Support Groups in Costa Rica

English-speaking support groups and meetings for AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) following the 12 Steps program, drug aid, cancer support meetings, and more...

Note: while some groups have English-speaking staff and volunteers, there is no guarantee that English will be spoken.

Alcohol Abuse

Costa Rica Alcoholics Anonymous has information on AA meetings in Costa Rica's provinces and details of local meetings in English. The website also has details of English-speaking Al-Anon meetings.

Drug Abuse

The Costa Rica Recovery website has information about drug rehabilitation centers and drug addiction centers in Costa Rica. The organization is English-speaking and its central offices are located in Pavas, San José.

  • Tel: 8348 6369 / 866 804 1793 (toll-free)
  • The website also has details of English-speaking Narcotics Anonymous meetings in San José: Click here

For further details of recovery programs for alcohol and drug abuse, see the Costa Rican Instituto Sobre Alcoholismo y Farmacodependencia (IAFA) (website in Spanish).

Cancer Support

Fundación Ana Ross: The Ana Ross foundation is dedicated to helping patients with cancer in giving them aid and psychosocial support. The foundation also promotes fund raising events (website in Spanish).

  • Tel: 2258 1148

Casa AMES (Asociación de Mujeres en Salud): Casa AMES is a women's health association, which provides cancer-related programs and support. Casa AMES, in conjunction with Casa VIDA, has a support group dedicated to cancer prevention and aid. The meetings take place on the last Wednesday of each month.

  • Tel: 2224 3678 / 2234 1810
    At: 300m south, 50m east of Il Pomodoro restaurant, house number 23, Roosevelt neighborhood, San Pedro, San José

FUNDESCO (Cancer de Mama): FUNDESCO is a breast cancer organization providing different support groups for cancer patients and their family.

  • Tel: 2233 1692 / 2256 4687
    At: 150m west of the Children's Hospital emergency entrance, house number 2259, Downtown San José
    Open: Mondays to Fridays from 09:00-11:00 and 14:00-17:00

Mental Health

APROSAM - Asociación para la Promoción de Salud Mental: APROSAM is an association dedicated to promoting mental health.

  • Tel: 2453 5261
    At: Palmares, Alajuela

The psychiatric hospital in Pavas offers different social aids for people with mental health issues. It also runs joint programs with the UCR, University of Costa Rica.

  • Tel: 2232 2155
  • For information from the CCSS (Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social), the institution in charge of managing all state hospitals and medical care centers: Click here

Association of Residents of Costa Rica

The Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR) is an organization that assists those living in, retiring in, or considering moving to Costa Rica. It organizes a number of activities including assistance with insurance in Costa Rica, information on becoming a resident, social activities and seminars and discount programs.

  • Tel: 2233 8068 / 2221 2053
    At: Casa Canada, Ave 4 and Calle 40 San Jose
    Open: Monday to Friday from 09:00-16:30