Crossroads provides gender-responsive addiction and behavioral health treatment services in a safe and respectful environment so individuals and families can lead healthy lives.
Crossroads for Women opened its doors in October of 1974. At the time, the nonprofit agency in Windham was known as a safe place for women to “dry out.” Alcoholism was treated, as drug problems were not widely addressed (or prevalent) at the time.
Over the years, Windham identified the specific needs of women in the state of Maine and developed programs and services that address those needs. Our Children and Mothers Program (CAMP) was started in 1995 and remains the only licensed, nationally accredited program in Maine that provides on-site living arrangements and childcare services that allow pregnant women and mothers to attend counseling, support group meetings, parenting classes and other activities.
Crossroads for Women opened its first outpatient office in Portland, ME in 1997, offering counseling and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Known later as Greater Portland Counseling Center, the office was expanded and moved to Scarborough in November of 2011.
The Back Cove Women’s Residential program, a 30-day primary treatment program for women offering holistic treatment for women from all around the country in a beautiful Maine setting, opened its doors in 2014. Kennebunk Counseling Center was introduced in March of 2009 and expanded in 2011 to accommodate services for men for the first time.
Simply known as Crossroads now, the agency offers addiction and mental health counseling at the outpatient level for both men and women.
Our treatment approach has grown leaps and bounds since 1974, incorporating both mental health and substance use treatment and addressing the issues that women, and now men, uniquely face using a relational model.
Why Gender-Responsive Treatment at Crossroads
When it comes to addiction, it is important that clients feel safe, comfortable and supported throughout recovery. Women and men experience different challenges when dealing with addiction and respond in different ways. Gender-responsive treatment allows clients to focus on the issues prevalent in their lives and address them in ways that work best for them. Whereas women often turn to drugs or alcohol to maintain a relationship or fill a void, men often use drugs or alcohol to avoid connections all together. Gender-responsive treatment at Crossroads recognizes these differences and approaches them in ways that support each gender in their recovery.