Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab in Thailand

Prescription drugs are usually issued by doctors to treat medical conditions. Many cases of prescription drug addiction start out unintentionally. The user first gets a legal prescription and then gradually becomes addicted to the drug. In other cases, these powerful drugs are used illicitly for recreational purposes. Prescription drug addiction can be just as harmful for your health and relationships as illegal drug abuse. If you’re looking to regain control of your life from prescription drug addiction, rehab is an excellent option.

While rehab programmes are widely available in the West, choosing the right treatment can be challenging. Public programmes often have long waiting lists and the best private rehabs are often highly expensive. Coming to Thailand for treatment is an excellent alternative.

From our state-of-the-art rehab facilities in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, Hesten Hill Rehab offers affordable comprehensive and holistic prescription drug addiction treatment. Our dedicated team of professional addiction experts will guide you through every step of the rehab process. Moreover, our facility is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, offering you the chance to experience the natural wonders of northern Thailand and begin your recovery journey in a peaceful setting far from the triggers of your daily life.


Prescription drug addiction

Prescription drugs are widely available. As the number of issued prescription drugs goes up, so does the number of people abusing them. In recent years, the drugs are increasingly being sold online, making it easy for teenagers to get a hold of them.

Some prescription drugs are more powerful and therefore more addictive than others. Generally, the prescription drugs that are most commonly misused fall into the following categories:

  • Opioids
  • Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives
  • Stimulants


Opioids are powerful drugs that mimic the effects of morphine or heroin. They are highly effective as pain killers and anaesthetics and they can lead to severe dependence when taken excessively. Opioids are generally taken in pill form, but they can also be crushed up and snorted, or dissolved in water and injected intravenously. When taken with substances that depress the central nervous system such as alcohol or Xanax, opioids can cause severe respiratory problems and death in extreme cases.

Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives

Anti-anxiety pills such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines produce calming effects by depressing the central nervous system. However, the misuse of these substances can cause drowsiness, confusion, unsteady walking, dizziness, and breathing problems. Using them for a short period can calm you down and help you sleep, but prolonged use can lead to addiction. Furthermore, using these depressants with alcohol can lead to a fatally low heart rate.

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Many cases of prescription drug addiction start out unintentionally


Stimulants are normally used for treating obesity, narcolepsy, and ADHD. Stimulant drugs such as amphetamine or methylphenidate increase your brain activity and generate a surge of energy as well as euphoric feelings. Some symptoms of stimulant misuse are aggressiveness, paranoia, hallucinations, weight loss, racing heart, vomiting, and reduced appetite.

Some prescription drugs can cause severe side effects that can be fatal. Prescription drug addiction should be taken very seriously.


Treating prescription drug addiction

Prescription drug addiction can be a complex problem that should be treated with the utmost care. When it comes to treating this kind of addiction, professional help is key. There is no simple approach as different prescription drugs produce different symptoms with varying levels of severity. Treatments for prescription drug addiction include detoxification, support groups, private counselling, group therapy, dual diagnosis, and many more.

Outpatient vs inpatient prescription drug rehab

While both outpatient and inpatient treatment programmes can be effective, outpatient programmes can be less comprehensive as they generally only focus on one specific treatment method. 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, seek emotional support from friends and family, and attend treatment on a regular basis.

Inpatient programmes are specifically designed to treat prescription drug addiction and its related symptoms in a supportive environment and often combine several different treatment modalities in one setting. Inpatient rehab is suitable for those who are severely dependent on prescription drugs, and therefore require close supervision. This combination of treatments and added support means that inpatient programmes effectively addresses all aspects of addiction.

The benefits of inpatient prescription drug rehab centres

Inpatient programmes generally last for a minimum of 30 days, during which time you live onsite at the rehab facility and receive 24/7 support. At Hesten Hill Rehab, our inpatient treatment programme includes:

  • mindfulness meditation
  • offsite NA meetings
  • relapse prevention plan
  • and several complementary holistic activities.

During your time with us, you will be able to focus all your efforts on your recovery in a safe and supportive environment, surrounded by nature.

Our unique rehab programme for prescription drug abuse

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Prescription drug detox

If you’re highly dependent on any kind of prescription drug, detox will likely be necessary. You will be monitored with care throughout the detox period and all your withdrawal symptoms will be treated accordingly. Your detox programme will depend on which type of prescription drug you’re addicted to. Detox from central nervous system depressants such as benzodiazepines or opioids will require the use of substitute drugs that mimic the drug of abuse. These will be given to you as needed in gradually decreased doses over a number of days or weeks. Our onsite doctor will check in on you regularly to ensure your smooth progress. Once all traces of the harmful substances have left your body, you will be ready to begin the full treatment.

Behavioural therapy and trauma treatment

Hesten Hill Rehab does not only treat your addiction and withdrawal symptoms, but we also work hard to analyse the root causes of your addiction. Through cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy, you will learn to identify harmful patterns of thinking, and replace them with more productive processes. Untreated trauma is often an important factor of addiction. Through trauma release exercises and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) treatment, you will learn to better cope with the memories of traumatic events in your past.

12-step Minnesota model

The method adheres to the disease model of addiction, where addiction is treated as a chronic and progressive illness. This holds equally true for prescription drug abuse as it does for alcohol abuse. The inability to control drug use is seen as a compulsive behaviour that is a symptom of the disease. Complete abstinence from the harmful substance is the long-term means of managing the illness.

Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation simply involves learning to pay close attention to thoughts and sensations as they arise without passing judgement on them. This provides an excellent counterpart to behavioural therapy as it gives you yet another tool for fostering healthy thinking. In addition to standard mindfulness practice, Hesten Hill Rehab also offers candlelit meditation, walking cup meditation, singing bowl meditation, and monk-led chanting.

Professional aftercare

Hesten Hill Rehab is determined to help you achieve a full recovery and that is why we will work with you to create a complete 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 also offer individual and group therapy online. The first few weeks and months after you return home are crucial to your lasting recovery and we are dedicated to supporting you throughout this important time.

Why choose our prescription drug addiction rehab?

  • Maximum occupancy of six beds allows for a personalised care and treatment in the perfect natural setting, away from other worries of life
  • Full team of medical professionals with access to onsite doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, and 24-hour nursing 
  • Four individual therapy sessions per week so you have the chance to learn how your addiction came about and what to do to keep it from coming back
  • Professional medical detox programme that will help make your withdrawal symptoms more comfortable and safe
  • A complete relapse prevention plan that will teach you about the relapse process, how to spot the triggers, and how to avoid relapse in the real world
  • You will have the chance to take part in various holistic treatments and activities such as yoga, Pilates classes, acupuncture, and spa therapy.

Cost of prescription drug rehab in Thailand

Hesten Hill Rehab’s fees are highly competitive. Even after travel expenses are factored in, you will find that the cost of coming to Thailand for rehab is still significantly less than the cost of similar programmes in your home country. The fees are all-inclusive and cover every aspect of our treatment, including accommodations, meals, medications, and offsite excursions. We also accept insurance from leading providers but please check with your provider to make sure they cover rehab. Please contact us directly for more information regarding fees, and payment plans.

Start your journey to recovery today

If you’re ready to regain control of your life, prescription drug addiction rehab in Thailand is an excellent option. A healthy, fulfilling life free from the trappings of drug addiction is within reach. You just need the right support. To learn more about our comprehensive and holistic programme, contact us today to speak with one of our addiction experts.