Widely known for its beautiful beaches, delicious cuisine and friendly people, Thailand is once again on the map for another type of tourism: medical tourism.
The two main reasons Westerners seek medical care in Thailand are the price and the high level of care. Be it dental work, cosmetic surgery or recovery from drug addiction, the cost of healthcare in Thailand is much lower compared to the UK, US, Canada or Australia, sometimes saving you up to 80%.
It is easy to understand why Thailand has become a popular destination for rehab.List of treatment centersProviding international clients with an alternative to more traditional forms of healing in a country with deep roots in Buddhism and mindfulness; and breathtaking natural beauty.
Thai rehab centers are often on par with Western rehab centers when it comes to recovery success rates, but finding the right rehab center for your specific needs and circumstances can sometimes be daunting.
Addiction treatment costs in the rehabilitation center in Thailand
The average cost of a 28-day inpatient treatment program in Thailand is $12,000. To put the price of rehab in perspective, a luxury residential rehab facility in California, USA, costs $80,000 per month, while a similar facility in Thailand costs $15,000 per month.
For those who have a little extra cash, this puts quite a bit of money back into their pockets, money that is often used to prolong treatment.
HeMost Cost Effective Residential Addiction Treatment ProgramsPrice includes in-house detox service for $6,950. The low prices reflect a general trend of falling prices in recent years as competition intensifies.
althoughrehabilitation in ThailandIt may seem like a lot of value, but they are not heavily regulated.
Addiction treatment centers are essentially medical facilities. They have to pay the salaries of people with a doctor's degree and a nursing degree. Psychologists, therapists and support staff are also part of the equation.
It is therefore imperative that rehabilitation centers have trained and qualified staff to ensure patient safety and provide the highest level of care.
The approach of most rehabilitation centers is responsible and ethical, but not all; caution is advised when evaluating yourAddiction recovery options..
Things to consider when evaluating the cost of treatment in Thailand:
- type of installation– Is it a special drug rehabilitation center or a house in a residential area?
- treatment provided- may contain medicationdetoxification, alternative therapies and extensive aftercare.
- installation location– It is located in a residential area, in the mountains or on the beach.
- program size– Whether it is a larger project with an expanded facility or a smaller, more intimate rehabilitation center.
- course duration- Can vary from 30 to 90 days depending on individual needs.
- service provided- such as swimming pools, on-site gyms, massage therapy, nutritional counseling, etc.
- professionals– such as well-trained and qualified medical staff, psychologists, support staff, etc.
- refund policy– what happens if the treatment you receive is not what you expected. Are there resources?
It is important to know that in addition to cost, there are other factors to consider before choosing a rehab center. If you were referred by a doctor, outreach service, or therapist, they should understand treatment options and recommend one that fits your specific needs.
What if you areRehabilitation of your own choice, you should take a moment to consider all the options.
Find out how previous patients have successfully completed the program, any aftercare programs that have been implemented, the availability of counselors and their qualifications, referrals from previous patients and their reputation.
Getting information about your chosen rehab center from independent sources will give you a better idea of what to expect upon arrival.
Regardless of the monetary cost of treatment, the cost of not having a successful treatment outcome is much higher for a person's health. Whether you choose a standard treatment program that provides basic services or a deluxe rehab program that offers maximum comfort, you should choose the program that is personally right for you and gives you the best chance of long-term recovery from your medicine.
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Well-known rehabilitation centers in Thailand
Rehab centers in Thailand are unique: they use traditional 12-step techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy (TSMC), but combine them with Buddhism and mindfulness in a country with beautiful nature. Thailand is a great place to find mental and spiritual peace.
Probably the most famous treatment center in Thailand,cabinis a luxury resort-style rehab center in a custom-built "Rehab Village" that serves a wide variety of clients.
The Cabin offers a modern clinical program with "Path Change" as the primary treatment method, incorporating evidence-based CBT, a 12-step approach and mindfulness. Licensed by the Thai Ministry of Health to treat alcohol, drug and process addictions.
