Crossroads e-Newsletter
  February 2012     

Crossroads continues to add to its therapy group options at its new outpatient location in Scarborough. Crossroads started its first men's IOP group and an aftercare group for women at the location. In our residential programs, we've been offering a specialized group and yoga for women who have experienced trauma in their lives.

Finally, we're also asking for your vote to win up to $5,000 from the Bangor Savings Foundation. The deadline is the end of the week. Thanks to everyone who has voted so far!
New Scarborough Therapy Groups: The Aftercare Group (TAG) for Women, IOP for Men
Anasazi Sofware logoCrossroads is happy to be bringing back the The Aftercare Group (TAG) to Greater Portland Counseling Center in Scarborough.

TAG, which was popular when it was offered in Portland, provides supportive aftercare once a week to women who have completed some substance abuse treatment and who are taking action to maintain their sobriety. The therapy group explores topics such as 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. TAG meets on Wednesdays from 2pm - 3:30pm.

As you may already know, our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for men is up and running in Scarborough as well. The group meets Monday - Thursday from 5pm - 8pm.

For more information on these groups or to join, visit our Therapy Groups page on our website or call 207.773.9931.

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The deadline to write in Crossroads to win up to $5,000 in grant money from Bangor Savings Foundation is just around the corner - March 5th!

If you haven't already, please vote here for Crossroads. All you have to do is:
  1. Fill out your name, email and zip code,
  2. Write in Crossroads for Greater Portland/Lewiston/Auburn and
  3. Hit the "Submit Your Votes" button
Any additional grant money we earn will help support our direct, gender-focused work with women, men and families.

As always, we thank you for your support!


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articlethreeHealing Trauma Groups & Yoga Help Women in Residential Programs

Crossroads recently started a series of therapy groups in its Halfway House and Residential Rehab facilities focused on women who have experienced trauma. The weekly group is called Healing Trauma and is a 5 session series developed by Dr. Stephanie Covington. 

The main purpose of the Healing Trauma group is to:
  • Learn more about abuse and how widespread it is in women's lives
  • Become more aware of the strengths that the women already have
  • Increase the skills the women need to help heal from their trauma
  • Learn exercises and techniques that can help the women feel more grounded and safe

The topics discussed in each session include understanding power and abuse, the process of trauma and increasing healthy self-care, learning to develop healthy relationships, and learning how to safely end a relationship.


So far, the groups have been extremely helpful for the women involved. After the group, Crossroads has also started to offer yoga. According to Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, yoga is particularly helpful for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) because it can help people safely feel their physical sensations and develop a quiet practice of stillness. 


Crossroads clinical staff continues to explore innovative treatment techniques that can be used throughout the different levels of care at Crossroads to address the needs of female clients with histories of trauma.


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Jennifer Barbour, for Crossroads

Crossroads for Women
Crossroads provides gender-responsive addiction and behavioral health treatment services in a safe and respectful environment so individuals and families can lead healthy lives. FMI, call 207.773.9931 or visit our website.
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Outpatient Therapy Groups

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The Aftercare Group (TAG)  for women
Weds, 2pm - 3:30pm

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for men 
Mon - Th, 5pm - 8pm
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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for women 
Mon - Fri, 9am - 12pm


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