Thailand Rehab

Affordable Alternatives to Thai Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Bali Beginning offers an affordable alternative to a Thailand rehab, and best of all we have places available at affordable prices.

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Thailand located in Asian, is a popular holiday location and home to tourist hot spots such as the temple of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Locations such as Phuket, Pattaya and Phi Phi island are also famous for their attractions. Many Thai locals choose to take up Drug and Alcohol treatment at local addiction treatment centres in Bangkok and locations such as Chiang Mai and Thailand has some great local options including the famous Dara Rehab, and The Cabin in Chiang Mai, however many want to get away from their local area and seek treatment in other locations rather than choose a Thailand rehab. Rehab in Bali is the perfect choice for these peeople.

Cost of a Thailand Rehab

While Rehab cost in Thailand is sometimes affordable, there are only a few options for those seeking something other than luxury rehab, while also looking for experienced expat clinical staff who can support them in their recovery from prescription or non-prescription medications or alcohol.

At Rehab Bali we treat a large number of clients coming from a Thailand rehab and in particular those who have consider Thai Rehabs in Chiang Mai and other drug treatment centre locations.

Travelling to Bali from Thailand

There are a number of airlines which depart from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Bangkok Thailand – the Official Airports of Thailand. Thai Airlines and other international carriers have options to reach Bali, even if departing locations like Phuket. Once you’ve arrived at the airport in Bali, our recovery team will take over and support you as you head to our rehab facility based in Sanur in Bali.

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Checkout our site to find out more about the quality rehab options we offer for people considering Thailand rehab treatment centres or simply seeking treatment in recovery from drugs and alcohol.

More about Thailand Rehab options

Thailand has a number of private treatment centres and clinics that are popular especially with foreigners because of their holistic approach to treating addiction. Private treatment and rehabilitation centers in Thailand record higher success rates of treatment.

In 2011, over 500,000 drug addicts joined an aggressive rehabilitation and treatment program rolled out by the government to make Thailand drug free. However, 100,000 among those who were treated relapsed back to drug addiction treatment according to data from the Health Department.

Methadone is the legal pharmacotherapy used in Thailand for treating opioid dependence. The Ministry of Health recommends that patients take methadone in a solution or a syrup for a minimum of 12 weeks depending on the dependence of the user. Benzodiazepines is the recommended pharmacotherapy used in Thailand for treatment of alcohol withdrawal.

The government under the Ministry of Health provides treatment services for substance use disorder. The main substances which treatment is provided for are alcohol, opioids and Yaba the methamphetamine derivative that is common in Thailand. The budget for government funded treatment is funded through taxes.

Some stats about Addiction Treatment in Thailand

95 percent of alcohol use disorders are treated in the public sector through government funded health institutions while 2 percent of drug abusers are treated in private clinics and hospitals. 2 percent of treatment is through joint public and private sector ventures while the remaining 1 percent is provided through not-for-profit organizations.

The figures are different when it comes to drug use disorders. 70 percent of the patients receive treatment through government funded programs while 15 percent is through the private sectors. 10 percent of those who are treated receive treatment from joint ventures of the public and private sector while the remaining 5 percent receive treatment through non-governmental organizations.

Many people looking for a Thailand Drug Rehab are seeking drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation. In recent years, Thailand has been known for offering addiction treatment to an extent it’s referred to as a rehab tourism destination. It is the top country in the world where foreigners travel to seeking addiction treatment.

Tham Krabok, home to Thailand Drug Rehab Centres

One popular destination for those seeking treatment is Tham Krabok located 80 miles north of Bangkok and it provides a unique drug detox program where patients take a concoction that the founders of the Thailand rehabilitation center claim is made with over 100 secret herbal ingredients. Once ingested, it causes unbridled vomiting.

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This rehabilitation center founded in 1957 by a Buddhist monk initially sought to provide rehabilitation to tens of thousands of opium addicts in Thailand after the government banned opium use. The form of treatment provided at Tham Krabok is an alternative remedy treatment program.

