Crossroads for Women’s intensive case management, therapeutic services, vocational counseling, family support and after-care promote recovery and the development of stable and self-sufficient lives going forward.
“I found love with an old high school sweetheart. Six months before the wedding date, he punched me so hard he knocked me unconscious. But that didn’t stop him from continuing; someone had to pull him off of me. The next years were filled with reconstructive surgery and morphine pills. An addiction to morphine coupled with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and sleep apnea led me to use heroine and eventually to jail.
After jail, I started aftercare at Crossroads. I’ve managed to stop using all of the drugs. Even while fighting liver cancer, I go without pain medication, including ibuprofen. Today I have all of my children, a loving and supportive partner, a whole community of support from Crossroads, the love and support of my family, and support from a boss who’s been there.”
“After my brother died I returned to my use of alcohol to numb the pain of missing him. By the time I was twenty-eight I was homeless, drinking, and using crack non-stop. Over the course of eight years I was homeless and incarcerated ten different times. I would go back to jail once or twice a year.
During my last stay in jail, a friend told me about Maya’s Place. I felt wary because I didn’t’ know what it would be like, but I couldn’t stand to see the disappointment in my daughter’s eyes and my son hated what I was doing. He had to stop his own life to take care of his sister.
When I was accepted into the program, I struggled with how to manage my anger because I was one of those girls who don’t take no shit from nobody. But part of what I learned at Maya’s Place was how to think through a situation before acting on it.
The others in Maya’s Place, we all have different stories but basically the same background and I was inspired by the graduates of Maya’s Place. I saw that they were getting somewhere with their life. It made me realize that recovery is possible and I can do it for myself.
I recently finished my first term at CNM and I feel ecstatic about getting my own place at The Crossroads.”
“When I was a teen, I turned to pills and meth to ease the pain of abuse I suffered at home. By the time I was sixteen I was living on the streets of Albuquerque. Being homeless made me feel empty, lost and unsafe.
Over the course of several years I was admitted to substance abuse programs, but I always relapsed. I finally found Crossroads for Women. It was important to get clean for me, because I’m the only one who matters when it comes to my own living or dying.
In the program we would all come together and talk about the things that would send most people into relapse. I felt close to the other women in the program. Those women became a foundation of support for me.
At Crossroads for Women I was able to find treatment for my bipolar disorder and because of this I was able to hang on to my sobriety. I graduated from Maya’s Place and The Crossroads while maintaining a part time job and a full time course load at CNM.
No one is perfect, and recovery is possible!”