Alcohol Rehab Thailand –Sobriety is a Journey, not a Destination

Choosing an alcohol rehab in Thailand is a big commitment. All of our counselling team have many years of experience working within residential rehabs and addiction treatment centres in Thailand.

In addition to our very own individualised alcohol recovery programme We offer freelance counselling services to Thailand rehabs when they require our expertise which includes interventions, sober escorting, specialised psychoeducation groups, hypnotherapy and post-rehab aftercare counselling services both in-person and online.

Alcoholism and Problem Drinking Explained

Alcoholism is a pattern of alcohol use that primarily involves problems when it comes to controlling your drinking habits, being preoccupied with the use of alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems as well as having to drink more and more to get intoxicated or lastly having withdrawal symptoms when decreasing or stopping alcohol intake.

Unhealthy alcohol use refers to any alcohol use which may put your health or safety at risk or cause other alcohol-related issues. This may include heavy drinking and binge drinking both of which may also cause significant health and safety risks. If your pattern of drinking results in repeated distress and alters function in your daily life, you likely have alcohol use disorder.


1. Continuing to drink despite physical or psychological issues
2. Craving alcohol whilst not drinking
3. Developing a tolerance for the effects of alcohol
4. Having withdrawal symptoms when not drinking
5. Drinking larger amounts of alcohol over a longer period than intended
6. Inability or difficulty to reduce alcohol use
7. Spending large amounts of time obtaining, using and recovering from alcohol use
8. Alcohol use can interfere with life roles including at home, at work or school
9. Giving up on work, social or recreational events due to alcohol use
10. Using alcohol in situations where it is risky
11. Continuing to drink alcohol even though it causes social as well as interpersonal problems.

Research also shows that the consumption of alcohol at a high level can also damage our health. It is commonly associated with:

  • Memory & attention impairments
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Cancer
  • Birth defects
  • Bone damage
  • Weakened immunity
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Digestive problems

Excessive Drinking can also decrease your judgment and lower your inhibitions, which lead to poor choices and threatening situations, including:

  • Car crashes and other types of injuries such as drowning
  • Relationship & interpersonal problems
  • Poor work and school performance
  • Increased likelihood of committing violent crimes
  • Legal or employment issues
  • Likelihood to use other harmful substances
  • Engaging in risky behaviours, such as unprotected sex
  • Increased risk of attempting or committing suicide.

Psychological, genetic, social and environmental factors can impact how the use and misuse of alcohol can affect your body and behaviour. Some theories suggest that for some people drinking alcohol has a unique and stronger impact which can lead to alcohol use disorder.

Eventually over time, indulging in too much alcohol may alter the functions of areas of the brain associated with the experience of judgement, pleasure and the ability to exercise control over certain behaviours. This could result in craving alcohol to try and restore good feelings and reduce the negative ones.

Alcohol Rehab Thailand

Seeking Alcohol Treatment in Thailand?

Overcoming any kind of substance abuse can be a prolonged and vigorous process, at times it may even feel impossible. But it is not. Most people facing alcohol problems do not decide to make a big change out of nowhere or transform their drinking habits overnight. Alcohol abuse recovery is usually a gradual and extensive process, with a lot of ups and downs along the way.

With the help of organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous Thailand whereby the only membership requirement, is the mutual desire to stop drinking, people are encouraged to stay sober whilst also helping other such alcoholics achieve their goals of sobriety.

If you feel you display any of the symptoms stated above, or your drinking is causing problems, or your family is concerned regarding your drinking, please do not hesitate to reach out via our Alcohol Counselling page.

Other ways to seek help whilst researching alcohol rehabs in Thailand include talking with professional alcohol counsellors or other experienced mental health professionals. If enquiring from outside of Thailand our Group Therapy or Online Counselling platforms can serve as an extremely valuable resource.

Because denial is extremely common when it comes to alcohol-related issues, people often may not feel as though they have a problem with drinking. It becomes increasingly difficult to recognizse how much you are drinking or how many problems in your life can be related to the inherent use of alcohol. Listen to your family, friends and loved ones if and when they ask you to examine your habits or to seek help.


