Cost of Rehab in Thailand
What to Expect When Paying for Addiction Treatment

With outstanding medical facilities and treatment akin to that in the US, the UK and Australia, Thailand is quickly becoming a popular choice for those considering inpatient drug and alcohol rehab. Thailand’s cost and service quality give the country an advantage over other rehab destinations, while also offering a variety of treatment programmes to choose from in lush tropical settings.

From budget treatment in a rural monastery, to a luxury rehab retreat in the secluded mountains of Chiang Mai, Thailand has options for everyone. While treatment services in the West tends to be prohibitively expensive, Thailand provides luxury rehabilitation options starting at just over $12,000 per month.

To help you with your decision, we have put together a comprehensive guide to treatments and rehab costs in Thailand.

Assessment

Prior to starting your actual treatment, you will undergo a preliminary phone assessment, free of charge. Our past clients have found this experience to be a great opportunity to learn more about the centre’s facilities, treatments, and medical professionals. This assessment will be the start of your journey, as your medical team will begin consolidating your treatment plan.
After your medical team has decided on the correct course of treatment, you will be assessed at the rehab centre to ensure you are both physically and mentally fit enough to cope with the rehabilitation process. They will also determine whether you need to undergo detox.

The cost of medical detox

(*Note that the term ‘detox’ has been understood among the general public to mean withdrawal process from substances, but certain drugs do not technically require medical detox)
Detoxification (commonly referred to as ‘detox’) is likely to be the first step you will undergo in rehab. The process entails your body being cleansed of all addictive toxins, so you can move on to the next stage of your treatment.

The medical team will need to take the following factors into account when assessing your need for a detox:

  • Which substances you are addicted to
  • The severity and length of your addiction
  • Your underlying mental health conditions
  • Your general physical health
  • And your ability to manage any potential withdrawal symptoms

Addiction to Central Nervous System Depressants (CNS) such as opioids and alcohol, requires a medical detox, as such a condition can be life-threatening when left untreated. Drug substitutes will be administered over a treatment course lasting up to 30 days.
People who are addicted to stimulant drugs (uppers) will most likely not need a detox. Withdrawal from uppers generally does not cause medical danger or intense discomfort. You will, however, have to undergo stabilisation for several days in order for your body to become accustomed to functioning without stimulants.

Onsite detox

Some mid to high-end rehabilitation facilities in Thailand offer onsite detox, which is included in the cost of the programme. However, it is best to check with your provider to find out if there will be any additional costs associated with the detox procedure.

Hospital-based detox

Some rehab centres in Thailand are not licenced to perform detox procedures, so you may have to be referred to a private hospital for treatment. Thai private hospitals usually charge $400 per day for a medical detox. While the length of treatment can vary, an average five-day detox in a mid-range hospital will cost about $2,000.

How long is detox?

Given this potential added cost from hospital care, it is worth considering the length of detox. This depends on numerous factors, including the type of addiction as well as your general health and mental well-being. Generally speaking, you can detox from most substances within seven days – although, you may still have cravings. Due to the nature of substances like heroin and opioids, however, the detox and withdrawal management process may take longer.

The list below shows the approximate duration of detox:

  • Alcohol detox 3–5 days
  • Opioid drugs 7–30 days
  • Heroin detox 5–30 days

Addiction treatment

The type of treatment will usually depend on the centre’s facilities and staff. Most inpatient rehab programmes in Thailand will offer a combination of psychological therapies, 12 step programmes, and holistic therapies. Some rehab centres also offer non-12 step alternatives, such as Smart Management and Recovery Training (SMART) and Moderation Management (MM).
The difference lies in the intensity of the rehab’s core programme and their ability to personalise the treatment process. Programmes that are designed on a case-by-case basis by experienced counsellors, medical professionals, and support staff will offer you the best chance of overcoming your addiction, but this type of service is also reflected in the price of care. Being able to partake in a tailored programme that personalises your treatment will ensure that you are effectively confronting your addiction and learning how to adapt to a life of sobriety.

Alternative therapy

As a world-class destination for health and well-being enthusiasts, many holistic rehabs in Thailand can offer additional therapies such as Tai Chi, meditation, yoga, and massage. Alternative therapies are a great way to bolster your treatment, as they can relieve physical discomfort and pain, which can be side effects of detox. Past clients have appreciated using this opportunity to develop new hobbies, which can continue to support them during the aftercare period.

Aftercare programme

As rehabilitation is only a small part of the recovery process, it is essential that you select a programme that offers an effective aftercare service. Most rehab centres in Thailand offer some form of aftercare support, such as online counselling sessions, referrals to local support groups, and remote drug testing and monitoring. These features are often included in the package, but additional recovery options such as sober living programmes will come at a cost.

The average cost of rehab in thailand

To give you a good idea of rehab in Thailand and its cost, we have put together a few examples of the different types of rehab available and their prices.
  • Accommodation options vary between single and shared rooms. You will have to pay further costs if you wish to switch to a more spacious and comfortable type of accommodation, but many clients appreciate the upgrade.
  • Most low-cost rehab options will lack basic resort facilities like swimming pools and fitness centres.
  • It is unlikely your treatment plan will be personalised; however, you will still benefit from a range of treatment approaches, including group counselling as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
  • Affordable rehab options are very popular in Thailand, as they offer great value compared to their Western equivalents. 
  • Expect to be housed in resort-style facilities with access to a swimming pool, a fitness centre, and recreational spaces. 
  • You will receive a good standard of medical care and a range of treatments.
  • Set within quiet and peaceful sanctuaries in far-flung corners of the country, luxury rehab options in Thailand are becoming increasingly popular with international clients. 
  • Treatment programmes are applied in surroundings similar to five-star resorts, with outdoor pavilions, swimming pools, fitness centres, libraries, spas, and a host of other high-end amenities.
  • Expect to benefit from personalised treatment programmes that incorporate cutting-edge and alternative methods of treatment.
  • Certain monastery rehab in Thailand offer alternative forms of addiction treatment for free or for a small donation. 
  • This down-to-earth experience will see you staying in basic dormitory style accommodation without access to air conditioning or hot water.
  • Treatment at these temples is unregulated and generally not recommended by medical professionals.

Sober living houses

In addition to regular residential rehab programmes, there are numerous secondary treatment options available around Thailand, with many clients drawn to the tourist region around Chiang Mai. Located in the far north of Thailand and offering a more down-to-earth experience, Chiang Mai has long been popular with those looking to get back on their feet after experiencing rehab.
Some rehab centres offer their own ‘step-down’ programmes to ensure that you are fully fit and ready to return to a normal life. For many, sober living programmes are the perfect stepping-stone to a life of sobriety. Clients will typically be placed in a shared house and undergo less-intensive therapy and counselling, as they move towards independence and lasting recovery.

The costs of sober living programmes

The costs of sober living programmes vary, but low-cost options start at $1,000 a month and can go up to $3,000. Higher-end sober living programmes begin at $3,500 per month. Once you have finished your inpatient programme or secondary treatment, you can also attend extra addiction counselling sessions. Personalised one-on-one counselling sessions will cost between $70–$100 for 60 minutes.

Assessing the benefits & costs of rehab in Thailand

Deciding to tackle your addiction and enter rehab can be a difficult decision, especially when looking at the financial commitment it requires. With so many treatment options to choose from, the low cost of rehab in Thailand makes it very popular for those seeking high-quality treatment at a very good value.
Be diligent and do your homework in advance. Some programmes that are advertised as all-inclusive may include extra charges that you were not aware of and have not budgeted for. When these costs start adding up, budget rehabs may end up being just as costly as mid-range/affordable options.
Among those who don’t take the time to do proper research in advance, many people often regret their initial programme choice, and end up changing rehabs during the course of their treatment. It is essential that you access the treatment you need and deserve, so we recommend ensuring that you are fully informed of every little detail (inclusions and exclusions) before enrolling in a treatment programme.
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If you are considering rehab in Thailand, and want to learn more about programmes and costs, call us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced clinical counsellors.

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Brett Thornton
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