Located in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, you can connect to domestic flights from Bangkok or fly direct from a number of transport hubs in Asia. All rooms are for single occupancy and the 28-day treatment costs US$15,000 (A$22,460). The Cabin accepts insurance from all major healthcare providers.
Dawn's medical rehab
Thailand Dawn Health Rehabilitation Center is one of themAsia's leading internet addiction treatment centerLocated in a quiet protected nature reserve on the river. The Dawn is also the only inpatient treatment center in Asia with international accreditation from the American Accreditation Council International (AACI).
A comprehensive treatment plan for substance abuse and mental disorders is offered using a proven two-pillar approach as part of a holistic residential program.
Addiction treatment combined with translated CBT12-step method, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
Specialized treatments for depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD are also available. Cost: Residential care is US$12,500 (A$18,700) for 28 days, with a pro-rata refund policy if the client decides to leave within the first 3 days.
Miracles Asia is a "little rehab where big things happen" in Phuket, Thailand. A boutique mental health and addiction treatment center that believes that a "one size fits all" approach produces the best treatment outcomes.
Provides rehabilitation services for substance abuse and behavioral disorders such as gambling and sex/love addiction in an upscale environment. Specialized treatment options are also availablePTSD not Trauma, anxiety, depression, chronic stress and administrative burnout.
Asian miracleGet assessed and detoxed with a world-class hospital. Clients also have exclusive access to Asia's leading sports and wellness center with state-of-the-art facilities. Addiction-specific nutritional infusion therapy is provided to reduce the debilitating side effects of chronic substance use by promoting biochemical repair. Inpatient treatment for 28 days costs US$15,000 (A$22,460). Accept insurance from a primary care provider.
Hope rehabilitation center
Hope Rehab is formally a private home with a large yard, with a holistic approach to drug rehabilitation. The treatment usedMinnesota modelBased on the 12-step program and philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
The Hope program combines mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), relapse prevention techniques, and physical activity. The staff consists of counselors and therapists from a variety of backgrounds, including those who have overcome their own addiction and help others.
The center consists of 24 individual rooms decorated with minimalistic Thai furniture and handicrafts.Hope Thailand rehabilitation centerIt is located 120 kilometers southeast of Bangkok in the coastal town of Si Racha. Cost: US$8,900 (A$13,300) per month with a US$2,000 non-refundable upfront payment.
DARA rehabilitation center (closed)
DARA Thailand provides professional drug and alcohol rehabilitation services to clients in over 50 countries. With a comprehensive and personalized approach to recovery,Dara ChangIncorporate therapeutic approaches under the supervision of a full-time internationally certified therapist.
DARA uses a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment approach administered through an Integrative Therapy Model (ITM), which integrates social, physical, psychological and spiritual aspects through individual and group-centered activities.
Accommodation options vary between single rooms and shared rooms. Koh Chang isAccessible by plane and ferryde bangkok
DARA Rehabilitation Center is Closed (Updated May 14, 2023)
Wat Tham Krabok寺
If you like the austere lifestyle of monks, visitThamkrabok MonasteryMaybe that's what you need. It is a rigorous program run by Buddhist monks that includes a five-day detox program that involves drinking a secret emetic to rid the body of toxins, followed by meditative exercises.
Wat Tham Krabok has welcomed thousands of visitors since 1959, but long-term recovery rates for participants have yet to be accurately determined.
Located in Saraburi, central Thailand, it offers basic accommodation in dormitories, with no rooms, no air conditioning and no hot water.
Critics dismiss the treatment as ineffective and insist there is no panacea, but Wat Tham Krabok has received international attention. Officially, participation in the program is free, but donations are accepted.
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All rehabilitation centers are closed due to covid-19. Thailand has many restrictions and it is impossible to come here without 2 weeks of quarantine in a SHA+ hotel. There is no way to skip and go straight to rehab. Not ideal if you have withdrawal symptoms and can't get medical help from hotel staff.
I thought the cabin was closed due to covid?
All treatment centers have now reopened to guests, but some have not been spared. I think DARA is closed for good, and possibly her recovering sister, Lanna. I also heard that the cottage is under new ownership and not the same as before. It seems that the employees have all transferred to other companies. . .
