Alcohol is a powerful drug that can have intense physiological effects. When someone who is alcohol dependent abruptly stops drinking, alcohol withdrawal can cause serious physical symptoms. To safely treat those symptoms, medically supervised alcohol detox may be required. If you’re in need of this treatment, undergoing alcohol detox in Thailand can be an important first step on your journey towards sobriety, recovery, and wellness.
Why choose Chiang Mai for alcohol detox retreat
Thailand is a top medical tourism destination, and our alcohol detox retreat is highly affordable. Once you’ve completed detox, you’ll be able to enjoy the many perks of our rehab in Chiang Mai. Hesten Hill Rehab is located at an ideal setting, with Chiang Mai providing a picturesque backdrop for your recovery. As part of our programme, we also offer offsite excursions to Chiang Mai’s many renowned tourist attractions. A stay at Hesten Hill Rehab combines comprehensive addiction treatment with a luxury vacation to one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
Alcohol withdrawal and detox
Alcohol withdrawal occurs among heavy drinkers who abruptly stop consuming alcohol. The side effects of alcohol withdrawal are varied and should be taken very seriously, as they can range from mild to life-threatening. Withdrawal generally begins about six hours after the last drink is consumed. Mild symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, abdominal discomfort, vomiting, depression, and mood swings. Oftentimes, these symptoms abate within 24 hours.
In more severe cases, however, withdrawal can extend beyond 24 hours and lead to:
- rapid breathing
- and increased body temperature and heart rate
In the most dangerous cases, alcohol withdrawal can lead to delirium tremens – a serious condition that involves high fever, hallucinations, and seizures. If any of these more serious symptoms should occur, hospitalization is often required. Undergoing a detox under medical supervision can help mitigate the symptoms. A range of medications can lessen the adverse of effects of withdrawal, while vitamins, minerals, and supplements can help the body heal itself.
Detox – the first stage of treatment
Alcohol detox, as the name suggests, simply means ridding the body of the toxins associated with drinking. Yet even when a person successfully completes detox, their alcoholism is not cured. Far from it. Detox is just the first step, to be followed by primary and then secondary treatment (optional). If you undergo detox and then enter a comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation programme, you will set yourself forward on a path to a better life, free from the trappings of alcohol addiction.
Comprehensive alcohol detox programme
Prior to your arrival, we will discuss the state of your alcohol addiction with you to determine whether you will need to go through a detox period. Upon your arrival at Hesten Hill Rehab, our onsite doctor will give you a thorough physical and mental health examination. After that, you will receive an additional mental health assessment from our onsite psychiatrist.
In the most serious cases, detox is carried out at the Chiang Mai Ram hospital – our partner and one of the leading medical institutions in Thailand. In most other cases, detox is carried out at our onsite alcohol detox clinic. We will design a detox plan for you and carefully monitor your progress with regular doctor visits, along with 24-hour nursing.
Management of withdrawal symptoms
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe, if left untreated. We will monitor you closely, carefully administer medication as needed, and make sure we are doing everything we can to alleviate your symptoms.
Withdrawal from alcohol can also cause vitamin and mineral deficiency. Nutrition is crucial to your recovery, so we will provide you with a nutrition and supplement plan based upon your blood work. As you get stronger, we will feed you progressively hearty meals. After a week, most of your symptoms will have abated and you will be ready to start the next stage of your treatment.
Alcohol addiction treatment
Our alcohol rehab in Thailand treats both the primary addiction itself and the underlying causes that led you to self-medicate with alcohol. We use cognitive behavioural and dialectical behaviour therapy to help you learn how to break unhealthy patterns of thinking, while we also teach you the most effective coping mechanisms.
Trauma is often a major contributor to alcohol addiction. To help you examine and cope with traumatic events from your past, we use eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing, as well as trauma release exercises.
By addressing both your current condition and the events in your past that led you to where you are now, you will gain a better understanding of yourself – and become better prepared to face future challenges on your journey to recovery.
Relapse prevention and aftercare
Your time at our alcohol detox clinic in Thailand is just the beginning of your journey to wellness. The first few weeks and months after you return home are extremely important, which is why we provide you with extensive relapse prevention strategies. As part of our aftercare programme, we also offer individual and group online counselling sessions. We want to make sure you continue the progress you made with us, and we will continue to support you long after you leave our treatment centre.
The holistic approach
At Hesten Hill Rehab, we offer a wide range of holistic treatments and activities that are designed to bolster the gains you make from our core treatments, while strengthening your body, mind, and spirit.
Our holistic elements include:
- Mindfulness meditation
- Spa therapy
- Art therapy
- Aqua therapy
- Workouts with a personal trainer
- Muay Thai training
- Offsite excursions
Why Hesten Hill Rehab offers the best alcohol detox in Thailand
It is highly recommended that you undergo detox at an inpatient facility. That way, once your physical symptoms have abated, the underlying causes of your addiction can be treated as well.
At our inpatient rehab facility in Thailand, Hesten Hill Rehab offers full detox treatment, with 24-hour nursing and regular visits from our onsite doctor throughout the detox period. Once detox is completed, we will work closely with you to design a treatment programme that meets your specific needs and gives you the highest likelihood of a full recovery.
Generally, a stay at our inpatient facility lasts a minimum of 28 days. During that time, our professional and empathetic staff will guide you through detox, therapy, and holistic treatments, all as part of our comprehensive programme.
Our unique services
- 24/7 nursing
- A full medical team, including an onsite doctor, a psychologist, and a psychiatrist
- A maximum occupancy of 6 beds
- A personalised nutrition and supplement plan based on your blood work
- À la carte meals
- A tailored treatment programme
- A private counsellor and a personal recovery coach
- Individual therapy four times per week (the highest number of sessions among rehabs in Thailand)
How much does our alcohol detox in Thailand cost?
Hesten Hill Rehab’s treatment programme is all-inclusive. The fees cover alcohol detox, medications, accommodations, meals, intensive individual therapy, group therapy, holistic therapy, and offsite excursions. We offer luxury treatment at an affordable price. Please contact us for more information about pricing and payment plans.
Are you ready to set out on the path to recovery?
Alcohol addiction can be very challenging to overcome. Fortunately, help is available. Hesten Hill Rehab is committed to guiding you through every step of your recovery. Contact us today to speak with one of our addiction experts. They will answer any questions you may have, so you can determine if alcohol detox in Thailand is right for you.