 2014, Shannon takes you on a tour of the new Back Cove Residential Program in beautiful Portland, Maine.

Have a topic you’d like Shannon to cover in the future? Let us know in the comments!

Based in Maine, Crossroads provides gender-responsive addiction and behavioral health treatment services in a safe and respectful environment so individuals and families can lead healthy lives. Visit www.crossroadsme.org for more information on our treatment options or call 207.773.9931.

 

 

Feb
25

Join the Crossroads Alumni Association for a Sober St. Patrick’s Day Dance on Friday, March 14th!

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The Crossroads Alumni Association (CAA) is hosting a Sober St. Patrick’s Day Dance on Friday, March 14th from 7:00pm – 11:00pm at the American Legion on 17 Dunn Street in Westbrook, Maine. There will be a DJ and a 50/50 raffle.

Tickets cost only $5 to get in. A pasta dinner will be available for an additional $5. Please purchase tickets prior to the event by calling Crossroads at 207.773.9931.

This event is open to the public, so please invite your friends! And please share this post!

Jan
29

Join Crossroads for a Noche Mexicana Fundraiser on February 12th!

Margaritas FlierMargaritas Mexican Restaurant on St. John Street in Portland (Maine) is hosting a “Noche Mexicana Fundraiser” for Crossroads!

On Wednesday, February 12th from 4pm – 10pm, Margaritas will generously donate 15% of your bill to Crossroads. If you’re looking for a good excuse to go out for some great food, here’s your chance! Be sure to tell your server that you are supporting Crossroads when you go!

Jan
22

Shannon’s January Cross Chat Vlog: Resolutions and Rulemaking Around Your Drinking

We’re excited to start a new vlog (video blog) series on the Crossroads Blog in 2014! Each month, Crossroads executive director, Shannon Trainor, will publish a short video on different topics relating to addiction, mental health and gender-responsive treatment.

In her first vlog for January 2014, Shannon talks about making resolutions and rules around drinking in the new year and whether or not that may be a sign to seek professional help.

Have a topic you’d like Shannon to cover in the future? Let us know in the comments!

Based in Maine, Crossroads provides gender-responsive addiction and behavioral health treatment services in a safe and respectful environment so individuals and families can lead healthy lives. Visit www.crossroadsme.org for more information on our treatment options or call 207.773.9931.

Jan
17

Press Release: Crossroads Announces Opening of the Back Cove Residential Program for Women in Portland, Maine

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Crossroads will soon open its Back Cove Residential Program in its former halfway house location.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Shannon Trainor, 207-773-9931, strainor@crossroadsme.org

Crossroads Announces Opening of the Back Cove Residential Program for Women
The innovative new program offers cutting edge substance abuse treatment to women from all over the country

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (January 17, 2014) – In February 2014, Crossroads will open the doors to a brand new program catering to women seeking a serene spot in which to get away and start their road to recovery free from alcohol and drug abuse. The Back Cove Residential Program will serve as a premier recovery destination for women from all over the country, offering holistic treatment in a beautiful Maine setting.

In addition to cutting edge gender-responsive addiction and emotional health treatment, this new program takes a holistic approach that includes yoga, equine therapy, acupuncture and other complementary services. Family members and loved ones of Back Cove Residential Program clients will also be able to find support, helping everyone in the healing process. The residential program is located in Crossroads’ former halfway house, a historic John Calvin Stevens house, near beautiful Back Cove in Portland.

“I am excited to open this new program for Crossroads,” says executive director Shannon Trainor. “After losing state funding for our halfway house program, we took a good look at the services that were needed for women in Maine and beyond and responded. This program addresses each woman with mind, body and spirit in focus – treating the whole person – and not just the addiction. Without reliance on the state for funding, we can provide the cutting edge gender-responsive treatment Crossroads is known for and offer it to women all over the country.”

The Back Cove Residential Program is open to women 18 and over and accepts private insurance and self-pay. Patient scholarships are available to those who qualify. Those interested in finding out more about the program can visit the Crossroads website at www.crossroadsme.org or call our intake department at 207.773.9931.

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Crossroads provides gender-responsive addiction and behavioral health treatment services in a safe and respectful environment so individuals and families can lead healthy lives. For more information, call 207-773-9931 or visit www.crossroadsme.org.

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