Have you been to Hope of Dawn? I'm trying to choose between River, Hope, Dawn and The Cabin. I plan to leave at the end of May.
Nice to see so many useful things. I recently stayed at The River (listed above) and found the staff, programme, accommodation, food and hours to be excellent. Most of the staff are recovering and they are very caring and welcoming. Started by the founder of The Cabin (I think), all the good staff seem to follow suit.
A recognized addiction care center is the right choice. If a rehabilitation center is licensed, it must be government-approved and have proper documentation. As far as I know, the approved rehabilitation centers in Thailand are (as of February 2020):
2. Asian Miracle
3. River regulation
It seems that a small group of rehab clinics have made it out to hurt their competitors. There is no contact details on their website, you should be aware that other rehab clinics have their own licenses too!
I saw a post on another website that most drug rehabilitation centers in Thailand are illegal. Maybe that's true, but where's the rehab center where all this is supposed to exist? Of course everyone has a website or information about themselves on the internet. makes no sense to me...
I went to Siam Rehabilitation Center in Chiang Rai. There is no doubt that the facility is beautiful. However, the good things end there. If employees are fully competent, they are barely competent. He received very little medical care. They offered to take me to a local hospital and charge me for any diagnosis I wanted, but that was about it. When I got there they took my blood pressure and it was 186 to 90. They say "oh it's going down" and never measure it again. Once a week you will see a local Thai doctor who speaks good English. They have a nurse who is there during the day. Medicines are administered by other personnel. They rarely follow up if you forget to take your medication or pay attention to your health in any way. If you have a question, they let you ask.
His treatment program was pure anonymous rehab. Every day you have to fill out a form stating what you did today to connect with your higher power. They also have an old textbook CBT, but poorly implemented. There is no therapy here that you can't improve much with a good NA group and cheap therapists.
The worst thing for me was the stray dogs running around. They have several stray dogs that roam freely on the property. They feed and care for them and call them therapy dogs. I've been attacked by dogs before and I'm terrified of them. One of the dogs seemed to sense this and growled at me on my second night there. I reported this to management and they assured me they would fix it. Done nothing. Two days later, the dog attacked me. Luckily for me, an employee was nearby and was able to physically restrain the dog before it hurt me. Three employees witnessed the incident. I reported the incident and was convinced again that something would happen. Done nothing. The next day, with the dog still on the loose, I told the staff I feared for my safety and had to leave. After a while the main consultant showed up and told me I had 30 minutes to leave. They called me a taxi. I told him I wanted to speak to management. She said it was impossible and kept repeating that I had 30 minutes to leave. Ten minutes later a burly man appeared and made sure I would obey. Given the lack of options, I left.
I request a full refund. They gave me about 31% of the fee. Fortunately, they convinced me to pay with PayPal. I was able to go to my credit card company to dispute the charge and get my payment back in full.
This place has wonderful facilities, very good marketing and very low prices. However, don't be fooled by the marketing. You are nothing more than compensation to them and if something goes wrong you will be thrown out on the street. Their advice was mediocre and there was hardly any medical help. Do yourself a favor and pay a little more for a facility with knowledgeable staff. If you decide to use this service, make sure you pay by credit card.
They change prices all the time. In Thailand, at least, prices have come down, but some really cheap rehabilitation centers are a waste of time. Save up a bit more and go to an official rehab center (there are only a few in Thailand) and get treated well by someone who knows what they are doing!
Glad to see the price posted. The rehab center never seems to advertise its fees, I never understood that. I think they want you to call them so they can convince you to choose them over the competition.
As someone in recovery, it seems odd that people would want to go to the cheapest possible rehab center to save money. Why don't they take into account how good the treatment is, the ratio of staff to patient, reviews from real people (rather than reviews from the internet)?
FYI I was in Chiang Mai last year and the pollution was terrible! I don't want to go there during the hot season 🙁
I have dealt with family members who have been to US rehab multiple times. It doesn't really work here. Not sure how rehab centers in Thailand are different. Good to know what your success rate is.
