We're nearing the end of the summer and noticing that it's been tough for men to know if the Crossroads IOP is the right level of treatment for them. This month, we've got a few questions for you to ask to help determine if IOP is a good fit. In addition, our halfway house recently went to the Maine Area Roundup, and a client wrote a great story about the experience.
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Summertime is a particularly tough time of year for people to commit to an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for a substance abuse concern, especially when you live in Maine and get to enjoy this beautiful weather.
Committing to 3 hours a day of group therapy at 5 days per week can seem daunting at best. Plus, many people, particularly men, have a hard time believing that they really need something as intensive as an IOP.
Men seem to believe that they just need a little more willpower, and they will be fine. (Or, so we hear.)
Bryce Libby, LCSW, LADC and Chuck Schneider, LCSW, C-CATODSW, who run Crossroads' IOP for men, suggest those men that may be on the fence start asking themselves a few questions.
If you are wondering whether or not IOP may be appropriate for you, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- What is important to you?
- What do you value?
- Is what you're doing now helping you reach your goals?
- Have you been more successful in past?
- Do you need more structure in your life?
- What are you willing to do differently to help you to not be stuck?
Answer honestly. If you're feeling stuck, you might consider IOP. Or, you might just want to talk with Bryce or Chuck a bit to find out what your options are. It's never easy to go into treatment. But sometimes it's helpful to try something different when things aren't going the way you'd like.
If you'd like to join or get more info on Crossroads' IOP for men in Scarborough, please call 207.773.9931.
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The following story was written by a client in the Crossroads Halfway House residential program. Clients and staff attended the 35th Annual Maine Roundup July 20 - 22, 2012.
Picture being one of eight women in a van packed full with three days worth of food, luggage and personalities.
We took a right onto Forest Ave. and were off on a 3 1/2 hour road trip with eight fully charged GPSs.
We hit Auburn (mind you, it's only forty minutes from Portland), and everybody needed lunch, bathrooms, and smoke breaks.
Looking like a long ride ahead of us, we continued north on the hot summer day and were all very excited to get there. As we got closer, ears were popping and views of mountains were very beautiful. Finally after a long 3 1/2 hours we pulled into our condo and everybody piled out quickly. We settled into our rooms and all took a few minutes to look around inside and out.
Read the entire story on the Crossroads Blog
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Jennifer Barbour, for Crossroads
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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Yet, many of the soldiers and veterans who serve our country are not getting the help they need.
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