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Testimonials (9)

From time to time former clients will give testimonials of there experience while at Tropical Oasis. We dedicate this page to those who wish to give hope and encouragement, and congratulate the courage and determination it takes to fight this insideous disease.


Saturday, 26 March 2011 16:02

Pura Vida!!

Written by Nick Russi

"I was addicted to painkillers (norcos) for 2 years and vicodins for 5 years before coming to T.O.T.C. i used and abused alcohol for over 25 yrs. Since leaving TOTC after 30 days of treatment I have lost the craving for the pills and enjoy the freedom and joy of Sobriety! I absolutely could not have succeeded without the professional guidance of Nick Russi and Peggy von Mayer Sanabria and their wonderful puppy Fritzy!


FIST (Faith in Sobriety Today)" Sincerely yours, William De Long Pura Vida ! Vaya con Dios

Saturday, 26 March 2011 16:00

Thank you

Written by Nick Russi

"I would like to take a moment and thank the staff at Holistic Drug Rehab for their kindness and diligence working with me while I was a resident at there center.  My detox was a difficult one, and the staff there did everything possible to make me comfortable so I could focus on recovery.  I would recommend Holistic Drug Rehab  to anyone serious about making changes in there life and seeking recovery for there addiction. "


Raymond S.
Saturday, 26 March 2011 15:53


Written by Nick Russi
I came to Tropical Oasis on December 18th, 2010 not knowing who I was. Sure, I knew my name, where I was from, where I worked and lived; but I didn't know the real me.

I had been masking the real me from myself and the world through my addiction to alcohol for many years. Like a chameleon, I absorbed the interests of others and became what they wanted me to be as I didn't know what it was I was interested in.

Unrealistic fears of failure, fear of acceptance, fears of all kinds drove me to anesthetize my feelings. I didn't know how to think things through; to distinguish between what was a valid thought and what was imagined or assumed. I didn't know any of this until I went through the program of recovery.

The days leading to my decision to get help were some of the darkest, loneliest days of my life.

I did not have a clue how things got to be that way. I had a job, friends, family that loved me. Yet, I felt totally alone, frustrated, afraid and desperate to understand what had happened to me. I needed tools to live. I needed to know how to live without drinking.

I positioned my mind, determined to soak up anything and everything I possible could to get those tools in the time I had at Tropical.

The counselor’s experience, education and tremendously caring souls spoke truth to my innermost being.

They somehow knew me.

They knew what had happened to me; they were very instrumental in unveiling the truth to becoming the person I really am.

I owe it to myself, to remain plugged in to what I was taught. Now, I can see more clearly, I understand more, I do not feel afraid and I can help others. I am useful. Without the help I received in treatment, this would not have been the case for me today.

The facility is warm, welcoming, beautiful, and serene. The fresh meals every day nourished me and were delicious.

The classes are full of information, insight, sharing and feedback. Private counseling sessions were very rewarding.

In the end, it is up to me to be willing, open and to maintain my desire to remain sober but without being taught the how’s, what’s and why’s of my addiction, I don’t believe I could.

It has been 2 ½ months since I left Tropical Oasis and my life is better. I am beginning to understand myself, I don’t walk in fear. It keeps getting better.

Thank you ALL at Tropical Oasis for the experience of a lifetime. I am forever grateful

Kari Lorenzi - Panama

Sunday, 16 August 2009 11:34

Dear Tropical Oasis...

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Dear reader,

"After much research, I narrowed my choices down to three, with Tropical Oasis Treatment Center being one of them. Aside from the reasonable price, what helped me make my decision was talking with Nick Russi on the phone. I felt comfortable, at ease and understood, along with a sense of trust in both him and his facility. My instinct told me this was the place for me; and it was. I went to T.O.T.C. to quit drinking, but also to truly rest and relax and find serenity. At that time, I was totally and thoroughly exhausted, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Tropical Oasis' serene environment gave me the peace and quiet and support that I needed to heal. I also experienced the beautiful country of Costa Rica in a way that has enriched my life forever. I cherish my time at T.O.T.C., it was just what I needed."

Dianne B.

Sunday, 16 August 2009 11:40

Thanks to the staff at TO

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Dear reader,

¨During my stay at Tropcal Oasis in Orintina Costa Rica  I experienced more ups and downs . There were the good days and there were the bad, but in the end they all added up to precisely what I came for:-  my recovery. Alcohol  addiction had left me in a shattered state, without the hope or energy one needs in order to make any kind of life recovery.

I entered the facility  in a state of total stagnation and despair; my addiction had led me to a point of desperate immobility where nothing existed.
When I finally reached a point where I was prepared to make a serious change in order to save my life, I was presented with an opportunity to come to Tropical Oasis     Center, a safe place, where I could learn some tools for sobriety as well as for living a healthy life.