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What does it mean to measure success? Is someone done with all the treatments or still sober years later?
The article is good, rehab is not easy, and with these prices in the US it is even more difficult. America is the number 1 country for addiction problems so we need all the help we can get and the quality and price of rehab in Thailand is a good thing.
Hopefully one day the US government will see drugs for what they are, it's not about the dealers and dealers, it's about the people with problems, when you cure your addict you stop dealing drugs.
I did rehab in Thailand and let's just say I wish I had gone to The Cabin first...
The most professional setting to date, with brand new purpose built facilities and an excellent team of consultants.
If you are looking for a rehab center, take my word for it as most of them do some day work.
LOL "Brand New Dedicated Center" is just a marketing gimmick to use that term and pretend to be a customer. That's professional level.
Excellent guide and information on addiction treatment centers in Thailand. I've heard a lot about Lanna Rehab, my husband is an alcoholic and he definitely needs this therapy. Thanks for sharing.
Nice article, thanks for the summary! Nice to see these options on one page.
I can't believe anyone would even consider going to Wat Thamkrabok. I have heard that many people have died and it has been covered up. People in need of a real detox put their lives in the hands of Buddhist monks with no medical experience or qualifications in addiction training!
I heard good things about DARA Rehab from an ex-patient who had an alcohol problem and needed professional help to get rid of alcohol. I have an alcoholic friend who also recently started using drugs (not much, but quickly) and I knew I had to act fast. I talked to her parents about the site we could choose if we intervened, and we convinced her that we want to help her, that she needs it.
I'd heard good things about Darla, but arrived early and realized she wasn't fit to list too many reasons. Cabin, Hope and Serenity offer better/advanced advisors and services. Dara also has a no refund policy, even if you find out within 24 hours like me.
Can you tell us about your experience with DARA? My husband goes there.
Thank you so much!
MH, can you tell me why DARA is not a good choice? My sister is leaving soon and I'm very worried right now! Why did you leave after 24 hours? Why do you think Cabana, Hope and Serenity are better choices?
There seem to be a few rehab options available, but it can be hard to tell which ones are real. I don't trust the reviews on the internet. I wish rehab had all the 5 star reviews but I think they are fake! Do the rooms really look crappy and cheap?
95 % (of clients) complete treatment and 50 % stay clean and sober long-term.What is the success rate of Thamkrabok monastery? ›
Abstract. Since 1959 Wat Thamkrabok, a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, has been conducting a drug addiction rehabilitation program which claims a 70% success rate.What does the best form of treatment for addiction include? ›
Individual, group or family therapy sessions. A focus on understanding the nature of addiction, becoming drug-free and preventing relapse. Levels of care and settings that vary depending on your needs, such as outpatient, residential and inpatient programs.
These cost around $20,000 to $40,000+ for a 30-day residential program. Because they are hospitals, health insurance should cover most of the cost, leaving a gap to be paid by the patient of around $1,000 to $3,000.Which country has best rehabilitation? ›
Norway's focus on rehabilitation and restorative justice is certainly radical, but there is no doubt that it has had a positive impact on the country's crime rate and its economy. The most profound benefit: Norway has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the world.Where do most celebrities go to rehab? ›
Wonderland, located in Los Angeles, California, is another rehab facility for high-profile individuals and celebrities in need of addiction services. Celebrities who have made use of this facility include Mike Tyson, Lindsay Lohan, Pat O'Brien, and Christian Slater.Does it cost money to stay at a monastery? ›
You may save money.
Free monastery stays, however, are rare, unless your purpose is spiritual. That said, some monastery rooms for rent charge by donation only and if you're not financially flush, it can cost you very little. To rent a room in a convent or monastery might just be a great budget option!
