Crossroads for Women e-Newsletter

February 2009

The Crossroads for Women's e-Newsletter is back on track and will be delivered to your inbox monthly once again. This issue talks about an exciting new therapeutic program with Riding to the Top and an upcoming winter retreat geared to working women. We also hope you will vote for Crossroads for Women to win up to $5,000 from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation. Thanks for reading, and please email me with any feedback you may have.
Crossroads partners with Riding to the Top to provide therapeutic services
Riding to the Top HorseCrossroads for Women has teamed up with Riding to the Top in a pilot project that combines substance abuse treatment and therapeutic horseback riding.

Therapeutic riding has been shown to help facilitate the confidence, self-esteem and problem solving skills of children and adults with physical, emotional and / or learning disabilities.

The curriculum for the program, which takes place at Riding to the Top's facility in Windham, focuses on specific recovery skills such as relating to others in healthy ways, identifying thinking distortions and managing feelings without using drugs or alcohol. While the program is still in its early stages, clients have been able to talk about everything from thinking errors and distortions, safety, body language, boundaries, getting needs met, problem solving, strengths, survival skills and relating to others in healthy ways.

Here are some of the things the women have said so far:
  • "I feel instantly calm when I am near the horses. I have a deep feeling of comfort and relaxation." (from a woman with severe anxiety)
  • "I was scared of the horses and didn't think I'd want to get close to them. But, I wanted to tell my daughter that I touched the horse so she'd be proud of me. And I got to tell her that."
  • "I caught myself excuse-making and catastrophizing. I changed my thinking, and I was able to get on the horse."
  • "When I was on the horse, I felt proud. I felt myself sitting up taller and relaxing and enjoying the experience.
The collaboration started in January and will continue for one year. Participants include clients from Crossroads for Women's halfway house and Children And Mothers Program (CAMP) - halfway house programs.

FMI on Riding to the Top, visit their website.

Help Crossroads Win a $5,000 Grant!
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Your quick online votes will help our agency receive as much as $5,000 in a Bangor Savings Bank Community Matters More contribution. We are asking for your help!

In early March, Bangor Savings Bank Foundation will give a total of $100,000 to local nonprofit organizations. We're looking to friends of Crossroads for Women to help make sure our agency receives the $5,000 grant or a $1,000 grant.

Please invite your friends, colleagues and neighbors to participate by going to the Bangor Savings Bank website.

It's a simple online voting process:
1.  Visit this link

2.  On the ballot sheet, scroll down to the 3rd region (Greater Portland/Lewiston/Auburn) as well as the last region (York) and select "other." In both sections, please write in Crossroads for Women.

3.  It is important to Crossroads for Women in the votes you cast for our agency that you write-in votes in both the Greater Portland region and the York region.

Please take one minute to vote online today and help spread the word! (Voters must be from Maine.)

Thank you for your support!
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Sheehan to present at Winter Break for Working Women event in Orono
Crossroads for WomenBeat Back the Blues - Winter Break for Working Women

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 the Black Bear Inn in Orono, Maine. The event starts on Thursday, February 26th with an evening of laughter with attorney-comedienne Karen Morgan.

The full day event on Friday, February 27th includes keynote educational speaker, Dr. Susan Blank, an addiction psychiatrist who will provide 2 hours of CLE ethics credit discussing the diseases of depression and substance abuse. Faith Sheehan, CCS, LCSW, Crossroads for Women's outpatient supervisor, will present "The Effects of Addiction on Friends, Family and Colleagues."

Beyond education, there will also break out sessions for yoga, massage, acupuncture and how to dress to feel better.

For more information on this event, visit the Maine State Bar Association website or call 207.622.7523.

Winter Break for Working Women is sponsored by the Women's Law Section of the MSBA and the Maine Medical Association and Presented by the Women's Law Section of the MSBA and the Maine State Bar Association CLE Committee

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

Crossroads partners with Riding to the Top

Help Crossroads Win a $5,000 Grant!

Sheehan to present at Winter Break for Working Women

From our Blog
Women & Substance Abuse blog

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. Read More

Brief Intervention by Doctors Can Reduce Alcohol Use in Postpartum Women

A recent study showed that brief interventions in the doctor's office can reduce alcohol use in postpartum women. In the study, 8,706 women were screened at their 6-week postpartum doctor visit. The women were given either "usual care,"  defined as "receipt of a booklet on general health issues but no specific counseling," or brief intervention. 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


Substance Abuse Prevention, Portland

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