Cheap Rehab in Thailand Does It Get the Job Done?
Cheap Rehab Centres: Understanding the Basics
Leaving aside luxury rehab centres entirely, even the cost of standard treatment can be prohibitive for many people suffering from substance addiction. Indeed, research conducted by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has concluded that financial considerations are the most common reason why people with substance abuse issues do not obtain assistance.
Thailand: A Pleasant and Affordable Destination for Recovery
What Cheap Rehab in Thailand is Like
A unique exception can be found at Tham Krabok, a Buddhist monastery in Thailand which provides free addiction recovery services (although food must be paid for, and an additional donation is welcomed). The catch is that the monastery’s methods are highly unorthodox and unappealing to many people.
What cheap Inpatient rehab entails
Treatment centres are able to cut costs by eliminating extras – but it is important to understand that beyond a certain price point, they must begin cutting corners even on core services. Cheap rehab options in Thailand tend to reduce hiring costs (thereby lowering the quality of services), provide fewer and less experienced foreign staff, and eliminate onsite medical support. They may also employ staff who are not professionally licensed or lack adequate experience in the field of addiction treatment.
Whereas more well-rounded addiction treatment centres provide experienced counsellors and clinicians who deliver a wide variety of tailored treatment options with modern equipment, cheaper facilities are considerably less flexible in their offerings.
Highly related to the facility’s staff-to-client ratio. Most cheap rehab facilities only offer a handful of counsellors and therapists. More staff means higher prices, due to salary expenses
Although the cost will be higher, you will be better off choosing a primary inpatient rehab option if you are in need of medical support or intensive care. Similarly, if you suffer from co-occurring mental health issues or severe addiction issues, cheap rehab options may not be right for you. Co-occurring disorders add complexity to assessment, diagnosis, treatment and recovery – and a high level of clinical support and targeted intervention are necessary to tackle these specific needs.
It is worth stressing the danger of letting higher cost dissuade you from seeking appropriate treatment you need. Each year, many people choose the cheapest rehab option without really understanding that “cheap” doesn’t mean “best” when it comes to drug and alcohol rehabilitation. So we always recommend finding out more about any rehab centre – especially those that focus on how cheap their prices are – before committing to it.
pros and cons of CHEAP REHAB FACILITIES IN THAILAND
- Highly affordable, with rates of less than US$5,000 per month. Some have a sponsorship programme and/or require small donations
- Cheaper costs mean you can stay longer, which often translates to a higher chance of recovery
- Basic services are provided, including daily meals, laundry and cleaning, letting you focus on recovery without any additional practical worries
- A fascinating country for visitors, Thailand offers plenty of opportunity for exploration outside of the rehab experience
- No onsite medical detox facilities to assist with drug and alcohol withdrawal
- Inability to provide the full continuum of care
- Basic accommodation and minimal amenities may be uncomfortable for some
- Healthy food options may be limited; good Western food may be difficult to find
- Minimal or no access to complementary holistic therapies
- Clients may be required to do communal chores or service work
- No opportunities for adventure trips or cultural excursions
Should You Seek Treatment at a Cheap Rehab?
- Have low income
- Have a mild addiction that does not require detox
- Do not require “as needed” medication or overnight support
- Are comfortable with basic accommodation
- Have general mental health issues that do not require intensive/psychological care
- Do not have complex dual disorders
- Have completed primary treatment and/or gone through detox, and are looking for something less intensive
- Department of Health & Human Services. “Dual Diagnosis.” State Government of Victoria, Department of Health & Human Services, 29 May 2015, https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/mental-health/practice-and-service-quality/specialist-responses/dual-diagnosis.
- “Laws and Regulations.” SAMHSA, 7 May 2019, https://www.samhsa.gov/about-us/who-we-are/laws-regulations.