Choosing what to do next

Dictionary definition of crossroadsRecovery from addiction can take many paths. The choices can be confusing, and it is important to understand the role of Crossroads in helping people reclaim their lives.


The first step (no, really, it is!) is the addict admitting they have a problem and cannot recover alone. (A person who can simply stop a destructive behavior on their own is likely not an addict, but just a problem user who can make better choices.) Once an addict has “bottomed out” (or made the decision that the pain of addiction is too much to bear and seeks help), they stand at a …. well….¬† a crossroads.


Some people seek help from a 12-step group and are able to rebuild their lives with that program. They may not ever need additional support different from those programs.


Others need additional help in fighting their disease. There is nothing better or worse about them, just different. They may seek inpatient (residential stays, often 4 weeks or more) or outpatient (regular care in a professional setting) treatment, but over 20,000 addicts seek recovery treatment each year in Minnesota alone. These programs are designed to help people understand the nature of their disease, and to develop a plan for how to recover after the end of the treatment period.


Many recovering addicts – whether it be from drugs, alcohol, gambling or other issues – face a serious danger of relapse in their disease (cited at 40-60% even for people seeking treatment and presumed higher for those not seeking treatment). Longer-term residential support, sometimes called transitional housing or supportive housing, can make a life or death difference in some cases. Some people leaving treatment will seek “sober housing”, or a residence where all people sharing the building agree to certain behaviors (not using drugs or alcohol, adhering to a curfew, going to meetings) to help build more strength in recovery before moving on to traditional housing. These options are very helpful for many, but usually lack on-site, professional counselling.


Crossroads is different.


Crossroads provides a supportive, abstinent housing environment with rules to help all residents recover. Above and beyond that, Crossroads offers on-site professionals to develop and implement a plan for successful transition to a life of recovery. This may take just a few months, but Crossroads offers affordable housing and integrated care for as long as it takes for a resident to recover. This can be two years, or even longer if necessary. There is no one right answer. Our residents face their issues in recovery (financial planning, returning to work, family issues and more) with a plan and support to reclaim their lives. Addicts can and do recover, and Crossroads is a critical part of the journey for many. Contact us to learn more.