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Serenity Vista

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Boquete, Panama

  • 5 (7 Reviews)

  • $17,820 (45 days)

  • 45-90 days

With years of experience and an impressive track record, Serenity Vista offers world-class addiction treatment in a tropical and harmonious environment.

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Review Summary

5

(7 Reviews)

7 out of 7 reviewers recommend this provider.

Accommodations

Food & Nutrition

Treatment

Value

Pros

  • Access to Nature (6)
  • Beautiful Location (5)
  • Straightforward Costs & Expectations (5)
  • Fun Activities (3)
  • Treated With Respect (4)
  • Confidential (5)
  • Addressed Trauma (5)
  • Excellent & Effective Treatment Programming (4)
  • Luxurious Accommodations (1)
  • Friendly & Competent Staff (6)
  • Personalized (5)
  • Gourmet & Nutritious Food (5)
  • Smooth Transition Post-Treatment (2)
  • Supportive Aftercare (4)

Cons

  • Isolating
  • Limited Time to Work (2)
  • Poor Cell Service (3)

Reviews

Jake

Former Client

Profile: Male

From: San Diego

Occupation: Recovery Coach

Treatment Received: 2017

Length of Stay: 45 days

Conditions Treated: Alcohol, Cocaine, Ecstasy, Methamphetamine, Nicotine / Smoking, Prescription Drugs, Benzodiazepines, Co-Occurring Disorders, ADHD, ADD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Sex Addiction, Trauma

3/21/2020

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

Response from Center

Thank you for your thoughtful review, Jake. The hope you share in your message, and indeed through the life you continue to live, are tremendous gifts. You are a living testament to the power of hope and the possibility of restoration, renewal, and a whole new life of meaning and purpose in recovery. You are a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

Accommodations

Food & Nutrition

Treatment

Value

    Pros

  • Access to Nature
  • Beautiful Location
  • Straightforward Costs & Expectations
  • Fun Activities
  • Treated With Respect
  • Confidential
  • Addressed Trauma
  • Excellent & Effective Treatment Programming
  • Luxurious Accommodations
  • Friendly & Competent Staff
  • Personalized
  • Gourmet & Nutritious Food

The provider’s claims accurately describes who they are and what they do: Agree

Would recommend

Sherri

Former Client

Profile: Female

From: U.S.

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Treatment Received: 2019

Length of Stay: 90 days

Conditions Treated: Alcohol

06/09/2021

I am two years sober today! I started my sober life at Serenity Vista. What an incredible journey! I learned much about my addiction and myself. I learned how to cope with day to day life without drinking. John, Jane, and all their staff were knowledgable, supportive, and caring. You could tell that they loved their jobs. The environment was beautiful and the weekend outings were awesome. I would definitely recommend Serenity Vista to my family and friends for recovery. It was life changing for me!

Response from Center

Hi Sherri! Congratulations on your two years of sobriety, what a miracle. All of us at SV are thrilled to hear from you and that you have remained on the path. Thank you for your review and recommendation. You are right, we do love our jobs! Really, it's our passion and calling, the rewards coming from interactions just like this one. 🤗 Again, thank you. We miss you Sherri and think of you more often than you can imagine. You and your family remain in our hearts.

Accommodations

Food & Nutrition

Treatment

Value

    Pros

  • Beautiful Location
  • Excellent & Effective Treatment Programming
  • Personalized
  • Gourmet & Nutritious Food
  • Friendly & Competent Staff
  • Confidential
  • Smooth Transition Post-Treatment
  • Supportive Aftercare
  • Straightforward Costs & Expectations
  • Fun Activities
  • Access to Nature
  • Treated With Respect

    Cons

  • Isolating

The provider’s claims accurately describes who they are and what they do: Agree

Would recommend

Claire

Former Client

Occupation: Singer/Songwriter

Treatment Received: 2019

Length of Stay: 90 days

Conditions Treated: Heroin, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Prescription Drugs, Ecstasy, Opioids, Benzodiazepines, Alcohol, Nicotine / Smoking

8/11/2019

It is no exaggeration when I say Serenity Vista saved my life. This program treats addiction on all levels: body mind and soul. I received the acute attention I needed to heal because of the small number of patients. My life has changed dramatically for the better. Once in the darkness, I have shifted into the light of a life I never thought was possible. John and Jane Derry care so deeply about each patient. The program is individualized to cater to each persons specific needs so you can heal properly and on your own time. They take you in and treat you with the utmost love and compassion. I can honestly say they have become family to me. This is a program that works. I am now thankful for every day with pep in my sober step and have newfound purpose and positive perspective. From the bottom of my heart, I recommend this program of recovery to everyone and anyone.

