Parenting While in Recovery from Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction isn’t easy. Those in recovery need to set priorities and do what is right for them on a daily basis. They need to keep themselves safe and away from the things in life that trigger them to want to use or drink again. For a mother, it’s even harder.

Pamper Yourself for a Good Cause: Crossroads for Women

Crossroads for Women will host a fabulous fundraiser at the Head Games salon in Portland, Maine on Saturday, November 1st, 2008. From 3:00pm – 8:00pm friends, colleagues, clients, board, staff and other supporters are invited to the salon for a stylish hair and spa party. To show your support, all you need to do is

5 Things Families Can do to Support Loved Ones in Recovery

Addiction to drugs or alcohol can cause a lot of disruption in families. The disruption can occur even when the addicted person has received treatment and is moving in the path of recovery. The following 5 suggestions for family members dealing with a loved one new to recovery come from HBO’s Addiction website: Educate yourself

Relapse Prevention Planning

The July/August 2008 Addiction Professional has an interesting article on relapse prevention, written by Brian Duffy, LMHC, LADC-I. In the article, Duffy offers relapse prevention strategies to clinicians and those in recovery in relation to the top 6 triggers he’s seen in his decade-plus experience in the substance abuse treatment field. Duffy’s 6 common triggers

Drug Addiction, A Recipe for Disaster

The following letter was written by a Crossroads for Women client who participated in our Residential Rehabilitation program and is now in our Outpatient Program. She shares this letter, written to herself, to inspire others out there who are in recovery, or who are searching to find recovery, from drug or alcohol addiction. Dear Self,

Recovery for friends and family members

Anyone close to someone addicted to alcohol or drugs is affected by that addiction. Friends, family members, co-workers and peers struggle with strained relationships, the desire to help the person and just figuring out how to deal with someone that seems to be on the road to destruction. Even when that person gets into much

Outpatient Therapy Group for Professional Women in Recovery

Crossroads for Women has been running an outpatient therapy group for professional women for a few months now. The group, which meets on Wednesday evenings, has been so successful we’ve decided to add another group on Monday evenings. The new Professional Women’s Recovery Group will have a maximum of 10 participants. Professional women are often

Defining Addiction Recovery

A panel of experts from the Betty Ford Institute recently drafted a definition of addiction recovery. Published in the October 2007 issue of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, the definition describes recovery as “a voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal health, and citizenship.” The expert panel writes, “Although ‘recovery’ is widely recognized as