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Anheuser-Busch’s Marketing and Labeling of Alcoholic Energy Drink, Spykes, Causes Controversy

May 18, 2007

Anheuser-Busch introduced a new alcoholic energy drink in January that’s getting a lot of attention from alcohol abuse prevention groups and attorneys general around the country. “Spykes” is described on an Anheuser-Busch wholesaler’s website as “a great alternative to hard liquor shots. A Spykes pour takes beer up a notch by adding a caffeinated rush

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From our Intensive Outpatient Program: Learning about HIV / AIDS and Finding Inspiration in Others’ Steps to Recovery

May 15, 2007

The following unedited entry comes from a discussion in Crossroads for Women’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): This week in IOP, we had a guest speaker from Franny Peabody Center come to talk about STD, HIV and Hepatitis. We learned about prevention, protection and self-care. In addition, this week we had group members transfer to residential

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Upcoming Women’s Health Events in Maine

May 11, 2007

Crossroads for Women will be participating in two upcoming women’s health events, both of which are being held on Saturday, May 19, 2007. The Women’s Health Expo is from 7:30am until 3:30pm at Goodall Hospital in Sanford, Maine and is free and open to the public. The expo features 160 vendors of “unique products and

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Maine’s Rise in Crime Tied to State’s Drug Problem

May 10, 2007

The state of Maine released crime statistics for 2006, and they aren’t positive. In fact, they show the fastest increase in crime since 1993. The overall number of serious crimes in Maine increased 4.6% in 2006 over 2005. According to the stats, which are based on reports from the state’s individual police agencies, the number

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Study Finds Women’s Brains More Rapidly Affected by Alcohol Than Men’s

May 8, 2007

It is already known that, compared to men, female drinkers develop health problems faster and with less alcohol. The results of a recent study of male and female Russian alcoholics and non-alcoholics suggest that female alcoholics are at risk of developing cognitive problems more rapidly than men as well. The findings were published in the

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A Loved One’s Alcohol and Drug Addiction Affects Family and Friends Too

May 3, 2007

A person’s alcohol or drug addiction affects everyone close to that person. Friends and family members often don’t know how to deal with a loved one’s addiction or even understand it. But when friends and family members get together, understand and address the impact they experience in the situation, they increase their ability to gather

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From our IOP: Feelings and Treasure Hunting in Recovery

May 2, 2007

The following unedited entry comes from a discussion in Crossroads for Women’s Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program (IOP): This week in IOP, we took a look at feelings, learning how to deal with anger in safe ways, dealing with old hurts versus staying in the pain and using a tool called treasure hunting to find the

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Take Action to Expand Access to Substance Abuse Treatment

May 2, 2007

Today, Wednesday, May 2nd, is National Parity Day. The public can join a wide array of other health advocacy organizations in urging members of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act. This legislation, sponsored by Representatives Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN), would

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From our IOP: Things Women Gain in Recovery

April 30, 2007

The following unedited entry comes from a discussion in Crossroads Maine’s Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) on the things they are all gaining in their recovery. Things we are gaining in recovery: Hope Peace lies within you Good things happen when you do good things Listen to your higher power The more you put into

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“My experience was life-changing. I learned to accept my alcoholism as a disease and something that I cannot change. I learned to not feel shame and to have self-compassion. I also learned coping skills to help fight off the cravings and triggers. I am using these every day now.”

— DG - Back Cove experience

– Back Cove Women’s Residential Program Client

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