Hope's Client Testimonials
"Take a few moments to read some testimonials from clients who really got a lot out of their time with us, some are willing to speak to you either by mail or on the phone or meet in your home city should they live there"
Please Note: The testimonials on this page are written by our clients happy to talk about there experiences at Hope. For confidentiality reasons many have only given their first names, initials or place of residense. Results vary and can depend according to how long a clients stays in treatment at Hope Rehab and motivation.
My time at Hope Rehab
I take great pleasure in writing this as I literally owe you and Hope my life and is the basis for my letter.
I arrived at Hope literally having lost ‘my everything’ in that I had been forced to sell my very large company business, my wife had left me, my son communicated he ‘hated’ me and my existence was completely unmanageable and toxic in every respect;
I was also, for the first time, doing this for ME and not so I could ‘keep my family’ or make ‘other people’ happy or to continue my lies and manipulations etc.;
And finally because of the unique ‘mix’ of the program you have managed to develop at Hope compared to the program of my only other experience and that’s the two efforts I had at another major rehabilitation centre in Thailand. Read more about my time...
I was a client at Hope for 2 months earlier this year, now I am a volunteer. I’ve been battling alcoholism for most of my adult life and this was my fourth attempt at rehab – the other 3 were in the UK. What first attracted me to Hope was their holistic approach to the treatment of substance misuse. The program combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and meditation, as well as an unique introduction to the 12 steps. I never got on with the AA program before but the way Hope uses them makes sense. We were strongly encouraged to exercise and there is an array of fitness options on offer – from traditional yoga and pilates to body combat and bike rides around the local area.
The surroundings are beautiful and peaceful and the food is totally delicious as well as healthy. I loved the onsite massages! All the staff are outstanding and genuinely care as well as being experts in the field of addiction recovery. I cannot emphasise strongly enough the huge difference that Hope has made to my life – I now have one worth living. It has given me so many tools at my disposal that I can draw on when things are tough and I’m facing challenging situations. I have incorporated so many aspects of the programme into my daily life. I arrived at Hope broken and my life was in tatters but I’m now living sober and genuinely happy and most importantly I have a great future ahead with opportunities that previously I could only dream of when I was in the hell of addiction.
Living with Hope
I had an issue with the other rehab in Thailand, I really felt that 2 hours a week in 2 sessions wasn't as helpful and the daily shorter schedule was not enough. Si I was glad that Simon and Alon put effort onto the program.
The cognitive theory was effective and I understand the need for practicing it. I believe that process groups are the most effective tool especially for me and I got a lot out of groups when you facilitated them, so thanks.
The Greater emphasis on fitness was very beneficial as well which Alon is great at. People are going to Thailand not just for treatment but many Australians I noticed were desperate for new lives although some couldn't due to commitments at home however I had a great year doing recovery with you guys and would recommend it for anyone who needs it.
Hope changed my life
Kicking the habit
I am a professional footballer, or was until an injury ruined my career. Its a common story but I ended up on pain meds and the valium and then full on addiction to anything I could get my hands on. Life was over, i lost everything,, thanked an old team mate funded me to come to Hope. Izard to put into words what this program has done for me - restored my lust for life
Boxing my way into recovery
"Thank you Simon, Alon, my counsellor Brian and all the team, specially the Tom-Boy boxer trainer, thats ok to say that here in Thailand. She helped me in so many ways. The boxing helped my self confidence and get in touch with my higher power"
There is always Hope
I will never forget my time at Hope, it changed my life.
Somehow I made it happen with help from family and Simon Mott. So don’t wait, the time is never perfectly right so start treatment now.
Alon was amazing teaching me ways to manage myself with mindfulness and meditation, every day we spend 20 or 30 minutes in the beautiful meditation room. Simon Mott is the best drug counsellor i ever has. He has a balance between strength and humility, you never feel your being preached to or patronized, only helped and inspired me to change.
