Garcia and Colleagues Publish on Latino Recovery Residences in Northern California

Posted on 11/6/2017 12:49:26 PM

Victor Garcia, director of MARTI-CHB, along with his colleagues at the Prevention Research Center (Oakland, California), published “The Anexo in Northern California: An Alcoholics Anonymous-Based Recovery Residence in Latino Communities”. The article was featured in the in the Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery.  

The article describes the anexos, community-based recovery residencies in Latino communities, and compares them with mainstream recovery residences in the country. Latino immigrants fund and operate the anexos on their own, and offer a low-cost retreatment for substance use disorders around an Alcoholics Anonymous model with origins in Mexico.

How the anexos contribute to sobriety and recovery among immigrants and second-generation Latinos is described. Anexos provide a safe place for men to live, and with the support of others, work through their substance use disorders. The men learn to rebuild their lives and reconnect with their families and communities. The findings of the article are based on a two-year, NIH-funded ethnographic study conducted in the Bay Area, California.