Latinos in Recovery offers culturally sensitive addiction support
"I found people just like me and I feel comfortable because we share similar experiences."
— Jose Martinez, Latinos in Recovery participant
Every Thursday night at PRO-ACT’s Philadelphia Recovery Training Center at 17th Street and Lehigh Avenue, a group of Latinxs meets to share their experiences and support each other in their recoveries from substance use disorder.
The Latinos in Recovery support group is a much-needed resource for people who speak, read, and write Spanish in Philadelphia, a city in which in 2017, 14% of individuals who died of unintentional opioid overdoses were Hispanic, but only 17% of Hispanics with a substance use disorder participated in outpatient services, and only 19% participated in intensive outpatient treatment.
“I remember standing in an intake unit, and the people at the location were not sensitive to my needs or culture,” said Evan Figueroa-Vargas, a person in recovery who co-founded the group in 2011 with Luis Soto, who is also in recovery.
Article by Solmaira Valerio. Published May 27, 2019