I found Hope In August 2015, I came to a point where I could no longer go on functioning. I knew I needed an intensive program and I found Hope Rehab in Thailand. I did not know what to expect and I definitely did not believe that I was capable of staying clean however I was totally desperate so willing to try anything. Hope Rehab has been amazing for me and exactly what I needed at the right time. I had been in a harsh world with no love and compassion, at Hope I was shown so much patience, tolerance, compassion and love......Read more about Rene's time at Hope
My time at the Hope rehab has been life changing. The combination of CBT counseling, group therapy and the holistic approach of mindfulness and meditation, which Hope offers, made my recovery sustainable.
The most important thing I learned at Hope is that there is a life beyond my addiction. The hard work on my sobriety with professional counselors combined with excursions to the beach and having fun in recovery has been crucial. I truly believe that Hope rehab saved my life and my marriage. The focus on relapse prevention and recovery planning has definitely helped me in my sobriety back at home.
Reaching out for HOPE…..and found it
I arrived at Hope full of Shame and guilt and an absolute wreck after relapsing for a couple of weeks just short of 5 years clean.
I had been “Mrs Recovery” throughout but had been plagued with anxiety and insomnia throughout this time and when I relapsed I was in the middle of a breakdown: physical and emotional......read more
Mark from Perth - "I entered Hope Rehab as a shell of a human being addicted to Heroin and methadone. Each day was more painful than the last. I couldn’t hold down a job, no relationship to speak of with my family. Life was about was scheming, lying and manipulating people to get more drugs.
Eventually, enough was enough, I decided I couldn’t go on living and thankfully I found Hope Rehab. One week later I landed in Bangkok and started on my journey towards a better life.
I learnt simple things at first, how to interact with people, how to speak with complete honesty and openness, how to listen to others and how to empathize with their personal stories. There were people that had been through the exact same thing as me, their circumstances may have been different, their drug of choice may have been different, but their similarities far outweighed the differences. I found strength in the support of others.
Staying clean can be hard at times but it’s simple really. It only gets hard when you make things complicated. Take it slow, don’t put yourself in any situation you’re uncomfortable in and don’t worry too much about what others think of you. Keep in contact with others in recovery, especially in the first year or so"
Paul from Melbourne - It’s not just resistance to change that keeps people trapped in addiction. I truly believe the Doctors in Australia have a lot to answer for. I began abusing drugs at an early age, but was in enough trouble at 24 to reach out for help, but all Doctors ever seemed to do was prescribe more and more medications.
By age 19 I had progressed to Heroin, my Mum had found me overdosed and felt powerless seeing there loved one destroying himself. I was following the instructions of the so called ‘addiction experts’ so why wasn’t life getting any better? - Rehabs in Australia were charging a lot AUS $20,000 for just one month. It was around this time that I came across information online about Hope Rehab Center Thailand.
I soon realised that Hope’s program offered more than just the quick fix, “These guys gave me HOPE when I had none. I was told I had a disease, and was taught how to re-program my addict-brain. I initially signed up for 2 months but stayed for 3 because after a taste of really being alive for the first time in my life…” I was willing to do whatever it takes to make sobriety work’
…today I am off all illegal substances, and prescription medications, also the massive dose of anti-depressants and mood stabilizers that I was put on from the age of 20 by a Doctor
A grateful recovering addict - It sounds so cliché that ‘Hope gave me hope,’ but it did more than just that, it gave me the will to want to live again. I was 16 and I was about to sign a professional football contract. I was a fit, happy and charismatic young man with the world at my feet.
Due to complications and an injury I was unable to fulfil my lifelong dream of becoming a footballer. My injury caused me to be placed on certain medications (Valium (Diazepam) and OxyContin) and within a short amount of time I began abusing my prescriptions which eventually crippled me both physically and mentally.
I can laugh, taste, smell and FEEL for the first time in years
Before coming to Hope Rehab I was addicted to many drugs and was dying spiritually, emotionally and physically. I was scared coming in but the staff quickly made me feel at home and I was detoxed with less pain than I ever anticipated. Hope Rehab has given me and so many of those around me the opportunity to transform in a way I never believed possible. It has been such a pleasure to watch the changes taking place in other clients who come in and most of all to experience the changes in myself – to laugh, taste, smell and FEEL for the first time in years. Hope Rehab gives you all the tools for recovery implementing a perfect balance of 12 step program, CBT and mindfulness, the three pillars of Hope, all of which I have found essential in my continuing recovery.
