How to Choose a Treatment Center

Pick an Addiction Rehab That’s Right for You

If you or someone you care about has a problem with addiction and wants to get well, maybe you’ve wondered if a rehabilitation center is the answer. Rehab is a treatment facility for people who have an addiction involving alcohol and/or other drugs and/or compulsive behaviors.

Some people choose to go to an outpatient center for care while others choose an addiction treatment center for residential care in which you stay in the rehab for the period of your treatment.

If you are looking at how to choose an addiction treatment center or rehab in Thailand, consider Miracles Asia and our comprehensive three-month residential and outpatient program.

At Miracles Asia’s rehab in Thailand, our residential treatment program boasts a 98% completion rate. Clients from all over the world have sought treatment for addiction in our luxury rehab in Thailand.

When choosing an addiction treatment center it’s important to understand that the long-term nature of addiction makes it a major health and social concern that needs to be addressed from a therapeutic perspective and taken seriously.

It’s essential to ensure the addict receives the most appropriate care. We at Miracles Asia believe we can provide the best therapeutic care for those suffering from addiction to alcohol, drugs and compulsive behaviours.

By choosing to come to us you start your recovery in a beautiful, tranquil environment, where you will receive a unique combination of highly personalised, great quality care and amazing hospitality.

We know that you want to make the best choice for you or your loved one and we want to help you in your research in making an informed decision. Every rehab has different therapeutic services and there are ways to research reputable centers and avoid wasting your time.

What a Good Addiction Treatment Center Will Ask You

Once you know you’re talking to a representative at an addiction treatment center, it’s important that they assess your health and life circumstances.

A reputable facility will establish things such as:

  • The degree of your substance use disorder or compulsive behavior
  • Whether you have physical health problems
  • Any mental health issues
  • If you have any legal issues
  • Your situation regarding your employment
  • Your family situation – whether you have family responsibilities or relationship issues
  • Dietary needs
  • Transportation needs
  • Medication requirements
  • Past treatments and/or detox history.

What to Ask an Addiction Treatment Center

Whether you’re visiting a facility or talking to a representative on the phone, ask questions like these:

  • How long have you been in operation?
  • How many people can receive treatment at any one time?
  • What kind of services do you provide?
  • Do you have a gym or fitness facility available for use?
  • Are there activities available outside the treatment center (sightseeing, meetings, shopping, etc)?
  • Are there reputable hospitals close by in case of emergency?
  • Are there additional care services such as massage and salon?
  • Are you licensed and accredited? It’s important that the addiction treatment center is licensed and accredited by an outside agency for providing addiction treatment so that its staff meet certain standards for care.
  • What evidence-based treatments do you use? These are science-backed modalities used to treat substance-use disorders and include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, motivational interviewing and 12 Step facilitation.
  • What kind of psychotherapy is used?
  • What detox medications are used to treat specific substance-use disorders?
  • Will I have an individual treatment plan?

Don’t be afraid to let the treatment center know about your specific needs and ask how they would manage them.

Make sure the facility can meet your particular needs and that they have experience treating people whose age and life circumstances are similar to yours.

There is a wide range of treatment options for addiction. While you are considering these options and working out whether you need residential care, talk to your primary health-care provider such as your doctor to see if you need specialist treatment.

It’s important that you are able to make a well-informed decision. An addiction specialist will be able to recommend a program that matches your needs, or maybe you know someone who’s been through an addiction rehab and knows what to look for.

When Choosing a Rehab What Are Your Goals?

It’s important to choose a rehab facility that will help you achieve your goals. Before you decide which rehab is right for you, you need to understand what your treatment goals are.


There’s lots to consider when choosing an addiction treatment center. Nearby facilities can be more convenient, however, going to a treatment center far away could be highly advantageous.

The distance provided can provide a complete break for the addict from their former life, especially from toxic relationships, and routines where drinking and drug use are encouraged.

What is Addressed in a Treatment Center?

It takes courage to go to rehab. It may be your key to starting a program of recovery that will lead to a life free of substances or compulsive behaviors.

Your decision will be based on the severity of your problem as well as the underlying issues that trigger your substance use. These underlying issues are best handled with the help of professionals. You may have difficulty with mental or physical health, occupational issues or anxiety.

