Crossroads for Women, based in Windham and Portland, is offering “The Effects of Addiction on Friends & Family,” a five-week educational series, to anyone who has a loved one, male or female, with a substance abuse problem that may or may not be in treatment at this time.

The series will explore the basics of addiction, the recovery process and how to be supportive of an addicted loved one while also taking care of you. The five-week series is held on Tuesday evenings in a positive, supportive environment. The next session begins on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Crossroads for Women’s Portland outpatient office on 66 Pearl Street, Suite 202. The sessions run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and cost $25 per friend or family group per session or $100 for all five sessions paid in advance. A limited number of scholarship slots are available. For more information or to register, call 207-773-9931 or email [email protected]

“When friends and family members get together, understand and address the impact they experience in the situation, they increase their ability to gather a much-needed social support system,” says Faith Sheehan, Crossroads for Women’s outpatient clinical supervisor. “That not only helps the person using substances, but also the whole system of friends and family that remain in the background unsure of how to cope.”

Crossroads for Women addresses substance abuse and other behavioral health issues so that women and their families can live healthy and independent lives. For more information, call 773-9931 or visit

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