Crossroads for Women e-Newsletter

November 2008

Happy Election Day! Hopefully you've already had the chance to get out and vote today. This month's e-Newsletter focuses on a new parenting in recovery group, a recent Maine Women article featuring Crossroads for Women and a special sneak peek of our new Recovery Bookstore on our website. I hope you find it informative and helpful.
Parenting in Recovery
Mom and child
Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction isn't easy. Those in recovery need to set priorities and do what is right for them on a daily basis. They need to keep themselves safe and away from the things in life that trigger them to want to use or drink again.

For a mother, it's even harder. The added stress of being a parent can result in a trigger to start using again. Just bringing their child to a playground can remind them of their earlier days when they bought drugs at the same park. It's important for moms in recovery to know and practice safe coping skills. To find a balance between being a mom and being a woman in recovery.

Crossroads for Women offers a therapy group called Sober Parenting to expectant and current moms. Maria Moustrouphis, the clinician who runs the group, describes the group as open and friendly, where moms can learn from each other and not worry about being judged. Many women in recovery have not had good parenting role models in their lives. They might not be aware of typical child development, the difference between discipline and punishment or even age-appropriate activities for their child. The Sober Parenting group talks about these topics and more and tailors each group discussion to what the members of the group want to explore.

The group currently meets on Wednesdays from 12:15pm - 2:45pm. For more information or to join this group, call 207.773.9931. View a list of current therapy groups being offered by Crossroads for Women's Outpatient Program (PDF)

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Women & Alcohol: What gender gap?
Maine Women logo Maine Women, a bimonthly publication for and about Maine women, recently featured Crossroads for Women in its cover story "Women and Alcohol: What Gender Gap?" The article, written by Linda Hersey, takes a look at the story of one Maine woman recently charged in the deaths of 2 people, including one child, after her SUV struck an oncoming car while driving the wrong way on the Maine Turnpike. The 52-year old mother of 2 was drunk at the time. She is a real example of how the effects of alcohol have no boundaries. Hersey notes that arrests of women drunk drivers have been on a steady increase, citing a study by Washington State University that showed the percentage of female drunk driving arrests rose sharply from 9% in 1980 to 20% in 2004.

While the article focuses on women driving under the influence of alcohol, Hersey also takes a look at the different needs that women have when it comes to substance abuse treatment. Hersey writes about how alcohol can take a much harder toll on women, and how many women alcoholics have histories of trauma in their lives. Hersey sat down with Crossroads for Women's outpatient program clinical team to find out more about our women-focused approach, which uses a relational model. As Georgana Prudhomme, director of outpatient services, explains in the article, "Women interact with each other and the world through relationships. We focus on fostering those relationships and teaching women to trust again."

Download the full article "Women and Alcohol: What Gender Gap?" (PDF)

Download the entire Maine Women October 2008 issue (PDF)

Recovery Bookstore Sneak Peek
Hazelden logo Crossroads for Women has teamed up with Hazelden Publishing to offer recovery books and other products, with a special focus on women. These items are perfect as gifts or to add to your own library. The best part is that Crossroads for Women receives 12% in total sales that start via our website. So, by shopping our bookstore, you're not only supporting recovery, you're supporting women and their families achieving healthy and independent lives through women-specific treatment. As an e-Newsletter subscriber, you get a sneak peek of the bookstore before anyone else! Visit the bookstore now and start your holiday shopping early!
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

Parenting in Recovery

Women & Alcohol: What gender gap?

Recovery Bookstore Sneak Peek

From our Blog
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ME Office of Substance Abuse

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