'Life was in total disarray and chaos in early 2017 when I lived in Florida. My drug use was constant and consistent, and I was using every moment of every day. To the point that one of my many overdoses was a near death overdose in which the doctors had told me that if I had not arrived at the hospital in time, I would have died. Apart from that, I had ruined my work life, family life and destroyed anything of any significance in my life. I accepted the fact that I was on my way to death and felt as though there was no hope.
In the months since I arrived at Costa Rica Recovery, my life has improved unimaginably. My health is in top condition; I get along with my family and have many new meaningful relationships. Being sober has offered me the opportunity to start my life over completely and that is an opportunity I never thought I would have had. I owe all the thanks to Costa Rica Recovery and the recovery community they connected me to'.
Before coming to Costa Rica Recovery Center my life seemed to have been in a million pieces. My struggles with drugs and alcohol had caught up to me. What was once a fun time seemed to now only be filled with problems, and what was worse was that I couldn't stop. I lost important relationships, couldn't show up to work, and couldn't handle any situation or obstacle, so I didn't try. My integrity, confidence, self esteem, and physical state were in the gutter. I was isolated, terribly sick, fearful and full of regret.
I was defeated. I needed help. A friend with 10 years clean told me he found help at CRR and that they had saved his life. I decided it was that or I would eventually succumb to this disease.
The staff at CRR were understanding. They knew exactly what I needed and how to help me get off substances comfortably. Almost instantly I felt at home and was treated like family. I nourished my body back with great food and exercise. I found out WHY I used and what I needed to do to live a healthy life. The education I received I take with me everyday. Along with all of that I made great friends and laughed more than I ever had before. I was finally ME!
Now, almost Seven months clean and sober, I am back to being a productive part of society. I have made so many meaningful relationships and mended old ones. People rely on me, and I show up! Waking up feeling healthy is something I never take for granted. My life has turned around and keeps progressively getting better.
Today I don't have to be a prisoner and a slave to substances. Today I am not sick. Today I have hope. Most importantly, I think, is that I have found meaning in my life and know that without substances, I have a purpose. Costa Rica Recovery Center truly helped save my life.
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.
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 Dopp 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.
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.
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