Taking the First Step

If you or a loved one is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction , we are here to help. Please contact us as soon as possible. Our compassionate admissions specialists are here to help guide you through the the rehab admissions process and answer any questions you may have.

International: +1-866-804-1793
Local +(506) 8348-6369

Is it time to ask for help? If some or all of the following 11 statements are true for you, call us


Taking the substance or using alcohol in larger amounts or for longer than you’re meant to.


Wanting to cut down or stop using substances or alcohol but not managing to.


Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from use of alcohol or substances.


Cravings and urges.


Not managing to do what you should at work, home, or school because of substance use or alcohol.


Continuing to use or drink even when it causes problems in relationships.


Giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of substance or alcohol use.


Using substances or drinking again and again, even when it puts you in danger.


Continuing to use or drink, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse.


Needing more alcohol or substances to get the effect you want (tolerance).


Development of withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the substance or drinking more alcohol.

What You Need to Know About the Admissions Process at Costa Rica Recovery

Getting the help you want is easier than you think. For treatment options in Costa Rica, you’ll need to have an understanding of the admissions process and patient rights to rehab in Costa Rica. Knowing the inpatient rehab admission criteria will help with your peace of mind and preparation for treatment. 

To be best prepared for treatment, you need to understand the rehab admissions process which includes a confidential pre-admission assessment, Costa Rica entry requirements, special programs for U.S. Military Veterans, as well as knowing the rights for rehabilitation patients in Costa Rica, and finally, what to bring with you and what to leave behind as you begin.

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

Starting April 1st 2022. The temporary immigration measures for entering Costa Rica (put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic) are repealed. This eliminates the requirement to complete the epidemiological form known as the health pass and the requirement of medical insurance for unvaccinated foreigners.

Tourists can verify if they need a visa by Clicking Here

Remember that a return flight ticket* is needed when entering Costa Rica.

The immigration officer will ask for it upon your arrival.

*within 90 days and can be flexible

Special Program for US Military Veterans

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 at 1-866-804-1793 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:


Here is a list of approved items we encourage you to bring to the center

  • Passport, Driver’s License, or other picture ID.
  • Clothing. We recommend that you bring clothing adequate for 7 days including gym wear. 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on are enough. We do your laundry once per week. Irons and ironing boards are accessible, but we suggest that wash-and-wear clothing will be more convenient. Dry cleaning services are available but such clothing is not recommended.
  • Clothing suitable for gym or Yoga, including shoes. The gym is available on a daily basis and yoga is available 2-3 times per week.
  • Dress for therapy should be casual and in good taste.
  • A lightweight jacket or sweater is recommended for use at night.
  • Flat-soled or tennis shoes are recommended.
  • Electric or safety razor/shaver.
  • A bank card to access personal spending money via ATM or CASH to fund an in-house account. The staff WILL limit the amounts available to the patient.
  • The use of electronic devices are allowed with counselor approval.

Suggested additional clothing for recreational and therapeutic activities:

  • Sunglasses and hat or visor for outside use.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Reading material is limited to recovery-related topics and to material directly related to specific spiritual practices. It is advised to bring your own 12-Step Literature.
  • Any electrical items, such as hair dryers, curling irons, or electric shavers will be checked for safety.
  • Any prescription medication needed for the length of your stay. Costa Rican pharmacies can supply most medications should you run out.
  • Use of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and Vapes are tolerated but limited to our smoking area.


The following items are NOT allowed at Costa Rica Recovery

  • Clothing that depicts alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, gambling, (or any clothing deemed inappropriate by staff) is not allowed.
    Excessive or expensive jewelry. We have a safe for valuables but Costa Rica Recovery, S.A. does not accept liability for such items.
  • Laundry detergent is not necessary.
  • Straight razors, razor-blades, pocketknives.
  • Products containing alcohol (i.e., mouthwash, aftershave, facial toner, perfume, perfumed lotions, etc.).
  • Smokeless tobacco, cigars, or pipes.
  • Illegal substances or mood-altering drugs.


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


You will be able to make a phone call during the admission process to let people at home know you have arrived safely.

Cell phone access will be granted by your counselor on a limited basis after therapeutic classes are finished for the day. You will be able to have outside communication to call your temporary sponsor daily and other persons as agreed upon by you and your counselor.

Calls regarding emergencies will be given to the patient as quickly as possible. Our business phones are available for use in such circumstances. Cell phones from the US generally do not work in Costa Rica.


You may be allowed to send emails or chat during non-treatment hours, although we reserve the right to limit or omit this privilege for therapeutic or disciplinary reasons. Patients who are meeting treatment requirements will be given time to use internet access where they can email, Skype, or use social media.


Postal mail in Costa Rica is EXTREMELY slow. We recommend you use Federal Express or UPS for packages.

Making the ask to seek out treatment is a crucial first step in any journey of recovery. The sneaky part of addiction is that often the damage is being done without the addict’s knowledge, so being aware of the need for treatment and following up with seeking help, your treatment program works to identify and address the underlying causes of addiction.

The quality of treatment has evolved over the years and the focus on humane care and treatment is based on the Minnesota model of addiction treatment and the type of treatment you need should focus on solutions that address your specific causes.

The criteria for drug rehab admissions include a pre-admission assessment, understanding Costa Rican admittance policies, understanding of special programs for U.S. Military Veterans, as well as things to bring with you. Our admittance counselors will educate you and help smooth out the rehab admissions process so you can start your road to recovery quickly.

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Asking for treatment isn’t the easiest step to take, but once that step has been made, seeking out the right type of treatment options for your specific needs should not become derailed because of a clunky, difficult admissions process.

We make our drug rehab admissions easy so you can get started on your rehab in Costa Rica as soon as possible. If you’re interested in transforming your life through attending NA meetings in San Jose, Costa Rica, or other inpatient drug rehab Costa Rica options, call internationally toll-free at 1-866-8041793 or contact us for more information today!

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