Rehab in Thailand – The Land of Smiles

Thailand is considered by many to be one of the best places in the world to visit for healthcare and addiction rehabilitation. It is certainly the most popular country in Southeast Asia for medical tourism.

It is easy to see why Thailand is considered so special – it offers high quality medical care at very reasonable prices, with many procedures costing 40% to 60% less than comparable treatment in America and the EU. Even after travel expenses have been accounted for, the cost of healthcare in Thailand is still significantly cheaper for a diverse range of medical procedures and rehabilitation services.

ancient thai temple
Thailand's buddhist heritage

Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai offer world-class medical services but it is only in recent years that Thailand has gained a reputation for offering a number of highly rated rehab centers for recovering drug and alcohol addicts.

Luxury Thai Rehab Centers

Thailand’s leading drug and alcohol rehabs are up to international standards and offer quality accommodation in exotic surroundings. Luxury rehabs in Thailand are very much like 5-star resorts and just as comfortable, with one exception – you won’t find a mini-bar here. In fact, you will not have access to a single drop of alcohol as they are typically located far away from the bars and nightlife for which Thailand is famous.

traditionally decorated guest room
5 star accommodation at Thai rehab

Despite the comfort and luxury associated with high-end Thai rehabs, they are significantly cheaper than those in the West, have better facilities, and high staff to patient ratios. Above all, the treatment programs and methodologies employed by some of the leading rehabs are recognized as being among the best in the world. Most claim high success rates and quality aftercare programs, with remote support and sober living facilities attached to primary inpatient treatment facilities.

Low Cost Rehab in Thailand

For those with a limited budget, basic resort style treatment centers and houses offer an affordable alternative. The quality of some of these recovery programs has been called into question at times. If you’re considering choosing a Thai rehab simply because of the low price, you might be disappointed and not receive the level of care you expected. It is therefore advisable that you seek advice before committing to any treatment center.

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Another consideration should be whether the rehab you are considering is licensed by the Ministry of Public Health. There are some rehabs that operate without a licence and without supervision. This is of most importance where a detox is required and inadequate medical supervision is in place. A detox should always be performed under the supervision of qualified medical professionals. If something goes wrong, what comeback do you have if your treatment center of choice is ill-equipped to deal with a medical emergency?

Privacy and Seclusion

If privacy is important and you don’t want anyone to know you are attending a rehab center for addiction, Thailand is an ideal choice. Most treatment facilities are well regarded all over the world for safeguarding the privacy of their guests and you are guaranteed complete anonymity during your stay.

private pool in tropical gardens

You can also undergo treatment under a pseudonym; there is no reason to reveal your real identity to anyone if you choose not to – you could always tell your friends and co-workers that you are off to an exotic vacation in Thailand and it wouldn’t be a lie!

Why Choose Thailand for Addiction Recovery?

There are many reasons why you might want to recover from addiction at a Thai rehab. They provide a unique and interesting experience that offers therapeutic benefits in a country with a rich and diverse culture.

Many Thai rehab centers focus on alternative therapies like mindfulness and meditation. You can also enjoy a Thai massage that rejuvenates the mind, body and soul every day during your stay at the rehab. This can help you deal with your withdrawal symptoms more effectively.

couple enjoying waterfall
A trip to a local waterfall

Thailand is also a naturally beautiful country. The weather is sunny and warm throughout the year – something that can help keep you motivated to try harder to shake off the addiction during the rehabilitation program.

You can expect to feel optimistic and regain the self-belief and self-esteem that you may have lost because of your addiction. You will feel encouraged to do your best to succeed, and regain control of your life.

“Regaining your sobriety is the most important aspect of recovery so it makes sense that your rehabilitation should be conducted in a special place like Thailand.” – Neil C

You will be able to stay away from all temptations and stresses of everyday life and devote your energy to getting better. Thailand is also a great place to live and work, which means most Thai rehabs are staffed by some of the most qualified medical experts and specialists from around the world.

The low cost of Thai rehabs has made them more accessible. Some are also recognized by health insurance providers so if your policy will cover the cost of addiction treatment, you may well be covered for inpatient rehab in Thailand.

Other Considerations…

There are a few drawbacks you should consider when picking a rehab in Thailand, but none of them very serious:

  • It can get very hot in Thailand during the summer. This should not be a problem as most rehabs will have air conditioned rooms.
  • Some people get home sick during an extended treatment episode, especially those who have rarely left their local area or traveled abroad.
  • You may not like Thai food. Most of the leading rehab centers offer international cuisine for all tastes but it might not be what you are used to. If you are very fussy about your food, this may be a problem.
  • Following your stay at the Thai rehab, you will have to readjust to life back home. You might feel a bit down about getting back to familiar surroundings after your stay in exotic Thailand.

Which Thai Rehab?

We can help you find the right rehab in Thailand for your drug or alcohol addiction. Rehab placement advisers can provide you with all the information you need so you can make an informed decision when choosing a rehab based on your individual needs and circumstances. We can even help make arrangements for you so that all you need to do is turn up at the rehab center on the appointed day.

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Want to know more? Contact us for the most up-to-date information on rehab centers in Thailand.