LARA is committed to speaking on behalf of individuals seeking or recovering from
substance use disorder, especially Latinos who speak Spanish and are often not offered
life-saving treatment and support services.
- LARA is the first advocacy organization for Latinos in recovery to promote recovery services in Spanish, advocate for changing policies to improve cultural competency, and provide culturally appropriate services.
- The word “advocacy” comes from the Latin’ advocare’ and literally means ‘to call out for support’
- LARA is particularly interested in SYSTEMS ADVOCACY, to push for policies, laws, or rules that impact individuals in recovery.
- We seek to influence policy and practices, and public opinion, around addiction recovery and the solutions available to assist those in recovery.
- We aim to advance the system of care in recovery to evolve in culturally competent ways and to include Latinos, especially those whose primary language is Spanish.
- LARA also believes in teaching the recovery community about SELF-ADVOCACY. We empower individuals by teaching them tools to advocate for themselves and find the resources they need to begin or strengthen their recovery journey.
- To provide advocacy in the field of recovery
- To advocate for Latinos in recovery
- To promote recovery services in Spanish
- To partner with at least three organizations on advocacy issues.
- To attend at least three recovery conferences per year
- To present to elected officials, representatives, leaders in organizations
- about the need for recovery services in Spanish, that are culturally
- competent and informed.