abbreviation CREA is a Spanish acronym, which translates
to "A COMMUNITY FOR THE RE-EDUCATION OF
ADDICTS". Its philosophy is based on the existential
principle of individual and collective responsibility,
self-effort, and mutual help.
movement, under God's guidance, was created to reduce the
drug problem and its consequences, having as its purpose
the re-education of drug and alcohol abusers and their
total reintegration to the community.
present we have, 104 facilities operating throughout the
island of Puerto Rico, United States, the Caribean,
Central and South America.
CREA offers drug and alcohol addiction treatment services
within a residential environment to individuals and
adolescents of both sexes. At CREA "Posadas de Fé y
Esperanza" (Faith and Hope Shelters) more than 500
HIV/AIDS patients are sheltered and cared for. CREA also
operates an Intermediate Health Care Unit for AIDS
patients with a maximum capacity of 24 occupants. Hogar
CREA has also developed HIV/AIDS community awareness and
CREA operates a residential treatment program for youthful
offenders with addiction and behavioral problems in
conjunction with the Government's Administration of
Juvenile Institutions. CREA also maintains a home shelter
for battered and abused females.
addition, Hogar CREA administers the only Federal Halfway
House in Puerto Rico, provides orientation and treatment
services at penal institutions, and by virtue of an
agreement with Puerto Rico's Correctional Administration,
receive in our facilities convicted drug offenders who are
transferred under the Court's approval and conditions.
residents at Hogar CREA who participate in our programs
are exposed to a real home environment with the physical,
emotional, spiritual, and moral components that contribute
to the formation of a sound character.
resident learns to assume responsibility for his life and
the performance of a series of daily duties, the resident
acquires individual and collective responsibility. Most of
the chores performed in the Home are an integral part of
the reconstruction process of the resident's life.
in the Homes is in the hands of re-educated individuals
who are both the product and an example of the program's
effectiveness. This peer modality is based on the
principle that an ex-resident, having gone through the
same process, will have the best understanding of the
program and can reach a sound relationship with
individuals in treatment. The Directors and personnel are
assisted in this endeavor by a group of professionals such
as social workers, psychologists, nurses and doctors who
offer direct services to the residents.