Many Latinas in the United States have become so overcome with stress and anxiety that they often need help with their recovery from addiction. In fact, in many…
Many Latinas in the United States have become so overcome with stress and anxiety that they often need help with their recovery from addiction. In fact, in many cases, the trauma and shame experienced during the drug or alcohol addiction process has been so great that Latinas have developed a unique, if somewhat contradictory, way of coping. In some instances, Latinas have chosen to live in a semi-retirement community, like those located in Miami, Florida, or outside of L.A. (the halfway house). This semi-retirement community offers a chance for recovery without having to abandon one’s responsibilities, while at the same time, being able to live amongst other recovering addicts.
While there are many different treatment centers for alcoholics and addicts, the best program for Latinas is called the South Coast Treatment Program (SCPT), also known as the Latinas Sober Living Home. This program was founded in 1974 and serves a population of mostly Latinas living in and around Los Angeles, California. The unique aspect of this program is that it provides its residents with an “invisible” 12-step recovery support network consisting of local representatives and family and friends who speak Spanish to facilitate communication between the recovering addict and his or her teammates. This invisible network is vital to the success of each Latinas Sober Living Home resident. Since the staff at the South Coast Sober Living Home is trained in 12-step programs and has received extensive training in addiction recovery, they can provide the necessary emotional and spiritual support to those in need.
While living at the transitional housing program, a Latinas Sober Living Home resident must be committed to making positive changes in his or her life. This includes maintaining a sober living home schedule that is consistent with the demands of the detoxification process. Detoxification requires a person to eliminate all of his or her impurities (including drugs and alcohol) and commit to a rigorous daily regimen of exercise and nutritional and lifestyle education. This education is important because it prepares Latinas Sober Living residents to successfully transition back into society. With a strong sense of self-worth and a renewed commitment to improving his or her life, a Latinas Sober Living Home resident may find that the benefits of his or her sojourn will be long-lasting.