CADAC II, Executive Director: After Serving With The US Army 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces (Abn) In Vietnam, I Had A 30 Year Career In Real Estate Managing Shopping Centers For ITT, General Electric, Prudential Insurance And The Traveler’s Insurance. My Second Career Began With The Hazelden Foundation At Their Facility In West Palm Beach, Florida (Hanley-Hazelden).
I began working on the men’s unit nights and weekends until I left in my sixth year when I’d become a member of the Clinical Leadership Team, the Executive Leadership Team and chaired the Education Team. My responsibilities included supervision of the Addiction Professional Training Institute, the Physician Faculty Training Program, the Professionals in Residence Program and staff development, which included internship programs with eight Master degree programs. I was sent to Costa Rica in 2002 as a part of a group making a presentation on the Minnesota Model to governmental agencies responsible for health care. At that time I became the clinical director of ACERPA in San Jose, Costa Rica, having been asked to train the staff there in the application of the model as used at Hazelden. While in Costa Rica I introduced a women’s program and treatment in English. I am one of the founders of Costa Rica Recovery.
I went to the Universidad de Iberoamerica (Unibe) in San Jose, Costa Rica were I acquired my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. During my college years I would take every opportunity to be immersed in hospital environments learning about mental disease and its treatment. That’s when I knew I wanted to work with patients in a residential facility. I wanted to have the opportunity to observe patients in their daily activities and intervene when necessary. I wanted to be able to monitor progress closely and create an environment that aids mental stability and health. I’ve been working with the team at Costa Rica Recovery since 2009. I was the main Clinical Psychologist for 4 years. During those 4 years I learned everything I know about addiction treatment, discovering my passion and my true vocation. I discovered a new dimension to psychology, and fell in love with REBT. With 4 years of practical application, I became Clinical Director at Costa Rica Recovery. As Clinical Director I am more involved in creating, applying and overseeing patient´s treatment plans and progress. I’m 28 years old and I´ve been married for 2 years with a 4×4 off roading nut! We enjoy swimming in the ocean, traveling and hanging out with our dog, Mina.
I’ve been hanging around Costa Rica Recovery since it was founded in 2006. Jim Dopp first recognized the need for English speaking treatment in our community, so along with others, I invested time, sweat and materials in helping Jim get things up and running. It wasn’t until 2013 when Jim asked me to come onboard that I began formal studies in treatment administration. Since then I’ve taken classes on admissions, assessment, and individualized treatment plan formulation. Working with the team at Costa Rica Recovery keeps me on my toes as there’s never a dull moment. No 2 days are ever the same and you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow! Our combined experience has shown us that there is no magic formula that works for everyone. This forces us to attack addiction from a number of different angles, disciplines and with the combined specialization of different members of our team. I have a loving, supporting wife, an incredibly destructive French Mastiff and a ton of things on my ‘to do’ list. I play American Football and Basketball competitively in Costa Rica – but the golf course is where I can be found on most my days off.
I was told 9 years ago, ‘from this day forward, you have a choice’. I consider my job here at Costa Rica Recovery to help our patients understand what that choice looks like and how they can use it to reconstruct their crumbled lives.
I have well over a decade of experience in 12-step recovery and throughout this time I have been coaching and mentoring recovering addicts. I guide them through their recovery and introduce them to a new way of living. In 2013, and at 10 years clean and sober, I met and married my beautiful wife and with her loving support launched The SHAIR Podcast in 2015.
I am the host and founder of The SHAIR Podcast, a podcast dedicated to interviewing addicts and alcoholics all over the world who share their inspiring journey of recovery from alcohol, drug abuse and other forms of addiction.
SHAIR stands for Sharing Helps Addicts in Recovery and it was that mindset and philosophy that empowered me to get clean and change everything in his life. Every week The SHAIR Podcast broadcasts these amazing life changing success stories.
My passion and life’s purpose is to inspire people struggling with addiction to take that first step towards recovery, to show them that their life could be so much better and that there is a better way to live.
I completed my post graduate studies in psychiatry at the University of Costa Rica, where I served as Chief Resident at the National Psychiatric Hospital in Pavas, Costa Rica. Currently I’m assigned to emergency services at the National Hospital.
Along with working at Costa Rica Recovery, I’m also as a Professor at the University San Judas Tadeo and the University of Medical Science (UCIMED). I’m also an approved provider for the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
My time at Costa Rica recovery has been wonderful.
I received my degree in psychology from Universidad Latina in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Before coming to Costa Rica Recovery I was responsible for recruitment at COMECA, S.A. and worked as a clinical psychologist at ACERPA, a Spanish speaking treatment center in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Alicia has experience in the culinary fields from three of the major hospitals in Costa Rica. She worked for 20 years in Clinica Biblica, 11 years at Calderón Guardia and 3 years at Hospital Mexico. During her time in these hospitals she learned how to cook healthy and adequate meals for every type of need. Alicia enjoys spending time with her grandkids and taking them outdoors.