Based in Boquette, Panama, Serenity Vista is a renowned addiction recovery clinic that offers a comprehensive approach to helping people overcome their challenges with alcohol addiction. The center emulates the model started by the successful and well-known Betty Ford Clinic in Minnesota.

Serenity Vista combines a 12-step approach with spiritual intervention to help patients find themselves escaping from the clutches of alcoholism and getting on to the road to recovery. Most patients stay in the facility for 45 days and do so at a comparatively affordable rate.

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The Good

  • Affordable Cost
  • Tropical Location
  • Worldwide Recognition

Affordable Cost

Limited to a maximum of six patients, you receive highly-individualized attention for the price. The upfront cost is $14,850 for one and a half to three months. 

Tropical Location

The comprehensive treatment programs are the most important feature of Serenity Vista's clinic; however, it also provides a tropical setting and atmosphere that is conducive to the patients' recovery. The Panama location offerings breathtaking views and majestic surroundings that infuse those who stay there with peace and tranquility. 

Worldwide Recognition

The center is consistently rated as one as the top 10 in the world. That's saying a lot considering the number of treatment programs one can find in the United States and abroad.

The Bad

  • No Insurance Accepted
  • Family Not Involved

No Insurance Accepted

Because alcohol addiction treatment programs and facilities are so pricey, it's always nice to have some financial help in paying for the fees. Many treatment facilities accept insurance plans to help shoulder the burden of costs. Unfortunately, at Serenity Vista, you cannot use any third-party insurance to assist you financially. The center does have financing available, but the fact the facility does not take insurance can be a huge drawback.

Family Not Involved

Serenity Vista believes that when you come to its facility you are there for your treatment and that outside help is not part of the process. There is some value to this approach; however, some patients may respond well to involving family members. One can find centers where family members are welcome to the center for weekend visits, but this isn't allowed at Serenity Vista. If you are the type that wouldn't function as well with these guidelines, you might want to consider other options.

The Bottom Line

A serene ambiance where you can relax and focus on your needs is a vital part of recovering from alcohol addiction. This is one of the most appealing aspects of Serenity Vista. If these things are important to you, then you should definitely consider Serenity Vista. Even though there are family restrictions and insurance challenges, there are enough positives to make Serenity Vista a good choice.

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I used to be a suicidal, hopeless drug addict and I felt unique since at one time I had a lucrative career and fancy education. Today, I am happy and filled with hope with an ability to navigate life and enjoy my restored family relationships. If you are at the end of your rope with your alcohol or drug use and need a solution to stop, I believe Serenity Vista is among the best in the world. Pros: - Luxury retreat setting at an incredible value - Easy world-wide travel into the breathtaking setting - Top 1% of the top 1% of therapists in the world - Holistic and customized program with max of six residents at a time Jake LeClair Resident of SV in 2017

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Serenity vista was a good alcohol rehab facility for me when I needed to stop drinking to make my family better. All the employees were nice and all out amazing with recovery.

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Mother of Adult Guest Reviews Serenity Vista. First of all, you are putting yourself or your beloved in the hands of two owners and founders who watch and care for each patient with generosity and wit. They are Good People. They are gifted, experienced caregivers who have seen it all and decided to help people in a large, Garden of Eden sort of setting. They are even funny at times. What surprised me most was the amount of attention from 4 or 5 different counselors, all trained in addiction. The shock is there are so many caregivers compared to patients and the benefit is also different styles of therapy. It’s easy to understand why the professional staff is so excellent; they chose to live in Panama and they were hired by John and Jane. The way you get well is by interacting with trained people. For comparison of the staff at Serenity Vista, the only other place I know is an established and expensive center north of Manhattan which treated my adult child for almost two months. Unfortunately, the psychologists my daughter saw there were disappointing, unprofessional and generally not helpful. Because of good management Serenity Vista’s fees make it possible to stay longer, even though the program is situated in an upscale English-speaking town in Panama. Most humans can’t give up alcohol addiction in 30 days; the brain resists. The reason other places Stateside say 30 days is because insurance company told them so -- after 30 they stop paying. No doctor, no scientific study made that decision. If you can stay 45 or 60 or 90 days then the mind’s habits have a chance to change, making re-entry much safer, much easier. The psychological work can bring up painful memories, but the people around you care and are trained and understand. Plus, it’s happening to you in the midst of great physical beauty, the care of nature, and readiness for the next physical activity. I believe some addiction programs offer different activities but some essentially offer ‘a room and a bed.’ It makes sense that keeping the guest interested (attention out there) with varied activities and real challenges during the day helps the cure. Hiking, music, art and crafts with goals, sunshine, yoga, writing answers after thought-provoking videos or directed reading. A loving dog to take on beautiful walks, colorful sounds, birds, butterflies all around. Fabulous meals. Meditation alone next to the stream which runs through the private grounds. That’s what guests take for granted on a daily basis. For granted. Then many days have an expected treat: an excursion to swim in a mountain waterfall, to grill fresh fish on a secluded beach; to enjoy a spa and massage; to laugh during drum circle. Evidently, thrills and adrenaline challenges help the mind to change. There are many ways to get well at Serenity Vista. Of course, my adult daughter put in the work: after lots of self-examination and tearful insight, real work, talking on the phone with her I could simply hear that she was happier than she’d been in years. The counselors at Serenity Vista helped her plan coming back to the States, and she speaks with them about every day. She said she misses the gourmet food and everyone gathered around the table for meals. If you have any doubts, just do yourself a favor and call John or Jane. Or better, just do it.

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Sep 26, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, Jane, it was such a pleasure working with this particular guest. She is a bright light. Just yesterday I received a funny video message from her of a praying mantis in her back yard. One of the tools we encourage is to watch the Universe for possible messages. She stated she got the message! Thank you again for your trust in us . SV

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