Why Choose Alcohol Rehab Treatment in Thailand?
Alcohol Rehab Treatment in Thailand is available and fast becoming the preferred option for many people. Even if you are the type of person who loves to go abroad, you may still feel a bit hesitant about coming to Thailand for addiction treatment. Spending your days on a tropical beach is one thing, but choosing the right solution for an alcohol problem is serious stuff, and you will only want to consider a quality program.
Foreigners have been coming to Thailand to seek help for their addiction problems since at least 1960s. Up until a decade ago, the only viable option would have involved staying at a temple such as Thamkrabok but now there are modern facilities like Hope Rehab. At out center, we combine the best of the Western evidence-based addiction treatments with the spiritual practices of the East (e.g. mindfulness).
Thailand is the perfect location for an alcohol treatment center. Not only is it a beautiful environment, where clients find it easier to blossom, but the generally low cost of living here makes it is possible to offer a high-quality program at a fraction of the cost of most other countries. The attractiveness of Thailand as a place to live also makes it easy for us to attract the best addiction professionals from around the world to come and work here.
Am I an Alcoholic? These Signs Indicate an Alcohol Problem:
Remember: Recognising and accepting you have an alcohol problem is the first step to resolving it, so well done and we hope this website about alcohol rehab treatment in Thailand will help.
It is not always obvious or easy to recognise when your drinking has progressed from recreational to problematic, however, if you use alcohol to cope or avoid negative feelings you are at risk.
Think about why you drink? Most people enjoy the mood altering effects of alcohol. Usually, the effects increase in the following order:
Euphoria – relaxing high
Excitement – loss of control
Confusion – uninhibited behaviour and mixed feelings
Stupor – loss of motor functions and balance
Coma – black outs and unconsciousness
Death – slowed respiratory system, alcohol poisoning
The alcohol intake activates the human reward system, so even though we should probably stop at the euphoria stage, many cannot or do not want too. The brain’s feel-good chemistry, a neurotransmitter is activated and plays an important role in motivation and reinforcement. We use the term “Hijacked” for the change that occurs in an alcoholic’s brain thus resulting in the unconscious or conscious compulsion to keep drinking despite the harmful consequences, to self or others.
Info: Family interventions are fast becoming the norm and coaching is now available on how to speak to your loved ones about an alcohol problem. Obvious signs there is a problem are:
Needing to drink unhealthy amounts
Getting into trouble due to drinking
Others criticising your drinking
Feeling guilty or embarrassed about drinking
Expats in Thailand with Alcohol Problems
The majority of our clients come from places like the UK, Australia, and the US, but we also regularly get expats coming to us for help. These are often people who never really had much of a problem with alcohol in their home country, but things spiralled out of control once they moved to Thailand.
There is a culture of heavy drinking among the expat community here in Thailand, and the consequences of this behaviour can be severe. There are regular news stories in the tourist towns like Pattaya and Chiang Mai about foreigners committing suicide or ending up in serious trouble and alcohol is usually involved. There is also now a growing number of homeless Westerners living in Thailand– these individuals are often dealing with a dual diagnosis of an alcoholism combined with a mental health problem.
Why Choose Hope Alcohol Rehab Treatment in Thailand?
Quality treatment at an affordable price
Small community where you will be treated as an individual
Holistic program that includes mindfulness therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, wellness therapy, and 12-step work
Real world recovery coaching – e.g. supported visits to local attractions, department stores, and restaurants
Individualised care planning
Unique local treatments such as mahasati meditation, traditional Thai massage, and Muay Thai training
Innovative aftercare program with options such as our sober (second-stage treatment) house, online meetings, mindfulness coaching, and recovery coaching
Hope Rehab Thailand offers you the perfect environment for transformation following alcohol addiction. Our center is located in a peaceful and discrete location in the hills overlooking the Sea of Siam.
If you would like to find out more about alcohol rehab treatment in Thailand, please contact us.
