Mental health retreat in Thailand

If you’re struggling with a mental health problem, and have found yourself drinking or using drugs to cope with it, you might be feeling like there’s no way out. Fortunately, professional help is available. Our mental health retreat offers low-cost, high-quality mental health care to treat both your mental health issues and the related substance abuse problems.

Many people develop substance dependencies as a way to self-medicate underlying mental health problems such as anxiety or depression. Moreover, mental health issues can exacerbate the problems of substance abuse, eventually leading to full-blown addiction. If left untreated, mental health disorders can be extremely dangerous and even life threatening.

Choosing from a range of mental health retreat centres can be a challenge as prices for the best private programmes can be difficult for many to afford. Public programmes, on the other hand, have long waiting lists and patients are often treated in hospitals or psychiatric wards. This can cause people to be reluctant to seek help. An excellent alternative is to join a mental health retreat in Thailand.

From our well-equipped treatment facility just outside of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, Hesten Hill Rehab offers world-class treatment for mental health issues and related substance abuse. Our mental health retreat programme offers the highest quality care at affordable prices.

Even after you take travel expenses into consideration, our programme is still much less expensive than its western counterparts. Moreover, our secluded location surrounded by nature provides you with a peaceful and idyllic setting for the start of your recovery journey.

Roots of mental health disorders

What is a mental health retreat?

A mental health retreat is a specialised residential programme that is designed to treat a wide range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, personality disorders as well as any related drug or alcohol addiction.

These programmes are often held in private and secluded environments that allow clients to step away from everyday triggers and focus all their energy on recovery – hence the name “retreat”.

Enrolling in one will allow you to receive an assortment of therapy and treatments, while learning to control your emotions, thoughts and actions.

Mental health treatment program city tour

What to expect from our mental health programme

At Hesten Hill Rehab, our dedicated team of mental health experts, state-of-the-art facilities, and picturesque natural setting allow us to provide you with the highest-quality of care and support in a safe and peaceful environment.

We will work closely with you to treat your mental health condition as well as any co-occurring substance addiction with a carefully constructed combination of medical care, therapy, and holistic treatments.

Aside from the core behavioural treatments, you will have access to a full suite of hotel-like services and activities during your stay with us. These include spa treatments, fitness classes, and delicious à la carte meals. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit many of the wonderful attractions in the surrounding region during offsite excursions on the weekend.

Treatment approach to our mental wellness retreat

All of the elements of our treatment approach are designed to work in conjunction with each other to promote physical, mental, and spiritual healing along with lasting wellness.

  • Supervised detox and medication prescription with 24-hour nursing care as well as onsite doctor, psychiatrist, and psychologist
  • Behavioural therapy including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and trauma treatment
  • Mindfulness meditation including walking cup meditation, singing bowl meditation, candlelit meditation, and monk-led chanting meditation.
  • 12-step Minnesota model: our secular application of the model will teach you to abstain from harmful substances and behaviours, atone for your mistakes, and begin a path of sobriety.
  • Aftercare programme: we offer comprehensive aftercare support in the form of both group and individual online counselling sessions, as well as a relapse prevention plan.
  • Holistic activities: additional therapies and activities such as yoga, pilates, massage and aqua therapy, are designed to set the groundwork for a healthy and fulfilling life

Mental health disorders we treat

We treat a variety of mental health conditions, including:


Symptoms like restlessness, difficulty sleeping, feelings of irritation and lack of concentration and energy can significantly disrupts your life. If your anxiety is severe or prolonged, it can affect your relationships, career, social life, and overall ability to enjoy yourself.


Even mild depression symptoms like feeling extremely hopeless and sad, lack of energy, low motivation and absence of satisfaction from favourite activities can interfere with your life. But untreated depression can lead to more severe consequences like self-harm and suicide ideation.

Alcohol dependence

Prolonged heavy drinking can lead to serious health problems which include liver failure, heart disease, stroke, and various cancers. Alcohol addiction also causes severe impairment of motor abilities and judgment.