- WebsitesThough most convents and religious hospices charge a modest fee of $20 or so (and are often found in places of pilgrimage, Rome being the biggest example), many monasteries will take in travelers absolutely free of charge.Can you just go to live in a monastery? ›
Anyone can stay in a monastery, regardless of religion. Should you want to participate in religious activities (e.g. mass), simply ask one of the friendly brothers or sisters and they will be happy to guide you further.What are the 4 C's of addiction to drugs? ›
These four factors, compulsion, craving, consequences and control, are unique to addiction alone and are classified as the 4 C's. The behaviors of most addicts are very similar.
But first, it is necessary to explain four behaviors that are central to the addiction cycle: impulsivity, positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, and compulsivity.What are the 3 steps of overcoming addiction? ›
- Acknowledge the Addiction. The first step to overcoming any addiction is to acknowledge that you have a problem. ...
- Seek Professional Addiction Treatment. Once you have admitted your addiction, it's time to find a treatment program. ...
- Prevent Relapse Of Past Addictions.
The Fees of Private Drug and Alcohol Rehabs
Most private rehabs in Victoria charge anywhere from $15,000 to $65,000 for a 28 day live in program. There are likely to be small fees on top of these figures for doctor appointments or tests that aren't covered by Medicare.
Residential Rehab in Australia takes the long-term approach to treatment and aims for an alcohol or drug-free lifestyle. Residential programs provide live-in accommodations as well as a schedule and steady care plan.What is the world's toughest rehab? ›
Tham Krabok, Thailand's monastic equivalent to the Betty Ford Clinic, helps people overcome their addictions by living like monks and drinking a "cleansing" brown liquid that makes them vomit excessively each day.What is the rehabilitation rate in the US? ›
Recidivism rates in the U.S. are some of the highest in the world with almost 44% of criminals released returning to prison within their first year out.What is the most difficult part of the rehabilitation? ›
The detox process is often regarded as the most difficult part of rehab physically. This is because the withdrawal process can cause uncomfortable, and even dangerous, physical and psychological symptoms, such as shakiness, nausea, irregular heartbeat, depression, agitation, mood swings, and insomnia.How much does promises rehab Malibu cost? ›
Made (in)famous by celebrity client Charlie Sheen, this other Malibu recovery hotspot is peppered with heated swimming pools, sun decks, and jacuzzis. The price tag varies depending on your specialized needs, but a 31-day stay costs somewhere in the range of $55,000 to $90,000.
The three main types of rehabilitation therapy are occupational, physical and speech. Each form of rehabilitation serves a unique purpose in helping a person reach full recovery, but all share the ultimate goal of helping the patient return to a healthy and active lifestyle.What is the success rate of people who go to rehab? ›
Studies have found that of those who struggle with a addiction to meth and complete rehab, 61% will relapse within a year – that number rising to 74% three years post-treatment, and ending at 73% relapse rate five years post-treatment.
Many monasteries offer guest rooms at reasonable rates and some even let you choose how much to give. Before you decide to stay at a monastery, be sure to read all of the available information, since these are not traditional bed and breakfasts.Can you stay in a Buddhist monastery for free? ›
Yes, in some of the Buddhist monastery, you can help the monks as a volunteer and you can live in the monastery for certain period.Why are monasteries so wealthy? ›
Although some religious orders considered that visits to worldly markets were dangerous for their members, many monasteries owed their wealth to the trade in the surpluses they produced. Monasteries were not only religious centres but also important commercial enterprises.How much does it cost to stay in a Buddhist temple? ›
A night at a temple lodging typically costs between 6,000 and 10,000 per person including dinner and breakfast, but can be more expensive in areas popular among common tourists, such as Mount Koya. Some temples may also offer cheaper plans without meals. Note that many temples will accept only cash for payments.Do monks share rooms? ›
1 The monks are to sleep in separate beds. 2 They receive bedding as provided by the abbot, suitable to monastic life. 3 If possible, all are to sleep in one place, but should the size of the community preclude this, they will sleep in groups of ten or twenty under the watchful care of seniors.Are there any monasteries in the United States? ›
In the United States, Trappist monasteries of monks and nuns can be found in 15 abbeys across twelve states. Many offer facilities and beautiful natural grounds for visits, retreats and other events.Can you talk in a monastery? ›
However, most monasteries have specific times (magnum silentium, work silence, times of prayer, etc.) and places (the chapel, the refectory, etc.) where speaking is prohibited unless absolutely necessary. Even outside of these times and places, useless and idle words are forbidden.
