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Alcohol addiction & mental health issues
Underlying mental health conditions – such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), bi-polar disorder, depression or anxiety – can lead to or exacerbate alcohol addiction. The National Bureau of Economic Research found that mental illness increases the chances of a person becoming addicted to alcohol by 20 percent. Often people will get help for their alcohol addiction, while at the same time failing to seek support for their underlying mental health conditions. This kind of an incomplete approach to treatment can lead to higher rates of relapse. For successful alcohol rehabilitation, co-occurring conditions like PTSD and anxiety need to be addressed during treatment.
When should you seek alcohol rehabilitation
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder-5 (DSM-5), a set of 11 factors determines the diagnosis of an alcohol use disorder and its severity grade. People with 2-3 symptoms are considered to have a mild alcohol use disorder, whereas 4-5 symptoms would indicate a moderate severity. If a person meets at least 6 or more of the symptoms, they are considered to have a severe alcohol use disorder, or an alcohol addiction.
- Increased frequency or quantity of use than intended
- Impaired control over alcohol use, or unsuccessful efforts to cut down
- Devoting a lot of time to drinking and recovering
- Persistent desire for alcohol and needing to consume to get through the day
- Failing to meet work, family, or social obligations
- Continued alcohol use despite negative impacts on relationships
- Losing interests in other hobbies and activities
- Engaging in risky or dangerous behaviours
- Continued alcohol use despite negative effects on physical and emotional health
- Increased tolerance for alcohol
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, restlessness etc.
Alcohol rehab settings: outpatient vs inpatient
Outpatient alcohol rehab
Such programmes may be a good fit if you have work or family obligations, and your addiction has not yet progressed to an advanced stage. Outpatient care may be used as a “step up” on the way to a residential rehab programme, or alternatively as a “step down” from residential rehab. Either way, this approach to alcohol rehabilitation is significantly less expensive than the inpatient option, while requiring you to exercise your own self-restraint by avoiding exposure to addictive substances outside the facility.
Inpatient alcohol rehab
Despite these features, it is worth noting that not all inpatient care facilities offer the same services. Some alcohol rehab facilities provide both detox and addiction treatment, while others offer detox alone with addiction treatment provided elsewhere. Moreover, the range of individual treatments may vary significantly between one inpatient care centre and the next. Price is also highly variable between inpatient centres, with some facilities choosing to focus on luxury while others prioritise affordability.
What happens inside thailand's alcohol rehab clinics
How long is inpatient alcohol rehab?
Long-term rehab means higher success rate
Research shows that long term rehab programmes (usually 90 days or longer) are more successful at helping people stay sober than other types of addiction treatment. Staying in rehab for a longer period of time allows you to:
- Avoid distractions at home and negative influences
- Attend more therapy sessions in order to resolve the deeper issues that are behind your addiction
- Learn the skills needed to resist alcohol use, and replace it with constructive and rewarding activities
- Make time for your body to repair itself physically from the effects of alcohol, and restore healthy sleeping and eating patterns
How much does private alcohol rehab cost?
Generally, the price tag for treatment is:
- Detox: $4,000 – $7,000 for 7 days
- Standard inpatient rehab: $8,000 – $30,000 for 30 days
- Luxury inpatient rehab: $40,000 – $100,000 for 30 days
- Intensive outpatient programmes (IOPs): $3,000 – $7,000 for 7 days
Affordable Alcohol Rehab in Thailand
Benefits of private alcohol rehab in Thailand
Private Thai rehab centres are much more affordable than their counterparts in the UK, Australia and the USA – even considering travel costs. Yet there are plenty of other reasons to choose Thailand as your alcohol rehab destination. In Thailand, you’ll get:
- Physical distance from enablers, triggers and stressors
- A relaxing holiday setting with access to resort-style accommodation – perfect for recovery
- A wide range of holistic therapies such as mindfulness meditation, yoga and massage
- Secular 12-step treatment that has been adapted to treat international clients from around the world
- A complete change of environment, which has been shown to increase success rates for recovery
- Opportunities to go on adventure trips and cultural excursions you’d never experience at home
- Quality treatment that meets international standards
- A longer period of treatment for the same budget; staying in treatment for an extended period of time gives the best chance of success
- A variety of rehab options – with beachside and mountain settings, private and shared accommodation, and a choice between budget and luxury rehab facilities
- An extra layer of privacy and anonymity while dealing with deeply personal issues
- “Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM–IV and DSM–5.” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 26 June 2019, www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-use-disorder-comparison-between-dsm.
- “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5).” American Psychiatric Association, www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/dsm.
- NIDA. “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition).” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 17 Jan. 2018, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition. Accessed 1 Feb. 2020.
- Bussing-Birks, Marie. Mental Illness and Substance Abuse, The National Bureau of Economic Research, www.nber.org/digest/apr02/w8699.html.