Drug dependence

Drug dependence is a common problem faced by millions of people worldwide, and can be extremely challenging to overcome. Drug addiction can have disastrous consequences for the users, including myriad health problems and strains on their interpersonal relationships.

The link between substance addiction and mental health issues

Substance addiction and mental health issues often co-occur, leading to a cycle where the disorders are constantly compounding each other. Many people with mental health disorders often feel the need to consume alcohol or drugs to suppress symptoms of depression or anxiety, exhibiting abnormal behaviour, mania or mood swings.


Signs and symptoms of mental health and substance abuse include:

  • financial issues

  • relationship problems

  • feelings of suicide

  • development of a serious illness

  • a history of physical and sexual abuse

  • violent behaviour

As each person is different, potential dual diagnosis combinations are quite extensive. Because of this, each of our clients will receive a comprehensive and personalised treatment plan.

At the start of our treatment programme, you will be assessed for a dual diagnosis treatment by our onsite doctor. Our psychiatrist will then give you an additional mental health assessment.

We want to know everything about your mental and physical state of health, as well as your substance use history and any outside elements that might be affecting your current condition.


We will ask questions like:

  • Is there a medical problem?

  • Is there a problem with supports and appropriate expectations?

  • Is there an emotional problem?

  • Is there a psychiatric disorder?

If all of these criteria are met, dual diagnosis applies. Once we have a firm understanding of your condition, we will provide you with a treatment plan that may include detoxification as the first step, followed by a wide range of psychological treatments and holistic therapies.


The goal of our mental wellness retreat

The goal of our mental health retreat is to stabilise and secure your mental health so that you can build up the appropriate coping skills to avoid future destabilisations while laying the foundations for a happy and prosperous life. To achieve this, we will:

  • Assess your history to determine what triggered your destructive behaviour.   
  • Work with you to create an ideal treatment plan of medication and psychological therapy.
  • Provide a safe environment – free from negative stimulation – so you can stabilise your emotions, thoughts, and behaviours.
  • Provide you with a support system after you return home.

The advantages of mental health retreats

There are numerous treatment options available for people who are suffering from co-occurring disorders. Outpatient and inpatient programmes can both be effective. However, specialised mental health retreats can be more comprehensive targeted interventions as they provide multiple different treatment methods in one setting. 

You will be professionally supported and monitored by our dedicated team of mental health experts. Depending on your needs, our mental health retreat programme can last for at least 30 days or longer. If needed, treatment begins with detox, followed by a suite of therapy sessions and holistic activities.

As an added benefit, joining a mental health retreat gives you the opportunity to take some time off from your usual everyday activities and encourages you to focus on a full recovery!

Benefits of Hesten Hill Rehab’s treatment programme

  • Maximum occupancy of 6 beds
  • Relaxing and picturesque natural setting
  • High-quality modern facilities
  • Diverse à la carte meal options
  • Partnership with Chiang Mai Ram – a top quality hospital in Thailand
  • Four personal therapy sessions per week (highest among rehab centres in Thailand)
  • Access to your own dedicated onsite counsellor and recovery coach
  • Mindfulness meditation sessions led by Thai monks
  • Comprehensive aftercare programme

Cost of mental health retreat in Thailand

Hesten Hill Rehab offers high-quality mental health retreat programmes at highly competitive prices. The fees are all-inclusive and cover everything you will need during your time with us, including holistic activities, accommodations, delicious and nutritious meals, offsite excursions, and more. For more information on prices, payment plans, and insurance coverage, please contact us directly.

Are you ready to start your journey to recovery?

Joining a mental health retreat is an excellent option to help you recover from the effects of drug or alcohol addiction as well as the compounding effects of any co-occurring mental health issues. While rehab can indeed be hard work, it can also be very rewarding.

At Hesten Hill Rehab, we are completely dedicated to your steady progress throughout your time with us and beyond. We are also committed to ensuring that you leave us with fond memories of your time in northern Thailand. If you’re ready to regain control of your life, contact us today to speak with one of our addiction experts and see if a mental health retreat at Hesten Hill Rehab is right for you.