The Stark Reality of Relapse

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​Sometimes we think everything is going great and we're enjoying the gifts of life.   Using could be the furthest thought from our minds, but at some point we take our recovery for granted, ​we're oblivious to the fact that we may be moving closer to a relapse.  

We want to avoid relapse at all costs because, the truth is relapse can kill, even if we've been clean for years.  We hear about it all the time, don't we?

We go to meetings and we noticed that the coffee maker is missing, only to find out that he made that fateful decision to pick up and overdosed.  This is one of the stark realities of being in recovery and having the disease of addiction.  

The problem is many of us think that would never happen to us.  But the truth is, it can happen to anyone.  I doesn't matter how much time you have, or how involved in the program you are.  

The disease is sneaky, and it works on us during our weakest moments.  Many of us, brimming with pride are afraid to admit that the thoughts of using have been tempting in private.  

We don't want to let people think we're weak.  So we keep it a secret and hope it goes away, and sometimes it does.  But, for some it festers and little by little it grows into this giant monster that hijacks our bodies and minds, 

Then we find ourselves doing the unthinkable. Picking up again knowing that it will destroy our lives. Unfortunately for some, we end up like many before,  dying with our music still in us​ There's no need for us to succumb to the same fate.  There is a solution​.

​Costa Rica Recovery has adventures that can short-circuit the thoughts of relapsing.  Here's just a few of the things we do to remind us life is great without drugs

Recently  Costa Rica Recovery and patients took a wild adventure to Corcovado national park. It's a long bus ride near the Osa Peninsula, and from there it's a 20 minute boat ride where you arrive at this oasis that can only be described as heaven on earth.  

Our master of ceremonies Larry Hustler plans our adventure for the next few days.  The minute you arrive you forget about everything and your catapulted into the present moment by the sheer beauty of the surroundings.  All of a sudden the ideas of using substances are replaced with the healing beauty of nature.  

It's a moment to wallow in the pure bliss, and peace and quiet of nature.  We're also afforded the luxury to bond with each other on a deeper level with the backdrop of the crashing waves. It's in these moments that we realize that there is so much more to life.  Our inner pain doesn't have to rule us and we don't have to medicate it with drugs and alcohol.  

All we have to do is get out and awaken to the beauty of the world and everything it has to offer, while at the same time sharing quality time with other men and women who understand what's like when those destructive thoughts come, and how it affects our whole beings.  


​Relapse kills unless you smother it with the love of nature and good friendships

Our boat ride to Corcovado with The Best Rehab in Costa Rica

​The boat ride along The River to Larry's Oasis

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Just a good ole beach

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Beaches that are reminisint of another time

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The River to Larry Camp

Sunset's that are picture perfect

Sunset's that remind you a new day is coming

The beauty of recovery at this costa rica rehab

​Captivating sunset walks to heal and bond

​When Were Not Experiencing The Beauty of Costa Rica Then We're Usually Learning Great Techniques To Stay Clean in The Face of Adversity


​Costa Rica is a wonderful and adventures place to get clean and sober.  In fact many of our clients love it here so much, they decide to stay.  Really though, what's not to love.


There's beaches in every direction, volcano's with rivers that are heated by the natural lava flows.  Some of the best white water rafting on earth can be found just an hour from the center.

But most of all the people are wonderful.  Costa Rica has some of the friendliest people in all of the America's, and there's an expat community of other people in recovery that can help you get settled in after you leave treatment.  

Point is this, at Costa Rica Recovery you always stay part of our community. Getting you connected once you finish treatment is our number one priority.  

We want you to succeed and quite frankly, we want you to stay.  But wait, I almost forgot.  You do have to do certain things while in treatment at the best rehab in Costa Rica.  


​​Let's get the tough stuff out of the way first Ok?  We do have some rules at the center that are for your complete and full recovery.  Remember, that's why you're here.

By the way If you want to check to see if your family member has a problem with drugs or alcohol you can take the family addiction quiz here.


First, all our patients are required to take part in the healing Yoga Program administered by our own Yoga Jedi, Arturo Garcia.  Art, as he likes to be called, has been teaching Yoga to recovering addicts and Alcoholics for almost a decade.  After a few weeks, you'll see how the Art's healing Yoga method transforms your life.


Then, we also require you to attend our fitness center.  Each morning we awake and take care of our temples first.  We do some light exercise at first (nothing crazy) followed by the most delicious breakfast that will make your mouth water.  Our breakfast consists of the freshest fruit available that comes farm direct.  Our private cook will prepare you some of the best meals of your life.

​After breakfast, its all business. We get you involved in classes, one on one therapy, and group therapy.  And to top that off, we take you out every day to AA/NA meetings so you can acquaint yourself with the community of other men and women in recovery.  

Later in the evenings we have some down time and you can socialize with other members of the community.  And that's not all...We do all kinds of great activities in order to learn to live again, love life again and be free again.  


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5 reasons to get clean now

5 reasons to get clean now before you end up in an early grave

Discover the 5 reasons to get clean now before you retire to an early grave

Every day we hear the horror stories from family members.  One second their talking to their kid or spouse and the next, their standing over their coffin, struck with grief and shock at how the person they love so much is no longer going to be sitting across the table during holiday dinners.  

