Drawing on over 80 years of combined therapeutic expertise, Camino's professional team treats addiction and mental health in sunny and peaceful surroundings.
Family Owned & Operated
Master's Level Therapists
About Camino Recovery
Located in an impressive Cortijo below the stunning Sierra de Tejeda mountain range, Camino Recovery is a tranquil retreat on Southern Spain’s Andalucian coast. The intimacy of this family-run centre means that personal attention is guaranteed. Clients' families also have a significant part to play in the process and are encouraged to take part in an extensive 5 day family programme that is unique to Camino Recovery. The treatment approach offers a variety of 12-Step, evidence-based, holistic, and experiential therapies to craft the best treatment plan for each client–no two plans are alike.
Each member of the clinical team is qualified to a minimum of Masters-level and brings over 80 years of knowledge and experience to Camino Recovery. Diverse treatments like Equine Assisted therapy and EMDR in conjunction with a range of traditional and well-established therapeutic processes is used. The staff operates in each sector of therapy with compassion, dignity, talent, and for some, personal experiences with addiction and recovery. Camino Recovery provides clients with an unforgettable Spaniard experience. With a serene property and stunning surroundings, rest and recovery become clients’ complete focus. Weekend excursions take full advantage of the location.
While Camino's sunny and peaceful surroundings are ideal for recovery, what sets Camino apart is their unique therapeutic processes in the fields of behavioural health, process addiction, and trauma treatment. The treatment modalities and standards are unrivaled in Europe. Camino Recovery places emphasis on family care and involvement, offering a 5-day family programme to identify and treat problem areas and strengthen family bonds, communication, and love.
Camino Recovery has a maximum occupancy of 8, ensuring that everyone gets the personalized care and attention they need. The luxurious bedrooms provide privacy, with fully private rooms available. Flexible technology policies allow for work and family connections. Camino Recovery also offers a 2-4 day couples programme, healing broken relationships and guiding couples through recovery in a way that empowers and motivates. Weekends at Camino Recovery entail excursions to surrounding cities and natural wonders. Hiking, golf, horseback riding, and water sports provide ample physical fun. Trips to the Picasso museum or butterfly park allow for calm, peaceful enjoyment of Spain’s beauty.
Camino Recovery specializes in equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP). In fact, their program director, Don Lavender, is a pioneer in the development of the therapy. Through interactions between the horse and the client, a therapist can help the client work through issues, often more effectively than talk therapy.
Therapists at Camino Recovery dig deep to address underlying causes to drug and alcohol abuse and mental health disorders. Using tools like equine therapy and EMDR therapy, they’ll gently guide you through healing from past traumas.
Over a 4 to 5-day family programme, the family gets to learn how they’ve been affected by their loved one’s behaviour and healthy ways to cope with relationships. The programme involves educational lectures, group therapy sessions and more.
Camino Recovery prioritizes personalized, evidence-based, and holistic care. Each client receives a treatment plan created around their unique circumstance, and with small group sizes, staff at Camino Recovery can attend to all aspects of clients’ treatment. Using evidence-based therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy, Camino Recovery treats a variety of mental health conditions and co-occurring disorders.
Who We Treat
Vélez-Málaga, Málaga, Spain
BEng, MA, LADC (IC&RC)
Family Therapist & EMDR Practitioner
Dr. José Manuel Sánchez
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