by Simon Mott
It can be dangerous to focus too much on rehab treatment statistics when we are still caught up in addiction. The worry is that the part of our brain that supports the behavior could then latch on to the negative and filter out the positive – this then justifies continuing using and drinking.
We are committed to openness and transparency at Hope Rehab Thailand, and we would like to provide you with some numbers and facts related to our track record in treating addiction. We value integrity above all else, and we will not give promises we can’t keep or make claims we are unable to back up with facts. If anything, we play down our achievements. My team is made up of committed professionals (almost all with their own history of escaping addiction) who are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty – this commitment means we get above average results.
“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity” Douglas Adams
Our retention and completion rates are high when compared to most rehab facilities in the west. The majority of our client request to stay longer than a month and many go on to stay at our Sober-Living facility close by – some even become volunteers and remain in Thailand long-term. Overall, clients tend to stay with us for longer than they initially planned, and this is testament to the passion and commitment of our team .
The Numbers at Hope Rehab
Note; Results are based on sampling from our aftercare program and subject to changes as they are updated. Some clients choose not to engage after treatment for specific reasons which we respect. These numbers compare more favourably to western based rehabs. Our positive outcomes are much higher than an average treatment facility due to the intense program and high level of support together with a combination of extra activities we can offer being based in Thailand. Results depend on individuals commitment and ability to implement the recommended changes in their lives.
*the term “Retention Rate” is jargon for those clients that enroll for a course of treatment and stay to the very end, eg a one month program.
- Hope Rehab Retention rate overall 97.5 % (compared western Average 50%) NTA report
- Client extension beyond one month are 73%
- Program sober-living facility continuation after primary 40%
- Positive outcome and completion rate at Hope primary 97.5%
Duration of program, starting with the most popular
- Hope primary two months stays 55% of clients remain longer (most popular program)
- Hope primary one month stay 27% of clients choose this program
- Three months plus at Hope primary 18% (usually for more damaged clients)
Most of our guests book into Hope and choose the one month option to begin with, however the majority decide to stay on for 6 weeks or two months. We think that as they recognize the process they make in the first month, they want more. the positive outcomes or results are as follows;
- One month after leaving Hope Rehab and still in recovery, approx 85%
- Still In recovery after leaving Hope Rehab for three months, approx 70%
- In recovery after leaving Rehab for six months approx 60%
- Twelve months still recovering approx 50% (compared western average 20%) NTORS outcomes
Important note: The difference in results between one month stays and two month stays is significant, although we have not published specific numbers. However you may notice that the majority of our clients opt for a second month and this is probably why we have such a high success rate overall.
Quote: “Long-term rehab for long-term results”
Hope’s online Aftercare stats
Of those clients who remain engaged in Hope’s “private online aftercare group” approximately 92% are clean and sober. Although most clients sign up to the online aftercare group before leaving treatment, those who relapse usually disengage and leave the group. It is obvious from these stats that those who pursue aftercare are more likely to stay in recovery.
Demand for Hope Rehab’s service has increased dramatically and we have grown from 10 beds to 20 beds since opening in late 2013. This growth has meant building new accommodation from scratch. Our performance has been outstanding as a small operation and our reputation is unparalleled given our low charges and cost to the user.
New room’s being built due to demand
Hope Rehab is a lifestyle enterprise designed to support and strengthen the recovery of each member of our team while also helping as many people as possible along the way – our main concern is not about making money. Paul. G
Although data helps by giving us a picture of what works, we still lack comprehensive research in the area of treatment. So much research lacks integrity and is linked to the pharmaceutical industry or harm reductionists. Personally its recovering addicts I listen to as being in abstinence based recovery is the most healing and reduces risk of death.
Relapse can happen
We need to be honest here because relapse is a real possibility after rehab – there are no guarantees and any treatment program that implies otherwise is being deceptive. The good news is that even if a person does relapse following treatment, it is not necessarily the end of the world (although it is always a major setback and needs to be avoided at all costs) – a client will not unlearn all the lessons or completely lose all the progress they made while at Hope Rehab.
“Having been to Hope Rehab your using will never be the same again” Maria Rogers Therapist
We do however teach our clients what to do if they do relapse and how to get back on board the life raft of recovery quickly. You cannot unlearn all the valuable lessons that you gained at Hope Rehab so recovery is inevitable anyway. The program spoils your using for good, so people who do try to use again after report “the drugs don’t work anymore” or drink.
We provide all the resources you need to change at Hope – our intensive program includes 3 groups per day and multiple counselling sessions per week. Clients only relapse if they ignore the advice given to them during the course of treatment. If your doctor tells you to follow a particular treatment to cure a serious illness then its wise to take his advice, if you don’t follow the treatment recommendations, it is hardly surprising if you don’t get better.
Hope Rehab quality assurance and integrity
Reports and research have for a long time confirmed the effectiveness of residential treatment programmes like ours, indicating that Rehab is more effective than any other method of treatment and that a client’s length of stay is also a factor in succeeding. Read more on the topic of the role of residential rehab in an integrated drug treatment system.
