Opioid Rehab in Thailand

Opioid addiction can devastate your physical and mental health if left untreated. If you’ve developed a dependency to opioids, you might feel that there is no way out of your struggle. However, quality professional help is available. Joining an opioid rehab programme will help you overcome your addiction and enable you to lead a healthy, addiction-free life.

There are numerous opioid rehab centres to choose from in Western countries but finding an ideal one can be challenging. The best private rehab centres are often highly expensive, and public programmes often have long waiting lists. Joining an opioid rehab programme in Thailand is a viable alternative, as world-class treatment is available at affordable prices.

At Hesten Hill Rehab, we provide comprehensive and holistic treatment for opioid addiction from our state-of-the-art rehab facilities in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. If you’re ready to overcome your addiction and begin your recovery journey, we will support you through every step of the way.


What are opioids?

Opioids are a class of drugs that are derived from the opium poppy plant. They are widely used by doctors as anaesthetics and pain-killers. Popular opioids include morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, Vicodin, heroin and many others. Some are legally obtainable in several countries via a medical prescription, while others are trafficked illegally.

Opioid pills can be swallowed, crushed up and snorted, or mixed with water and injected intravenously. Users experience feelings of warmth, relaxation, and euphoria after taking the drug. However, abusing opioids can have myriad detrimental effects on both the mind and body.

Opioid addiction and abuse

Many people become addicted to opioids after being given a prescription for them. They then continue to refill that prescription even after their initial condition has been resolved. For instance, people who have recovered from an injury complain that they are still in pain when they are actually not, thus allowing them to obtain more prescribed opioids.

People who abuse opioids can experience several effects similar to alcohol abuse, such as slow heart-rate and pulse, nausea, and slurred speech.

Prolonged abuse of opioids will eventually lead to a deterioration of physical health and psychological behaviour. Abusers are unable to complete simple tasks and exhibit abnormal social patterns. Opioid overdose can lead to heart attacks or liver failure, and are often fatal in severe cases.

Outpatient vs inpatient opioid rehab programmes

It’s always hard to recover from any form of addiction, but expert help is readily available. Various treatment programmes are offered for opioid addiction rehab, such as detoxification, medication-assisted treatment, behavioural therapy, personal counselling, group counselling, support group sessions, and many more. Outpatient and inpatient treatment can both be effective in identifying and working through underlying issues of opioid addiction. However, outpatient programmes can be somewhat less comprehensive than their inpatient counterparts as they usually only involve one specific treatment at a time.

Outpatient programmes are generally more suitable for those who can’t take time away from work or family obligations. As an outpatient, you will be able to live at home and attend treatment on a regular basis. Inpatient programmes, on the other hand, are specifically designed to treat opioid addiction and its related symptoms in a supportive environment. Inpatient programmes often involve a combination of several different treatments in one setting, making it more comprehensive for tackling addiction from all angles.

The benefits of inpatient opioid rehab centres

At an inpatient opioid rehab centre, treatment will be provided extensively at a specialised facility. At Hesten Hill Rehab, clients can expect to spend a minimum of 30 days or longer depending on how you respond to treatment. Our residential rehab in Thailand offers the opportunity for a variety of therapies, such as:

  • individual and group counselling
  • medication assisted treatment
  • mindfulness meditation training
  • 12-Step programme and NA meetings
  • art therapy
  • aqua therapy
  • physical workouts with a personal trainer
  • and a wide range of additional holistic activities

Our inpatient treatment blends all of the best methods available. Our team of counsellors and recovery coaches will also take the time to get to know you, learn about the history of your drug use and uncover any co-occurring conditions that may have contributed to your addiction. For heavy opioid users, inpatient treatment is highly recommended. Moreover, you will be living in a comfortable and safe facility, which allows you to escape the triggers of your day to day life and focus all your efforts on your recovery.


What to expect from our opioid addiction rehab

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Hesten Hill Rehab provides an opioid rehab programme that incorporates the finest modern methods with traditional and holistic components.

Opioid detoxification

If needed, treatment begins at our onsite detox clinic in Thailand. Our dedicated team of professionals will come up with a detox plan to meet your specific treatment needs. Within this period, you will be closely monitored as opioid withdrawal can be quite severe. Opioid detox often requires the use of substitute drugs that mimic the drug of abuse. The drugs are administered in controlled doses, which are gradually tapered off over time in order to safely minimise the effects of withdrawal, such as body aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. We will also provide psychiatric counselling, 24-hour nursing care, and regular visits from our resident doctor to ensure your safe and healthy progress throughout detox. As soon as the detoxification process is complete, you will be ready to start your full treatment.

Behavioural therapy

You will be guided through cognitive and dialectical behavioural therapy sessions as well as trauma treatment. We will learn as much as we can about you and uncover any underlying issues that trigger your opioid addiction. You will learn to identify harmful patterns of thought and replace these with more beneficial processes. Any kind of addiction is hard to overcome if trauma is not dealt with effectively. For this, we implement EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) along with various trauma release exercises. You will learn to address past trauma, and more effectively cope with the memories associated with traumatic events.

12-step Minnesota model

A crucial component of our programme is the 12-step Minnesota model. It is commonly known through its affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous, but it has proven useful in treating drug-related issues as well. The North American National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism did an 8-year long project titled Project Match, which detailed the model’s utility in various rehab cases. Following this model will enable you to refrain from using opioids, prepare you for reconciliation with those you might have harmed when you were using, and set you up for a healthy and sober life.

Mindfulness meditation

Another important part of our opioid addiction rehab programme is mindfulness meditation. You will learn to look into your own thoughts and feelings, and direct them more positively. This will supplement the useful techniques you will learn in the behaviour therapy sessions. Buddhism has deep roots in Thailand, and this allows us to provide several interesting variants on traditional mindfulness, including singing bowl meditation, candle-lit meditation, walking cup mediation and monk-led chanting meditation.

What happens after opioid rehab

Lastly, once you have left our opioid rehab facility, we will provide you with a relapse prevention plan, which will help you identify the regular stressors in your life and give you coping skills to manage the triggers that will inevitably come your way. We will also provide both individual and group therapy online. The first few weeks and months after you have finished rehab are crucial to your complete recovery and we will continue to fully support you during this important time.

Advantages of our opioid addiction rehab

  • You will be removed from any triggers and are surrounded by compassionate people who understand what you are going through.
  • You will receive a medically supervised detox and psychological support from our professional medical team.
  • You will get to address any underlying mental health issues during individual therapy which is provided four times per week.
  • You will hear other addicts’ stories and experiences while sharing your own during group therapy. This will help you realise that you’re not going through the fight alone
  • Maximum occupancy of six beds allows for a personalised care and treatment in the perfect natural setting, away from other worries of life
  • You will have the chance to take part in various holistic treatments and activities such as yoga, Pilates classes, acupuncture, and spa therapy.

Price of opioid rehab in Thailand

Our prices are affordable and competitive. The fees cover everything you need while you undergo treatment with us, including top-quality accommodation and facilities, four individual therapy sessions a week, medical care, delicious à la carte meals, meditation sessions, spa treatment, relapse prevention, aftercare, and more. To find out more about pricing and payment plans, please contact us directly.

Ready to start your rehab journey?

Opioid rehab is indeed challenging, but our dedicated team of experts is fully committed to helping you get better. You will get the best possible medical and emotional assistance within our programme and you will leave us with wonderful memories of your time in Thailand. Get in touch with us today to speak with one of our addiction experts and learn more about our opioid addiction rehab programme.