Crossroads for Women

January 2011 

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday season and are enjoying the snow (if you are in our neck of the woods, that is).

Heading into 2011, we have some great outpatient therapy groups in Kennebunk to announce. We're looking at Maine's addiction to painkillers. We'd also like to extend a thanks to all of those who supported us this holiday season.
firstUpcoming Therapy Groups at Kennebunk Counseling Center
Kennebunk Counseling Center will be starting the year off with two outpatient therapy groups, The Aftercare Group (TAG) and Managing Chronic Pain.
Kennebunk Group Room
The Aftercare Group (TAG)

TAG provides supportive aftercare once a week for women who have completed some substance abuse treatment and who are taking action to maintain their sobriety. Themes may include: interrupting relapse warning signs, healthy relationships, communication, money and self-sufficiency, community, spirituality and service, supportive daily practices, manifesting hopes and dreams, managing stress and sober fun. This group will start February 2nd.

Managing Chronic Pain
Managing Chronic Pain is an 8-week group intended for women seeking both professional and peer support for chronic pain in a nurturing environment. This group will offer a cognitive behavioral approach to coping with pain in order to achieve greater fulfillment in one's life. Group members will develop increased insight as to how thoughts, feelings and behaviors impact the perception and experience of pain. Group members can reflect and gain support from one another, as well as practice relaxation and distraction techniques in order to manage their pain. This group will start in March.

The Aftercare Group (TAG)
when: Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 2:30pm starting February 2nd
counselor: Kathleen Hebden, LCSW

Managing Chronic Pain
when: Thursdays, starting in March (dates/times TBA)
counselor: Mary Ann Roy, PsyD


Kennebunk Counseling Center
2 Livewell Drive, Suite 202, Kennebunk

FMI: 207.467.3369

Crossroads for Women accepts MaineCare, private insurance and self-pay.

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secondMaine's addiction to painkillers
The amount of substance abuse treatment admissions for prescription pain reliever abuse* rose sharply - from 2.2% to 9.8% - between 1998 and 2008, a federal report recently showed us. And Maine made the very top of the list for having the highest percentage of residents being treated for painkiller addiction.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) report, 386 of every 100,000 residents age 12 or older were admitted for treatment of painkiller addiction in Maine in 2008 - more than eight times the national rate of 45 per 100,000 people.


It is interesting to note that the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) showed that pain reliever abuse increased about the same across all educational level and employment status categories. Women have shown higher percentages of pain reliever abuse, rising from 3.5% in 1998 to 13.3% in 2008. Men increased from 1.8% to 8.1% over the same period. Crossroads for Women has seen a steady increase in admissions for addiction to prescription drugs over the years, coming in second only to alcohol as clients' primary drug of choice.

Read the rest of this article on Crossroads for Women's blog.

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thirdHoliday Thank Yous!
Finally, we had some very generous elves donate lots of wonderful gifts to the women at our residential facilities. Our clients and children in our Children And Mothers Program (CAMP) were happily surprised when they awoke to presents of robes, personal care products, toys, recovery books and other fun stuff from "Santa" on Christmas day.

Crossroads for Women is also thankful to those that contributed money to our programs and services at the end of the year. We can't do our vital work without your support.

Of course, you can give to Crossroads for Women throughout the year. Please visit our Giving page to find out how.

Here's to a wonderful 2011!

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

Upcoming Therapy Groups at Kennebunk Counseling Center

Maine's addiction to painkillers

Holiday Thank Yous!

Outpatient Therapy Groups

Professional Women's Recovery Group
Wednesdays, 5:30pm - 7pm

Friends and Family Group

Mondays, 5pm - 6:30pm

Friends and Family Group
Wednesdays, 6pm - 7:30pm

The Aftercare Group (TAG)
Tuesdays, 1pm - 2:30pm

Managing Chronic Pain
Thursdays, starting in March

Portland, Kennebunk & Windham

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Mon - Fri, 9am - 12pm


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Pillowcase Challenge Inspires Donation

Crossroads for Women received a call the other day from the president of a local quilters guild in Standish, Maine. She had 14 beautifully handmade pillowcases that she wanted to donate to our halfway house. Since Crossroads maintains two 24-hour residential substance abuse treatment facilities for women, we are always in need of bed linens.

The inspiration for the donation was pretty cool. It was part of a 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge from American Patchwork & Quilting...Read More

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