The River Rehab Chiang Mai, Thailand

The River Rehab Review

As the name suggests, The River Rehab is an inpatient rehabilitation and medical detox facility situated alongside the Ping River, nestled among beautiful rain trees and a lush tropical garden. The facility offers a very Thai chic vibe providing a calm and tranquil setting, conducive to relaxation and recovery.

The Facility

Conveniently located only 15 minutes from the centre of Chiang Mai, the facility features Thai architecture, flawlessly integrating outdoor and indoor living spaces to create an atmosphere of tranquillity and relaxation. Their clients are offered spacious ensuite private rooms. Daily maid and laundry services are included. Each room features air-conditioning, a king-size bed, a working desk, bathroom amenities, a balcony or terrace, and more.

Their facilities feature WiFi in all areas, a large outdoor fitness centre, massage villa, swimming pool, yoga and meditation centre, leisure and activities room, and more. However, as the centre has been operating as a drug and alcohol addiction rehab for over ten years, the rooms are somewhat dated and could use some refurbishment.

The Treatment

The River Rehab’s treatment programme offers a good balance between clinical framework, holistic therapy, and recovery-oriented approach to treatment. This is achieved through a combination of cognitive-behavioural therapy, mindfulness practice, and secularised 12-step principle.

They also have several innovative elements to their treatment programme that have never previously been offered outside of North America. These include their 'Dopamine Diet' and 'Nutraceutical' supplementation treatments that help the brain to restore its chemical balance, as these become impaired during active addiction.

An essential part of the centre's treatment involves adventure therapy – clients are encouraged to participate in excursions, stay active, and reconnect with nature as a part of their recovery programme.

The Team

The longest-running rehab facility in Thailand, The River Rehab is a partnership between the original founder of The Cabin Group and a local hospitality, food, and restaurant entrepreneur. This partnership ensures a strong clinical programme alongside a comfortable and smooth stay.

The River Rehab features a reliable team of clinical counsellors and recovery coaches. They have been working in the addiction field for 20 years+, and the majority of them are recovered addicts themselves, which means that they can relate and show compassion for what their clients are going through. They also work closely with an international network of addiction recovery professionals to help clients overcome addiction and transform their lives both online and in-person.

The majority of their clients come from a network of referring professionals, so the centre doesn't have a substantial online presence, but they do provide quality, affordable care.

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