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Hogar CREA is a non-profit organization dedicated for over 30 years to the prevention and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse.  Juan José García Ríos founded Hogar CREA on May 28, 1968 in the Saint Just Ward municipality of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.

 

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The 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.

This 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.

At present we have, 104 facilities operating throughout the island of Puerto Rico, United States, the Caribean, Central and South America.

Hogar 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 service programs.

Hogar 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.

In 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.

The 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. 

The resident learns to assume responsibility for his life and conduct.

Through 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.

Directorship 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.

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