DePaul gets $1.4M grant to study alcoholism treatment

  • By Peter Sachs
  • Staff Writer
  • June 03, 2009 @ 9:00 AM

Researchers at DePaul University will start studying a new model for treating recovering substance abusers who are Latino.

The school got a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how the Oxford House model works for Latinos.

There are about 1,300 Oxford House locations nationwide and 50 in the state. Each provides housing for about 10 residents of the same sex. Residents pay about $100 per week in rent, must do chores and agree not to use alcohol or drugs, says Leonard Jason, the director of DePaul’s Center for Community Research, which received the grant.

The model works well for English-speaking residents but so far, there have been no homes exclusively for Spanish-speaking residents. A new home in north Illinois that researchers hope will open later this month will be the proving ground.

“If you’re in a house and you don’t speak English and everyone else is speaking English, that’s certainly going to be a barrier,” Jason says.

The grant money isn’t going toward setting up or operating the Latino Oxford houses, just gathering data and writing papers on the findings, Jason says.

Several DePaul students will be involved in the research, including things like putting together interview questions, analyzing data and – eventually – presenting the results at conferences, says graduate psychology student Darrin Aase.

Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 18, or peter [at] chitowndailynews [dot] org.