Buddhists do not believe in any kind of deity or god, although there are supernatural figures who can help or hinder people on the path towards enlightenment. Born on the Nepali side of the present day Nepal-India border, Siddhartha Gautama was a prince around the fifth century B.C.E.Who normally lives in monastery? ›
A monastery is a building or complex of buildings comprising the domestic quarters and workplaces of monastics, monks or nuns, whether living in communities or alone (hermits).What are the three P's in addiction recovery? ›
3 “P's” for Recovery: Passion, Power and Purpose.
Purpose, Practice, Perseverance, Pray, and Praise—these Five P's, along with other tools you may develop and discover throughout your own journey, can provide a powerful framework for recovery.What are the 3 types of addiction? ›
However, in terms of substance addictions, some of the more common types of addiction include: Alcohol addiction. Prescription drug addiction. Drug addiction.What is the most severe form of addiction? ›
Heroin takes the number 1 spot as the most addictive substance on the planet. On Nutt's addiction scale, it ranked a 2.5 out of a maximum score of 3. This potent Opiate has an alarming rate of addiction, with 1 in 4 individuals who try Heroin becoming addicted.What are 4 positive addictions? ›
Positive sleep, eating, drinking and even social habits can be addictions that can help you live a better life each day and even live longer.What is a behavioral addict? ›
Behavioral addictions such as gambling, overeating, television compulsion, and internet addiction are similar to drug addiction except that the individual is not addicted to a substance, but he/she is addicted to the behavior or the feeling experienced by acting out the behavior.What does Islam say about addiction? ›
Addiction tethers the human spirit and body to earthly concerns, preventing the spirit from returning to God. From this perspective, addiction can be seen as sinful, or as a punishment, because it challenges the core of Muslim identity by negatively affecting a person's relationship with God.What are the 10 stages of addiction? ›
- Stage 1: Denial. You should be proud of yourself during recovery. ...
- Stage 2: Avoidance/Defensiveness. ...
- Stage 3: Crisis Building. ...
- Step 4: Immobilization. ...
- Step 5: Confusion/Overreaction. ...
- Stage 6: Depression. ...
- Stage 7: Behavioral Loss of Control. ...
- Stage 8: Recognition of Loss of Control.
Incarceration mainly costs more than rehabilitation. For example, in California an average cost of a prisoner is $35,000 per year to sustain his/her life, while elderly inmates, who require more care, cost an average of $70,000 per year (Smith, 2006).How much does addiction cost Australia? ›
Understanding the cost of addiction in Australia, a joint report released today by KPMG and Rethink Addiction, has revealed that over 2021 the impact of productivity and associated losses to the nation's economy due to addiction amounted to $80 billion dollars.How much does a rehab worker earn in Australia? ›
The average occupational occupational rehabilitation salary in Australia is $95,000 per year or $48.72 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $82,500 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $115,506 per year.
Residential (live-in) withdrawal, residential rehabilitation and some other programs charge a small fee drawn from your Centrelink , disability or other government benefit. This fee varies across services. Pharmacotherapy services are delivered at a small cost.What is the success rate of drug rehab in Australia? ›
Statistics on relapse after rehab
The AIHW 2016-17 report suggests that approximately 65% of addicts complete their drug or alcohol rehabilitation. Of those, about 50% relapse.
Phase 1 - Control Pain and Swelling. Phase 2 - Improve Range of Motion and/or Flexibility. Phase 3 - Improve Strength & Begin Proprioception/Balance Training. Phase 4 - Proprioception/Balance Training & Sport-Specific Training.What is the success rate of recovery in AA? ›
Addiction specialists cite success rates slightly higher, between 8% and 12%. A New York Times article stated that AA claims that up to 75% of its members stay abstinent. Alcoholics Anonymous' Big Book touts about a 50% success rate, stating that another 25% remain sober after some relapses.