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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(4), 1317-1334;

Latinos and Latinas in Communal Settings: A Grounded Theory of Recovery

Adler School of Professional Psychology, 65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
DePaul University, Center for Community Research, 990 Fullerton Avenue, Suite 3100, Chicago, Illinois 60614, USA
Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy 2120 Campus Drive Evanston, IL 60208, USA
DePaul University, Department of Psychology, 2219 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, Il. 60614, USA
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Received: 25 February 2009 / Accepted: 26 March 2009 / Published: 31 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Drug Abuse and Addiction)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: Grounded Theory; Recovery homes; Addiction; Latino/Latina Grounded Theory; Recovery homes; Addiction; Latino/Latina
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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.

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