Drug Addiction Treatment

Inpatient Drug Rehab in Thailand

A residential drug rehab centre in Thailand is a good choice for anyone who wants to recover from substance abuse. This page should answer your questions about drug treatment clinics in Thailand and help you choose the best rehab for substance abuse.

What to look for when choosing a Thai rehab

  • Rehabs in Thailand treat substance abuse and drug addiction as part of a 28 day inpatient programme.
  • Drug addictions often co-occur with mental health issues and require specialist clinical care.
  • Drug treatment programmes should be licensed by the MOPH
  • Some of the leading treatment clinics provide medically supervised detoxification onsite, or at a partner international hospital.

Individualised drug addiction treatment programmes

If you’re looking at options in Thailand for treating drug addiction, then it seems obvious that you want to choose the best drug rehab in Thailand. Thai Rehab Helper gets asked this question nearly every day! I think most people are disappointed when they don’t get a simple answer.

The best drug rehab is the one that can give you the best chance of long term recovery… one that has a positive impact on you and lets you turn your life around.

It’s worth taking your time and doing some research (or ask Thai Rehab Helper) before joining a drug treatment centre in Chiang Mai or elsewhere in Thailand. Think about what you want to get out of treatment and consider what each rehab facility can offer you.

Choosing the right drug rehab clinic can be difficult. If you don’t choose wisely it can be an expensive mistake. Thai Rehab Helper can help you make an informed decision.

I met someone recently from Australia who went to a rehab in Koh Chiang. He was an alcoholic but wasn’t interested in long term sobriety. He just wanted a break drinking alcohol for a few weeks. His needs – and the needs of others – will not be the same as yours.

Substance abuse treatment centers

Most of Thailand’s drug treatment centres can be found in Chiang Mai. It is the cultural hub in the north of the country. It is also well known for wellness spas and outdoor activities.

A good treatment programme will provide medical care and supervision during detox. While it can sometimes seem that all rehabs are essentially the same – they are not. You shouldn’t simply compare Thai rehab on cost alone. Many people think that you only difference between ‘luxury rehab’ and ‘cheap rehab’ is the accommodation and facilities.

There is some truth here but it’s not really the case. High end rehabs also tend to have more qualified staff and better medical supervision. This is REALLY IMPORTANT during detox and withdrawal from substances.


You are more likely to require medically assisted detox when using:


The takeaway point here is to make sure you understand what is being offered. Assess each rehab by doing some research (not just looking at reviews on the internet) and try to speak with someone who has experience of Thai drug rehab centres.

How drug addiction is treated at rehabs in Thailand

The treatments used at drug rehab facilities in Thailand are probably the main reason so many people are prepared to travel across the world for addiction treatment.

The weather is amazing most of the year (but Chiang Mai has an issue with pollution) and for anyone who hasn’t been to Thailand before will almost certainly have an amazing experience.

Holistic treatment used at Thai rehabs try to treat the whole self. They merge traditional therapies like one on one counselling, group therapy and cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) with alternative therapies like Muay Thai boxing, yoga, and meditation.

Each drug treatment programme has their own way of doing things but the chances are you will find a Thai drug rehab centre that ‘fits’ your needs.

A good selection of treatment facilities and clinics

Thailand has a good selection of residential rehab centres for drug addiction recovery. They range from low-cost to luxury (and everything in between).

All Thai rehabs will claim to treat all substance abuse disorders. In reality, some are better than others at treating certain addictions.


Treatments are available for:

  • Amphetamine Addiction
  • Meth/ice Addiction
  • Crack/cocaine Addiction
  • Ecstasy Addiction
  • GHB Addiction
  • Heroin Addiction
  • Ketamine Addiction
  • Marijuana Addiction
  • Opioid Addiction
  • Prescription Drug Addiction

“Thailand was the perfect place for me to finally beat my addiction. I’d been in and out of rehabs in England but never found true recovery until I went to The Dawn Rehab in Chiang Mai. Apart the the recovery, I also made new friends and had a great experience” – Lisa Artime (recovered ice addict)

Taking the first step

If you want to know more about drug addiction treatment programmes in Thailand, we can help you find one that is best for your own needs.

The right Thai drug rehab clinic will be able to give you the best treatment outcomes and have professional staff. Contact Thai Rehab Helper for more details.

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 drug treatment centres in Thailand.