Crossroads for Women e-Newsletter

August 2008
Welcome to the first Crossroads for Women e-Newsletter! Most of you are used to getting emails from me from time to time regarding upcoming groups, events or other happenings related to Crossroads for Women or the substance abuse field in general. This new e-Newsletter will have the same helpful info, with a few more resources, and will come to you on a monthly basis. I hope you enjoy it! If you have any suggestions for the Crossroads for Women e-Newsletter, please email me.

Jen Barbour
What Family Members Know About Addiction and its Impact
HBO Addiction logo HBO's Addiction website has tons of information on the topics of addiction, treatment and aftercare for adolescents and adults. There is also information and resources for family members and friends to help them understand addiction.

In May of 2006, HBO teamed up with USA Today and The Gallup Poll to survey American adults with an immediate family member who has had an alcohol or drug addiction on addiction in general and the impact of addiction on their own lives. Here are a few of the findings:
  • Emotional and Devastating/Horrible are the words that most often asked to describe the effects of a family member's addition.
  • Almost half of U.S. adults who have a family member suffering from the disease of drug or alcohol addiction say they have felt a sense of shame about that family member's addiction.
  • 7 out of 10 U.S. adults who have a family member suffering from the disease of drug or alcohol addiction say that a family member's addiction has had a major or minor effect on their emotional or mental health.
  • Almost 1 out 10 of those who say a family member's addiction has had a major negative impact on their financial situation say they have had to take out a loan or run up credit card bills as a direct result of this addiction.
  • One third of U.S. adults who have a family member suffering from the disease of drug or alcohol addiction say the addiction has caused estrangement among family members.
  • Family support/ pressure was most often cited as the primary reason the family member was able to overcome addiction.
View the complete results of the survey

If you are affected by addiction, you are not alone. Crossroads for Women will begin its next 4-week educational series, "The Effects of Addiction on Friends & Family," starting on Tuesday, September 9th at Crossroads for Women's outpatient office on 66 Pearl Street, Suite 202 in Portland, Maine. The series helps people learn about addiction, the effects it has on their lives and how to be supportive of an addicted loved one while also taking care of themselves. For more information or to register, call 207.773.9931, email or visit Crossroads for Women's website.

New Crossroads for Women Video Available on DVD, YouTube
CFW Video StillCrossroads for Women has completed production on a new organizational video, directed by Laki Vazakas.

This new video tells the story of Crossroads for Women through the women who have walked through our doors. The new video is about 9 minutes long, making it easy to share with referring agencies, potential clients, concerned family members, colleagues or other people who might benefit from finding out more about Crossroads for Women.

Free DVDs are available by contacting Jen at 207.773.9931, ext. 128 or by email. The video can also be seen on our website, our blog and on YouTube.

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Save the Date for a Beautiful Benefit!
Head Games logo
On Saturday, November 1st, Crossroads for Women will host a fundraiser at the Head Games salon in Portland. From 3:00pm - 8:00pm  friends, colleagues, clients, board, staff and other supporters are invited to the salon to for a stylish hair and spa party, while all the proceeds from the evening will go to the agency. Head Games offers lots of great services, including hair, nails, skin, makeup, waxing and massage. So, save the date for a "beautiful benefit" and get pampered at the same time! Take a look at a full list of services from Head Games and book your appointment today! Call 207.773.8393 to save your slot.

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Crossroads for WomenCrossroads for Women addresses substance abuse and other behavioral health issues so that women and their families can live healthy and independent lives. FMI, call 207.773.9931 or visit

Jennifer Barbour
Jennifer Barbour, communications specialist
Crossroads for Women
In This Issue

What Family Members Know About Addiction and its Impact

New Crossroads for Women Video Available on DVD, YouTube

Save the Date for a Beautiful Benefit!

From our Blog
Women & Substance Abuse blog
Positive Incentives Help People Stay in Treatment Longer
Those in the substance abuse treatment field sometimes use contingency management to increase client retention. Contingency management is, essentially, a positive incentive program for clients to help keep them in treatment longer. Read More

Early Prenatal Care & Substance Abuse Treatment Key for Pregnant Addicted Women

Everyone knows that women shouldn't smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs while pregnant. For some women, though, these things are harder to give up than you'd think, even when they know there's a human being developing inside their tummy. A recent study reports good news about pregnant women who also struggle with addiction. Read More

Crossroads Links

Local Links

21 Reasons

211 Maine

AA Maine

Al-Anon Maine

ME Office of Substance Abuse

NA Maine

Nar-Anon Maine

Recovery Month Events / MAAR

Substance Abuse Prevention, Portland

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