Cooking Matters at Crossroads for Women’s Halfway House

Started in 1993 by Share Our Strength, a national organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America, Cooking Matters provides low-income people at risk of hunger with hands-on cooking and nutrition classes led by volunteer professional chefs and nutritionists. According to Kristen Miale, the program director for Cooking Matters for Maine, the Cooking Matters program

Crossroads Needs Your Help

We don’t normally send emails like this, but we need your help. On Friday, Crossroads for Women received the recommendations that the Office of Substance Abuse (OSA), a division of DHHS, is forced to make in an attempt to keep treatment available in our state. These recommendations essentially dismantle Maine’s substance abuse treatment system as

Women, Addiction and Prison: An Interview with Dr. Stephanie Covington

Stephanie Covington, Ph.D., author of Hazelden Publishing books, A Woman’s Way Through The Twelve Steps, Women and Addiction: A Gender-Responsive Approach and Beyond Trauma, is currently being featured in the new OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network docu-series, “Breaking Down the Bars,” which premiered on Tuesday, February 15. The original seven-episode series follows the journey women prisoners

Children of Alcoholics: You are not alone.

Alcoholism affects everyone in the family, particularly children. If you grew up in an alcoholic family, you are not alone. You are also not immune to alcohol’s devastating effects. February 13-19 is Children of Alcoholics (COA) Week. According to the website, COA Week “celebrates the recovery of the many thousands of children (of all ages)

Pillowcase Challenge Inspires Donation

Crossroads for Women received a call the other day from the president of a local quilters guild in Standish, Maine. She had 14 beautifully handmade pillowcases that she wanted to donate to our halfway house. Since Crossroads maintains two 24-hour residential substance abuse treatment facilities for women, we are always in need of bed linens.

Maine’s addiction to painkillers

The amount of substance abuse treatment admissions for prescription pain reliever abuse* rose sharply – from 2.2% to 9.8% – between 1998 and 2008, a federal report recently showed us. And Maine made the very top of the list for having the highest percentage of residents being treated for painkiller addiction. According to the Substance

Help Women Remember who They Wanted to be.

Beth struggled with alcoholism, bipolar disorder and other mental health troubles after leaving her corporate job. As Beth recalls, her life was filled with depression and a series of relapses that almost took her life. Until she saw an advertisement in a local paper for Crossroads for Women™ that reminded her to remember who she

Dealing with Grief and Loss During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be especially lonely and challenging for those dealing with the loss of a loved one. To help, Crossroads for Women will be offering Grief and Loss During the Holiday Season in the Portland, Maine area from December 7, 2010 – January 11, 2011. The 6-week outpatient therapy group offers support during

HRASM Helps Halfway House Clients Reshape Their Employment Outlook

Last month, the clients of our halfway house program were visited by a few caring human resources professionals involved with the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine (HRASM). They came in without judgment and ready to work. Women from various Portland area companies, including Unum, Portland Public Library, Maine Eye Center and RM Davis, shared