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The mission of Costa Rica Recovery is to help initiate and sustain recovery in the lives of individuals, families, and communities affected by alcoholism, drug dependency, and related conditions through innovative and cost-effective services developed by bringing research to practice. We advocate for prevention and treatment of alcoholism, drug dependency, and related conditions for all segments of the population and will strive to become a beacon of recovery in our community and throughout the Americas.

We Believe:

  • Chemical dependency is a chronic disease or disorder requiring a lifelong holistic treatment approach.
  • Treatment should be given by a multidisciplinary team.
  • Our goal is to help each person achieve his or her full potential.
  • In a twelve-step philosophy and a mutual support system.
  • Our mission is best served by delivering services and products as needed throughout the continuum of care.
  • In being leaders, requiring professional behavior, caring and integrity from all employees, volunteers, and service providers.


Jim Dopp, the founder of Costa Rica Recovery Center, came to Costa Rica  in 2002 to help train staff at a long standing Spanish speaking treatment center in the use and application of the Minnesota Model of Treatment. After leaving the facility after several years, he was asked by members of an English speaking recovery support group if he would start an English speaking 12 step based program in Costa Rica.

They offered substantial financial assistance for the first year.

Jim recognized Costa Rica, unlike many developing countries, was safe and had an established system for licensing and certifying drug and alcohol treatment. He was the Director of the facility that brought Costa Rica membership in the IC&RC (International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium) that had been established to ensure international standards for addiction counselors.

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. Costa Rica seemed then, and has since proven to be, an almost ideal place to get clean and sober and begin the journey on the road to recovery.


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.

Jim’s vision included integrating Costa Rica Recovery as closely as practicable with the well 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 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.

Are you or someone you love looking for a treatment center? Start the journey to recovery today.

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