As we start to bid farewell to summer, we are also gearing up for the Recovery Month festivities that September brings. We invite you to share a recovery story with us so that we may share it on our blog for inspiration to others in (or striving to be in) recovery. Crossroads is also excited to announce some major federal funding for the Crossroads Pregnant and Postpartum Residential Program.
Crossroads is excited to announce that the agency was awarded $1.5 million over 3 years from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The federal grant allows Crossroads to enhance Maine's only residential substance abuse treatment program for pregnant and postpartum women, where children reside with their mothers during their residency.
This unique treatment program integrates medical, addiction and behavioral health services to provide women and their families with:
- Assessment and treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders
- Gender-focused and trauma-informed care
- Medical referrals to promote safe and healthy pregnancies
- Parenting skills and education for women and their families
- Case management services for women, their minor children and their families
- Referral services and programming for family members
- Home and family visits, as appropriate
- Aftercare planning and recovery support
A Quote from Senator Susan Collins
"This important federal funding will not only help address a serious health concern, but it will help support families at a crucial time in their lives," said U.S. Senator Susan Collins. "I applaud the work being done at Crossroads to provide important substance-abuse treatment, prevention, and recovery support services to women and their children here in Maine."
Crossroads works with several community partners around Maine to ensure the most comprehensive services for women and families. To offer such a comprehensive treatment program, Crossroads has partnered with several medical, behavioral health and other service organizations around Maine. Community partners include Maine Medical Center, Family Crisis Services, SMART Child and Family Services, Women Work and Community, and Portland Public Health.
Read the official press release
To access the Crossroads Pregnant and Postpartum Residential Program, call Residential Intakes & Admissions at 207.894.5733 to determine eligibility and set up an initial intake appointment.
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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.
We'd like to use the Crossroads Blog to help spread the word of recovery during Recovery Month.
We want to hear your stories of recovery. How did you get there? What did it take? What advice would you offer to those struggling right now? What helped you remember who you wanted to be?
We're sending out an open invitation to send us your story of recovery from a substance abuse and/or mental health disorder. These disorders affect us all, and we need to talk about them.
Here are some specifics:
- Keep your story to approximately 500 words or less
- Send along stories; do not send promotions for businesses or recovery-oriented facilities
- Please include an image to use with the post, if possible
- You are welcome to remain anonymous in the post (please indicate that you want to remain anonymous in your email and please do not not use any identifying information in your post)
- You are also welcome to include a short, 2-3 sentence bio that includes a link to a blog or website
- All submitted stories are subject to editing and approval (i.e., Submitting a story does not guarantee we will post it.)
- Email your story to email@example.com before September 15, 2012 (The earlier the better, since these will run throughout the month of September.)
We will share the stories throughout the month of September on our blog. We're excited to see what you send us!
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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.
From Our Blog
National Recovery Month 2012: Maine Events
September is National Recovery Month, a time to promote the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrate people in recovery, laud the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promote the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.
Last week, we asked for your recovery stories so that we can share them over the course of the month. Note: There is plenty of time to submit!
As promised in that post, following are some of the events happening in Maine for Recovery Month 2012. (If you're not in Maine, find an event near you here...Read More
Outpatient Therapy Groups
Managing Chronic Pain for women call for next start date
Scarborough Professional Men's Recovery Group
Wed, 5:30pm - 7pm
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for men
Mon - Fri, 9am - 12pm
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for women
Mon - Fri, 9am - 12pm
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Are you passionate about treatment and recovery? Our board of directors is looking to recruit members - men and women - to help re-energize and lead Crossroads into the future.
If you are interested in finding out more about the commitment of joining our board, please contact Donna Chamoff, our vice president.