​Holidays, birthdays, and quite frankly every day will be a stark reminder how drugs turned their lives upside down.  Today, in the United States drugs kill more people under 50 than car accidents.  Actually it's the number one killer of adults under the age of 50, and the statistics seem to be getting worse.  .    

FACT: Families are on the front lines and are usually in denial "Not My Kid" Until it's to late and they retire to an early grave.   

Parents have to forget about how their image in the community is going to be affected by their child or loved one ending up in a structured environment for the treatment of addiction.  All to often we hear stories where parents attributed their kids substance abuse as "a part of growing up" or "it's just a phase" .  

Let me make one thing very clear.  It's not a phase, it's not normal, and it is certainly not a part of growing up.  Drugs today are more powerful, addictive and destructive than they ever were.  In fact, just one small amount of the synthetic heroin called fentanyal the size of a match head is powerful enough to stop you from breathing. If you think your family member has a problem take the family addiction quiz here

 Furthermore, drugs like ecstasy and other "club drugs" are made in clandestine labs in Mexico. They mix these drugs with dangerous chemicals with zero regard about how peoples lives may be destroyed because of it.  It's all about the money and profits. The people they hurt or kill are simply a means to an end.  


Sadly we've gone from a culture of lifting people up and encouraging people to a culture of mass incarceration.  You're more likely to do prison time for drug possession instead of get help from your local law enforcement agency.  If you're a first time offender they may offer you a treatment alternative to jail, but who really wants to wait until that happens?

Almost all of the 5 reasons to get clean now have to do with the likely event you'll end up incarcerated. Once you get record of a drug arrest it follows you around forever.  It stays on your PUBLIC record. When you get a background check for a job your arrest never gets erased from the memory of the internet.

Just try getting your arrest erased from Google and you'll see what I mean.  

The police are in the business of putting people behind bars  The Judicial system and the prison industrial complex ​is meant to keep you in the system.  Maybe 20 years ago you would find people in law enforcement that believed in building communities up, but not anymore.  

Today, drugs will get you prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law with prejudice.  In some countries like the Philippines they now execute drug users and dealers to set an example to others.  Problem is, addiction is a disease, which there is no know cure.  It can be arrested and at some point recovery is possible, that is of course if you live that long.

​If you think you have a problem take the addition quiz here

Community members and families have to work together to tackle the drug problem and not wait for it to go away on it's own, cause it won't!  

The solution isn't an easy, but it's possible.  Their are countless individuals that are desperate for help but many don't know where to turn.  There are centers popping up all over the country, but like during any national emergency many of them are taking advantage of the crisis in order to line their pockets at the expense of the grieving and dying charging 10's of thousands of dollars without even a proven track record,.  

Luckily, there are alternatives.  Rehabs like Costa Rica Recovery which was voted the best rehab in Costa Rica doesn't require families to take second mortgages on their homes to save the lives of their loved ones.  

On the contrary, this rehab in Costa Rica charges less than $4500 for a 1 month stay, which includes a supervised detox.  The only thing you pay extra for is medication.  Compare that to a 5 day stay in a detox in the USA which could set you back between 12,000 and 20,000 dollars conservatively,  

Community members have to work together to stop drugs from flowing into their neighborhoods because the criminal industrial complex has failed miserably and has left the onus on us to take the fight into our own hands. Our children's lives depend on it.  

Trust me, nobody wants to live the life of an addict, nobody! It's a sad lonely life!

If you or a loved one has a problem with drugs or alcohol, there are affordable options with astounding results.  Costa Rica Recovery has been on the front lines of addiction for over a decade and has a proven track record. Why? Because we understand that nobody wants to be a slave to drugs and alcohol, and we have a proven solution that works. Just read our reviews!

My Son Was A Patient

My 24 yer old son was a patient at Costa Rica Recovery in 2017. His life prior to CRR was sad to say the least. Rarely showed up for family gatherings. Lost 2 amazing girlfriends. He was hiding from emotional pain.

From the first contact I had with CRR, I was treated with kindness, direction, guidance, reassurance, & knowledge.

This was not easy for me to send my son (1) to rehab (2) to a foreign country.

My son has pep in his step for the first time in a long long time!!! He's honest, focused, healthy, & happy!

We look forward to a long healthy life of ups & downs but nothing that can't be handled SOBER!!

Would I recommend Costa Rica Recovery? Yes!!!! A million times over!

CRR gave my son the gift of clarity, soberness, peace, the ability to face the root of the problem & confidence .


Xoxo from Florida

Tanya ... Small business owner

My life was spiraling out of control!

Before I came to Costa Rica Recovery my life was spiraling out of control. I was working only to do drugs.

My life basically revolved around drugs; where to score, who got the good stuff & watching out for cops.

I was making good money at my job, but 90% of my income was going to the dealer. I was going into neighborhoods that I would never go to if i was sober, like the south Bronx, at 4-5am.

Eventually, I lost my job, that only showed me how to steal,scam & beg for money to support my habit. One day after the euphoria of getting high wore off, I realized I needed help! I did some research & found CCR, and told my family that I wanted & needed their support. I landed in Costa Rica and turned a new leaf and started @ CCR.

