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.

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Article by Solmaira Valerio. Published May 27, 2019

The group offers addiction recovery support that is culturally sensitive to the needs of the Latinx community to foster an environment in which Latinxs feel heard and free to express themselves without judgment from others.

The group offers addiction recovery support that is culturally sensitive to the needs of the Latinx community to foster an environment in which Latinxs feel heard and free to express themselves without judgment from others.

Gregory Fortunato