HRASM Helps Halfway House Clients Reshape Their Employment Outlook

Last month, the clients of our halfway house program were visited by a few caring human resources professionals involved with the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine (HRASM). They came in without judgment and ready to work. Women from various Portland area companies, including Unum, Portland Public Library, Maine Eye Center and RM Davis, shared

Alcohol Awareness Month: Alcohol & the Workplace

The following is a press release from the Maine Association of Substance Abuse Programs (MASAP). Each week during April, we will feature a different theme in recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month. The third theme is Alcohol & the Workplace. Augusta, ME – Alcohol Abuse Is Costly For Employers. Alcohol and other drug abuse is widespread

Crossroads for Women (based in Portland, ME) is Searching for a Clinical Director

Here’s a great job opportunity for those in the clinical world. Crossroads for Women is looking for a Masters level, CCS eligible candidate to provide leadership and direction of clinical content across all of its agency programs. The successful candidate will have 5 years previous experience in substance abuse and mental health treatment, with at

Sheehan to present at Winter Break for Working Women event in Orono, Maine

Women lawyers from the Maine Bar Association and women physicians from the Maine Medical Association have joined forces to fight back the blues of winter with a unique day and a half retreat of fun and CLE credits. This winter break will be a relaxing mixture of education and fun with friends and colleagues at

Women on Welfare More Likely to Find Jobs, Sobriety with Treatment Approach

A recent report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University shows that a new intensive case management approach to help drug-addicted women on poverty provides better outcomes for sobriety and employment than the current employment-first approach. The new approach views addiction as a chronic disease vs. a temporary problem.

Susan Sharon reports on addiction and recovery for professionals in Maine

Susan Sharon, deputy news director at Maine Public Broadcasting Network, recently did a two-part series on addiction in Maine and how it specifically affects the professional world. Sharon reported on a judge who brings his own past experience of alcoholism to the bench and an assistance program that helps Maine lawyers and judges find recovery,

Outpatient Therapy Group for Professional Women in Recovery

Crossroads for Women has been running an outpatient therapy group for professional women for a few months now. The group, which meets on Wednesday evenings, has been so successful we’ve decided to add another group on Monday evenings. The new Professional Women’s Recovery Group will have a maximum of 10 participants. Professional women are often

Substance Abuse and Depression in Women Lawyers

A recent newsletter sent out by the MSBA Women’s Law Section included some astounding statistics regarding the incidence of depression and addiction in lawyers. The stats were part of an article about a program the group held last fall that explored the “medical and ethical issues facing professional women as a result of depression and

Online Alcohol Screening Tools Help Employers Save Money

According to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, alcohol-related productivity loss to employers costs $134 billion annually. However, an article on the Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems website reports that those employers who invest in screening and brief intervention for alcohol problems can receive a return on investment of at least 215%. A 2006 study