Response from Center

Thank you for your review, Claire. We never take lightly the time and effort it takes a former guest to make a review. The full experience of the intense holistic 90-day program of recovery can not be equated to a simple TripAdvisor 'how was your hotel stay'. Recovering from the seemingly hopeless state of mind, body & spirit of active addiction requires nothing less than a complete rearrangement of thoughts, feelings, and actions. A full turn around. Being able to work with people like the above reviewer, being witness to, and helping to facilitate this miraculous life change is why we have dedicated our lives to sharing the message of hope. Claire is a powerful testament & manifestation of the possibilities of full recovery.

Accommodations

Food & Nutrition

Treatment

Value

    Pros

  • Access to Nature
  • Addressed Trauma
  • Beautiful Location
  • Supportive Aftercare
  • Straightforward Costs & Expectations
  • Friendly & Competent Staff

The provider’s claims accurately describes who they are and what they do: Disagree

Would recommend

Job

Former Client

Profile: Male

From: California

Treatment Received: 2021

Length of Stay: 90 days

Conditions Treated: Alcohol, Sex Addiction, Nicotine / Smoking

9/20/2021

I have no other words than to say John and Jane and their marvelous team of professional therapists have saved my life. I came to Serenity Vista to rid myself of my alcoholism but I could not have expected to leave with a completely new set of glasses. My entire outlook on life has changed and I have never been closer to my own ‘self’.

Accommodations

Food & Nutrition

Treatment

Value

    Pros

  • Beautiful Location
  • Excellent & Effective Treatment Programming
  • Personalized
  • Gourmet & Nutritious Food
  • Friendly & Competent Staff
  • Confidential
  • Smooth Transition Post-Treatment
  • Supportive Aftercare
  • Straightforward Costs & Expectations
  • Addressed Trauma
  • Access to Nature
  • Treated With Respect
  • Fun Activities

    Cons

  • Limited Time to Work
  • Poor Cell Service

The provider’s claims accurately describes who they are and what they do: Agree

Would recommend

M.S.

Former Client

Profile: Female

From: Panama

Occupation: Marketing/Logistics

Treatment Received: 2021

Length of Stay: 45 days

Conditions Treated: Alcohol, Cocaine, Marijuana, Nicotine / Smoking

9/10/2021

I thought I would be staying for 30 days and felt very upset when I found out it was 45 days. After day 31 I started to feel the change in me. It is amazing what a day difference makes, I have been able to get sober, which I thought was almost impossible or unbearable, and have a totally different outlook upon life. All negative thoughts have been erased from my mind and replaced by love and optimism. I feel normal emotions and feelings which before were totally numb and intoxicated. The stay at Serenity Vista in Boquete has helped me appreciate nature, be a more tolerant person and most importantly re connect with my Higher Power. I’m now 81 days sober and enjoying the little thing in life.

Accommodations

Food & Nutrition

Treatment

Value

    Pros

  • Personalized
  • Gourmet & Nutritious Food
  • Friendly & Competent Staff
  • Confidential
  • Addressed Trauma
  • Access to Nature

    Cons

  • Poor Cell Service

The provider’s claims accurately describes who they are and what they do: Agree

Would recommend

Raul

Former Client

Profile: Male

From: Panama

Occupation: Retired Business Administrator

Treatment Received: 2020

Length of Stay: 45 days

Conditions Treated: Alcohol, Depression, Personality Disorder

1/29/2021

Amazing the staff are excellent and they know what they are doing. A lot of material , great knowledge, comprehension, tolerance and lots of discipline.

Response from Center

Dear Raul,  Thank you for taking the time to make this review. Each one of our guests is unique and special. Being witness to the miracle of recovery during treatment is a gift of the work we do. An even greater gift is when we witness former guests passing on the message of hope and healing to family and community.

Accommodations

Food & Nutrition

Treatment

Value

    Pros

  • Beautiful Location
  • Excellent & Effective Treatment Programming
  • Personalized
  • Gourmet & Nutritious Food
  • Friendly & Competent Staff
  • Confidential
  • Supportive Aftercare
  • Straightforward Costs & Expectations
  • Addressed Trauma
  • Access to Nature
  • Treated With Respect

    Cons

  • Poor Cell Service
  • Limited Time to Work

The provider’s claims accurately describes who they are and what they do: Agree

Would recommend

Jane B.

Loved One of a Former Client

From: USA

Treatment Received: 2019

Length of Stay: 90 days

08/28/19

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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Food & Nutrition

Treatment

Value

The provider’s claims accurately describes who they are and what they do: Disagree

Would recommend

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