On the Issues: Finding Solutions for Substance Abusers
Recognizing the need for a community residence for individuals recovering from chemical dependency, Volunteers of America opened Crossroads Residence in Westchester County in April 1990. The residential program lasts three to nine months and is designed to guide people toward independent, drug-free lives. The facility provides beds and services to 17 men and women in early recovery who have been referred from inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient treatment clinics.
Crossroads was the first community residence in Westchester County to provide services to women, as well as individuals referred by the New York State Division of Parole. The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) has established five main objectives for clients, which include: maintaining abstinence from drugs and alcohol; reaching optimal physical and mental health; reconnecting with family members; and finding suitable employment and appropriate housing. Case managers and counselors work with clients to individualize and meet these goals. To date, Crossroads has helped 503 men and women.
Upon entering, residents attend a day rehabilitation program for a minimum of three months. They are also encouraged to participate in a minimum of four weekly Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings, to join an AA or NA group and to secure a sponsor. Late afternoon group meetings are held on-site to provide education and support. After three months, residents may become eligible for referrals to vocational training or employment. Assistance is also provided for seeking and attaining permanent housing. When a resident has met all service plan goals and objectives, a date is set for graduation and discharge. At a celebration attended by family, residents, staff and outside treatment providers, graduates receive a "Certificate of Completion."
After graduation, alumni often return to visit Crossroads to support and encourage the residents. And, after 30 days, alumni are eligible to become volunteers. The large number of volunteers at Crossroads Residence is a fine testimony to the success of the program.
To learn more about Volunteers of America's Crossroads Residence, call 914-636-8723.