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Date: 02/17/17 3:43 PM
Costa Rica Recovery – The best place to begin your recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction
- By Laura Alvarado– December 29, 2016
People dealing with an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs have been turning to one rehabilitation facility in Costa Rica for 10+ years now with great success, Costa Rica Recovery.
Many factors have led to Costa Rica Recovery’s success. Their comprehensive program is far more affordable than private care facilities in North America and the country’s location is ideal for patients from North America since it’s a short flight from most major cities. Additionally, favorable weather provides a nice escape from the frigid North American winters and allows for more outdoor activities, e.g. beach trips, hiking, games, picnics, etc.
“Usually getting away from the environment where a person is doing the most damage allows for a necessary change in perspective- where a clearer understanding of their condition can take place”, explained Paola Cravioto (M.PS.C), Clinical Director Costa Rica Recovery.
Costa Rica Recovery is licensed by the Ministry of Health; Costa Rica Recovery is also certified as a treatment center for alcoholism and drug addiction by the Costa Rican Institute of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (IAFA for its Spanish name). In addition, the country is a member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC & RC), which means that counselor certifications are similar to those of Boards in other jurisdictions such as the United States.
Many North Americans residing in Costa Rica, either by their own making or by life’s circumstance are living in some level of isolation. Language barriers along with new and difficult to understand cultural obstacles often lead to people drinking/drugging more than they were back home.
“Costa Rica has a thriving English speaking recovery community with 12-step meetings in every major beach town and several in San Jose. People in early recovery must get connected with a healthy community of recovering alcoholic/addicts if they hope to promote major changes in their lives”, commented Jim Dopp, President of Costa Rica Recovery.
Perhaps one of the major concerns every patient has is the cost of attending a rehab center in Costa Rica. However, when compared to similar alternatives in the United States, the Costa Rica Recovery’s prices are extremely reasonable. “Costa Rica Recovery has managed to keep our price point very reasonable despite the ever increasing cost of living in Costa Rica. Providing affordable, effective treatment remains our primary objective.” Jim Dopp, President Costa Rica Recovery
If you are searching for the right place to make a positive change in your life, don’t think twice, take the step now. Your health and the well-being of those around you will improve dramatically. Call Richard at Costa Rica Recovery (506) 8348-6369; he will address any questions you may have.
Dear Jim and crew!! I just want to take this time to really thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you did for me during my time at Costa Rica Recovery. I am happily and gratefully one year clean today. And it seems an appropriate time to really pause and take stock of just how far I've come in that time and where i started my journey. I look back at my time in rehab with honestly nothing but the fondest of memories. Rehab maybe seems not the kind of place one particularly enjoys haha but when I think back or have little flash backs from my time there…. I smile and remember it as nothing but the best experience. It has only been with time, sharing and seeing other people’s journeys and experiences in rehab, that I think I've fully grasped just how special it is what you've got going there. I feel very fortunate to have started my journey in recovery with you guys....
Miss you all very much. Celebrated six months on the 25th of February. Studying personal training, working, yoga and working my program. Things are good. Tell all I send my love. Thank you so much for what you guys did for me while I was there. You all mean a lot to me. Peace and love.
After many attempts at rehab, I found that Costa Rica Recovery's sound approach at treatment with a tough love philosophy was what i really needed in order to get started on this life long journey a day at a time.
Thank You!! I would like to celebrate my sobriety, and birthday by saying thank you to Andrea Lázaro, that without your patience, understanding, and LOVE my story would or could have been not as pleasant. To Jim Dopps at the Costa Rica Recovery Center, and the staff that attended to me, helped to brainwash me into living clean and loving life and all its ups and downs. Tomorrow I celebrate second chances, people who care for others with illnesses like the one I suffered. I truly would not be able to celebrate them without these precious people and organizations. Thank you for my 5th year, and I celebrate my 50th year with you.