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.
- 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.
OUR ESTABLISHED HISTORY
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.