Blog: Hope in Action

Mi Vida, Mi Historia

Phone: (857) 322-6073 | Email:

What is Mi Vida, Mi Historia?

Mi Vida, Mi Historia (My Life, My Story) is a five-session substance use and HIV/STI prevention intervention that uses storytelling for empowerment to educate young people about health risks.

What is Storytelling for Empowerment?

Storytelling for Empowerment is an evidence-based model that utilizes cognitive decision-making, positive cultural identity (cultural empowerment), and resiliency models to educate young people about prevention and its conceptual underpinnings.

Who is Mi Vida, Mi Historia for?

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Familias Unidas Outpatient Clinic

Office visits: (617) 913-8394 | Telehealth: (617) 913-8394 | Email:

Familias Unidas Outpatient Services, is a licensed, CARF-accredited mental health clinic that that offers a range of client-centered, integrated services to support the long-term needs of people with co-occurring disorders, including: individual, group and family psychotherapy; psychiatric services; medication-assisted therapies; recovery services; and co-located primary care through a partnership with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

Services and Groups

Latinas y Niños Residential Program

Phone: (617) 445-1123 x 202 | Email:

Located on our Roxbury Campus:
263 Eustis Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

Latinas y Niños is a 6- to 12-month addiction treatment program. Latinas y Niños focuses on the unique cultural and social needs of Latina women in recovery and their children. Children under the age of 10 may live with a parent or guardian who is in recovery at Latinas y Niños. Our goal is ...

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Conexiones Clinical Stabilization Services

Call: 857-256-4983 | Email:

Located at Tewksbury Hospital
365 East Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876

Conexiones Clinical Stabilization Services (CSS) is the first bilingual/bicultural CSS to offer services in Spanish and English in Massachusetts. Conexiones offers evidence-based integrated treatment and stabilization services for individuals struggling with alcohol or substance misuse. Our goal at Conexiones is to help patients successfully transition to services that will support their continued recovery. 

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Casa Esperanza Men’s Program

Phone: (617) 445-1123 x 110 | Email:

Located on our Roxbury Campus:
291 Eustis Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

Casa Esperanza’s Men’s Program is a 6- to 9-month addiction treatment program. The program offers integrated behavioral health services in Spanish and English. Patients receive evidence-based treatment for addiction and support for co-occurring mental health disorders. Patients learn life skills, set recovery goals, and work to transition back into the community. Our goal is to help our ...

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Abuelo’s PROMISE Story

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”

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 ...

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

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?

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

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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