Taking the first step

For all individuals seeking admission to our addiction treatment program, the first step is a confidential pre-admission assessment. Telephone an admissions counselor at 1-866-804-1793 for this FREE confidential assessment.


The purpose of this first-step assessment is to gain an understanding of your specific situation with respect to your addiction history, physical health, emotional health, and to determine the appropriateness of admission to our treatment program. As part of this process, we might ask to speak with your physician, psychiatrist, or therapist for additional information related to this pre-admission assessment.

Admission can take place within a few days following the pre-admission assessment. Upon confirmation of your admission to our program, we ask that you provide a security deposit to reserve bed space for your chosen arrival date.

Payment for the first month of treatment must be received before or upon the patient’s arrival at the facility.


  • To participate in the design of their treatment and aftercare plan.
  • Patients are to be treated with respect, courtesy, dignity, and justice.
  • Patients are to be informed of their rights in a language they understand.
  • To absolute confidentiality for what they share in treatment and for files managed by the center.
  • To communicate in private with their assigned counselor.
  • To enjoy privacy in their treatment and in the care of their personal necessities.
  • To receive visitors during their residency as long as they don’t represent a risk to the recovery or security of that patient or other patients and staff at the center.
  • To receive treatment regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, sexual preference, religion, physical capacity, or economic condition.
  • To be able to be present without fear, complaints to the counselor, Director of Treatment, and the Executive Director, in that order giving reasonable time for the resolution of a problem.  
  • To leave treatment if they so decide.  


Here’s a list of approved items we encourage you to bring to the center

  • Passport
  • Clothing. We recommend that you clothing adequate for 7 days including gym wear. 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on are enough. We do your laundry 1x per week. Irons and ironing boards are accessible, but we suggest that wash-and-wear clothing will be more convenient. Dry cleaning services are available but such clothing is not recommended.
  • Clothing suitable for gym or Yoga, including shoes. The gym is available on a daily basis and yoga is available 2-3 times per week.
  • Dress for therapy should be casual and in good taste. Clothing that depicts alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, gambling, is not appropriate.
  • Open shirts, swimwear, etc. are allowed only for recreational and fitness activities and are considered inappropriate for therapy, meals, or meetings.
  • A lightweight jacket or sweater is recommended for use at night.
  • Flat-soled or tennis shoes are recommended. Shoes and/or slippers must be worn outside your room.
  • Electric or safety razor/shaver.
  • A bank card to access personal spending money via ATM or CASH to fund an in-house account.  The staff WILL limit the amounts available to the patient.
  • Extra pair of glasses OR a copy of your prescription.

Suggested additional clothing for recreational and therapeutic activities:

  • Sunglasses and hat or visor for outside use.
  • Sunscreen
  • Reading material is limited to recovery-related topics. It is advised to bring your own 12-Step Literature.
  • Any electrical items, such as hair dryers, curling irons, or electric shavers will be checked for safety.
  • Any prescription medication needed for the length of your stay.  Costa Rican pharmacies can supply any medications should you run out.
  • Use of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and Vapes are welcome but limited to our smoking area.


The following items are NOT allowed at Costa Rica Recovery

  • Non-prescription medications (i.e., Advil, Tylenol, etc.), vitamins, herbs, or nutritional supplements. 
  • Prescription medications other than a 3 day supply will be returned upon discharge.  
  • All controlled substances will be destroyed unless the prescription is ordered by a staff physician. 
  • Clothing that depicts alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, gambling, or sports teams (or any clothing deemed inappropriate by staff) is not allowed. No bare midriffs, low-cut tops, form-fitting clothing (including Lycra tights or running or biking shorts). Jeans and clothing must not have suggestive tears or cutouts.
  • It is recommended to lock up any valuables not in your immediate possession.  We have a safe for valuables but Costa Rica Recovery, S.A. does not accept liability for such items.  
  • Excessive or expensive jewelry.
  • Radios, tape recorders, laptops, electronic address books, audio/video equipment, TVs, or cameras. Use of CD players, tapes/CDs iPods or any type of portable media players and cell phones will be restricted.
  • Exercise equipment, craft materials, musical instruments, or irons.
  • Reading material not related to recovery. Novels, magazines, or publications may not be brought in. Books relevant to treatment will be assessed upon arrival.
  • Pillows or blankets
  • Shoe polish, soap, detergent, or bleach
  • Glass items
  • Straight razors, razor-blades, pocketknives, knitting needles, crochet hooks, or metal hairpieces
  • Suntan oils or baby oils (substitute with lotions)
  • Products containing alcohol (i.e., mouthwash, aftershave, facial toner, perfume, perfumed lotions, etc.)
  • Food
  • Smokeless tobacco, cigars, or pipes
  • Illegal substances or mood-altering drugs
  • Firearms and/or supplies


Remember that there are good therapeutic reasons to limit outside communication in order to keep you focused on your recovery.

Except for the phone call you make during the admissions process to let people at home know you have arrived safely, you will not be permitted to make phone calls the first week you are in treatment.

After the first week, you will be able to have outside communication to call your temporary sponsor daily and other persons as agreed upon by you and your counselor.

Cell phone access is granted on a limited basis after therapeutic classes are finished for the day.

Calls regarding emergencies will be given to the patient as quickly as is possible. Our business phones are available for use in such circumstances. Cell phones from the US generally do not work in Costa Rica.

You may be allowed to send emails or chat during non-treatment hours after the first week, although we reserve the right to limit or omit this privilege for therapeutic or disciplinary reasons. Patients who are meeting treatment requirements will be given time to use an internet café where they can email, Skype, or use social media.

Postal mail in Costa Rica is EXTREMELY slow. You will probably be gone from the facility before any mail would arrive through traditional means. We recommend you use Federal Express or UPS for packages.

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

CALL: 1-866-804-1793

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