Whether you believe you are an alcoholic or an addict or a problem drinker, it really does not matter, as coming to alcohol rehab will help you clarify this and find a solution. Many factors could have triggered your alcohol condition, including genetic and your family history influences, which will be putting you roughly 50% more at risk. Stress and your psychological health are common activators in your environment, leading to self-medicating. You will discover more about this when completing assignment work in our alcohol rehab.
Note: If you develop withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking then you must see your doctor immediately.
Alcohol Rehab: How much? – How long? – How often?
Binge drinkers tend to take breaks, and for this reason, they believe they are in control however the reality is a bigger neurotransmitter boost when they excessively drink over a short period. The breaks in-between is recovery time and preparation for the next bout.
Dependent drinkers are physically addicted and sometimes need alcohol to stave off the withdrawal symptoms, and they develop ever-increasing tolerance over time. However, you don’t need to drink large amounts every day to be dependent as the psychological element is the enduring issue to contend with.
Early onset drinking is usually in teenage years and is considered to be a symptom of an underlying condition to do with brain chemistry. Depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other behavioural signs are also indicators there is a problem and therefore a predisposition to forming an addiction.
Late onset comes in middle age and can be a total surprise. It is often reactive i.e. triggered by a life-changing event such as bereavement or loss of a job, purpose and meaning. Also, it is possible to have all the traits of an addict without abusing a substance; this is helped by external control factors or other means to boost one’s brain chemistry, like workaholism or co-dependency. So the tendency to form an addiction is held at bay for long periods.
Dual Diagnosis describes having psychological conditions together with alcoholism, possibly as a form of self-medicating the former. What came first the chicken or the egg? Well, the only way to find out is by stopping the drinking so a clean assessment can be carried out.
Make a commitment to stop drinking and be sure to inform someone else who cares about you, so you are accountable, and you are more likely to succeed with support. Be prepared to take a break from your life and do whatever it takes to stay sober. If it helps then set a time period to review your commitment, so it does not feel too big and therefore impossible. Remember to get that valuable support as alcoholics are classically self-willed and self-reliant.
Pre-alcoholic – tolerance begins to develop but still functions, start drinking to feel better and deal with stress.
Early alcoholic – Start lying about drinking, an inability to resist.
Middle alcoholic – Missing work & social engagements, symptoms are becoming obvious, attempts to quit fail.
Late alcoholic – Health problems, sleep issues, all day drinking and withdrawal symptoms.
The Disease Theory was also proposed by Dr. Herbert Fingarette 1930, and has four criteria:
Ever increasing alcohol use with escalating problems
Involuntary continued drinking despite harmful effects
Medical intervention is required at some point
Can no longer be held responsible for actions when intoxicated
Why go to an Alcohol Rehab?
There is no cure for alcoholism or addiction; human beings are creatures of habit and breaking habits can be difficult. Interestingly a recent survey of Doctors and Nurses found that most of them also believe that they have no effective medical and healthcare treatments for alcoholism and addiction to offer, only alcohol rehab does.
Fact: Alcohol is the most widely abused substance or drug in the world.
The goal of treatment is to achieve abstinence as moderation so often fails, if you have tried cutting back, you already know this, and anyway abstinence and recovery for a given period makes good sense.
Treatment stages usually start with Detox for about one week, then on to primary Alcohol Rehab to stabilise for about a month. Next is the option for secondary to explore issues and then aftercare or halfway house for gentle reintegration. The process can take from 30 days to 90 days and should involve a disciplined daily structure.
Alcohol Detoxification starts by seeing the Doctor for screening and assessment, it usually lasts for about five days and is a medically assisted reduction plan using Benzodiazepines.
So if you feel you could benefit from alcohol rehab and would like to visit our center, or you wish to discuss any of the following:
Talk about your problem
Get a clinical assessment
Advice for you or the family
Help with travel arrangements
Clarify our refund terms
If you wish to speak to a professional psychologist or counsellor about your issues or to begin our admissions process, you can either provide your details by using one of the contact forms above or alternatively, you can contact us directly: