Ryan Hale

Growing Up Chaotic: Heroin Addicts Look Like This

The following post was originally published on the Growing Up Chaotic blog and is shared with permission. For more from Growing Up Chaotic, check out these posts. Let’s play a quick game. Close your eyes for a second and picture a heroin addict. What images come to mind? Did you picture your high school homecoming

Crossroads 2nd Annual Community Awards Breakfast Honorees

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Crossroads will honor six individuals who have committed themselves to raising awareness, promoting prevention and delivering treatment as an alternative to the pain of addiction to alcohol and other substances at its 2nd Annual Community Awards Breakfast. This year Crossroads will be honoring the following community leaders: Tracy Sabol, Media Leader

The Effects of Addiction on Friends & Family Educational Series

The use of alcohol and drugs by a friend or family member can leave us with many unanswered questions, unable to understand what is happening and feeling like you are living on an emotional rollercoaster. You may find yourself struggling with a number of painful and conflicting emotions, including guilt, frustration, anger, fear and self-blame.

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

If 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

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

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

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

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

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

Painkiller Addiction in Maine, a Series from the Portland Press Herald

Painkiller addiction has hit the state of Maine hard. Ten years ago, the issue was deemed “the greatest criminal problem and possibly the greatest social problem facing Maine.” Today, Maine doesn’t seem to be in any better place when it comes to the addiction and abuse of prescription painkiller medication. The cost of this addiction