Serenity Vista in the News

John Derry’s Road to Retreat

This feature article tells the story of John Derry, founder of Serenity Vista. John and his wife Jane set sail on an adventure that would change their lives forever. Read about their exciting journey to starting Serenity Vista and the amazing work done there. Read the full article.

Roads to Retreats Feature Article, January 20, 2019

Serenity Vista Leads Addiction Treatment Field in Accepting Bitcoin

Serenity Vista announces the acceptance of bitcoin as a payment option for alcohol & drug rehab. Bitcoin offers advantages of privacy, security, fast transactions, convenience and low transaction fees. This initiative is consistent with Serenity Vista’s commitment to continually strive to providing the optimal recovery experience for their guests. Read the full article.

Digital Journal, Nov 15, 2018

Fighting Addictions in Panama

Serenity Vista, located in the mountain town of Boquete, Chiriqui province is a private rehabilitation retreat for in-depth spiritual exploration and transformation, affordable drug rehab and alcohol treatment center.

Their private international retreat and drug rehabilitation programs can help drug addiction, alcoholism…read the full article.

Panama: The Visitor, 2018-10-11 12:16:43, October 11, 2018

Opioid Crisis – Serenity Vista Offers a Comprehensive, Unique Healing Solution

Right now in the United States, 90 people are dying per day from opioid overdose. While this is newsworthy and dramatic, 240 people die daily from alcohol abuse and 1300 die from nicotine related causes. The problem is much larger than the current focus on opiates. Serenity Vista Addiction Recovery Retreat in Panama is making a difference for the much broader issue of addiction.  Read more…

North American Report, November 4, 2017

Serenity Vista Evaluation with 4 Star Rating

Read The Fix’s comprehensive evaluation and 4 star review of Serenity Vista. Excerpts of this extensive review include:

“Recover in tropical paradise at this non-institutional, non-medical, 12-step program which offers private, individualized, and affordable luxury treatment.”

“Serenity Vista offers luxury treatment and surroundings at an affordable price.”

“They use an integrative, multi-modal approach: 12-step, spiritual, holistic and clinical. Clients receive individualized attention and privacy during their stay.”

“The program sounds in some respects like it mirrors the physical paradise in which it exists.” 

“Most, but not all, of the alumni we surveyed have stayed sober since their stay at Serenity Vista.” 

“Most were extremely happy with the experience: ‘Having been in treatment years before I can say these people are really, really special and would recommend this facility to all who are serious about getting honest about their past and present in a non-judgmental way.’ And, ‘I left a different and changed person with a good concept of living sober and how to maintain it with self care.’ “

Serenity Vista Review, The Fix, June 10, 2017

Canadians Making a Difference 

Read Geordie Seed’s article on Serenity Vista published in Panama News. Excerpts below:

“I had the good fortune to spend time with this genuine and sincere couple to learn about the oasis they call Serenity Vista.”

“The recovery program includes exercise, such as yoga, spa visits and weekly off premises outdoor excursions and dinners in town as a group.”

“Their holistic and multi-dimensional program is designed to heal the individual, not simply remove one addiction.”

“It became clear to me that their guests who achieve complete sobriety, will be well on their way toward a more meaningful and fulfilling life.”

Panama News, June 2, 2017

Serenity Vista Rated One of Top Ten Rehabs in the World

Serenity Vista is was independently rated among the top ten rehabs in the world. Following are a few excerpts:

“Of all places, the Republic of Panama boasts one of the Top Ten private treatment facilities in the world.”

“Serenity Vista with its roots coming from Canada has world class professionals and facilities.”

“Serenity Vista offers a modern approach to recovery and incorporates health and wellness in its approach to a full recovery.”

This distinction places Serenity Vista among the ranks of well established world leaders in addiction treatment including the Betty Ford Center and The Caron Foundation. See Top Ten Here.

Spring Highlights, 2016, Serenity Vista Newsletter

Serenity Vista, I Wish I Would Have Known Before

Lee Zeltzer, Editor, Boquete Panama Guide, interviewed and reviews Serenity Vista Addiction Recovery Rehab of Boquete. Zeltzer describes Serenity Vista as “a serene bed and breakfast at the base of Jaramillo in Boquete, Panama…. willing to accept no more than six guests (their word) at a time. They strive to help them identify their emotional issues and get their lives onto a more positive track.”  He goes on to recommend Serenity Vista: ” If you find yourself either needing a retreat as a guest or having a loved one who needs some time to reassemble a life, this is probably worth a try.” Zeltzer makes a strong endorsement: “I can state without equivocation that I wish I had known this type of resource was available to me…. I wish my loved one had this available as an option in the past.

