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Jim’s second career began with the Hazelden Foundation at their facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. He began working on the men’s unit. He then worked on the older adult unit, and then was promoted to the education department. His responsibilities included the supervision of the professional addiction training Institute, the Physician Faculty Training Program and he led the internship programs with eight Master degree programs. He eventually became the chairman of the Education Team, a member of the Clinical Leadership Team, and ultimately, a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
Jim was sent to Costa Rica as a consultant/expert in 2002 to make a presentation on the Minnesota model to governmental agencies responsible for health care in Costa Rica. He was contracted to become the Clinical Director of ACERPA in San Jose to implement the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Model.
Jim is one of the founders of Costa Rica Recovery.
With years of experience in Recovery and Relapse Prevention, he looks forward to each day helping other addicts find a new way to live. Costa Rica Recovery is a place where hundreds of people have been given the tools to rediscover themselves and lead their lives clean. “I am eager to be a part of that process and support those who want to heal.”
Substance Abuse Scholar
Johns Hopkins University
He worked at the Institute of Alcoholism and Drug dependency in the Departments of External Consultation, Detoxification, Rehabilitation and Research.
Former director of Addictive Disorders Treatment Centers:
Country House, Serenity House, Serenity House
He has worked in epidemiological and clinical-pharmacological research in both psychiatry and addictions.
He has 38 years of experience in private psychiatric consultation and in the area of addictive behaviors.
Currently attending Clinica Serenidad, Curridabat.
She is also a facilitator and mentor specializing in coaching for Addiction coaches. She has been asked to speak in several institutions in Costa Rica and Internationally. For the summer of 2011 She was part of the counseling team for 400 teenagers in areas of Spiritual wellness, emotional physical health.
Her experience as Project developer in FundaVida , an NGO with the mission to rescue youth at risk of addiction and delinquent behavior in extreme poverty and marginal areas has served over 500 kids.
She is always willing to help and listen to others, is empathetic and compassionate. This includes helping patients integrate into the 12-step community in their local area post-treatment.
She has strong interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills.
She loves to go to the beach and camp on the mountains. Her positive attitude, enjoying life, and will to help others are some of her great attributes that recovery has given back to her.
In his free time he enjoys gardening and spending time enjoying the natural wonders of Costa Rica.