1. We are in Costa Rica.
  2. Weekly one on one meetings with psychologists and counsellors.
  3. Adventure therapy and beach outings.
  4. Integrative holistic energy healing such as reiki, breathwork, yoga, nutrition and physical exercise.
  5. Daily gym visits.
  6. Food so nutritious you forget you’re eating healthy

Get Drug & Alcohol Rehab Services for Veterans In Costa Rica

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.


The Link Between PTSD and Substance Abuse

There is a clear link between PTSD and substance abuse disorders. Because of that, veterans are at a much higher risk of developing a substance abuse disorder than other populations.

According to American Addiction Centers, people who seek treatment for PTSD are 14 times likelier to have a substance abuse disorder. The Department of Veteran Affairs also notes that veterans seeking treatment for a substance abuse disorder often have PTSD.

Additionally, there’s also a correlation between substance abuse and PTSD in the opposite direction. Research shows active duty military members and veterans who drink heavily are more likely to have PTSD or depression.

As many as 20 out of every 100 returning US troops from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom may later be diagnosed with PTSD. When it comes to substance abuse, about 1 in 10 veterans may develop a problem with drinking or drug abuse.

Scientifically, people with PTSD often have lower levels of endorphins — a “feel good” chemical — in the brain. Because of that, people who have PTSD might turn to mood-enhancing substances like alcohol or other drugs.

How To Access VA Rehab Programs for Substance Abuse

Veterans are not alone in their battle to combat PTSD and substance abuse disorders. There are a variety of VA substance abuse programs available, including our own VA-approved program.

According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, there are various options for seeking treatment. They can include VA alcohol rehab, counseling and therapy, and other substance use treatment programs for veterans.

Accessing these programs is possible for veterans because the VA covers services that seek to treat substance abuse problems. Once you have VA health care, you can access these services.

In addition to speaking about substance abuse programs with your primary care provider, you can also seek treatment at a specific program — like the one offered by Costa Rica Recovery — or a VA treatment center.

If your treatment center is overseas, like Costa Rica Recovery, then you will need to fill out an application for the Foreign Medical Program so that the VA can cover the cost of the treatment.

Veterans Substance Abuse Program Eligibility

To get treatment through one of the many VA substance abuse programs, you’ll need to apply for VA health care coverage. This is available to veterans and service members.

Those who have served are eligible for VA health care if they served in the military, naval, or air service and did not receive a dishonorable discharge. In other words, if you were in the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or another branch of service, then you’ll likely qualify for VA benefits.

Veterans who are seeking treatment or VA substance abuse programs outside of the US must also fill out a Foreign Medical Program (FMP) Registration Form before their benefits can cover the program.

However, the FMP will pay for wellness programs associated with substance abuse disorders — making it a readily accessible option for veterans.

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.

Get Help At Our Rehab Treatment Center for Veterans

Costa Rica Recovery is a great place to seek VA substance abuse programs and treatment. We’re an approved provider of FMP services, meaning that the VA will take responsibility for healthcare costs. You’ll have access to a range of treatments and complementary services, from professional counseling to yoga, art therapy, and mindfulness. Clients also attend Narcotics Anonymous or AA meetings in Costa Rica every day. Our counselors are certified in the US in veteran affairs. In other words, they’re trained to relate to and work with veterans specifically. We are focused on small groups, maintaining a positive social atmosphere, and including everyone in our community. We are truly passionate about each and every client in our care. This, of course, isn’t even mentioning the beautiful and relaxing locale that Costa Rica is. It’s truly one of the best places to rediscover yourself while getting the help you need.

Testimonial for Costa Rica Recovery

This has been one of the most positive experiences in my life. I had been through rehab before, I left sober, but I never left feeling better. What initially stood out to me most was the compassion, spread out by everyone in the building. This is a place of joy and healing. You can hear the laughter and feel the energy when you enter, and it stays with you when you leave.

Minnesota ~ Justin K.,Veteran

Costa Rica Recovery helped save my life. It is a scary thing to check into rehab and CRR made this very comfortable for me and soon it felt like home. The atmosphere is very relaxed but at the same time you really get a ton of knowledge and learn the tools you need to stay clean and sober. They provide fun day trips to cool places like the beach, volcanoes and awesome hikes. Between the gym, yoga and awesome food you really start to feel healthy again in no time. I owe the amazing life that I have today to this place!

~Jennifer S.

Costa Rica Recovery SAVED MY LIFE!!! Amazing experience, especially getting out of the United states and going to one of the most beautiful countries ever. A lot of people think “what?? Going to treatment in another country??” Well, it is completely different than what anyone can imagine, in a good way. It is such a peaceful and nice vibe. Staff was great, the food was out of this world, and the program used to treat addiction is by the far the best program ever. I was given all the knowledge and help I needed to recover from addiction from everyone at CRR.

~Danny E.

Veteran Rehab Program FAQs

Yes. The VA provides its own therapies and treatments for substance abuse free of charge. Through the Foreign Medical Program, the VA also handles the responsibility of paying for drug and alcohol rehab for veterans in other countries.
Yes, the VA covers alcohol rehab for veterans (as well as veterans’ drug rehab). In addition to its own program, the VA will handle costs associated with the treatment of alcohol abuse and other substance abuse disorders.

In many cases, it doesn’t cost anything. The VA will take over the payment responsibility for health care services. Although there are exceptions, rehab for veterans is generally free if they qualify for VA health care.

If you don’t currently have VA health care, obtaining it is as easy as starting an application on the VA website. If you don’t qualify for VA health benefits or don’t currently have access to them, you may still be able to receive veteran addiction assistance at a VA community center.
It’s estimated that as many as 500,000 troops who served in the past 13 years have diagnosable PTSD. That’s about 11 to 20 out of every 100 veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

When it comes to substance abuse, estimates indicate that about 1 in every 10 veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have a problem with alcohol or other substances.
The average time spent at alcohol rehab through VA programs depends on the exact program that you’re considering.

On average, the short-term stay at an alcohol or drug rehab facility is between 28 and 30 days. Longer-term programs could involve stays as long as 90 days.

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