Maine, Summer Camp Re-envisioned

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Polly Haight Frawley, COO and Project Director of Crossroads’ $1.5 M federal SAMHSA grant for residential substance abuse treatment for pregnant and postpartum women, recently attended a conference in Washington DC. The conference was for grantees from across the county that are implementing this innovative model of providing family-centered services for women suffering from a substance abuse disorder.

Polly worked with SAMHSA officials on a presentation and facilitation to obtain input from grantees on how to document their work and tell their collective story to a national audience.

In addition, as a separate part of the program, grantees were asked to submit a creative piece describing their work.  Polly submitted the following poem. We loved it so much, we had to share!


CAMP—Children and Mothers Program—CAMP

            Breaking the cycle

            Strengthening families

            Saving so many lives


Cabin 1:  Story of a CAMPER

32 yr. old female, attended CAMP,

she referred herself to treatment.

She came seeking help with children in tow,

2 years and a week old infant.

Relapse prevention and coping skills,

she learned self esteem and empowerment.

But clearly her motivation entailed

sober parenting and child attachment.

60 days later our mother departs

with car seats and Goodwill resources.

Sober housing and supports were found to assist,

and skills to make healthy choices.

6 months go by, mom calls to report,

aftercare, AA and jobs are in place,

thriving children with pictures to share.

Success for the mom, success for CAMP,

success in the Maine fresh air.

CAMP—Children’s and Mother’s Program—CAMP

            Breaking the cycle

            Strengthening families

            Saving so many lives


Cabin 2.  Story of a CAMP

A residential setting in Windham Maine

population about 15 thousand.

A farmhouse locale with beds for 15.

40 years of providing time to “come clean”.

Grant funding comes in, the program’s made stronger,

Gender specific and focus on trauma.

Service plans, group work and appointments are set,

and wait, there’s family engagement.

Day care‘s established,

the children get schedules

health visits, assessments and care.

Thru parenting skills, they learn to cuddle.

Collaboration improves, partnerships strengthened,

evaluations developed and shared.

The program grows, our numbers increase.

The state of Maine takes notice.

Read more about the grant HERE.


Meet Us at Uno Pizzeria & Grill in South Portland, ME on July 17th for a Dough Raising Event!

The Crossroads Alumni Association (CAA) will be hosting a “dough raising” event at the Uno Pizzeria & Grill on 280 Maine Mall Road in South Portland, Maine on Thursday, July 17, 2014. The restaurant will donate up to 20% of your check to Crossroads that day. Proceeds will benefit the Barbara L Dacri Scholarship Fund.

Print out the image below and present it to your server or mention the Crossroads “Dough Raiser” when you call in your delivery that day.

Thanks for your support!




A Look at Crossroads Complementary Therapies

The following article was written by Crossroads’ Clinical Director Dr. Mary Anne Roy, Psy.D.


As Crossroads’ Back Cove Residential Program enters into its fourth month, it seems fitting to reflect on the complementary therapies that are contributing to the success of this program. Our clients have vastly benefited from daily yoga sessions, weekly acupuncture, and equine therapy sessions. We are grateful to the expertise of Jade Integrated Health, who provides the yoga; Lisa Dulac MS, L. Ac, our acupuncturist; and Carlisle Academy, who provide the equine therapy.

In active addiction, individuals become disconnected with themselves on an emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual level. In addition to the individual, group and family therapy our clients receive, our complementary therapies have served to help women develop a healthier sense of self on all levels.

As we created the programming for the Back Cove residence in Portland, Maine, we felt it would be of great importance to design a program that was holistic in nature in order to address all components of an individual’s overall health, as research has shown that this approach results in greater recovery rates. The programming at our beautiful Back Cove facility is intensive, and these complementary therapies have helped our clients reach an optimum level of emotional and physical health in the earliest stage of their recovery journey.


The daily practice of yoga has helped our clients to develop a healthier awareness of their bodies and has taught them skills to become centered and more mindful of the present moment. Clients have stated that it is “a great way to start the day, relieve stress and get in tune with my body” and “I’ve noticed improvements in pain and issues I’ve had just after two days. The instructors  will focus on your individual needs and the poses and routine are based on helping with detoxing chemicals from your body.”


In addition, clients participate in acupuncture once weekly for a one-hour session. Each client receives the ear acupuncture protocol in order to address their symptoms of addiction and detox process. In addition, our acupuncturist will individualize the sessions and also address any additional ailments that appear appropriate for their overall recovery and healing process. Clients have described the experience as “very beneficial, relaxing and meditative.”