The following are indicators of addiction that will need to be addressed at a rehab center:

  • Needing to use larger and larger doses to get the desired effect – i.e. tolerance
  • If you stop using the substance, you feel the different symptoms of withdrawal typical for each type of drug
  • Using the substance for longer than you intended
  • You’ve tried and tried to stop but can’t
  • You waste time either trying to get the substance or recover from its effects
  • You miss out on important time with family or friends or miss work because of your substance use
  • You keep using despite knowing you’ve got a problem.

Preparing for Admission into a Treatment Center

It’s important that you let friends and family know of your decision before you start the admission process to an addiction treatment center. By doing this you’ll be able to share your news before people you care about hear it through the grapevine.

However, it’s up to you to decide whether to tell them, or simply keep your privacy and explain that you’ll be away for a while.

By letting others know, you’ll be able to ask for help to watch your home, or assistance with your finances. Asking for help is a great way to keep people you care about involved in your big change, as they won’t necessarily be present throughout your rehabilitation.

Tie up any loose ends at home. Get everything ready for your absence by making sure that your finances and bills will be kept up to date. This includes utilities, rent, and loans. If necessary, alert your landlord or neighbors that you will be away for an extended time.

Also, find trustworthy care or boarding for any pets and plants that you have.

Communicate your intent to the rehab center of your choice. When you have made a decision on the facility you want to go to, contact the rehab and make arrangements for getting your treatment underway. Remember to discuss the date of arrival, rules about what you may or may not bring with you, and any remaining questions you might have about the duration of your stay, finances, and visitation once you’re there.

Find out if you can have visitors and how often the rehab permits its residents to contact their loved ones. Some centers will prefer that you do not contact people in your life during part or all of your initial stay so that you can be totally focused on the rehab program.

Accept the situation. Look within yourself and honestly ask why it is that you’re going to rehab. Make sure that you don’t waste your time and money by checking into a rehab program without being fully committed to recovery and ongoing sobriety. Outline on paper or mentally rehearse your goals for yourself. What do you hope to gain from treatment? Is there anything that you are not willing to do for your recovery?

Don’t get too worried if you feel very anxious and overwhelmed. These feelings are to be expected.

Try to acknowledge the anxiety that you feel, sit with it for a while, and then continue to move forward, knowing that it’s there and that there’s nothing wrong with that.

Invite change. Admission to a rehab in Thailand might seem challenging, so be prepared to open up to a different side of yourself, spiritually and emotionally, that you may not be very familiar with.

Admission to an addiction treatment center requires you put your heart into it and deeply desire the change it will bring, even if it means letting go of your old ways of dealing with life in a new way.

Expect that there will be stretches of time at the treatment center when you will feel sad or alone, and keep in mind that faith in your own healing will give you the positivity to overcome these feelings.

Remember to keep your expectations in check. While you’ve made a great decision to overhaul your life and kick your addiction, the rehabilitation process can be gradual and can often seem quite daunting.

Checking Into Rehab

When you start admission into a treatment center in Thailand, leave forbidden items at home. Although all rehab centers vary regarding things you can and can’t bring with you, there are many common items that are not allowed.

The following should be left behind unless you are explicitly told otherwise by a staff member at your chosen rehab center:

  • Alcohol and other drugs (even mouthwash that contains alcohol)
  • Pornography
  • Weapons (including razor blades)
  • Musical instruments
  • Outside food, drink, herbal products, and vitamins
  • Excessive makeup, jewelry, and offensive or revealing clothing
  • Organic substances of any kind.

Bring the essentials. Most rehab centers will allow you to bring the following:

  • Prescription medication (will be kept with the staff)
  • Photos, books, and other personal mementos
  • Casual clothing – Phuket, Thailand is a tropical island, so shorts, T-Shirts, Polo style shirts, loose fitting clothing are the most comfortable. There is no need for very formal attire.
  • Tennis shoes and open toe sandals, flip-flops, casual.
  • Gym clothing – what you would wear to the gym for exercise. Miracles Asia has a partnership with a 5-star exercise facility that includes olympic swimming pool, tennis courts, free weights, cardio machines, wet and dry sauna, hot and cold plunge pools, and cafe.
  • Hygiene items (including electric razors). There are stores close by in case you forget something.
  • Smartphone, personal laptop, smartpad – you will have time to contact friends and family as well as leisure time to watch your favorite content or listen to music.
  • Some cash.

