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03/11/2013
By: d.merch
The Crossroads Program
I joined crossroads in July of 2009. I was a 19 year old homeless junkie. I had hit the lowest bottom of my life when I started Crossroads outpatient. I had been living with various addictions since I was 16 starting with an eating disorder that progressed into alcohol to pot to cocaine to LSD to opiates to any and every drug i could find. I was obsessed, alone, and out of control. I had tried to get sober threw many programs, treatment centers, hospitals, and A.A./N.A. but i could never keep more than 3 months of sobriety at a time. No matter how matter how miserable or far down the scale i had gone it was never enough to get me to stop. I had not always been so obviously crazy and out of control. I was a strait A student in high school and was involved in dance, debate, student council, church, and many other activities. The disease progressed so quickly my family didn’t even know how to react. My eating disorder soon turned to a drug addiction in a matter of a year and I hit the ground running after that. It wasn’t long before i had dropped out of college, wound up homeless, overdosed, fell in love with heroin, and basically just wanted to die. I came to crossroads as a last resort. I was desperate and nothing else had worked. Outpatient taught me how to work a twelve step program honestly, find what i now call God, deal with my feelings, and learn to forgive and love myself. I made friends who truly loved me for who i was and i finally learned how to be me for the first time. I reconnected with my family who i am very close with today. Words cannot say how much gratitude I have for this program. I no longer have the need to take depression medication, throw up my food, get high, get drunk, or hide. I’m learning to love myself and grow into the woman i am meant to be. It really does work. I guess the thing that really made me want to stay in the group after i completed treatment is the love and fun of the group. I love my friends and my life here. I am happy for the first time in a very long time. I choose to stay and i choose to stay sober because i want to. I have found somewhere i feel like i belong and can start building my future. I have been working for a few months and plan on going back to college in the near future. After the hell i went through for many years with my disease, I’m grateful for that experience because it lead me to the life i have now. I wouldn’t trade my worst day I’ve had in sobriety for the best day i had in my addiction for anything
03/11/2013
By: d.merch
The Crossroads Program
I joined crossroads in July of 2009. I was 19 year old homeless junkie. I had hit the lowest bottom of my life when I started outpatient. I had been living with various addictions since I was 16 starting with an eating disorder that progressed into alcohol to pot to cocaine to LSD to opiates to any and every drug i could find. I was obsessed, alone, and out of control. I had tried to get sober threw many programs, treatment centers, hospitals, and A.A./N.A. but i could never keep more than 3 months of sobriety at a time. No matter how matter how miserable or far down the scale i had gone it was never enough to get me to stop. I had not always been so obviously crazy and out of control. I was a strait A student in high school and was involved in dance, debate, student council, church, and many other activities. The disease progressed so quickly my family didn’t even know how to react. My eating disorder soon turned to a drug addiction in a matter of a year and I hit the ground running after that. It wasn’t long before i had dropped out of college, wound up homeless, overdosed, fell in love with heroin, and basically just wanted to die. I came to crossroads as a last resort. I was desperate and nothing else had worked. Outpatient taught me how to work a twelve step program honestly, find what i now call God, deal with my feelings, and learn to forgive and love myself. I made friends who truly loved me for who i was and i finally learned how to be me for the first time. I reconnected with my family who i am very close with today. Words cannot say how much gratitude I have for this program. I love my friends and my life here. I am happy for the first time in a very long time. I choose to stay and i choose to stay sober because i want to. I have found somewhere i feel like i belong and can start building my future. I have been working for a few months and plan on going back to college in the near future. After the hell i went through for many years with my disease, I’m grateful for that experience because it lead me to the life i have now. I wouldn’t trade my worst day I’ve had in sobriety for the best day i had in my addiction for anything
03/11/2013
By: miracleshappen449
The Crossroads Program
I never could have imagined when rocking my baby that 15 years later I would be picking her up at the police station for assault and possession. It had been obvious that our once happy, carefree daughter had a problem. She was a mess and so was our family. The problem was that no-one was able to help us. We had been to Psychiatrists, counselors, and school staff. A coworker told me about Crossroads and within a day we were meeting with a wonderful counselor. My first thought was that she would never talk to these people but an hour later she was still in there talking. She now has over 48 months clean and sober and is a different person. She smiles, laughs, gives hugs and is someone I loving living with every day. If you have any hesitation in Crossroads I can understand – I was there 48 months ago. The dedicated counselors worked with a child I brought in who was under foreign management (drugs) and not give up on her. There were numerous miracles that happened regularly and still happen. I cannot tell you enough about the love of the group and how awesome it is to have a house party with 50 or more sober kids laughing and having fun. The parent support group that helped me with my own control issues and in finding serenity. In less than 2 years my daughter went from wanting to be a tattoo artist to completing high school early and now attending the comm. college. Life is good! She told me that drugs was like going to church for her and she loved using, 24/7. Miracles do happen – ours happened at a loving, caring place called Crossroads! If your story sounds like ours I hope you can find your miracle at Crossroads. Thank you to the parents, kids and staff! Love you!