Equine Therapy

Lastly, equine therapy continues to have a strong impact on our clients. It has complemented the treatment that we do at Back Cove Residential Program and works well in our relational model of practice. Women heal through and in their relationships with others. We are relational beings and are oriented towards relationships. When one of our relationships is strained, this experience is likely to cause us distress and discomfort.

In regard to relationships and addiction, healthy relationships are unheard of and some of the people that our clients love the most are the ones that are greatly estranged. Equine therapy has been instrumental in helping our women explore the manner in which they relate to others in an alternative way to talk therapy. Through their interactions with the horses, our women have gained insight into their relational styles and have started to develop skills such as assertiveness, impulse control, improved communication styles, improved problem-solving skills, leadership qualities and as a result, experience a healthier sense of sense of self.

Regarding equine therapy, clients have stated, “I loved it. I was able to let everything go while I was there” and “Equine therapy has helped me with learning to be present. I am in a very calm state because the animal is already in that state.”

Our group and individual clinician Andrea Mosely, LADC, LCPC shared,

“Every client has reported loving the equine therapy part of our program. We have had seasoned riders to women that were frightened of horse and all of them report the experience is rewarding and challenging. They state the mind body awareness they have gained helps them in their process of recovery.

Many of the women struggle with self-esteem and the interaction with the horses helps them to gain confidence and feel heard, sometimes for the very first time. Carlisle Academy is wonderful at taking a woman where she is and helping her to be able to participate and feel valued and accomplished.”

These therapies have helped our clients turn inward to begin their healing process from addiction rather than outward towards a substance as they have done in the past.

As a result of the comprehensive and gender-responsive substance abuse treatment programming women experience at Back Cove Residential Program, along with these complementary therapies, our clients are able to develop healthier skills to improve their lives and live another day sober.

Read more about Crossroads’ Back Cove Residential Program 


Save the Date for the Crossroads Gala on October 23, 2014!

Crossrds_STD_cardforemail-copy-webIf you attended last year’s Masquerade Ball, you know that Crossroads knows how to throw a party! While we are not ready to reveal details yet, this year’s Crossroads Gala event will be held on Thursday, October 23 at the Masonic Temple in Portland, Maine and will include a silent auction and food and beverages catered by Blue Elephant. We will be celebrating our ruby anniversary – 40 years of saving lives! Funds raised from our annual gala will go to the Barbara L. Dacri Scholarship Fund, helping more men and women get financial assistance for treatment and recovery.

Though we have a few months before the event happens, there are opportunities to get involved now. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, donating auction items, or volunteering on the night of the event, please contact Nikki Oliver at noliver@crossroadsme.org or 207.773.9931 X 119.

And, of course, don’t forget to save the date. We’ll see you at the Crossroads Gala!

Update (8.4.14): You can now purchase tickets to this event on Eventbrite! Keep checking the website for updates on the details of the event.


Shannon’s May Cross Chat: Gender-Responsive Treatment

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 May 2014, Shannon talks about gender-responsive substance abuse treatment and how Crossroads has utilized this model since 1974. For more on Crossroads’ approach to gender-specific treatment and why we use this model, visit our website.

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.


Join Us for the Back Cove Residential Program Open House on June 12th

Join us for an open house event and learn more about Crossroads’ Back Cove Residential Program. Click on the image below to RSVP via email or view the original emailed invitation in your browser.


Growing Up Chaotic Show Featuring The Crossroads Back Cove Treatment Center For Women

Crossroads executive director Shannon Trainor was recently interviewed on the Growing Up Chaotic radio show. Dawn Clancy, host of the show and author of the Growing Up Chaotic blog, talked to Shannon about the Back Cove Residential Program, a premier recovery destination for women from all over the country that offers holistic treatment in a beautiful Maine setting.

Dawn’s goal with Growing Up Chaotic is “to create a community hell bent on breaking, cracking and demolishing the cycle of dysfunction.” You can listen to Shannon talk about gender-focused treatment in this past radio show.

Listen to the show and find out more about Crossroads’ Back Cove Residential Program.

(Note: There are some audio issues at the very beginning of the show, but they are quickly resolved.)

Current Women Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The Growing Up Chaotic Show on BlogTalkRadio


Shannon’s April Cross Chat Vlog: Children And Mothers Program (CAMP)

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 April 2014, Shannon talks about Crossroads’ innovative and unique Children And Mothers Program (CAMP). CAMP is the only program in Maine that provides on-site living arrangements to minor children of mothers in residential treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. The program is housed at the Boulton Center for Women and Children in Windham. In order to be eligible, women must be pregnant, have children aged 5 or under, or working on family reunification. As Shannon describes in the video, this program boasts a very high treatment completion rate. FMI, visit http://bit.ly/1hs9vxe

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.


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.

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


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

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