Rehab Options in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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The Need for Addiction Help in Ho Chi Minh City

Are you a Vietnamese national or an expat looking for addiction help in Ho Chi Minh City? It can be incredibly difficult to manage a substance abuse problem without appropriate support, so seeking out this type of assistance is definitely a move in the right direction. If you have a serious addiction problem (i.e. it is interfering with your ability to maintain your work, family or social commitments), you will likely benefit from an inpatient treatment program.

Drug abuse has become a serious issue in Ho Chi Minh City despite the risk of severe penalties for those who are caught (e.g. getting arrested for in possession of even a small amount of heroin can mean receiving the death penalty). In 2012, the official statistics suggested around 171,000 drug users locally, but the actual number is likely to be much higher. Opiate addiction has long been a scourge in HCM, but in recent years, it has been methamphetamine abuse that is causing most concern.

The most commonly abused drugs in Ho Chi Minh include:

• Heroin
• Crystal meth/methamphetamine
• Opium
• Alcohol
• Marijuana/cannabis
• Ketamine
• Ecstasy


Addiction Help Resources in Ho Chi Minh City

The prevailing attitude in Vietnam seems to be that drug users are ‘bad people’ and so the usual approach to dealing with those in need of help has been punishment (e.g. drug users are sent to do hard labor rather than supported in an appropriate rehab environment). There is now a consensus among medical experts around the world that addiction is disease, so treating victims of this condition as criminals is a bit barbaric – it also doesn’t work as the reality of a worsening problem proves.

Unfortunately, addiction help resources in Ho Chi Minh are depressingly limited, but you can get some support by attending a self-help group such as:

Alcoholics Anonymous Vietnam
Narcotics Anonymous Vietnam

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A Viable Alternative to Addiction Help Options in Vietnam

Hope Rehab Thailand can provide you with an internationally recognized addiction treatment program that includes cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness therapy, wellness therapy, and 12 step work. Our facility is less than an hour away from Bangkok International Airport (Suvarnabhumi), and you can fly to there from Ho Chi Minh City in about 90 minutes.

At Hope Rehab you will be treated with dignity and respect. We provide a nurturing and supportive environment, and we will do our best to make you feel fully part of our community. Almost all of the members of our team have a personal history of overcoming drug addiction – so we will have a good understanding of the challenges you will be facing.