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 or (506) 8348-6369 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 immediately 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.

Costa Rica’s requirements for entry for U.S. tourists

All people entering Costa Rica must complete the digital epidemiological form. This is known as the “Health Pass” or “Pase de Salud.”


Travelers must purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19. This policy can be international or purchased from Costa Rican insurers. Call us for details and up to date information; tollfree 1-866-804-1793.

Tourists from the United States must demonstrate, via their driver’s license or other State I.D, that they live in one of the authorized states. UPDATED October 3rd: The Ministry of Health expanded the list of states from which tourists can enter Costa Rica. As of October 1, U.S. citizen tourists who are residents of New York, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, Rhode Island, California, and Ohio are allowed to enter Costa Rica.

As of October 15, U.S. citizen tourists who are residents of Florida, Georgia, and Texas will be allowed to enter Costa Rica.

As of November 1, U.S. citizen tourists from all 50 U.S. States and Washington D.C. will be allowed to enter Costa Rica. Tourists from these states — or from an authorized country, such as Canada — can fly from an authorized state through a non-authorized state (e.g. Florida, Texas) en route to Costa Rica. The maximum layover time in the non-authorized state is 18 hours, and the traveler cannot leave the airport. Tourists coming from anywhere but the United States must have remained in an authorized country for at least 14 days before travel.

U.S. citizens from authorized states wishing to enter Costa Rica must complete a digital epidemiological health pass and purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19. U.S. tourists must also demonstrate, via a valid driver’s license or State ID card, that they live in one of the authorized states. No forms of documentation establishing residency in these select states other than a valid driver’s license or State ID card will be accepted at this time.

Two Costa Rican companies sell pre-approved travel insurance plans: The National Insurance Institute (INS) and Sagicor. Tourists opting for a foreign policy must demonstrate proof (in English or Spanish) that their policy:

  • Is valid throughout the planned visit to Costa Rica.
  • Covers medical expenses in cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000 (fifty thousand United States dollars).
  • Includes a minimum coverage of $2,000 for expenses of extended lodging due to the pandemic.

At this time, there are no exceptions to the insurance requirement for foreigners entering Costa Rica on a tourist visa.

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For Professionals

Costa Rica Recovery utilizes ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) placement criteria. We can accept patients up to a scoring range of 3.7. Some patients may enter the facility with a score of 3.7 or less but then de-stabilize up to a 4.0. In such cases we must transfer the patient to a medically managed facility until they are stabilized and can be returned to our facility.

Special Program for US Military Vets

Costa Rica Recovery is an approved provider for a special program from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). The program is known as the Foreign Medical Program (FMP). Many VA centers and facilities are unaware of this marvelous program.

A veteran who has a substance use disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in their discharge documents is probably eligible for this program. If the FMP confirms a veterans eligibility the VA will pay ALL the costs involved in their treatment for substance abuse and PTSD at Costa Rica Recovery.

Veterans who believe they are eligible can contact our admissions staff and ask for contact information for the FMP so they can be certified for treatment. In addition to the treatment modules developed at Costa Rica Recovery, we use VA developed modules for both addiction and PTSD.


A patient has the right:

  • To participate in the design of their treatment and aftercare plan.
  • To be treated with respect, courtesy, dignity, and justice.
  • 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 present without fear, complaints to the counselor, Clinical Director, and the Executive Director, in that order giving reasonable time for the resolution of a problem.
  • To leave treatment if they so decide.


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

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

CALL: 1-866-804-1793