It was the beginning of a new way of life for me.

My experience was great at Costa Rica Recovery at first it was hard. I hated weaning myself off drugs, and I wanted to give up many times but the counselors were understanding, tough but fair. But I'm glad I followed though and stuck with it.

The food was great and we did get out of the centers for outings, learned about meditation, and yoga that taught me about addiction and many more things. It was worth it, I ended up staying for 60 days which in my case was what i needed.

My life since the center has been a blessing. My relationship with my girl and family are stronger than ever. I have my dream job at an upscale place with great hours and good pay.

I'm loving life, I just completed a year of being drug-free and things couldn't be better. My job is sending me to Europe so i can learn more culinary skills and I couldn't ask for anything more.

I sometimes look back at my life and cant believe i came so close to loosing everything because of some white powder and how it made me disregard everything dear to me.

The future looks bright and I plan to keep keep going forward.

I would recommend CCR to anybody who has a drug or alcohol problem. The way they approach the problem and help you was the best way for my case. Other centers lock you up and keep you medicated but I like going to classes and outings. It made me feel more like a real person and not just a number.

Henry C ... Sous chef/food & beverage

My Goal Is To Maintain My Sobriety and Help Others

I had a 3 year battle with excessive alcohol. My family stepped in this last round and got me into Costa Rica Recovery

It was very professional and the center provided educational and entertaining classes and really great trips. The enter also took us to many of the 12 step meetings in the area. We were served 3 great meals every day along with gym time and yoga classes . The one on one counseling and the doctor visits were very helpful. Going on 3 months sober, and CRR certainly gave me a boost in the right direction. Thank you to all !!

I have a different perspective on addiction and have adjusted my life accordingly. The center cared for not only alcoholics, but other addictive problems.

My goal is to maintain my sobriety, use the tools learned at the center, and help others.

I would recommend the center. It is non intrusive, helpful, and is a great alternative to the institutional centers in other countries

Reg S. ... Tax accountant

My Life Was In A Million Pieces

Before coming to Costa Rica Recovery Center my life seemed to have been in a million pieces. My struggles with drugs and alcohol had caught up to me. What was once a fun time seemed to now only be filled with problems, and what was worse was that I couldn't stop.

I lost important relationships, couldn't show up to work, and couldn't handle any situation or obstacle, so I didn't try. My integrity, confidence, self esteem, and physical state were in the gutter. I was isolated, terribly sick, fearful and full of regret.

I was defeated. I needed help. A friend with 10 years clean told me he found help at CRR and that they had saved his life. I decided it was that or I would eventually succumb to this disease.

The staff at CRR were understanding. They knew exactly what I needed and how to help me get off substances comfortably. Almost instantly I felt at home and was treated like family.

I nourished my body back with great food and exercise. I found out WHY I used and what I needed to do to live a healthy life. The education I received I take with me everyday. Along with all of that I made great friends and laughed more than I ever had before. I was finally ME!

Now, almost Seven months clean and sober, I am back to being a productive part of society. I have made so many meaningful relationships and mended old ones. People rely on me, and I show up! Waking up feeling healthy is something I never take for granted. My life has turned around and keeps progressively getting better.

Today I don't have to be a prisoner and a slave to substances. Today I am not sick. Today I have hope. Most importantly, I think, is that I have found meaning in my life and know that without substances, I have a purpose. Costa Rica Recovery Center truly helped save my life.

Jen S (California) 2017 ... Former Patient

My Life Was a Disaster, a Train Wreck Waiting to Happen.

My life was a disaster, a train wreck waiting to happen.

Costa Rica Recovery was the best rehabilitation center I have been to, as I have been several times to other treatment centers. There was great food, fun activities and interesting trips and events.

When you spend 1 2 or 3 months in this environment, you open your eyes to the reality of the situation.

I know in the future It is possible to be happy and responsible, we can all do it!

I would recommend Costa Rica Recovery because during my treatment the entire staff understood what I was going through and were very helpful, especially Tony.

Good luck to anyone who decides to make a change and thank you from my end to all who helped me while I was there. Thomas

Thomas G. ... Selfemployed

Learn more about how relapse can kill and our proven holistic method of recovery here. The most important of the 5 reasons to get clean now is that you want to be happy and with drugs, there is no happiness, only pain.  


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​Good Costa Rica Jobs are hard to find, which is why this might be the right opportunity for you.  Costa Rica Recovery is looking for people in recovery who aspire to help others.  You will have direct contact with people who are just getting clean and ​need direction about how to live clean and sober while at the same time, making the right choices. ​ ​

Costa Rica Internships Are Hard To Find And Not What They're Advertised To Be!

Many people often find that the internship they found in Costa Rica is not what they had hoped for.  Here at Costa Rica Recovery you'll  be helping others and learning about the addiction and recovery process.  Sometimes you'll be helping at the center with a group, and sometimes you'll be coordinating a day at the beach.  Either way you'll be involved with helping clients learn to live a life of sobriety.  This position is great for someone aspiring to be an addictions counselor.   

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