Hope attracts determined people from all over the world who are choosing Life creating an interesting, diverse and most importantly supportive environment. The on-site masseuses fixed my frozen shoulder (caused by over work) in little under 6 weeks after 6 years of unsuccessful doctors, physiotherapists and chiropractors. The staff are absolutely brilliant: the councilors for dripping wisdom in to me during my two hours of one to one sessions a week, the chefs for providing food fit for a king 3 times a day and Simon Mott himself remaining an active part of our processes by giving us individual feedback on the Hope Aftercare Page on an ongoing basis. I was genuinely touched by the care shown to me as an individual by these people who work so hard to create the amazing place that is Hope Rehab Center Thailand – cannot thank you enough for giving me my life back!
“Having failed to stop using drugs time and again on my own I decided to take a time out from life and get help. I lived a life stuck in active addiction is like a living hell. It's lonely, heartbreaking, demoralizing. It robbed me of everything I loved. Hope gave me the inspiration, motivation, support and tough love that I needed to make the difficult and painful transition in to a clean and sober life. Hope helped me stop the madness. And start to rebuild a life worth living.
At Hope I had the space and time to open my mind to a new way of life and an introduction to recovery. Everything was taken care of - food, laundry, cleaning, and much more, allowing me to completely concentrate on getting well first physically and mentally with CBT, and then spiritually by introduction to the journey of 12 step recovery and mindfulness. You can spend a lot of time learning skills and gaining qualifications in life but Hope was the school I was meant to go to, I learnt more about myself at Hope than I ever did at school, College, university the workplace or anywhere come to think of it. ”
Finding Hope by Charlene
I found a treatment program in Thailand based around all of the steps. I didn’t realize it before I booked, but the program also involved exercise, CBT, mindfulness, meditation, self-affirmations, counselling, gratitude, inventory, and other useful tools. It was exactly what I needed. The treatment center focused on all of the steps and the program showed me how to live – by using each step in my life on a daily basis. Read more about Charlene's time at Hope
Enjoying life on life’s terms
My name is Adam, I am an Australian ice addict, 33 years old and just celebrated 12 months clean and sober on 28th April 2016. It has all been made possible by using the tools and following suggestions made to me by the counseling team of Hope Rehab. When I arrived at Hope Rehab I was broken, completely beaten up, not only physically and mentally but spiritually as well. I guess 21 years of using and drinking would do that to a person. Now, today I am the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life still involved with Hope as a support worker and even though it has its own challenges is quiet possible the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Not only am I still involved but most importantly I am still clean and sober, enjoying life on life’s terms.
I am very grateful to Hope and the team for helping me get my life back together, so I have written a Hope rehab review. The idea of going to rehab had been going through my mind for sometime. I thought that I had hidden my drug life away from my wife and family.
I told her it was just the drink but she knew there was more to it. The lowest point of my drug using life was when I was caught smoking Meth (ice) at work. For years I’d been getting praise for my overtime and commitment to the job but things were beginning to fall apart. Meth was taking over my life and I was on the verge of losing everything
Mik Whitnall “BabyShambles”
Mik Whitnall here checking in! Thank you for everyone’s sincere words, I’ll never be able to thank you all enuf for giving me a chance at real life.
In the words of tammy Wynette “one day at a time……sweet Jesus ”
Special thanks to Simon and Alon and the team for taking care of me so well.
A bright star-month of Hope My thirty days in Thailand in treatment working with Simon as my counselor and the team was incredible: a bright star-month of hope, healing, and happiness against the backdrop of a dark, stormy sky of a drug-addicted life in New York City. I have been to four outpatient centers and three in-patient rehabs, and the Center in Thailand was so superior in many ways. Not only did it cost much less, the treatment and experience was overwhelmingly more effective, interesting and special - Cat Marnell NYC
Recovery at last
Having had the opportunity to have met Simon and Alon during my 3 and a half months of treatment, the only word that comes to mind is “GRATEFUL”.
