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 behaviour 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.
Our retention* and completion rates are high when compared to most rehab facilities in the west. The majority of our clients 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 a testament to the passion and commitment of our team.
*the term “Retention Rate” is jargon for those clients that enroll for a course of treatment and stay to the very end, e.g. a one month program.
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.
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% of clients choose this program
Most of our guests book into Hope and choose the one month option, to begin with. However, the majority decide to stay on for six 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.
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 32 beds since opening in late 2013. This growth has meant building new accommodations 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.
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, it’s recovering addicts I listen to as being in abstinence-based recovery is the most healing and reduces the risk of death.
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.
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 and drinking for good, so people who do try to use or drink again after report “the drugs don’t work anymore”.
We provide all the resources you need to change at Hope – our intensive program includes one 2 hour group (and sometimes two 1 hour groups) per day as well as 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 it’s wise to take his advice. If you don’t follow the treatment recommendations, it is hardly surprising if you don’t get better.
Reports and research have for a long time confirmed the effectiveness of residential treatment program 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 centers 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 yourself? 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.
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 is 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.
Alcohol treatment clients 42%
Drug (all substances) addiction treatment clients 50%
Medication cessation clients 8%
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%
Be very careful of misinformation and 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.
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.
Journalist Dean Cornish visits Hope Rehab Center and the Vomiting Temple Thamprabok – comparing Western and old traditional approaches. A very interesting film as it is looking at how a shortage of treatment is driving many to turn to Thailand for help. The program follows two clients through treatment and gives you an idea of what to expect.
Australia has the third highest rate of ice use in the world, with more than 70,000 dependent users, and government adverts have been showing the shocking effect methamphetamine can have.
Yet an increasing number are turning to immediate treatment in Thailand rather than join the waiting list for rehab at home.
“I need to be grateful for the Australian Government for not providing adequate treatment,” says the founder of the Hope Rehab Center, Simon Mott. “We’ve been able to build a strong foundation of having a lot of clients come from Australia.”
Dateline’s story features Australian resident, Courtney Hutchings who had been using ice for seven years before seeking rehab in Thailand (he is also former FIFO mining worker). He feels the Hope clinic was his last resort. Cameras are rarely allowed in, but Courtney lets Dateline follow his journey. The treatment at Hope is more traditionally Western than at the Vomit Temple and costs around $10,000 for the one-month program.
Courtney sought assistance for his ice obsession, after losing his pursuit and his wife, while injecting daily until he came to Hope. “When she found my box of needles, that was one of the worst things that I’ve ever had to explain,” he says of the moment his mom detected his addiction. “Went downhill pretty bad… threw my job in, my wife kicked me out,” Courtney added.
With a baby on an approach in six weeks a NSW male pronounced a hospital is his final hope and is unfortunate to flog his addiction. His mom Julie also spoke to SBS, a revelation of a suspense she suffered training of her son’s debilitating habit.
With many Western nations struggling to know what to do with their drug addicts, a warm country with a favourable exchange rate seems like an excellent place to get clean – and private rehab clinics are doing a roaring trade.
Hope Rehab Center is one of them, and I’m on my way there to meet Courtney – a 30-year-old ice addict from New South Wales – to follow him for Dateline’s story.
Courtney wants to get clean, but his family has been told that it’ll take seven months to get him into rehab in Australia. A person could die in that time, his mum tells me, so they raided their retirement fund and sent him here quick smart.
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 center; Hope Rehab, he has seen a dramatic rise in Rehab Tourism. He said that he has seen a three-fold increase in the number of Australians 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 center. 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 center; he had previously completed a program 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 % (of clients) complete treatment and 50 % 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 counselling 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’.”