Recover from Addiction at one of Thailand’s Best Rehab Centres

In the last 8 years we have helped more than 320 people find treatment in Thailand for addiction and mental health disorders.

 

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Hi, I’m Jimi Jones, the founder of Thai Rehab Helper

It’s not easy to take the first step and enter a rehab centre or recovery retreat – and even harder when treatment is away from home in a country like Thailand.

I know this because that’s exactly where I was in 2012 when I was addicted to Xanax and alcohol.

When a friend told me about rehabs in Thailand I thought it might not be a good option for helping me beat my addiction. After talking to some more people I decided to start treatment at a rehab centre in Chiang Mai. It was the best decision I ever made!

This page should answer most of your questions about rehab centres in Thailand. If you want to know more or to reserve a space at rehab, please get in touch.

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    Choose a rehab in Thailand that can deliver successful treatment outcomes

    Substance abuse might be the hardest thing you ever face and it can seem like an impossible challenge to do the right thing. Thai Rehab Helper can give you the tools you need and guidance on how to get the outcome from recovery programmes in Thailand.

    We can give you a free and confidential consultation with no pressure – and information on drug/alcohol treatment centres that deliver results.

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need help for yourself, family or friends.

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    Thailand is a popular destination for addiction recovery

    What makes someone want to travel all the way to Thailand for addiction treatment when they could go to rehab in their home country?

    Reputation for high quality medical care

    Thailand has a good reputation as an affordable option for medical treatments. Costly procedures like heart surgery, hip replacements or dentistry can be done in Thailand at a reasonable rate.

    Thailand has medical centres that have achieved Joint Commission International (JCI) certification; the gold standard for healthcare. These include Bangkok Hospital (not just in Bangkok) and Bumrungrad Hospital.

    Rehabs for addictions and mental health in Thailand have really grown in number over the last decade on the back of this reputation. Some of the leading treatment centres have medical facilities on-site but some patients may need a medically assisted detox at a partner international hospital.

    The Covid-19 pandemic meant The Cabin Chiang Mai rebranded to The Cabin and most addiction treatment facilities in Thailand ceased operations for an extended duration. Many have now reopened their doors but with reduced services and staffing. Please contact us for the latest updates.
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    A new perspective on life

    Escaping from triggers that could cause a relapse – be it friends with addiction problems, local pubs and bars, or your old drug dealer – is possibly the easiest way to start a new life free from destructive behaviours.

    A new environment can help with addiction recovery and the healing process. This is where Thailand has so much to offer. With its Buddhist culture and unique heritage, The Land of Smiles is unlike any other nation.

    Choosing an exotic adventure to Thailand to get clean must surely be better than attempting sobriety when surrounded by familiar faces and the problems they bring!

    World renowned hospitality

    Thai people are welcoming and friendly!

    This can be really helpful during withdrawal and will make the whole experience more rewarding. A good drug and alcohol addiction treatment centre in Thailand will make you feel like you are totally cared for and surrounded by people who completely support you physically and emotionally.

    Immerse yourself in a country where you can do what you want to do and be who you want to be while surrounded by supportive people.

    Helping you find a way forward

    Choosing the right rehab can be difficult. If you don’t choose wisely it can be an expensive mistake.
    If it’s you struggling with drugs or alcohol, or someone you love that needs help – the team at Thai Rehab Helper can be your guide.

    The treatment approach used at rehab clinics in Thailand

    Thailand’s rehab clinics take a different approach to recovery. The programmes are more holistic in nature and tend to focus less on the traditional 12 steps.

    The focus is on mindfulness – yoga, meditation etc and activities to promote a healthy lifestyle – think cycling, swimming, martial arts etc. ‘Alternative therapies’ are used to enhance the overall experience. Individual counselling, CBT and group therapy could be considered core elements of any programme.

    Thailand is a devout Buddhist country so it’s hardly surprising they have a rich culture of holistic treatments. Many Thai rehab clinics provide a daily itinerary including Thai massage, Buddhist meditation, fitness training, Thai boxing (Muay Thai), and yoga.

    Some rehabs also focus on nutrition and provide meals served are buffets filled with organic and fresh local fruits and vegetables. They include a selection of Thai, European, and Asian dishes so even fussy eaters can be satisfied!

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    “Finding the right rehab might be the most important decision you ever make so don’t screw it up!” – Terry Lovatt (recovered alcoholic)

    Treatment centre location is important

    Most addiction treatment centres in Thailand are located in Chiang Mai – the mountainous region in the north of the country.

    Chiang Mai is a really good place to be for recovery with a backdrop of orchards, rice paddies, and rainforest. It has lots to offer like tourist attractions, cultural sites (like temples, markets etc) and plenty of outdoor activities.

    Residential addiction treatment centres and sober living facilities in Chiang Mai include;

     

    • The Cabin
    • The Dawn Wellness Centre and Rehab
    • The Hills Rehab Chiang Mai
    • Clarity Thailand
    • Jintara Rehab
    • Alpha Sober Living
    • The Calm Sober House
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    Treatment facilities on the southern island of Phuket can help you relax on a sunny beach or go island hopping at weekends around Koh Chang. Others are centred in urban areas or do not have access to the best of what Thailand has to offer.