Tham Krabok is run by monks and apart from the treatment, they provide a Buddhist approach to living and changing the minds of the addicts. Several high flying personalities have gone to these rehabilitation center and have received treatment. Alternative remedy treatments offered by Tham Krabok and other rehabilitation centers that provide similar treatment, have been criticized as unorthodox and have bad health effects to one’s long-term health but thousands still seek these treatment because of its effectiveness.

According to a report by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board and the Narcotics Suppression Bureau done among 65 long term drug abusers, 90 percent of drug addicts who entered Tham Krabok completed the program and 60 percent of them remained drug free one year later after leaving the rehabilitation center.

Success of treatment at a Thailand Rehab

Compared to the West according to the United Nations Drug and Crime Office (UNDCO) whose rehabilitation success rate is 30 to 40 percent, the success rates of rehabilitation centers in Thailand is much higher.

In the recent years, methamphetamine addiction has been on the rise in Thailand and alternative treatment methods offered in treatment centers like Tham Krabok have been effective. Australians who are the third highest per capita in consumption of methamphetamine have been moving to Thailand in large numbers to receive treatment. However, this does not apply to foreigners alone. Yaba is a common methamphetamine derivative that is commonly used in Thailand and monasteries provide treatment to people addicted to this drug. Yaba loosely translates to ‘madness drug’.

The Cabin, one of the better known Thailand Rehab Centres

The Cabin is also one of the most popular destinations to those seeking rehabilitation treatment. Located in Ching Mai in the north of Thailand, this a luxurious treatment center that provides both short term inpatient treatment and long term inpatient treatment to drug users. Residential treatment provided lasts between 28 days to 3 months. The Cabin has 50 bed spaces and it takes people from the age of 18 to 65. What makes the Cabin a great destination for those seeking treatment is that its location is unknown and it offers privacy to clients. Majority of those who go to the Cabin are wealthy clientele and it has hosted many people from Australia and Singapore.

Some of the common alcohol and drug treatment methods shared by many treatment facilities in Thailand are the 12 step program, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and physical exercise that is tailored to the needs of the patient.

In Chiang Mai, there are many drug addicts and across the city there are several Alcoholic Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous programs that are held on a daily basis that seek to help addicts. Chiang Mai has a strong community base and this is one of the factors that has contributed to this city having high addiction treatment recovery rates. Apart from the addiction treatment centres, the support offered by family and the society has contributed largely to drug addicts quitting drugs and going back to their normal lives. What’s interesting is that many addicts who leave rehabilitation centers like The Cabin choose to stay in this city and many volunteer and offer assistance to those seeking help.

Thailand has reported a high success rate in rehabilitation centers partly because drug addiction is treated as a disease rather than a vice. In rehabs like The Cabin, patients are not told ‘it’s their fault’ or asked ‘why can’t you stop using drugs?’

To foreigners who receive treatment in Thailand in rehabilitation centers like The Cabin and Tham Krabok, continue getting online support through video chats with counsellors and alumni forums once they go home.

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Approach used by Thailand Rehab Centres

Treatment centers in Thailand have different approaches. The Cabin is tailored to work for foreigners since it even has English speaking staff while Tham Krabok approaches treatment in a more conservative way and people going there ought to be ready to venture into a new way of life. The Cabin is also more expensive as it costs 12,000 US$ per month while Tham Krabok charges patients 200 dollars a month.

The treatment approach in traditional treatment facilities like Tham Krabok seeks to challenge the patient not only mentally but ideologically. For example Tham Krabok website claims; “In Buddhism we believe that one is totally responsible for one’s actions and their consequences. Therefore he must get the chance of confronting himself, in order to reorganize his life. This is one of the reasons why the withdrawal in Tham Krabok is a ‘cold withdrawal’.”

However, The Cabin’s approach to treatment is completely different and it believes in having an addict ready for treatment rather than forcing them and taking a more loving and caring approach while treating the client. “When addicts are willing to receive treatment their rehabilitation is facilitated by care and mentoring and a more loving approach; the idea that they are not guilty and it’s not their fault, that they have a condition or disorder, seems to allow them a mental space to get a grip.”

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