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
What Family Members Know About Addiction and its Impact
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
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:
View the complete results of the survey
- 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
- 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.
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
Crossroads 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!
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
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|Crossroads 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 www.crossroadsforwomen.org.
Jennifer Barbour, communications specialist
Crossroads for Women
From our 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
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