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Costa Rica Recovery


The Basics

Located in the capital city of San Jose, Costa Rica Recovery (CRR) is a non-profit treatment facility that specializes in the care of clients and families struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Jim Dopp founded CRR in 2006, recognizing the need for an English-speaking treatment center. Dopp also saw the benefits of Costa Rica’s national program that ensures quality health care and its system for training addiction counselors. Licensed by the Ministry of Health and certified by the Institute for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, CRR facilitates a customized, holistic treatment approach designed to treat the mind, body and spirit. It offers a full continuum of care including a residential program, outpatient services and aftercare.

Accommodations and Food

Incoming clients are picked up at the San Jose airport by staff and taken to the facility. CRR is situated in an upscale house surrounded by nice shops, convenience stores, parks and the embassies. As there are typically only between eight and 10 clients staying at a time, the recovery atmosphere is communal without sacrificing privacy. Residents stay in private rooms while in detox and then share with one or two roommates during the rest of the residential program.

Clients enjoy amenities including a common area with a ping pong table, an outdoor pool and basketball court. In addition, CRR offers an on-site laundry and dry cleaning services. CRR recommends individuals bring $300 for various expenses. Residents are encouraged to spend time in reflection. As such, the use of electronic devices is restricted. The team provides transportation to offsite 12-step meetings.

Residents enjoy healthy meals planned and prepared to replenish the body’s nutrients. Individuals with dietary preferences and restrictions are accommodated.

Treatment and Staff

Clients entering the program first undergo a comprehensive assessment to help the staff create a personalized care plan tailored to meet the individual’s specific needs. If deemed necessary, clients enter into the detox phase. CRR offers a medical detox with around the clock supervision.

While lengths of stay vary depending on the specific needs of the client, CRR encourages residents to stay as long as possible and offers 30, 60 and 90 day residential programs. While the 12-step recovery method is the bedrock of treatment, the curriculum also utilizes an integrated approach that incorporates an array of therapeutic methods including evidence-based and holistic therapies, psychoeducation and fellowship. A resident’s typical day includes a morning meditation and workout session at the gym, individual and group therapy, a 12-step meeting and a psychoeducational class. CRR also offers the evidence-based REBT behavior modification and separate individual sessions with an addiction counselor and a psychologist. Psychiatric consultations are offered for an extra fee.

In addition, CRR’s employs a robust psychoeducational series with topics including addiction education, recovery skills, sober recreation, relapse prevention, violence cycle, social networking, the three stages of denial, dependency symptoms, value-based living and spirituality development.

The Costa Rica Recovery team is made up of gender-specific addiction specialists, a psychiatrist, psychologist, chef, yoga instructor and support staff. Medication management is available for individuals in need of dual diagnosis support.


CRR does has a family program. Also, the treatment schedule allows for more flexibility on the weekends, and clients can relax and see visitors. The staff here believes finding fun sober activities is a key component to a successful recovery. To this end, every three weeks clients go on outings to the beach, mountains and other beautiful Costa Rica locations

In Summary

Costa Rica Recovery is a nonprofit treatment facility that specializes in the care of English-speaking clients struggling with alcohol and substance use disorders. CRR provides a full continuum of care that includes individualized detox, residential treatment, outpatient and aftercare with 30, 60 and 90 day options for the residential phase. While the 12-step method is the cornerstone, CRR integrates holistic and evidence-based therapeutic methods along with psychoeducation, fellowship and wellness activities into the treatment programming. For clients seeking comprehensive residential care with a compassionate staff in a beautiful place, CRR is a great option.

Costa Rica Recovery
El Triangulo Comercial
Pavas, San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Recovery Cost: $3,950 (first month); $3,450 (each additional month). Reach Costa Rica Recovery by phone at (866) 804-1793 or by email at [email protected]. Follow Costa Rica Recovery on Facebook

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1 Comment

  1. I have been a patient at Costa Rica Recovery twice. The first time was in June of 2017. I was a patient for 90 days and then was offered a job as house manager, which I took. I relapsed after about 2 weeks. That is nobody’s fault but mine. I returned as a patient for approximately a month after that, and then returned home.

    The second time was in March of 2018. I was a patient for approximately 64 days and then was offered another job as a “maintenance man”. After a few couple of weeks, I was offered another job as a house manager, which I again accepted. And again, I relapsed, this time after a couple months. Again, this was my fault.

    I am the only one to blame for my relapses. I am not passing blame on anyone.

    I am only here to voice my opinion that it is completely unacceptable for a treatment center to hire ex-patients with such little clean time. Handing out medications and handling patient money is suited for someone with qualifications, not someone who is still trying to put their life back together.

    Additionally, I am not a Costa Rican resident. I was paid under the table and after my last relapse; I was fired without being given all of my personal belongings, my last 2 weeks pay, or (severance) cesantía (which they are still required to pay me even though I am not a Costa Rican resident).

    The counselors there talk openly about steroid use and sexual relations with patients. One counselor even offers to sell steroids to patients. RHETT BYERS.

    They hire ex-patients because it is cheap and they are easily exploitable.

    Other than that, the place is great….

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