I gained so much more. I have never before in my life had an opportunity  for myself; a time to peel back the layers and walls of my inner and outer personality and to explore the many corridors and shadows that have helped to create the person I was and the person I am today.   Thanks to the counselors and therapists on staff. (Peggy and Nick).

The counselors are some of the most intelligent and caring people I have ever met, teaching lessons on most aspects of addictive behavior as well as going into depth with each person individually during their one-on-one sessions. They set time aside, at any time, for the clientele. At a moment's notice - day or night - that I needed to talk, there would without fail be someone there to listen.

I could not imagine a better staff for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center than those at Tropical Oasis     -  people who genuinely care and work their hardest for anybody willing to work for themselves.

They worked so hard for me as well as all others.
So many people from so many walks of life, but all with the same problems - my problems. I am thankful for every single person I met, for they all contributed to a change in mind and attitude that I feel will be a solid base for my continuing recovery.

All in all, my time in Tropical Oasis     was one of the most dynamic and enriching periods of my life, full of memories and lessons that I will know will last a lifetime.


Tuesday, 01 September 2009 11:52

Dear reader

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"Both the staff and the setting at Tropical Oaisis were excellent.  I had considered going to a facility near my home, at nearly four times the price.  Leaving the country to seek help in Costa Rica allowed me to find clarity without any distractions.  I'd definitely recommend Tropical Oasis for anyone considering getting help."

Monday, 14 September 2009 08:29

Experience of a lifetime

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"My stay at Tropical Oasis was the experience of a lifetime. I find it amazing that I say that about "my stay in rehab", but it is true! From the moment I read about them on the internet, to speaking with the staff on the telephone, our arrival at the airport (and the handling of our late luggage!), and of course my stay there for one month...the staff was consistent, trustworthy, caring, and compassionate to my special and somewhat unique situation. They helped myself and my husband through one of the most difficult experiences of our lives to date...my severe PTSD and trauma reactions. When I arrived at Tropical Oasis I needed help, and when I left, I was able to care for myself and continue living life as it should be enjoyed...with confidence, sparkle, and happiness again! I made dear friends who I will cherish forever, experienced Costa Rica in a way I never knew possible, and so much more. Tropical Oasis is not just a typical treatment facility, it is a place where you will receive personal attention, and will be able to find yourself again - no matter where life has taken you."
Monday, 14 September 2009 08:30

Dear Nick

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As an ex CEO, athlete, over achiever, and every other “title” I could have given myself, lie or otherwise, I found myself at The Tropical Oasis near death and with no hope of life in general, much less a good life. I was in the pit.

So embracing the thoughts of hopelessness, I did not notice the serene atmosphere, the wonderful meals, the clean rooms and facilities, or the careful attention to my care, until after my experience.

Yes, I had an experience, one that has been life changing. And before I go any farther, I want to thank you. Your patience and thoughtfulness helped me to embrace the urgency of the moment. Thank you, Nick. Your commitment and love for those who are lost in their addictions and hopelessness is genuine. Tropical Oasis certainly is a place where anyone can come to the truth of hope and purpose for their life.

My experience was simply this; I was enlightened with the truth. In a short while of being at your facility I was given the revelation that until I surrendered everything in truth, not holding back anything in lies, to myself, I could not be set free. I was enslaved and buried in the lie of my life and went to alcohol to escape me. When I started working with you on this I immediately started feeling ok, then eventually good about who I really was, without the lie. My personal belief was that God placed me at The Tropical Oasis for that very purpose.

Thank you for not self imposing on me any belief system, or “angle” of recovery. If you had, I most likely would not have been open to this spiritual experience that I embrace still today with everything I live for.

Sincerely yours,

Lonnie Choate

Being freed daily by God from the bondage of self

Monday, 05 October 2009 19:53

My Experience

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Tropical Oasis, their staff, and Costa Rica did for me what many other treatment centers never could. The quiteness, the tropical air, helped me in my process. The "home" atmosphere, and the intense therapy gave me the desire to live again, to be useful, to be happy. Totally recycled!!!!! Thanks Tropical Oasis!!!

Durante mi estadia en Oasis Tropical, aprendi a vivir en la realidad, la tranquilidad de el lugar, el estar "como en casa", fueron factores de una experiencia maravillosa y muy real. Me ayudaron a tener ganas de vivir nuevamente, a tener deseos de ser util, y atraves de las terapias a encontrarme a mi mismo. Ha sido lo mejor que me ha pasado, muchisimas gracias.



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