Best drug & alcohol detox programs in Costa Rica


Costa Rica Treatment Center provides its clients the best and most well-respected addictions treatment team in the Latin America. Our doctors, psychiatrists and trained staff have extensive experience and expertise in the field of addictions treatment & drug detox programs. We are the only English-speaking drug rehab center in Costa Rica that works directly with 3 different psychiatrists and two general doctors. Each one of our doctors on staff is specialized in a different field of psychiatry and medicine, including but not limited to substance abuse detox, depression and anxiety, bipolar disorder treatment, depression and dual diagnosis treatment.

There are many phases to recovery from addiction. The medical stabilization phase also known as the drug detox process is perhaps one of the most important. During the drug detox phase at Costa Rica Treatment Center the patients cleanse their bodies from the toxins produced by chronic use of drugs and alcohol. This process can be emotionally and psychologically exhausting, which is why it is important to drug detox with the help of trained professionals that can coach you or your loved one through the process.

Costa Rica Treatment Center provides a medically supervised drug detox program for all addictive substances. With a monitored drug and alcohol detox program, patients are provided with adequate professional care ensuring that dangerous withdrawals symptoms are properly treated.



At Costa Rica Treatment Center the drug and alcohol detox process includes a complete and thorough medical evaluation. This evaluation is done at the intake process by one of our three psychiatrists or two general doctors. After the medical evaluation is complete, an individualized medical detox protocol is developed in collaboration with the client. Instructions are passed down to the nursing staff who oversees and reports back to the doctors during the entire drug detox process.

Depending on the situation, a variety of medications and treatments are given to the client to reduce or eliminate the withdrawal symptoms and ensure patient safety. We want each patient to have the most comfortable and safe drug detoxification program possible. For this reason, we provide a completely personalized approach depending on the situation and the intoxicating substance. Our detox services include:

  • Heroin Detox
  • Alcohol Detox
  • Opiate Detox
  • Prescription Pill Detox
  • Benzo Detox
  • Cocaine Detox
  • Meth Detox

Different substances manifest different withdrawal symptoms during the detoxification. Some substances can take longer and be more dangerous than others during the detox process. Alcohol detox, for example, can produce acute withdrawal symptoms that are highly uncomfortable and even life-threatening. Without the right support and supervision during the detox phase, withdrawals can become deadly. All patients receiving addiction treatment services at Costa Rica Treatment Center are ensured that any dangerous withdrawals will be immediately addressed by the right medical professionals to preserve patient comfort and health.


The drug and alcohol detox process varies from person to person. There are a variety of factors that can influence the duration of the drug detox and the symptoms experienced. Patient age, health, and number of substances used can influence the severity of drug detox. Additional factors, such as whether or not a patient has been detoxed before, are also influential to the drug detox process. Symptoms may include:

  • Digestive issues
  • Anxiety
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Excessive sweating
  • Depression
  • Tremors
  • Confusion
  • Elevated Blood Pressure

Withdrawals can vary greatly from one person to the next. However, with medically monitored detox, patients can rest assured that they are receiving the necessary support for their safety, health, and sobriety. Typically, withdrawal symptoms start gradually. For some substances, such as heroin, withdrawals can develop within a few hours since the last use. Other substances may take longer in terms of withdrawals. With most substances, withdrawals generally peak a few days after the last use, and then subside. For most patients, the detox process only lasts a few days (7-10 days).


Detox addresses the physical toxicity of drugs and alcohol, but it is not the only step in the recovery process. The behavioral patterns, choices, and situations that fed into addiction must also be addressed. At Costa Rica Treatment Center, we provide a variety of treatment approaches to address the emotional and mental aspects of addiction, alcoholism, and substance abuse.

Contact us today to find out more about our programs.