11/15/2012
By: goodtimesarehere
The Crossroads Program
The Crossroads Program changed my life and my family in way I could never have hoped for. I was able to break the cycle of incredibly bad choices I was making. I always knew they were bad but never found the power to change until I went to treatment at Crossroads. I was able to stop walking around high all day every day, I discovered a better way to treat people (including myself), and I started to actually become a real family member, rather than show up when I have to and take what I could from them. I didn't even know I wanted these things when I started, but once I found them I discovered a lifestyle I could love be proud of. I began to understand what it is like to have self worth. I was taught what it means to be committed to my recovery, a concept I would later find out in AA is of utmost importance to long term sobriety; in fact the overwhelming majority of sober people I meet agree that they would not stay sober if the 12 steps and recovery did not remain their number one priority. Because I continued to stay sober, I could hold down a job and actually achieve good standing as a student. I now have a life I could never have built without the solid foundation of recovery I learned at Crossroads. I'm truly grateful for this program.
03/11/2013
By: barbbander
The Crossroads Program
Why is Crossroads superior to other adolescent treatment programs? The answer is really simple – ongoing support. The support offered by Crossroads is not limited to the kids either. There is ongoing support for parents and other family members, including spouses and grandparents. Our family has had two kids go through the Crossroads treatment program. For the past four plus years, we have needed support from staff and sponsors regarding substance abuse issues as well as issues about daily living when such issues are clouded by the effects of the substance abuse and the abusers on a whole family. We are grateful for all the support we have received as a family and for the fact that, even though the kids have graduated and moved on in their sober lives, the phone messages are still returned and the support is still there for the kids and their family members when new issues arise. Thanks Crossroads!!
03/11/2013
By: josephturbo
The Crossroads Program
By the age of 16, I had been kicked out of my house for refusing to stop using drugs and alcohol. I had been a consistent user for nearly 5 years at this point, and I truly was in love with drugs. I don’t think I would have ever gotten sober had it not been for Crossroads. The group provided for me something that I never thought I could find without using some kind of drug. It was fun. That was so powerful to me. I ended up going through IOP and, strangely enough (I never thought that I would ever be saying this) it was the most fun that I have ever had. I learned how to stay sober, but most importantly, I learned to enjoy life… sober. It has been nearly 7 years now, and I am truly grateful for all the blessings that are in my life as the result of working the 12 steps. I love my family, friends, and my relationship with G.O.D.
01/18/2014
By: Susie N.
Liberty Family Counseling
I lost my husband in Afghanistan September 13, 2013 and I have been going to see one of the counselor's since that horrible day. My counselor has been a gift to me that I can not even begin to explain. I did not want to go, did not want some one to say to me, How does that feel? How does that make you feel, after all that is what we see on tv. It was nothing like that, he just told me to start talking to him, tell him about the service. He is easy to talk to and I have found comfort in my visits. Thank you Chris.
Tips & Advices
Group counseling is when one or more counselors lead a group discussion, usually between five and 15 people. The group may focus on a shared experience or situation, and provide support and encouragement to the other attendees.
Each state defines its own requirements for what licenses and education are needed to be a counselor. It's common for counselors to have a bachelor's degree in psychology or a similar field, as well as a master's degree. After that, counselors should obtain their state license, and can move on to achieving other licenses like the:
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) license
  • Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) license
  • Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) license
  • Forensic Health Evaluators (FHE) license
  • Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) license
  • Certified Family Therapist (CFT) license
This all depends on the patient's goals and circumstances. Some people are happy with their results after just a few sessions; others continue to meet with their counselors for years. There is no right or wrong length of time to go to counseling.
Anyone can benefit from counseling services. Counseling can help you gain greater insight into yourself; deal with feelings of sadness, worry, depression or anxiety; as well as work out relationship problems, trauma or addiction. Not every type of counseling service works with every person.
Yes. Except in very specific situations, a counselor will never repeat conversations from a counseling session. Situations where information from sessions might be shared include:
  • If the counselor believes the patient might harm him or herself, or someone else.
  • If the counselor wants to get a second opinion on the patient's treatment. If this is the case, the counselor should seek the patient's written permission before consulting another professional.

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