12 Year History

Jim Dopp, the founder of Costa Rica Recovery Center, came to Costa Rica years ago as a treatment expert and clinical consultant to a long-standing Spanish speaking program. After spending some time here, he recognized the unique characteristics Costa Rica would offer to an internationally based English speaking clientele.

Unlike most other developing countries, Costa Rica is safe and has a well-developed national licensing program that assures quality care. Costa Rica also has a system for accrediting addiction counselors at a level equal to the United States. Educational training at university and graduate levels meets United States standards.

In addition to the low cost-of-living, the cost of establishing and maintaining a full-service addiction treatment center is substantially less than in the United States and European countries.

Furthermore, Jim believes that profit should not be the guiding force of a drug and alcohol treatment program, so Costa Rica proved to be an ideal location to start an addiction treatment program. Costa Rica seemed then, and has since proven to be, an almost ideal place to get clean and sober and begin the road to recovery.

Costa Rica Recovery Opens in 2006

Modified Minnesota Model Fused With Established Recovery Community

With the commitment and financial support of a group of concerned business people and community leaders, the development of Costa Rica Recovery Center began in 2006 treating addicts and alcoholics.  Jim brought with him a unique knowledge of addiction treatment which has its roots based in the well-established Minnesota Model. Meanwhile, patients are encouraged to participate in and make progress in a twelve-step program.

Jim’s vision included that Costa Rica Recovery Center be integrated with an established recovery community. Our present facility is close to both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA) groups, and clients are expected to attend meetings daily as an integral part of their treatment process.

We recognize that addiction is a chronic condition. For this reason, our facility is open to those seeking help, whether for primary treatment or for those already in long-term recovery experiencing unusual stress and needing extra support to “weather the storm”. Individuals in recovery are welcomed to take in a class here and there, join a group working on a problem specific to them, or just stop by to have a bite to eat.

As part of our 12-year history and community outlook, we encourage addiction professionals from other countries to visit us, to share our common experiences, and to help one another improve.

Prospective clients and their families are also encouraged to visit us, tour our facility, and get answers to questions and concerns. Costa Rica Recovery has been helping addicts and alcoholics break the destructive cycle of addiction since 2006 and because of the beauty of Costa Rica, many clients decide to stay on and continue in our Sober Living facility.