Wilfredo, a client at Casa Esperanza’s Men’s Program, struggled to deal with overwhelming stressors and triggers in the community pushing him to relapse. Identifying his struggle as a need for more structured care, his outpatient counselor worked with residential staff, he was admitted into the Men’s Program, and enrolled in Casa’s new Structured Outpatient Addictions Program (SOAP) and Relapse Prevention group.
“The structure of SOAP helped me get back on track in my recovery,” says Wilfredo. “Being able to have the peer groups here in the Men’s program, and the individual counseling and Relapse Prevention group at the same time, has helped me find new ways to address the stressors and triggers that were pushing me to use–it’s really the two things together, those services and being at the Men’s Program, that does it.”
Wilfredo says the proximity of services, within one block on Casa’s Roxbury campus, makes a big difference, especially at the start of treatment. “It’s helpful to have services all connected, one to another. I feel seguro–safe–not travelling to different places and dealing with triggers, and you feel like you’re part of a community again. I already feel stronger in my recovery now, and I have a lot more tools this time, and ways to release stress and to handle what triggers me.”
There's one word that I use to describe Casa to people--funciona--it just works.–Wilfredo
“I was broken when I came in. But God put me in this place for a reason” says Lillian, a client from the Merrimack Valley beginning her fourth month at Latinas y Niños. Lillian says completing the SOAP has been the key to finally understanding her addiction and mental health issues, and to addressing years of trauma and anger. “I knew I didn’t want to keep using, but I didn’t understand my triggers, why I kept going back. SOAP was very intense, and it helped me learn about my addiction. I’m shy, so being in a mixed group, and feeling safe, helped me gain confidence sharing my experiences.”
Lillian credits the team of residential and outpatient staff working together to coordinate and provide her care, from one-to-one therapy sessions, to participation in Relapse Prevention, Anger Management, and Trauma Recovery groups. “I know everybody is helping me out, and it’s all happening in one spot. If something rough happens in one place, everyone at Casa helps me work through it. The environment at Latinas is strict, but caring. The structure has helped me grow again, and take responsibility for things that I need–and I need and want to get my life straight–to be strong for my family.”
I'm in a fight for my life against this disease, but I'm getting all I need to do it...–Lillian