Crossroads Centre is located on the island of Antigua, West Indies. It is a non-profit centre for the treatment of alcohol and other drug addictions. The program was founded by Mr. Eric Clapton in 1998. Crossroads runs residential addiction treatment programs based on traditional and holistic treatment methods to treat the body, mind and spirit of a client. The center is licensed as a rehabilitation center by Antigua Department of Health.
The Crossroads Centre treatment program is based on a 29-day 12-step model. Both residential and outpatient services are provided at the centre. Other programs at the centre include intervention referrals, aftercare planning, transitional living accommodations, and an integrated family program.
The programs at the centre include detoxification, recovery lectures, group therapy, individual therapy, specialized groups, auricular acupuncture, individual treatment planning, spiritual counseling, meditation, yoga, individual assignments, fitness training, experiential therapy, therapeutic massage, nutritional counseling and hydrotherapy.
The charges for the residential program include a $500 emergency medical deposit (refundable if not used) and add up to U.S. $21,500. Commuting to the airport, detoxification services, visits to on-the-staff doctors (excluding Psychiatry), treatment components and aftercare planning are covered in this fee, to be paid prior to admission. Payments can be done through wire transfer, certified bank draft, cheque or money order, cash or any of American Express, MasterCard, Discover Card and VISA credit cards. No insurances are acceptable at Crossroads, nonetheless if the client requires information for any insurance policy it shall be provided at Crossroads.
The four phases of treatment start with detoxification at a 6 bed detoxification unit at Crossroads. Standardized detoxification methods are applied and the process is monitored by a professional medical team led by two staff physicians, massage, hydrotherapy and auricular acupuncture experts. The Primary Counselor is appointed at the center for preliminary treatment planning and treatment structure. The second phase involves intensive treatment of dormant and personal problems that hinder recovery. The third phase deals with aftercare planning and discharge. The clinical team provides individual aftercare plan. This is facilitated by the opportunity for transitional/intensive outpatient accommodation options, individual therapy and psychiatry referrals. The last phase is for follow up of the client's progress. Nicotine de-addiction treatment is also provided at Crossroads through a combination of medical detoxification, cognitive behavioral therapy and relapse prevention strategies.
Crossroads provides compulsory fitness programs for its clients. These include land and water aerobics, Tai Chi, muscle toning, Ai Chi, flexibility exercises, sand volleyball, jogging and strength training. The centre has a well-equipped gymnasium with multi-station gym and cardio equipments. Besides there is a swimming pool in the centre and two beach trips per week are a part of the program.
The team at Crossroads consists of highly skilled and experienced professionals. The counseling team comprises of master’s level social workers and certified addiction counselors. A spiritual counselor, certified fitness instructors, a nutritionist, massage therapists and yoga instructors are available at the centre around the clock. The medical staff has experienced physicians and registered nurses who deal with all physical health issues and general medicine issues. On recommendation of the Treatment Team, psychiatric services are also provided.
After the completion of the program the clients can stay in supervised transitional living homes that offer appropriate environment for recovery in a community set-up. The Sanctuary in Delray Beach, Florida, is one such home for men. Two homes in The Sanctuary can be occupied by 10 men and another home in the vicinity can be occupied by 5 men.
Crossroads runs Family Programs to educate families of addiction and recovery by means of lectures, group discussions and individualized sessions. The complete annual schedules for these programs can be seen on the website of Crossroads. The relatives of the current clients at Crossroads can attend the program free while other would have to pay U.S. $500.00.
Telephone numbers for contacting admission counselors in US, Canada, UK and Antigua are given in the website, along with e-mail addresses. According to the Antigua Immigration Department Policy a US citizen requires a passport, while a Canadian or U.K. citizen could use either a birth certificate with photo ID or a passport. The Admissions Department at Crossroads Centre can be contacted for details and assistance. Toll free numbers to admission departments in US, UK, Canada and Antigua are mentioned on the website.
The flight schedules to Antigua from London, Toronto, Newark, Philadelphia and Puerto Rico and many Caribbean islands can be looked up at the website. American Passport Express, Briggs Passport & Visa Expeditors and Expert Visa Services are some agencies that can help you get a passport quickly.
A downloadable file at the website contains all the related information about Crossroads. The last page of the document contains a list of hotels and travel services available at Antigua, along with their telephone numbers. The rates at the hotels mentioned range from $80 to $220 and most of the hotels are within half an hour's drive from Crossroads.
Crossroads Centre has treated some celebrity patients, most recently Britney Spears in October 2007. Though it has appealed to some of our most rich and famous, the center has been criticized for its aggressive application of the 12 step treatment, though it is not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A) and Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) which pioneered the treatment method. Detractors claim that its practices border on cult-like. Crossroads, in turn, has accused some of its patients of breaching the confidentiality contract that is signed by all clients on admission.