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Community for the Re-education
and growth of Character

Recovery (Treatment available in Puerto Rico sites)

Prevention Program

As a nonprofit organization, Hogar CREA has been committed to the treatment and prevention of alcohol and substance abuse for over half a century. Our organization was founded in 1968 by Juan José García Ríos in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. CREA has Spanish origins and stands for Community for the Re-Education of Addicts in English. The principle of individual and collective responsibility, mutual assistance, and self-effort is at the heart of our philosophy.

There are 126 Hogar CREA facilities changing lives across the US, Puerto Rico, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. 6 of these facilities are in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Allentown, Freemansburg, Bethlehem, and Reading.

Hogar CREA residents learn to take responsibility for their life and how they conduct it. We provide them with a home-like environment where they are exposed to physical, spiritual, emotional, and moral values that help form a stronger character.

Treatment In CREA

The treatment program in Hogar CREA is stages or stages with progressive challenges. It is spread across 20 months and guides our residents to overcome the phase-wise challenges while taking them towards the final objective of re-education of character. The therapies and the need to fulfill their responsibilities focus on the structured reconstruction of our residents’ lives. The different steps in our program have been elaborated on in this diagram.

Treatment Model

The Hogar CREA Inc. treatment model is Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual and is provided in a therapeutic community focused on behavior modification through the development and capabilities of a strong character. When it comes to adults, the process is re-education while in adolescents it is an educational process. The goal is to develop a healthy character.

Our treatment model adopts and adapts the phases of the psychosocial development laid down by Erik E. Erikson, the renowned German neo-psychoanalyst. According to his theory of personality, human psycho-social development takes place in different phases throughout the entire life. The psycho-social crisis needs to be addressed through the integration of the needs and individual capabilities.

It requires a continuous process of overcoming challenges, confrontation, and growth to address the social means of culture and achieve different stages of psychosocial development. Humans need to develop personal skills, build character, and develop values to build a healthy nature. They must take up responsibility and deliver their duties both at the individual and social levels.

We are focused on developing our residents’ many capabilities of the character through different Psychosocial Stages marked by Erikson: This includes:

  • Confidence
  • Transcendence
  • Initiative
  • Autonomy
  • Industriousness
  • Commitment
  • Identity
  • Generativity

The therapies that are used to develop these abilities of the character include Group, Individual, Occupational, Confrontational, Educational, Urbanity, Representation and Sale, Sports, Recreation, Spiritual, Family, Mobilization, Marathon, and Training.

Treatment Structure

The everyday life of our residents’ forms based on the structure of treatment they receive. There are 4 phases to our treatment structure. This includes:

  • Induction
  • Introspection, Identification & Growth
  • Intensive Growth
  • Monitoring

These phases are further broken into stages in progressive order. The stages focus on observing the social and emotional maturity of the resident. The process leads to the development of the character capabilities mentioned above.

When our residents receive this therapeutic intervention, they benefit through optimal growth, commitment, and maturity. Our interventions help in the development of habits, customs, manners, attitudes, social skills, internal controls, sensitivity, accountability, acceptance of standards, discipline, behavioral changes, and internal values. The goal of our therapeutic process is that residents that again become a part of the community get accepted and make positive contributions to it. And in doing so they also bring about transformation in the community to create something that is more friendly and just.