Blog: Hope in Action

Abuelo’s PROMISE Story

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Through the Community PROMISE intervention strategy, we are reaching out to Latinx peers and role models to share inspiring stories and educate the community on STD/HIV prevention, risky sexual behaviors, substance use, and the importance of social supports.

Check out Abuelo’s story about addiction, crime, and how his decision to make a change saved his relationship with his family and life.

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The Providers’ Council Highlights Casa Esperanza’s Leadership and “Care that Prioritizes Cultural Empowerment”

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Casa’s approach is a wraparound, time-unlimited approach that emphasizes working flexibly to build the internal and external resources clients need to live a self-directed life and work toward their full potential. Casa’s treatment model places the client at the center of care beginning with the development of a Person-Centered Care Plan that identifies medical, behavioral, recovery and other life ...

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Positive Outcomes of CASA-CHESS Smartphone Prevention Tool for Latinx Spanish-Speakers in Recovery

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Background: Hispanic/Latinx persons with alcohol and other drug disorders (AOD) have limited access to culturally competent continuity of care. To address this, the evidence-based smartphone recovery application Addiction-Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (A-CHESS) was translated and adapted for Latinx Spanish-speakers with AOD, developing CASA-CHESS. 

Objectives: This study examined the AOD and mental health outcomes for Latinx Spanish-speaking clients using the CASA-CHESS smartphone tool over a 6-month period, post-residential treatment. This single group, pre-post study design included seventy-nine male and female Spanish-speaking Latinx clients, ...

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Latinos Are Hit Especially Hard By The Opioid Crisis In Mass. But Why?

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Latinos Are Hit Especially Hard By The Opioid Crisis In Mass. WBUR asked us why:

The tall, gangly man twists a cone of paper in his hands as stories from nearly 30 years of addiction pour out: the robbery that landed him in prison at 17; never getting his GED; going through the horrors of detox, maybe 40 times, including this latest, which he finished two weeks ago. He’s now in a residential unit for at least 30 days.

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We Developed a Smartphone Recovery Application to Assist Spanish-speaking Latinos in Recovery Post-Residential Treatment

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Objective: Addressing alcohol and other drug disorders and other mental disorders among adult Hispanics/Latinos is of critical concern, as they are one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups with a disproportionate rate of disease, mental disorders, and poverty. Although improvement in outcomes is associated with sustained participation in ongoing treatment for co-occurring alcohol and other drug disorders/mental disorders, continuing care is rare for these chronic conditions, especially for Latinos with more limited access to culturally and linguistically competent services. 

Methods: The evidence-based ...

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