The Dawn offers recovery not only for individuals struggling with addiction but for those who need to restore their mental health as well. The anxiety retreat programme at The Dawn in Thailand provides an opportunity for individuals with anxiety problems to regain control of their lives and reconnect with their spiritual side in the beautiful, picturesque city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. 

It is normal for people to feel anxious at certain points in their lives, especially when they are faced with a situation that is challenging or stressful, such as a first date, exam or a job interview. In fact, symptoms of anxiety — racing heartbeat, adrenaline rush, narrowed vision or muscle tension — are remnants of evolutionary fight or flight responses that allowed our ancestors to stay safe when confronted with survival situations. However, if these reactions start to overwhelm a person to the point that it interferes with their daily life, then they could be battling an anxiety disorder. In anxiety disorders, the brain and body overreact to everyday activities — leaving the house, driving a car, interacting with others — by interpreting them with the same intensity as life-or-death situations.  

People who deal with anxiety disorders cannot control their panic responses and often find that it makes navigating their life incredibly difficult. They may experience debilitating anxiety attacks without warning, which can interfere with normal activities like working, attending social events or running errands in public. The Dawn rehab in Thailand offers specialised programming for people who experience these difficulties and are looking for a solution to regain control of their lives. Our relaxing, rejuvenating anxiety retreat programme allows our clients to take a step back from the stressors of everyday life and begin to create new, sustainable habits and methods for dealing with their anxiety.

 We also offer a dual diagnosis program for those who struggle with anxiety and a co-occurring substance use disorder. Anxiety often leads to self-medication with drugs or alcohol; what’s more, many common prescription anxiety medications can become addicting when taken for too long or taken at higher doses than recommended. The Dawn rehab can help break the cycle of addiction and anxiety and allow mental, physical and spiritual healing that will last beyond our clients’ time in our programme.


The Dawn is staffed with highly skilled mental health counsellors and licensed medical professionals who provide our premier individualised treatments. Our clients’ time with us is filled with expertly guided therapeutic activities tailored to their needs and strengths.


Our integrated approach to treatment is ideal for individuals suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues. These concerns often go hand in hand, and research shows that treating them both delivers long-lasting recovery in both areas.


Our residential facilities boast premier accommodations, tranquil grounds and world-class amenities. We ensure our clients’ every comfort to create a relaxing, distraction-free atmosphere for a focused recovery experience.

What is the best treatment for anxiety disorders?

The most common approaches to treating anxiety disorders are medication and psychotherapy. Medicating for anxiety, however, comes with a variety of risks as many anxiety drugs come with a host of side effects and are easily abused. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are incredibly responsive to psychotherapy, and usually in a short period of time. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in particular is an excellent tool for treating anxiety. CBT focuses on the thoughts and behaviours that are associated with the disorder and helps people to recognise and challenge their negative thought patterns and irrational views that contribute to their anxiety. It helps people “reprogram” themselves to respond differently to situations that may have once triggered their anxiety, using the power of cognition to help them feel more in control of their life and their body.

Professional anxiety retreat programming may be suitable if the anxiety interferes with a person’s daily life or causes extreme distress. Programmes like the one we offer at The Dawn are an intensive way for those who struggle with anxiety to take time away from the distractions of daily life and fully focus on overcoming their disorder. Our tranquil location, world-class services and expert staff ensure that your experience here will help you heal and give you the tools you need to manage your anxiety when you leave.

Why come to Thailand for anxiety retreat programme at The Dawn?

The Dawn rehab in Thailand offers an ideal setting and treatment offerings for helping clients recover from anxiety. Our facilities are located in a peaceful, natural setting with an emphasis on spa-like amenities and a relaxing atmosphere. We strive to remove stressors and pressures that might trigger anxiety or cause our clients to become distracted from their healing. We offer private accommodations with full-service amenities, giving our clients an ideal environment to recuperate and restore themselves. We also provide fun activities, excursions and other complementary therapies.

The Dawn implements evidence-based therapies for our anxiety retreat clients, including CBT which has been shown to produce quick and effective results. Our model of CBT is an enhanced method known as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This type of therapy includes the standard principles of CBT and adds beneficial psychological strategies such as mindfulness and meditation. We pride ourselves on incorporating the best of both Eastern and Western approaches to healing, and MBCT is one of the products of our careful treatment planning.

In addition, The Dawn is the first rehab and wellness centre in Thailand to offer an all-inclusive programme for residential anxiety treatment. Our anxiety retreat programme can be customised to suit each individual’s needs. Our licensed team of professionals is experienced in handling all kinds of mental health issues, along with alcohol and drug addictions. Our program is unparalleled in the country and region, and rivals comparable centres worldwide at a fraction of the cost.

What Are The Benefits Of An Anxiety Recovery Retreat?

There are many benefits to getting treatment for anxiety disorders. Some of the best reasons to sign up for an anxiety retreat include:

    • Learning to manage your symptoms – You can learn to control any symptoms that get in the way of living a healthy life, doing well at work or school and more through psychotherapeutic treatment.