Thailand is routinely included as a top rehab destination for its warm climate, welcoming spirits, beautiful landscapes and affordable costs. With top-quality medical care at reasonable prices, it is easy to see why Thailand has become a popular hotspot and the best-established in Asia when it comes to medical tourism. Thailand has also earned a reputation as the premier rehab destination for those individuals recovering from substance abuse. The rehab centres here in Thailand are often located in peaceful and scenic areas and have successfully treated clients from all around the world, including Australia, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, The UK and more.

Alcohol rehabs in Thailand typically offer both drug and alcohol treatment, however, some are better equipped when dealing with other underlying mental health issues. Thailand also boasts a great deal of variety in terms of location, accommodation options. The process of deciding on the perfect rehab for you can be daunting and that’s why we are here to help. If you or your loved ones are suffering from substance abuse or mental health issues, we are here to help you and will do our best to connect you with the right rehabilitation centres for your specific needs.


➢ High-Quality Treatment & Services: Thailand is home to world-renowned rehabs and clinics which provide comprehensive substance abuse and alcohol treatment and professionals who were educated and trained in places such as the US, UK and Australia.

➢ Affordability: Thailand boasts excellent value among rehabs which includes all-inclusive treatment packages as well as rehab resort amenities at an extremely affordable price

➢ Higher Success Rate: The low cost of services provided by Thailand allow you to stay within the establishments longer while still remaining within your budget. This extended treatment gives you a higher success rate.

➢ All-Inclusive Packages: Full accommodation is included with your inpatient rehab packages which allow you to fully concentrate on your recovery. Recreational activities such as excursions are often also included

➢ Variety Of Options: With private and shared, urban and rural, and also budget and luxury rehabs to choose from, the diverse range of rehabs and packages Thailand offers includes something for everyone.
➢ Away From Triggers: Getting treatment abroad allows you physical distance from your triggers and gives you solidity in your recovery, helping you escape from pressures and stressors.

➢ Healing Environment: A total change in environment has been shown to significantly increase recovery success. Thailand offers resort-style rehabs, gorgeous landscapes and cultural attractions which provide that extra peace and quiet when you require it most.

➢ Away From Home Environment: Committing to an Alcohol Rehab in Thailand provides opportunities for discovery and nature like you never experienced before in your home setting.

➢ Privacy & Seclusion: Choosing a rehab for alcohol treatment in Thailand offers you an extra layer of privacy, seclusion and anonymity. Being in a foreign country where no one so much as knows your name helps you effectively deal with personal issues.

The costs of attending a top quality alcohol rehab in Thailand usually range from about 8,000 to 15,000 USD per month and are usually over a duration of 90 days or 3 months followed by another 2 months of sober living under supervision and care.


Brett Thornton ( AKA Yim Thai ) along with his highly experienced counselling team facilitate highly effective alcohol recovery programmes. Brett is well-respected within the rehab industry and recovery community. He has prior experience in some of the most well established and well-recognised rehabs in Thailand, having worked as a clinical coordinator and deputy clinical director at the River Rehab and also as a relapse prevention coordinator and aftercare manager for The Cabin Chiang Mai.

Brett has resided in Thailand for over 7 years and has gained immense experience and found great happiness in helping people in Thailand, as well as all around the world. He offers care and compassion to individuals facing their darkest times and intense struggles in life and aims to guide them down the best path in life. He has successfully helped many individuals who find themselves struggling with alcohol dependency and has a great deal of knowledge and personal experience in the industry. Brett is a recovering alcoholic himself being sober for a strong and continuous 9 years and having first-hand experience battling the stages of recovery and sobriety.

Various approaches are utilised when working with alcohol dependency, the most common being Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ( CBT ) and Person-Centred Therapy. For recovery to be effective, it should also incorporate alcohol counselling which isn’t a quick fix, however, deep doves beyond the surface problems and explores what lies deeper. People often use alcohol as a coping mechanism for mental health issues ranging from grief, anxiety, depression, relationship troubles and also deeper issues such as childhood trauma or any forms of physical, sexual, or mental abuse. Services offered by us are more individualised and are unique to the client’s individual requirements and needs, we also offer our own in house programmes.

Sobriety is a journey, not a destination and here at Counselling Thailand, we hope to help you start your journey toward a better life.