D.A. began in 1982 in Mexico City from the outcome of the 2nd International Congress of Alcoholics Anonymous 24 Hours of Intensive Therapy. Several mothers that had been hopeless with their children’s addiction approached and questioned AA 24 hrs leader at that time (David Cervantes). Why aren’t there recovery options for drug addicts like those for alcoholics?
That was the inspiration for the first facility: By September 4th of 1983 the Group “Liberacion” began its activities. Like any project it had conflicts, lack of funds and misconceptions, obstacles that contributed to make D.A. become an effective alternative to the recovery of addiction. Since that moment Drogadictos Anonimos grew to become a unique organization transcending frontiers and languages.
By 1998 old time DA members migrated to the United States and started working on the idea of opening a Drogadictos Anonimos group in New York City. Group “Manhattan” saw the light by November 1999. At first, as an incipient group of recovering addicts using the 12 steps, passing the message. Later incorporated as a non-profit 501(c) 3 The Corona Self-Help Center, Inc. working to provide its members with a safe haven to obtain their sobriety and live a manageable life.
We currently operate in high need areas were residents are exposed to high crime and poverty rates like South Miami in Dade County Florida and the Tri-State area of New York. With two recovery residences in New York City, (Staten Island and Corona); one in Upstate New York (Jeffersonville); three in Florida (Miami and Tampa); and one in Colorado, (Arvada); functioning 24 hours, 7 days a week throughout the year and serving over two hundred individuals and their families.