CEA Nicaragua


Residential Program

CEA’s Residential Program is designed to serve both men and women in a structured, protective, and safe environment. In terms of housing, our facility has clearly differentiated spaces for men and women, allowing for privacy and respect. Treatment wise, our program sets certain clinical group sessions for a conjoint population of men and women, while other group sessions could be gender specific.

Our holistic approach centers on combining the Matrix Model with Twelve Step principles and focuses on treating each person and its different dimensions: physical, mental, social, and spiritual. The Matrix Model is an evidence-based protocol that has been proven effective. This approach includes Twelve Step facilitation, cognitive-behavioral therapy with a motivational interviewing philosophy. Our services are delivered to clients through individual sessions, conjoint sessions with a significant other, early recovery skills group, relapse prevention group, family education group, and social support group.

There are also educational sessions that are aimed to cover topics such as addiction as a disease, anger management, self-esteem, stages of change, grief, abuse, and many others. Exercise, nutrition, meditation, and yoga are also an essential element in our treatment philosophy.

Involvement in the Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous fellowships are important to recovery and have shown to be key in long term abstinence. Here at CEA we want to help the person be involved in the fellowships through visits to groups outside our facility, visits from members of the fellowships to our facility, and practice of fellowship and recovery activities such as having a sponsor and social activities with the recovery community. Research has shown that combining formal treatment with Twelve Step fellowship involvement increases treatment success.

Personnel at CEA have been formally trained at the Matrix Institute on Addictions in Los Angeles California. The Institute has over 25 years of experience in the application of the Matrix Model, which is a scientifically based approach that has been listed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the United States as a one of the “behavioral therapies shown to be effective in addressing substance abuse” in their publication on Principles on Drug Addiction Treatment: a research based guide. The same publication also states that “A number of studies have demonstrated that participants treated using the Matrix Model show statistically significant reductions in drug and alcohol use, improvements in psychological indicators, and reduced risky sexual behaviors associated with HIV transmission.”