Q&A: How to Pick the Right Asian Rehab

When someone is considering whether to choose a rehab center in Asia, the first thing most people will ask is “which is the best?” – This is an obvious question for anyone looking for addiction treatment in Asia, but the answer isn’t so straightforward.

Whatever the reason might be for choosing an Asian rehab program, you should take your own time to arrive at a decision and not choose one on a random basis. Ideally, you should choose a rehab that matches your specific needs and preferences and which has an excellent track record with a high success rate.

There has been a steady increase in residential treatment centers over recent years, especially in Thailand, as the industry has gained international acclaim and the standard of care is now comparable to what’s on offer in Europe and the United States.

The main reason people choose Asia as a destination for addiction recovery is the relatively low cost of treatment and the willingness of some health insurance providers to pay for the cost of care.

If you’re planning to travel to Asia from Europe or the United States then you will probably choose a residential treatment program. If you already live in a part of Asia where there are local addiction treatment services, you might consider an outpatient program.

Inpatient/Residential Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers

Inpatient rehabs in the West are expensive – that’s why rehabs in Bali and Thailand, where the costs are much lower, have seen a surge in popularity. One advantage to the lower cost of addiction treatment is that it allows most recovering addicts to stay longer at rehab, which improves your chances of permanent recovery from addiction.

Going to an Asian rehab also allows you to get away from your home environment and get a clean break from some of the negative influences that can contribute to addictive behaviors.

Inpatient treatment centers in Asia offer a safe and private place for clients to focus on achieving recovery from addiction. Most patients spend 4 to 12 weeks at residential rehabs in Asia before returning home or entering into an extended care or secondary care program.

Some Asian rehabs can provide a professionally supervised detox in-house or in association with a local hospital or medical facility. Detox is just a part of the recovery process, so your stay at a residential rehab should extend beyond just the detox program.

inpatient drug/alcohol rehab center
Inpatient Rehab Center

The treatment at these centers is typically based on the popular 12-steps program with various forms of therapy combined into a comprehensive treatment model. They help patients tackle the root causes of addiction and offer training in valuable skills for an addiction free life.

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FAQs about Rehabs in Asia

Should I join a rehab with a detox program?

A medically supervised detox is essential when your body has developed a strong physical dependence to drugs or alcohol, which can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms. Find out if the rehab facility offers a detox program supervised by addiction specialists.


What sorts of addictions are treated at the rehab?

There are two types of residential rehab – some that treat a range of addictions, while others that are specialized and treat only a specific addiction, whether that is drugs or alcoholism, or a behavioral disorder such as sex addiction, gambling addiction or eating disorders.


What sort of clients will you find at the rehab?

Most rehabs are inclusive, but there are some that cater to different sections of the population. There are rehabs that cater to the LGBTQ community, for example. There are other rehabs that target wealthy individuals. Then you have rehabs for teens and young adults. So you can choose one based on these considerations.


What’s the treatment plan used at the rehab?

Specifically, you should find out if the rehab has an evidence-based treatment plan. The rehab should have a mix of individual counseling and group therapy. The treatment should be personalized based on the needs and requirements of the individual.


Can family members be involved with treatment?

Most rehabs require the individual to be by themselves and frown upon any family involvement. However, there are some centers that offer family programs, where the client’s family can join them from time to time at the rehab facility.


What about the aftercare service?

For the rehab program to be successful, there has to be proper aftercare with ongoing support. This could be in the form of sober houses, support groups and skill development programs.

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Does the rehab offer dual diagnosis treatment?

Some addicts suffer from psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression. In that case, rehabs that provide psychiatric counseling in addition to the addiction treatment should be considered.


What about the treatment success rate?

The best rehabs have a high success rate. Success rate means the percentage of patients that experience a full recovery and do no relapse following their discharge from the facility. Ask the rehab for their stats on their success rate.


These are just some of the factors to be considered when choosing an addiction treatment center in Asia. If you are looking for an appropriate facility either for yourself or for a loved one, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Rehabs.asia. We’ll be happy to help out!


  1. What you’ve said here is very important and useful and I was wondering: how can you make sure that if you ask a facility for their success rate they won’t just lie about it? Is there a way to make sure what they say is the truth? I just want to make sure we are picking the right Asian rehab center and get scammed instead. I guess I’ll probably have to give you a phone call but I’m not that good on the phone and that’s why I prefer talking through email – could I email you instead? Is that a possibility?

  2. I have a dual diagnosis of alcholism ex drug addict, PTSD, Major Depression, Anxiety, Dissociation BPD. I am looking for a program based on the 12 steps plus incorporating yoga, meditation, pool, gym, massages, diet/nutrition, 4-5 star accommodation, excursions and outings. Program for 6 weeks plus.

  3. I would like to know how rehab clinics can measure “success rates” after someone has finished treatment? If I were to relapse after treatment, I wouldn’t want to admit it to the people who helped me get clean at rehab and I guess most others would think along the same lines?? So the success rate measured by various rehab clinics might not be that accurate!

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