Crossroads e-Newsletter
  February 2013    

It's hard to believe we're about to start the month of March. That means spring is around the corner, right? This month, we're sharing a halfway house client's perspective on a family visit with her mom while in treatment. We're also sharing some more info on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and why our new DBT Group might be appropriate for certain clients.

Did you know that the "Big Book" for Alcohol Anonymous is now available for free online? If you missed our post on Facebook, you can download the book here.

Crossroads Back Cove
Crossroads has put a stronger emphasis on family involvement at all levels of treatment over the past year or so. Following is an anonymous quote from a client in our halfway house program, also known as Back Cove, about what it meant for her mother to be involved in her treatment.
"It was really nice for my mom to have had the opportunity to participate in family education at Back Cove. It allowed her to get a better understanding of what recovery looks like for me now. She was able to see that I AM serious about staying clean and sober and to also get back in touch with myself.  She understands this is just the beginning, but sees that I am doing it thus far. It gave me the opportunity to be honest with her. She was able to hear me say what I want for myself. She and I both realized that outside of alcoholism and drug addiction, we have a lot in common.

She attended an Al Anon meeting and an AA meeting with me and came to realize that the 12 steps are not just applicable to drug and alcohol addiction. She was so interested in the 12 steps, she left the AA meeting with a 12 Step book. She was also able to witness me receiving my 30-day chip (Hooray for me!). She left the meeting feeling enlightened, relieved and armed with more education.


Thanks for the opportunity to build this relationship."


Crossroads Back Cove holds family get togethers on Monday evenings from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Family, sponsors and other supports are encouraged to attend an informal education. According to Halfway House Program Manager Nikki Oliver, "we talk about the program, a tad of education, resources available to families, and encourage participants to attend Al Anon. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and have brief interactions with their person in treatment."


For more information on our 6-month halfway house program for women, visit the Crossroads website.


Next month, we'll highlight our family programming at our short-term Residential Rehab program.


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Background and Benefits to DBT
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Last month, we mentioned a new Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group recently started at our Greater Portland Counseling Center in Scarborough. This month, we wanted to share more information on this evidence-based therapy and why it might be beneficial for certain clients.


According to Assistant Clinical Director Dr. Mary Anny Roy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy is effective in treating individuals who may have:

  • Various mood disorders 
  • History of trauma 
  • Challenges with chemical dependency
  • Problems with self-esteem, relationships, acceptance and regulating one's emotions

DBT is a good option to consider if you are looking to improve the quality of your life and interpersonal skills.  


DBT is beneficial as it helps people learn to:

  • Tolerate intense emotions and challenging situations skillfully
  • Take action in positive ways while also developing a greater ability to remain open-minded

By participating in a DBT group, one will develop the skill of learning to set and maintain healthy boundaries and develop greater self-respect.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group 
When: Thursdays, 11:00am - 12:30pm 
Who: Women

Counselor: Beata A. Wiktor, LCPC, Psy.D.

Where: Greater Portland Counseling Center, 

71 US Route 1, Suite E, Scarborough

 Directions to Greater Portland Counseling Center


To join or for more information: Call 207.773.9931



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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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   A Crossroads alumnae visit, from a client's perspective


Last week, we shared the story of a former client's visit back to 525 Forest Avenue , the home of Crossroads'halfway house program. This week, we're sharing the impact Ashley's visit had on one particular client. The following post was written by halfway house client Melissa W. 


As a client of Crossroads, I often wonder how many clients continue on their journey for a better life. Since being in the Back Cove program, we have had the opportunity to hear from several past clients. Each of these women has volunteered their time to share their stories of experience, strength and hope. They have assured us that we too can remain clean and sober if we continue to work our program... Read More 


Outpatient Therapy Groups

Living with Chronic Pain for women Tues, 1pm - 2:30pm, starting 3/5/13
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for men
Mon - Th, 9am - 12pm 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group for women Thurs, 11am - 12:30pm new!
The Aftercare Group (TAG) for women
Tues, 6pm - 7:30pm  
Scarborough & Kennebunk     
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for women 
Mon - Fri, 9am - 12pm


Read more about these groups offerings

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Crossroads accepts MaineCare, Medicare, private insurance and self-pay.

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