Abstract: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 Latino/a residents of a mutual help residential recovery program (Oxford House) in order to elicit their experiences of the program’s therapeutic elements. A model of recovery emerged from the analysis including several themes supported by existing literature: personal motivation and readiness to change, mutual help, sober environment, social support, and accountability. Consistent with a broad conceptualization of recovery, outcomes included abstinence, new life skills, and increased self-esteem/sense of purpose. Most participants were the only Latino/a in their Houses; however, cultural differences did not emerge as salient issues. The study’s findings highlight potential therapeutic aspects of mutual-help communal recovery programs and suggest that English-speaking, bicultural Latinos/as have positive experiences and may benefit from participating in these programs.
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Alvarez, J.; Jason, L.A.; Davis, M.I.; Olson, B.D.; Ferrari, J.R. Latinos and Latinas in Communal Settings: A Grounded Theory of Recovery. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 1317-1334.
Alvarez J, Jason LA, Davis MI, Olson BD, Ferrari JR. Latinos and Latinas in Communal Settings: A Grounded Theory of Recovery. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(4):1317-1334.
Alvarez, Josefina; Jason, Leonard A.; Davis, Margaret I.; Olson, Bradley D.; Ferrari, Joseph R. 2009. "Latinos and Latinas in Communal Settings: A Grounded Theory of Recovery." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 4: 1317-1334.