August 2011    

September is just about here, which means it's almost time for Recovery Month. There are some cool Maine events coming up to commemorate National Recovery Month, including the 2nd annual Walk for Recovery in Portland.

We're also taking a closer look at what Crossroads for Women's expansion of outpatient services to men means to our women clients. (Hint - it's a good thing!)



September is National Recovery Month. As the website states, "Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover."

Here what's going on in Maine to celebrate recovery in the next month:


Wednesday, September 7
4th Annual BARCC Recovery Summit (Brewer)
presented by: Bangor Area Recovering Community Coalition 


Saturday, September 10
2nd Annual Walk for Recovery (Portland)
presented by: Catholic Charities of Maine, Crossroads for Women, Day One, Milestone Foundation and Serenity House   

Saturday, September 17
3rd Annual MAAR Recovery Retreat (Augusta)
presented by: Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery and Maine Recovery Communities Coalition   


Saturday, September 24
Motorcycle Rally for Recovery (Bangor - Augusta)
presented by: Bangor Area Recovery Network, Inc.   


Wednesday, September 28
Recovery and Wellness Resource Fair (Portland)
presented by: Portland Overdose Prevention Project 


Details of these events can be found on the Crossroads for Women blog. 


Or, search the Recovery Month website for more events around the country.  


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If you keep up with Crossroads for Women via this e-Newsletter or on our Facebook page, you know that we have started to expand our outpatient services to serve men.

In talking with service providers, physicians and others who refer clients to us, we saw the need for more outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment options for men.

Our goal is to provide the same high quality, evidence-based treatment services to men that we already do for women. As a result, treatment will remain gender-focused. There will be two separate tracks for people seeking outpatient substance abuse and mental health services, one for men and one for women

So, what does this mean for the women who are already clients at Crossroads?

A lot, actually.

Since announcing our intention to provide services for men, many of our current clients have breathed a sigh of relief. So many have told us that they had wished there were a Crossroads for Men for their husband or boyfriend. That they wanted the men in their life to be able to get the same help that they received at Crossroads.

Now, men can get that help and education from Crossroads.

Right now, we are offering outpatient services to men in all of our counseling centers - in Portland, Windham and Kennebunk. We are hoping to have an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for men soon as well. Please call us for an appointment:

Portland: 207.773.9931
Windham: 207.894.5733
Kennebunk: 207.467.3369

p.s. Stay tuned for an updated name and mission for the agency, to be announced in November!

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Jennifer Barbour
Jennifer Barbour, for Crossroads for Women 
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.
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Celebrating Recovery: Recovery Month Events in Maine

What Crossroads for Women's New Outpatient Services for Men Mean to Women

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