Crossroads for Women e-Newsletter

August 2009

September is National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month. So, it seems only fitting that this month's e-Newsletter has a recovery theme to it. Below, you'll find some recovery events happening in Maine to celebrate the month and a link to find more recovery events around the country. I've also included the recently published Maine Voices article written by our COO. Issues with women and drinking have been in the news lately, and we saw an opportunity to write about the differences between men and women when it comes to addiction. Enjoy the last days of summer!
Crossroads for Women Maine Voices Column in the Portland Press Herald
Portland Press Herald logoPolly Haight Frawley, Crossroads for Women's  Chief of Operations, wrote an article for the Portland Press Herald's Maine Voices section. It was published on August 15th and addressed the differences between men and women when it comes to addiction. The piece was written in response to a quote in a past article about the Diane Schuler tragedy. Please take time to read the full article below and share with friends and colleagues!

Women's problems with addiction different from men's NORTH YARMOUTH - Diane Schuler drove the wrong way on a New York highway, killing herself and seven others. It is reported that she was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, which came as a surprise to her family and friends.

An Associated Press article in the Aug. 8 Press Herald quotes Dr. Robert Smith, an addiction psychiatrist and professor at Brown University, stating it is "more common among women (than it is among men) to hide their drinking because of the social stigma of it."

Women who are addicted harbor tremendous guilt and shame regarding their drinking or drugging and the possible consequences for themselves and their families that go along with the behavior.

As a result, they have highly developed coping skills and are able to hide their addiction even from their closest friends and family members.

In fact, studies have shown that children typically learn of their father's addiction at approximately 12.6 years of age, but don't learn about their mother's until 18.3 years of age.

Even in the most modern families, women are more likely than men to be responsible for the children, make the family dinner each evening, and do the family shopping and laundry. Both the stigma of being addicted, especially an addicted mother, and the need to meet family responsibilities, are significant roadblocks for women seeking treatment for their...Read the full article

After publishing the Maine Voices article from Crossroads for Women, editor and publisher Richard L. Connor wrote a column about the need for better understanding of women and drinking to prevent further tragedies behind the wheel. Read the column from the August 24th Monday Opinion.
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Recovery Month Events in Maine & Beyond
September is National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month, and people all around the country are celebrating with a variety of community-centered events. This year's theme is "Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Learn, Together We Heal." Here are some events happening right here in Maine:

2nd Annual Bangor Area Summit on Addiction Recovery (9/10/09)
Bangor Civic Center, Bangor
8:30am -  4:00pm
The goal of the summit is to engage the community in a meaningful dialogue regarding current issues of addiction and recovery in our community, discuss strategies to enhance opportunities for recovery and the community's role in supporting recovery, and to provide direct community input and direction for further development of the Bangor Area Recovering Community Coalition. Registration is $25/person (scholarships available). Get more info

Uniting Maine Recovery Communities: We are not alone! (9/19/09)
China Lake Conference Center, China
9:00am - 4:00pm
This recovery leadership retreat sponsored by Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery (MAAR) will offer workshops to strengthen recovery community cohesiveness and leadership. Workshops will include Recovery & Deep Ecology, The Language of Recovery Advocacy and Families in Recovery. Get more info

Recovery & Wellness Resource Fair (9/23/09) 
Wayside Soup Kitchen, Portland
2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Overdose Prevention Project's annual event serves to reach out to community members accessing services at Preble Street Resource Center. Over 20 area service providers, including Crossroads for Women, will be able to make face-to-face contact with consumers while sharing resources and materials. Free food, fun and prizes! Get more info

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Crossroads for Women
Crossroads for Women addresses substance abuse and mental health so that women and their families can live healthy lives. FMI, call 207.773.9931 or visit our website.

Jennifer Barbour
Jennifer Barbour, communications specialist
Crossroads for Women

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Share Your Story to Celebrate Crossroads' 35th Anniversary!

Crossroads for Women is looking for alumnae to share their stories of treatment and recovery gained, in part, through Crossroads for Women. Write an article or poem. Share some original artwork that is inspired by recovery. Or, simply give us a call and tell us your story, and we'll write it for you. You can remain anonymous, if you'd like. We'll feature stories and other inspirations in our e-Newsletter, blog, Facebook and/or website to celebrate our 35th anniversary in October! FMI, call Jen at 207.773.9931, ext. 128 or email.
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3 Things to Take Away from the Tragedies of Schuler, Jackson and Mays

There has been a lot of media coverage lately around the tragic deaths of Long Island mom Diane Schuler, pop star Michael Jackson and pitchman Billy Mays. All of the stories include allegations of alcohol and / or drug abuse or misuse. All include real people whose lives were taken too soon. And all of the stories leave mourning families with a whole lot of questions. So, what can we take away from these tragic stories? Read More

Study Shows Interventions for Family Members with Addicted Loved Ones Reduces Stress

While it is known that people with a close family member addicted to drugs or alcohol can experience multiple symptoms of physical and psychological stress, these family members are not often intervened with in a medical setting. A recent study coming out of England shows that brief and/or full interventions for family members dealing with an addicted loved one both reduce emotional stress and increase the ability to use coping skills. Read More

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