Camino Recovery


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Vélez-Málaga, Spain

Drawing on over 80 years of combined therapeutic expertise in the USA and Europe, Camino's professional team will help you get your life back on track in sunny and peaceful surroundings.


Coastal, Countryside, Mountain


€22,500 per month


30-90 DAYS

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About Camino Recovery

COVID-19 Update (May 2, 2020): Camino Recovery remains open and is accepting new clients, and with significant measures in place to protect the safety and wellbeing of our clients. We have temporarily suspended off-site activities and visitors, while increasing options for on-site physical exercise. They are taking all the safety precautions as recommended by the COVID-19 requirements.

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 a high degree of personal attention is a given amdist a compassionate and caring environment, in a way that is often lost in larger facilities. Clients' own 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.

Each member of the clinical team is qualified to at least Masters level and bring over 80 years of knowledge and experience from both USA and Europe using such diverse treatments as Equine Assisted therapy and EMDR in conjunction with a range of traditional and well established therapeutic processes.

While Camino's sunny and peaceful surroundings are ideal for recovery, what sets Camino apart is its unique therapeutic process in the fields of behavioural health, process addiction and trauma treatment which is unrivalled in Europe.

What We Treat

Camino offers effective evidence-based (individualized) care addressing addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, family, relapse and relationship issues delivered by experienced Masters degreed staff.

Effective Equine Therapy

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.

Addressing Root Causes and Trauma

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.

Taking Care of the Family

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.

Center Overview

  • Founded


  • Occupancy


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  • Who We Treat

    Men and Women

    Pregnant Women

    Young Adults

    People with mild physical and,or intellectual disabilities

    Executive Treatment

    Midlife Adults



  • Trauma Treatment

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Family Program

  • Substance Abuse


  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy

  • Evidence-Based

  • Experiential

  • Family Program


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Life Skills

  • Somatic Experiencing

  • Ayurveda

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What We Treat

  • Alcohol

  • Anger

  • Ecstasy

  • Heroin

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  • Outpatient Treatment

  • Recovery Coach

  • Support Meetings

  • Sober Companion

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Special Considerations

  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Center Pets

  • Family Member Stays

  • Executive Program

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  • Gourmet Dining

  • Internet

  • Library

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  • Games

  • Massage

  • Movies

  • Swimming

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Professional Staff

Ameet Braich

Clinical Director


Meena Lavender

Family Therapist & EMDR Practitioner

Don Lavender

Programme Director

BA, MDiv

Dr. José Manuel Sánchez

Consultant Psychiatrist

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Learn more about Camino Recovery

Equine Therapy: The Answer to Emotional Issues and Addictions?

A writer for The Independent speaks to her experience of an equine therapy session with Don Lavender.

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Continuing Care at Camino Recovery

Camino Recovery understands how important ongoing support is to early recovery. Read more about the continuing care plan included in a residential stay

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The friendly attitude of the people made me feel comfortable from the start, and the beautiful surroundings added to the benevolent atmosphere that gave me the courage to tackle the hard business of recovery. The therapeutic staff proved to be excellent, and I found the whole setup professional and mature. I made more progress towards a lasting recovery in my 4 weeks than in the whole 8 weeks I spent at my first treatment centre.

Sarah C.

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