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VA Special Program

Costa Rica Recovery is an approved provider of a special program from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (V.A.). The program is known as the Foreign Medical Program (F.M.P.). Many VA centers and facilities are unaware of this transformative program.

The Foreign Medical Program is a special health care program for eligible Veterans living or travelling overseas. The Department of Veterans Affairs, through this program, takes over the payment responsibility for health care services related to the treatment of V.A. adjudicated service-connected conditions, disabilities associated with and held to be aggravating a service-connected condition, and care for Veterans participating in a rehabilitation program under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 31.


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Many Veterans deal with numerous economic and health issues ranging from a low credit score to being disabled, homeless, and so on. Medical records of veterans reveal that one in three patients were diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder. 41% were diagnosed with either a mental health or a behavioural adjustment disorder.


Veterans have an increased risk of developing alcohol, tobacco, or drugs problems due to war stress. Studies have found that cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption is higher amongst veterans than among non-military personnel. Treating a pre-existing condition might resolve the problem for a few veterans, but most will require long-term care in a well-equipped va rehabilitation center like Costa Rica Recovery.

PTSD, also known as “shell shock” or “combat fatigue,” is a common post-war mental health disorder amongst veterans resulting from experiencing or witnessing a traumatic incident. Usually, individuals with PTSD must have experienced war zones, natural or man-made disasters, assault, committed a fatal mistake.

Psychiatrists look for four major symptoms in anyone said to be having PTSD;

  • intrusive symptoms that present in the form of flashbacks of events either have a thought or dream
  • avoidance of triggers which we see as isolation or fear of being in certain places
  • lack of trust and, hyperarousal, i.e. giving an exaggerated response when startled or when it appears to them they were startled.

All these make it hard for the Veteran to live a productive life resulting in an inability to blend with society.

It is often due to numerous causes like sleep disorders, SUDs, depression, etc. Veterans who have PTSD require a thorough assessment. Treatment is primarily aimed at psychotherapy, prolonged exposure therapy, family/group therapy- social support, and medication such as antidepressants.

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How to secure a place at our veterans rehabilitation center

For individuals seeking admission to our rehabilitation center for veterans, the first step is a confidential pre-admission assessment. Telephone an admissions counselor at +1-866-804-1793 or +(506) 8348-6369 for your FREE confidential assessment. Click the button below to send us a message through our contact form.

The first step for gaining entry to the program is by filling out the Foreign Medical Program (FMP) Registration Form. We are always here to guide you. Call us for assistance on +1-866-804-1793 or +(506) 8348-6369 or feel free to contact us via our WhatsApp button on the bottom right 

If you have Substance Use Disorder or PTSD disclosures in your discharge or medical records you should be approved for the FMA program.

We offer numerous evidence-based medical services for these conditions. And as an approved provider of its F.M.P., Costa Rica Recovery provides Veterans with drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

For Veterans seeking help from SUDs, the Veterans Program offers the following:

Proven medication options, like:

  • Medically managed detoxification
  • Drug substitution therapies and newer medicines to reduce cravings
  • Nicotine replacement or other medicines for stopping tobacco use

We offer counseling and other therapy options, like:

  • Short-term outpatient counseling
  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Self-help groups
  • Residential care
  • Continuing care and relapse prevention
  • Special programs for Veterans with specific concerns

For PTSD, the Veterans Program Offers:

  • 1-to-1 mental health assessment and testing to figure out if you have PTSD Medicine proven to work for treating PTSD.
  • 1-to-1 psychotherapy. This includes proven methods like Cognitive Processing Therapy (C.P.T.).
  • Group therapy for Veterans who served in certain combat zones or who’ve been through similar traumas

The Veterans Program also offers other forms of treatment and support:

  • Specialists that provide regular outpatient care to Veterans with PTSD
  • Special residential (live-in) or inpatient care programs—found in each region of the U.S
  • Help Veterans with severe PTSD symptoms who have trouble doing normal daily activities (like going to work)
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We have two counselors, both certified in the U.S.A. in Veteran affairs. This helps a lot because patients identify with them easily.

There is a timetable to make sure they have a fruitful day. The day starts at 5:00 am when the patients get ready for the gym. The gym lasts for an hour, from 5:30 am to 6:30 am. After that, they have time to take a shower, get ready, and have a delicious breakfast. Classes start at 8:00am until 4:00pm. Lunch is served at noon. Every class has a duration of 45 minutes. Clients go to N.A. (Narcotics Anonymous) or A.A. (Alcoholic Anonymous) meetings every day.

These classes can vary according to the needs of the patients. There is always yoga, sound therapy, art therapy, movie class, meditation, mindfulness and much more at our Veteran drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.

Costa Rica Recovery is a big family. We care about every patient and have a lot of appreciation for them. We try to help and give each person the necessary tools for their recovery as we believe each patient is different from the other. We believe in change and that every individual deserves another opportunity to reconnect with the world.

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

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