Interview, Jun 8, 2015, Boquete, Panama

Panamanian Luxury Drug Rehab Offers Expat Program

Panama’s Serenity Vista Residential Addiction Treatment Center has announced a new drug and alcohol rehab program aimed at accommodating the unique needs of American and Canadian Expats including professionals, retirees, immigrants and international travelers. Read the full press release here. 

PRLog Press Release, Apr 4, 2014

Holistic Luxury Drug Rehab Center Launches Sailing Therapy Program

Serenity Vista residential addiction treatment center, known for its affordable luxury and holistic approach, announces a tropical sailing therapy program….The sailing program is highly unique and innovative in the addiction treatment field, dating back to Serenity Vista’s transition from Canada to the current Panama location and takes place on a 36 foot racing/cruiser Beneteau named “Decision.”     More about sailing at Serenity Vista…

PRLog, Mar 27, 2014 – BOQUETE, Panama

Serenity Vista Offers Cutting Edge Nicotine Cessation

Along with a continuing change in public policy and business practices diminishing the places people can smoke in public, there is also another change around smoking that is coming down the line: the awareness that nicotine addiction is a chronic disease, an addiction, and that successfully quitting smoking, for many, cannot necessarily be accomplished by sheer force of will alone. More…

PRLog, Jul 2, 2013 – BOQUETE, Panama

The Benefits of Traveling Far Away for Drug Rehab Treatment

Everyday thousands of men and women hop on a plane and fly many miles away from home in order to check into a residential or inpatient drug & alcohol rehab center. They literally set aside everything of value in their lives in order to address this life-shattering malady currently going on in their world. So why is this? Why would they send the kids to grandma’s house for 60 or 90 days while they fly 3,000 miles away for treatment? Why would they take a whole semester off from college and do such a thing? Why would they take a medical leave of absence from work to embark on such a journey? Read more…

Sooper Articles, Jul 1, 2013 – BOQUETE, Panama

Addiction Rehab in Panama Announces Benzo Treatment Program

The luxuriously appointed, surprisingly affordable addiction & alcoholism treatment located along the majestic hills of Boquete, Panama within the Chiriqui Province, announced recently an entirely new rehab track designed for those seeking help with chemical dependency to benzodiazepines. Created specifically for men & women addicted to such antianxiety or anxiolytic sedative drugs as Xanax (Zanax), alprazolam…read more…

PRLog, Jun 26, 2013 – BOQUETE, Panama

Drug Rehab Center Announces Enhanced Men’s Treatment Program

Serenity Vista Treatment Center of Boquete, Panama, a co-ed program, is now offering enhanced men’s treatment services which aim to further improve the overall rate of success within an industry plagued by relapse. And while Serenity Vista is known worldwide as performing far above most other treatment facilities in terms of low rate of relapse, there’s always room for improvement in this field…more

PRLog, May 14, 2013 – BOQUETE, Panama

Enhanced Smoking Cessation Program Announced

Having become known as one of the world’s least expensive luxury drug rehab treatment center, the Boquete, Panama rehab is now providing one of the most intensive and highly successful tobacco-smoking cessation programs industry wide. Serenity Vista Treatment Center, a private rehab facility in Boquete, Panama, introduces this new luxury and surprisingly low-cost program on the heels of what has become a major setback for the vast majority of recovering drug addicts and alcoholics worldwide…more

PRLog, May 8, 2013 – BOQUETE, Panama

Smoking Cessation to be Treated Like Other Addictions

Smoking tobacco is the deadliest of all addictions, yet designated smoking areas are still the norm at most addiction treatment centers around the world. Serenity Vista in Boquete, Panama, is taking the bold step of breaking this tradition, announcing today that it is taking the often unpopular position of deciding to treat the use of nicotine the same as other drug addictions…more

Boquete, Republic of Panama (PRWeb, Apr 18, 2013)

Serenity Vista Panama Endorses Consumer Review Site

Serenity Vista Addiction Rehab-Treatment Center in Boquete, Panama – Priding themselves as one of the most affordable luxury drug and alcohol treatment centers worldwide, Serenity Vista of Boquete, Panama has announced taking proactive measures in response to the ever-growing nature of rampant and unmonitored online consumer reviews and complaints so uniquely prevalent within the addiction & alcoholism treatment industries…more

PRLog, Feb 14, 2013

New Drug Rehab Destination: Panama Welcomes Serenity Vista

When one of Canada’s leading drug rehabs looked for a new home better aligned to their expanded holistic vision of healing, Panama offered the perfect venue. Serenity Vista, now nestled in the mountain highlands of Boquete, land of eternal spring, offers rehab guests unparalled infusion of natural serenity that is transformational….more

Boquete, Republic of Panama (PRWeb, Dec 18, 2012)

Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama, Home of Serenity Vista Addiction Recovery Retreat -

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