Community for the Re-education
and growth of Character
Hogar CREA is a non-profit organization dedicated for over 52 years
to the prevention and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse.



Prevention Program

Hogar CREA is a non-profit organization dedicated for over 48 years to the prevention and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse.  Juan José García Ríos founded Hogar CREA on May 20, 1968 in the Saint Just, a municipality of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.

The abbreviation C.R-E.A. is a Spanish acronym, which translates to “COMMUNITY FOR THE RE-EDUCATION OF ADDICTS”. Our philosophy is based on the existential principle of individual & collective responsibility, self-effort and mutual help.

At present we have, 126 facilities operating throughout the island of Puerto Rico, United States, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.  Six of which are located in Pennsylvania; Bethlehem, Philadelphia, Reading, Freemansburg, Lancaster and Allentown.

The residents at Hogar CREA who participate in our program not only learn to assume responsibility for his or her life and conduct, but also, they are immersed in a real home environment with the physical, emotional, spiritual and moral values that are necessary for the formation of a sound character. 

Treatment In CREA

Treatment is structured in ascending phases or “steps”, for an approximate time of 20 months, which is directed to challenge the resident too surpass and escalate in stages while simultaneously guiding them to the final goal of complete re-education of his or her character. This is achieved with the structured reconstruction of his or her life by participating in our multiple therapies and fulfilling their given responsibilities while in the program. Our program phases are detailed in the diagram below

Treatment Model

The person is an integral entity, and the treatment model of Hogar CREA Inc. is Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual, framed in a therapeutic community directed toward behavior modification by developing the capabilities of a sound character. In adolescents is an educational process and in adults is re-education, aimed at developing a healthy character. The treatment of the Hogar CREA Inc. adopted and adapted the stages of psychosocial development of the German neo-psycho-analyst Erik E. Erikson. He outlined a theory of personality, stating that the psycho-social development of the human being occurs by stages throughout its life. In this process the person faces a psycho-social crisis that requires the integration of the needs and personal capabilities.

Addressing the social demands of culture to achieve solve the conflict related to the stage of psychosocial development is a process of growth, confrontation and challenges.

The human being must develop personal skills, capabilities of the character and values to achieve a healthy nature and thus be able to assume responsibility and function properly individually and socially.

It aims to develop in the resident through the Psychosocial Stages (Erikson 1968), the following capabilities of the character:

  • Confidence
  • Autonomy
  • Initiative
  • Industriousness
  • Identity
  • Commitment
  • Generativity
  • Transcendence
  • The development of these abilities the character is achieved by exposing the resident to the following types of therapy:
  • Individual, group, confrontation, occupational, educational, representation and sale, urbanity (courtesy), recreation and sports, family, spiritual, training, marathon and mobilization (passes).

Treatment Structure

The Daily Living develops through the structure of treatment. This structure is divided into four phases. The phases are divided into stages in ascending order. In these stages the growth of the resident in their emotional and social maturity is observed. As this process occurs, it develops the capabilities of the aforementioned character.

The phases of treatment in adults are:

  • First Phase – Induction
  • Second Phase – Introspection, Identification and Growth
  • Third Phase – Intensive Growth
  • Fourth Phase – Monitoring

The resident, when exposed to all this therapeutic intervention, develops habits and customs, attitudes, internal controls, manners, discipline, acceptance of standards, accountability, social skills and sensitivity, internalize values and changes behavior, resulting in maximizing growth, maturity and commitment. The purpose of the entire therapeutic process is that when the resident rejoins the community he will be accepted by the society and contribute assertively into it, transforming same to a more just and fraternal one.

We Provide Services to the Following Cities, Towns and Surrounding Regions of PA:
  • Bethlehem, PA
  • Allentown, PA
  • Reading, PA
  • Lancaster, PA