Garcia Presents “The Anexo in the United States” at AMERSA Conference

Posted on 1/21/2016 1:52:06 PM

Victor Garcia, distinguished university professor and director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI), presented “The Anexo in the United States: A Transnational Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment Modality for Latinos” at the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) conference.

Anexos are culturally appropriate and self-sustaining recovery houses that have structured living conditions and nightly Alcohol Anonymous (AA) meetings with themes that resonate with Latino immigrants. Although there is widespread use of anexos in immigrant communities, little is known about them.

The primary focus of Garcia’s presentation was on the help-seeking pathways of Latino immigrants who access anexos and the perceptions of benefits and drawbacks to this modality. Garcia’s presentation also addressed the appeal of anexos to non-immigrant Latinos, as U.S.-born Latinos may have similar help-seeking problems. The presentation was co-authored with Anna Pagano at the Prevention Research Center in Oakland, Calif.

AMERSA, founded in 1976, aims to improve health and well-being through interdisciplinary leadership in substance use education, research, clinical care, and policy. The conference was held November 5–7, 2015 in Washington, D.C. and enabled professionals to gather and share developments in substance abuse education, treatment, and research.