Thailand has always been called the land of smiles. The warm hospitality of its native, its culture, food, pristine beaches and historical sites propelled the country into a top international tourist destination. Recently, medical tourism has become a booming industry. Foreigners from across the globe are setting up appointments and consultations for medical, dental and aesthetic procedures in first rate hospitals in Thailand. It seems like the high exchange rates of western money make these procedures very cheap in comparison with charges in countries like the United States, the UK and Australia.
Thailand continues to reinvent itself as it gives foreigners more reasons to troop to its shores. Drug rehabs in Thailand are thriving. Yes, rehab tourism is the newest occurrence in the Land of Smiles. It seems like the tropical paradise that is Thailand is an excellent place to get “clean”, more so for celebrities.
Why Go to Thailand?
In 2014, more than 2.5 million foreigners went to Thailand for medical, dental and cosmetic procedures. Of this number, about 1,300 entered rehabilitation centers for drug, alcohol and process addiction treatment. The bulk of substance abusers seeking detoxification and rehabilitation come from the United States, Australia and the UK. Statistics indicate that “ice” addiction is number one today and Australia tops the list in the number of recreational drug users.
There seems to be a long waiting list to get in credible and first rate drug rehab centers in other countries. In most instances addicts are treated together with medical and psychiatric patients and this simply will not work. Drug rehab centers in Thailand offer a different kind of detoxification, rehabilitation and recovery programs that is why even celebrities go to Thailand for treatment.
Pros of Drug Rehabs in Thailand
In western countries, traditional detox and rehab clinics are often basic and sterile. In Thailand, drug rehab centers offer something different. There is no denying the efficacy of drug rehab programs adapted by detox and rehab centers in Thailand. Though there are variations in the method of approach and treatment, the general course of a 28-day detox and treatment program followed by months of rehabilitation in sober houses is fundamental.
Celebrities, businessmen, pilots, doctors, politicians, professional athletes and other high-profile personalities are opting for rehab centers in Thailand due because they also prefer:
Great Luxury and Comfort – Thailand offers luxurious, exclusive and world-class treatment facilities. These are designed for clients who are accustomed to high-end living and therefore prefer luxurious and comfortable setting during treatment. These private, deluxe rehab centers normally have all the amenities of a resort and a first rate rehabilitation center. It is possible to request the services of massage therapists, estheticians, nail therapists, personal assistants, personal trainers and more. Meals are planned and prepared by gourmet chefs. Access to swimming pools, gyms and sports centers within the rehab’s vicinity is allowed.
Discretion and Anonymity– Celebrities, high profile personalities and those with sensitive occupations would want utmost secrecy pertaining to their drug rehabilitation. In Thailand, discretion is strictly observed and anonymity is assured. Being in a place that is thousands of miles away from a patient’s normal environment tends to break the seemingly unending loop of being in the same place, doing the same thing, interacting with the same people, and coping with the same situation that could trigger drug use.
In most cases, patients in rehab centers in Thailand tell friends and colleague that they are just on a ‘break’ and vacationing in some tropical paradise. No one outside the family has to know that they are undergoing drug addiction rehabilitation. Even their photos posted on social media sites would attest that indeed they are on a vacation break.
There are now a number of high profile personalities and celebrities from the entertainment world who opted to go to Thailand for their substance abuse rehabilitation; but the rest of the world hardly knows about it. Discretion is highly practiced by rehab centers in Thailand.