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Camino Recovery

Camino Recovery

Show Phone NumberCtra las Arenas KM1, Velez-Malaga, Malaga, 29700Spain
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Opening Hours

Monday09:00 - 23:00
Tuesday00:00 - 23:00
Wednesday00:00 - 23:00
Thursday00:00 - 23:00
Friday00:00 - 23:00
Saturday00:00 - 23:00
Sunday00:00 - 23:00
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About Camino Recovery

The Camino Recovery Centre is an intimate eight-bed facility specialising in the treatment of addiction and (co-morbid) conditions such as trauma and depression. It is based in Velez Malaga in southern Spain, and is easily accessible from the UK via regular flights to nearby Málaga Airport.

The Centre’s Programme Director is American psychotherapist, Don Lavender. He has held clinical management and consultative positions in some of the most effective treatment centres in the world. These include Sierra Tucson and Cottonwood in the US.

Working with Don Lavender, is a small, but high-calibre team of clinicians, doctors, therapists and nursing staff – with specialist knowledge and experience in the treatment of addiction.

The clinical team addresses the condition as a progressive illness that affects the whole family. It also believes that addiction is often rooted in a history of abuse and traumatic exposure – a view supported by a large body of recent research.

Meeting clients’ complex needs


 We run 30- to 90-day, fully integrative residential programmes to treat both substance and behavioural addictions.



 We provide a medically supervised detoxification for drugs and alcohol. This is followed by primary care with a strong emphasis on group therapy, based on a 12-Step approach to recovery.



 Therapies include CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and the relatively new interventions of Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP), and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).


Secondary care includes: life-skills training, healthy eating, yoga, acupuncture and exercise to prepare individuals – mind and body – to return to the world.


Camino Recovery Centre has already become a preferred service provider to the US army based in Europe. The Centre is housed in a large, private Spanish villa, with a pool, and set in beautiful gardens just a few minutes’ walk from the beach. It is a place of peace and recovery where clients are treated with dignity and respect.

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  • BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (UK) 
  • BMA - British Medical Association (UK) 
  • RCPsych - Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) 
  • UKCP - UK Council for Psychotherapy (UK) 


General PracticeMassage Therapy


ParkingAccessible to disabled peoplePublic transport accessWheelchair accessible toiletAccess without stepsDisabled parkingPatient bathroomWireless accessOn-site pharmacy

Clinic Services

Emergency serviceText message remindersHome visitsOpen weekends

Travel Services

International travelLocal travelPick up service from airport

General Practice

Alcoholism Treatment

Bespoke 8 bed residential clinic treating Alcohol dependency.  30 day minimum stay to include supervised medical detoxification.  

Drug Addiction Treatment

Bespoke 8 bed residential clinic treating Drug Addiction.  30 day minimum stay to include supervised medical detoxification.  

GP Consultation

Medical assessment and consultation

Massage Therapy


Massage Therapy is optional

Holistic Health


Acupuncture is optional

Camino Recovery

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Mr Don Lavender

Job Title:
  Practice Director

Don Lavender is Camino Recovery’s Programme Director. He is an American psychotherapist with more than 30 years experience in clinical management and consultative positions. He has worked in some of the most effective and best-known treatment centres in the world, including the Priory hospitals in the UK and Sierra Tucson in Arizona. At Sierra Tucson he was the Director of the family programme and established a new, 70-bed eating disorder facility.

Don is perhaps best known for his pioneering work in equine assisted psychotherapy, or EAP, which he helped to develop in US treatment centres some 20 years ago. EAP is now widely used in the treatment of trauma not only in addiction services, but also to help former soldiers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Don also specialises in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming), an intensive treatment that has had proven success in the field of trauma. Both EAP and EMDR are available at Camino Recovery. Presently he is a member of FDAP (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals) and EATA (European Addiction Treatment Agencies) in the UK

Mr Ameet Braich

Job Title:
  Counselling, Psychotherapy
  English, Spanish, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi

Ameet Braich is a primary therapist who was born and educated in London. He has a Bachelors degree in Biochemical Engineering from University College London. His interest in the addiction field, led to an MA degree in addiction counselling from Hazelden (Minnesota, USA).

Ameet is a licensed member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium. His other training includes Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, or EAP, non-violent crisis intervention, adolescent behaviour, gambling treatment, multicultural issues, and family interventions. He specialises in addiction and trauma resolution.


Mrs Meena Lavender

Job Title:
  English, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi

Meena Lavender is a family/intake counsellor who trained in bi-lingual counselling with a certificate in addictions counselling at Greenwich University in London. Meena has a wealth of experience working in the field of chemical dependency, with a particular interest in family dynamics having taken part in the Family Programme at Hazelden in Minnesota.

For the past 10 years her work has included utilising a multi-disciplinary approach to healing including art therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). Meena has worked as an addiction counsellor with a particular interest in family dynamics and eye movement desensitisation and reprogramming, or EMDR. She specialises in Family and Trauma resolution.

Show Phone NumberCtra las Arenas KM1, Velez-Malaga, Malaga, 29700Spain