If you work our program at Hope Rehab, and follow our suggestions and take all our advice, then Hope Rehab can help you recover from addiction and alcoholism, however we cannot completely cure you from the disease of addiction (ASAM)
We do not claim to have a cure because that is impossible, also the term “de-addiction” is misleading. Some centres use these terms and other vague terms like holistic, or CBT, or non-12-step to sell a soft option to scared clients.
E.g. a mindfulness rehab cannot teach you to drink mindfully. I have even heard Doctors claim they can medicate addiction away.
I always say why limit yourselves, 12 steps = 12 tools, plus mindfulness, plus fitness, plus CBT and whatever else you may benefit from.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published results for studies from the Atlas entitled ATLAS on Resources for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders found that addiction to alcohol cause the untimely death of a staggering 2.5 million people the world over each year.
There is Hope in Recovery
- Everyday over 1,000,000 people seek treatment for alcohol or drug addiction
- At least one-third of these alcoholics or addicts find recovery
- There are more than 115,000 Alcoholics Anonymous groups in the world
- There are more than 65,000 Narcotics Anonymous groups in the world
Hope Rehab Evidenced based treatment model (research project match )
The majority of Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction across the world use the 12 step program (NIDA)together with psycho-therapy such as CBT (NIDA), this because it works so well and is evidenced based, so some businessmen have set up alternative treatments to take advantage of people with understandable resistance to AA or NA, as the God thing, also abstinence and meeting attendance do put some people off. Recent research offers compelling support for the effectiveness of Twelve Step-based treatment.
Below is our clients attendance figures, who, where from and what for 2015
- Alcohol treatment clients 42%
- Drug (all substances) addiction treatment clients 50%
- Medication cessation clients 8%
- Meth/Ice 35%
International client base at Hope Rehab Thailand
Clients come from UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Asia, Australia, USA, Canada and Europe – they all share the same common goal: to recover and find a solution to their difficulties. We get a mix of all age groups, sex’s, cultures, professions and substances which makes for a realistic and interesting experience and therapeutic community.
- Australian clients 40%
- UK clients 35%
- Other western countries 15%
- Asia clients 10%
- Females 43%
- Male 57%
Be very careful of misinformation, scare tactics for various reasons. There seems to be a deluge of anti-12 step rhetoric out there, usually because of an alternative agenda, professionals feeling threatened by addicts helping addicts or due to ignorance( i.e. not having even been to a twelve step meeting.) I always say, do it right this time, and you won’t have to do it all over again next time.
Media report: Rehab Stats Thailand 2015
As the medical tourism industry grows, Thailand is becoming an increasingly popular choice for addiction rehabilitation treatment.
Last year about 2.5 million foreign tourists visited Thailand for medical services. An estimated number of around 1300 entered rehabs to treat drug or alcohol addictions, eating disorders, or depression. There are five private western treatment centers now operating in Thailand with a total of 130 beds.
Simon Mott runs the private rehab, Hope Rehab Center Thailand, he has worked in the Thai Rehab industry for five years. Since starting his own centre; Hope Rehab, he has seen a dramatic rise in Rehab Tourism. He said that he has a seen a three-fold increase in the number of Australian’s seeking treatment in Thailand.
Price plays a large role in people choosing Thailand over western countries for treatment. As Simon said: “Cost is a factor in more ways than one, meaning it is not just cheaper but you get much more for your money…”
The average price for a four-week stay in Australia ranges from $15,000 for basic to $30,000 for a high end centre. Compare this with the cost of $10.000 at Hope in Thailand.
Dominic, an advertising executive, from Sydney admits that cost was a consideration when choosing a centre; he had previously completed a programme at a high-end rehab in Australia. He said: “Thailand offers comparable if not better treatment for around a third of the cost, even allowing for flights.”
Simon believes that rehabs in Thailand can have a much better success rate than in Australia. He said: “For example 95 per cent (of clients) complete treatment and 50 percent stay clean and sober long term.” Compare this with official figures from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Abuse (NTA), which found just over a third (36%) dropped out of residential centers in the UK in 2014, which is probably similar in Australia.
Of course the demographics of people entering publicly funded rehabs in Australia and the UK compared to Thailand, may be different as they have many referrals from local authorities whereas in Thailand stays are usually self-funded or paid by medical insurance.
However simon Mott states that “Addiction is a great leveler and the issues that arise from it are similar no matter what social group you come from, social alienation, sickness and death”
Dominic believes that more significant is the environment i.e. the weather may play an important part. “I think being in a hot country was beneficial as a successful program needs to treat physical and general wellbeing in addition to the mental counseling aspect,” says Dominic.
Dominic adds that by getting treatment in Thailand he was able to protect his privacy, “Going to Thailand allowed convenient time zones so I could catch up with work and be available for calls. The weekend excursions or activities allowed me to return home with some photos and stories from my ‘holiday’.”
Last Resort Rehab SBS Dateline -Australian addicts in Thailand