These wonderful people made me feel so loved and cared for during my treatment.
Thanks to them i am today 6 months clean and still going strong. They didn’t give me a second chance in life, but a chance at a second life.
Much Love, Phil
I think that as an addict and alcoholic we were never helped by society, in Malaysia anyway… I did not get the help I heeded until I came to you and the team. I’m still addict and alcoholic I doing my recovery for my rest of life. As long as i don’t pick up drugs or drink, go meeting regularly, do my steps work, keep in touch with my sponsor and do service work then I will be fine. always think of “1 day at the time” now.
What do you think about our new rehab project. I think it is great, its good to have more rehab at everywhere, no matter how big or small your rehab as long as can help addicts and alcoholic are still suffer.
You really helped me Simon and give me chances so I am always greatful to you and look forward to seeing your new place.
Best luck to you and Alon for future and all people you will help.
I am excited to live NOW by Parice
I do not have to use today and I am not missing it...I missed me more and I am starting to find me again
Nearly 11 weeks at hope and I am sat on a Thai bus travelling back from a few days at the sober house. I used to struggle getting a bus in the Uk alone I hated to be alone I’d be anxious and it would trigger me to use. Yesterday I walked around Nong Nooch (tropical botanical garden) on my own buying soft drinks from drink stalls that also where selling a range of alcohol a few months ago I would have said fuck it I’m alone and I can get away with it but I am doing this for me now I choose not to drink because it creates a happier life for me. Read the rest of Parice story
I was in treatment at Hope in 2015. Henk was my counsellor. I am a lawyer that practices in finance in Canada and the US, which can be stressful. I was in a great deal of internal turmoil when I met Simon and Henk, not to mention denial. They helped me to see the level of my denial and how alcohol was affecting all aspects of my life and the underlying reasons, so that I could begin to heal, and helped create a plan for recovery. Alon was wonderful in showing me ways to still my mind through meditation in different forms such as sitting meditation and Tai Chi. I would highly recommend the new rehab project of Simon and Alon for anyone that feels they may need help with substance abuse or depression. I wish you luck and peace. KM
Grant's Recovery Story
I had to do something. I couldn’t deny the mess I was in any longer. It was then that I found Hope Rehab in Thailand. I felt desperate. I was 33 and alone with a bottle. The only solution I knew to control my desperation was alcohol. I am an alcoholic. I tried in vein to control my drinking - I needed to do this almost from the first moment I picked up a drink. Alcohol calmed the anxiety and fear that I had been living with my whole life. I had come to believe that it helped me through difficult situations. Really, I just hadn’t found the courage to look within and find the true source of my problems. Read more of Grants story
Recovery in the Kitchen
I’m a chef which means I don’t get to do recovery by the book, far from it, in actual fact my recovery pretty much breaks all the rules there are.
I’m constantly told to change careers but that’s easier said than done, I work with and around alcohol all day, I work with 2 functioning alcoholics who stink of booze and talk about drinking all day, my job is very stressful, I’m around heavy drinkers and drug users.
I don’t get to go to regular meetings because of the hours I work so I’ve had to botch together my own program.
I started with some, ‘Do your best and let the universe take care of the rest’ got some sticky tape and chewing gum and stuck on a bit of, ‘Life on life’s terms’ and, ‘One day at a time’, tied on some, ‘Distorted thought process control’ and, ‘Be aware of your triggers’ with a pair of old shoelaces, added a sprinkled of daily meditation and shoved a load of ‘Keep it simple’ in the gaps and there we have it, from an outsiders perspective she ain’t no looker but I’m pretty cosy inside, sometimes you’ve just got to use what you’ve got, I’ll admit it’s not perfect, I hit a few bumps along the way and bits fall off but that’s ok, it’s still trundling along and that’s what matters.