    • Receiving treatment for underlying trauma – Your panic and anxiety may be directly linked to a specific traumatic experience that occurred when you were a child or during early adulthood. Addressing the situation and working through it can help reduce anxiety symptoms.


    • Receiving treatment for dual diagnosis – Many people with anxiety disorders have a dual diagnosis, or co-occurring mental health issues such as depression or substance abuse. Getting treatment at an anxiety retreat can help you overcome these issues, thereby reducing your anxiety disorder symptoms as well.


What are the different types of anxiety?

There are several significant types of anxiety disorders, which each have their own unique symptoms. The Dawn is experienced in treating each specific type of anxiety, offering individualised therapy plans and one-to-one attention from counsellors and clinicians. Whether you know what kind of anxiety you are dealing with or not, our team and our programme will help you discover what you need to take control of your symptoms and your life.

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

People with GAD tend to be worried, scared and anxious on a consistent basis. They may have fears that seem reasonable — such as disasters, financial troubles or tragedies — but worry about them more frequently and with greater intensity than others. The level of worry they feel affects their daily activities; not only is it a distraction, but it can prevent them from taking action in situations where they are afraid of possible adverse outcomes. They may also constantly feel as though something bad is about to occur, even in situations where they are perfectly safe. GAD is often recognisable through physical symptoms such as restlessness, fatigue, stomach issues and insomnia.

Panic disorder

A panic disorder is characterised by unexpected, recurring panic attacks, along with the fear of experiencing another panic attack. Panic attacks can happen at random, even when someone is not necessarily in an anxiety-inducing situation. Some reaction in the body triggers an extreme panic response, making the person feel as though they are in great danger even when there is no apparent cause. Panic attacks may be characterised by a fast heartbeat, stomach pain, dizziness, sweating or tingling at the extremities.

Agoraphobia, which describes the fear of being in places where it is difficult to get help or to escape, often accompanies panic disorders. Those with agoraphobia often stay away from public or confined spaces to minimise these feelings. Panic disorder can be a serious problem, preventing those who struggle with it from leaving their house or resulting in debilitating panic attacks without warning.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

OCD is characterised by unwanted behaviours or thoughts that feel as though they are impossible to control or stop. Those with OCD are often bothered by obsessions, such as the habitual worrying that they forgot to do something. They may also experience uncontrollable compulsions, such as the constant, overwhelming need to wash their hands again and again. The inability to address an obsessive thought or perform a compulsive action may result in a severe reaction or breakdown.

Disordered obsessive thoughts are intrusive and distracting, preventing those with OCD from focusing on things like work or other responsibilities. Compulsions can also be incredibly disruptive since the person has no control over when they will feel a need to perform a compulsive action and also has little control over whether they will or will not act on their compulsion.


Phobias are an exaggerated or unrealistic fear of certain objects, activities or situations that are actually not very dangerous, if at all. Typical phobias include the fear of heights, fear of flying and fear of animals (like spiders and snakes). People with severe phobias often go to drastic lengths to stay away from the thing they fear, though avoidance actually reinforces the phobia. They may also experience a constant worry that the thing they fear is nearby or looming, resulting in constant negative, fearful thoughts.

Social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorder describes anxiety that is caused by the fear of public embarrassment or being negatively judged by other people. Those with social anxiety tend to refrain from public situations, which can have a debilitating effect on their life. They may feel unable to take social risks, like meeting new people or talking about potentially controversial topics. Social anxiety is more than just being shy or introverted — those who have with social anxiety truly feel a sense of fear or panic in social situations, rather than merely avoiding them preferentially. It’s important to overcome social anxiety to avoid struggling with common social settings like work, family or friend gatherings or running errands. Symptoms of social anxiety are especially responsive to CBT due to the therapy’s confidence-building qualities.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is the way that our bodies naturally respond to danger. It is comparable to an instinctive alarm that is triggered when a person is faced with a challenging situation, under pressure or threatened. Some anxiety, from time to time, is not necessarily a bad thing because anxiety can actually help you to stay focused and alert, encourage action and stimulate problem-solving abilities. Anxiety is no longer productive, and becomes a problem, when it is overwhelming or constant, and gets in the way of one’s activities and relationships.

What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders?

Anxiety symptoms can vary from person to person. One person could start to panic at the idea of a party, while another could experience panic attacks that occur all of a sudden. Even though there are different types of anxiety, all of them share the same main symptom, which is persistent or severe worry or fear in situations where other people would not feel threatened. Other general symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feelings of uneasiness, fear and panic
  • Insomnia
  • Sweaty or cold hands or feet
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Inability to stay calm and still
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Muscle tension
  • Digestive issues

Contact The Dawn to Learn More

The Dawn provides a world-class anxiety retreat programme in Thailand, in the beautiful northern city of Chiang Mai. Our programming is available to clients of all ages, genders and nationalities — as an international recovery community, we are accepting of a wide range of beliefs and walks of life. We offer comfortable amenities in a relaxing setting at a price point that makes our high-quality services available to all those who need it. Find out more about our anxiety retreat and whether it is right for you or your loved one — contact us today.