Admission to rehab in Thailand might have slightly different rules and expectations, so always call the center beforehand and don’t be afraid to ask if you need to know what is, or is not, allowed.

Long-term Treatment and Support Systems

The National Institute of Drug Addiction (NIDA) states that therapeutic communities (TCs) focus on the community as the therapeutic ingredient for facilitating change.

The treatment usually consists of full-time engagement with a community of peers and staff members in a residential setting. Most therapeutic communities consider at least three months to be the recommended duration of treatment.

At Miracles Asia we provide a therapeutic process focused on the three major stages of treatment. These stages include detoxification, treatment, and relapse prevention. Our team uses best practices to ease some of the withdrawal symptoms associated with the targeted condition.

We then provide a continuum of care that is relevant in order to prevent various episodes of relapse. This method addresses the physical, environmental, medical, and mental aspects of human life.

Proper support systems are also critical towards ensuring that the addict remains on the best spiritual journey of recovery. Family and friends, along with therapeutic support practices will help re-pattern their beliefs.

They can also acquire appropriate spiritual values in order to promote the healing process. Their values and beliefs are also considered during the long-term treatment process.

The provision of culturally competent care will eventually support the person’s spiritual journey. A long-term treatment approach is appropriate in order to get the best outcomes.

Miracles Asia uses combined strategies whenever treating various addiction disorders. Behavioral therapy and detox medications can work effectively towards getting the best results and allowing them to realize their potential.

Continuing Care After You Leave Treatment

We understand that when choosing a treatment center, it might be a stressful time. While you’re in treatment in Thailand, you don’t have to think about life after rehab. You will be in the safety and security of Miracles Asia where your every need is met.

Returning back to life at home can seem daunting. We know how it goes, and so Miracles Asia takes your continuing care very seriously. The treatment program doesn’t stop after you leave rehab.

Research shows that the longer the recovering person stays connected to a treatment programme, the better the outcome i.e. the longer he or she works alongside professional counsellors, therapists, recovery coaches etc, the better the chance of long-term recovery.

We at Miracles Asia take your treatment plan very seriously and want the best for you, so for that reason we know it’s important to stay in touch. You deserve the best chance at living your best life. Miracles Asia will help you achieve that.

Clients from all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, USA and many other countries, have sought treatment for substance and behavioral addiction in our luxury rehab in Thailand.

We are so convinced that our program works that if you are able to spend three months with us and then suffer the pain of relapse within one year of leaving Miracles Asia, we’ll treat you for a month for free. That’s how much faith we have in our addiction treatment program at Miracles Asia.

If you or a loved one need help with addiction please call us.

“I felt accepted right away”

“I was worried when I came to Miracles about being accepted, however, I felt accepted right away and felt no sense of pretense or judgement. Residents ranged in age from their twenties to sixties and come from many different backgrounds. Kind and loving. I learnt so much about how to get out of my addiction – thanks Mark and the team.”

Brian living in  Australia

“Miracles is a loving and very empathetic environment”

“Miracles is a loving and very empathetic environment and the staff are competent and genuinely caring. The program gave me the tools to stay sober and help them turn my life around. I would highly recommend Miracles Asia if you are serious about sobriety and recovery. This place changed and saved my life. Miracles Asia is the most amazing treatment center I have ever attended, and the last one I will ever attend.”

Shaun living in  United Kingdom

“I was very impressed “

“I was very impressed with the level of care, medical and clinical, and the support staff at Miracles. All the staff, from the maids to the doctors, were empathetic and caring. They all were very sensitive to my individual needs. My problems were trauma and anxiety, which were treated alongside my addiction issues. Everyone was just amazing.”

Michael living in  Hong Kong,  from USA

“Thank you for saving me.”

“Changed my life and my family forever. Thank you for saving me.”

Paul living in  New Zeland

“God Bless you”

“We dropped our son off at the airport to go to Phuket, hoping for the best. We live and work in Thailand so our options were limited to Thailand only and not many places were open at all. A family friend had told us about Miracles and we were so desperate we didn’t really have much to go on. Miracles Asia turned out to be a blessing for our son and our family. He returned to us two months later, back to the way he was, back to our beautiful son, we are so grateful and all this during COVID. Thank you Mark and the team and continuing to keep in touch with us. God Bless you.”

A grateful family living in  Singapore