    Many of the rehabs in Thailand will give you the chance to experience once-in-a-lifetime or ‘bucket list’ activities like bathing elephants or ziplining through jungle canopies. There may be additional costs for certain activities so make sure you understand what is included in advance.

    Treatment Centres located in Phuket, Chon Buri and Chiang Rai Provinces (not to be confused with Chiang Mai) include;

    • Miracles Asia
    • Hope Rehab Center Thailand
    • 180 Sanctuary
    • Sahwan Rehab Center

    What you can realistically expect from treatment in Thailand

    Most rehab centres in Thailand operate holistic treatment programmes. This means trying to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the addiction.

    If you make the right choice of rehab then you can expect to overcome your addictions and have fun at the same time!

    It can be enjoyable at rehab but don’t forget that it’s not a holiday! The ultimate goal of the treatment programme is to beat your addiction and enter a new stage in life – one that is sober and free of substances.

    A reputable addiction recovery clinic in Thailand should give you some kind of ongoing support once you can completed primary care (inpatient/residential rehabilitation). This might involve sober living arrangements, outpatient programmes or remote support and counselling.

    Duration of drug and alcohol treatment programmes

    It might seem like a really good idea to go to rehab in Thailand for 1 or 2 weeks (plenty of people would love this option) but can you really expect to have a successful treatment outcome after such a short time?

    28 days (1 month) is the minimum duration. Some rehabs might have ‘gimics’ for shorter durations, while others can work around your availability. Family and work commitments play a role here but you should always try to complete the 1st month.

    The exact time needed does depend on your own situation. Severe cases of addiction where an extended detox is needed – and those where mental health issues (depression, anxiety etc.) need treating mean a recovery programme could last 3 months or longer!

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    Contact Thai Rehab Helper

    Contact us for more information about Thailand’s rehab centres. We can help you or a loved one take the first steps to a new life.

      The cost of residential addiction recovery in Thailand

      The cost of addiction treatment and mental health services in Thailand is not as cheap as some people expect.

      It is really important to understand what you are paying for. If you want results and a sober life then it should make sense that you pay for professional staff and clinical teams to treat your addiction.

      Getting treated in Thailand costs an average of 60% less than in the United States (apples to apples).

      How much does a rehab centre charge in Thailand?

      You should expect to pay at least US$6,500 (AU$10,000/£5,700) for 28 days of inpatient treatment at a licensed rehab centre in Thailand. Luxury rehab centres can cost $15,000+

      The exact price can vary depending on availability and your needs. Some treatment centres charge more for add-ons such as medication and activities.

       

      Most addiction recovery programmes in Thailand will include:

      • Individual counselling
      • Group counselling
      • Holistic therapies
      • Activities and excursions
      • Detoxification (excluding medications)
      • Private accommodation (shared options available)
      • All food and drink

      Remember that treatment programmes for addiction are not all the same so simply choosing a rehab because it is the cheapest might not be a good idea.

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      Are there any free options?

      Unfortunately, nothing is really free in this world! Wat Tham Krabok (Temple of the Bamboo Cave) does offer free detox (donation needed) but this is not an option for anyone who is serious about recovery.

      There is plenty to say about this but you can do your own research and find out why you shouldn’t go there and expect a miracle cure!

      Admission to Thailand’s rehab clinics: How to secure your place

      It should always be possible to find a good rehab centre in Thailand with availability but some can have a waiting lists. Contact Thai Rehab Helper for more information or to arrange admission.

       

      Immigration and Visas from a Thai Consulate or Embassy

      You can visit Thailand for 30 days without a visa (visa exemption stamp) for the purpose of leisure, sightseeing and personal enlightenment. Addiction treatment programmes will almost always ask that you stay for at least 1 month so you will need to see if you can extend your stay.

      It should be possible to get a visa in advance from your home country by contacting your nearest Thai consulate or Thai Embassy. A Thailand tourist visa will be stamped on your passport upon arrival at the airport in Thailand.

      Passport holders of some countries that have agreements with the government of Thailand can benefit from a visa exemption when entering as tourists. It might be possible to stay for 45 to 90 days without the need to apply for a tourist visa in advance from the Thai Embassy.

       

      NOTE: The situation is fluid so always check with your local Thai embassy or consulate for the most recent advice. A rehab centre will also provide some assistance with visa applications if needed.

      Contact Thai Rehab Helper

      Jimi Jones and the team at Thai Rehab Helper are ready to support you on your recovery journey! You can contact us anytime for 100% confidential advice on addiction treatment in Thailand.

        Recent Reviews

        Here’s what some of our recent clients have to say about choosing Thai Rehab Helper and their experience at alcohol and drug treatment centres in Thailand.

        “I wouldn’t be alive now if I hadn’t gone into treatment.”

        Written by – Bill F. (Australia) – “My life was pathetic and I just couldn’t get a day clean. I tried so many times and almost gave up hope.

        “Helped me learn vital skills in a supportive environment.”

        Written by – Carol C. (United Kingdom) – “I’m so grateful to the team at Thai Rehab Helper. They were happy to answer my questions and help me choose a Thai rehab clinic that I was comfortable with.”