Opioids, such as codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone and oxycodone, are narcotic pain relievers that are either derived from morphine or synthetic versions of morphine derivatives. Opioid addiction devastates the lives of an enormous and growing number of people – an epidemic that’s fuelled by their widespread over-prescription.

But unfortunately, only 10 percent of those who are addicted to opioids end up seeking treatment. That’s a very concerning figure, considering their extremely addictive nature and high overdose risk. In fact, opioids are responsible for the highest number of drug-related injuries and deaths. Because of their potential for physical addiction and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, relapse is common for those who try to quit on their own.

We want you to know that it’s entirely possible to get off of opioids and stay sober for good. At The Dawn, we’ve helped many people successfully recover from opioid addiction and confidently manage their lives without drugs – and we can help you, too

Comfortable and private room in a beautiful riverside facility with full-service amenities at your fingertips.

We incorporate a wide range of holistic approaches to help our clients develop mental strength and improve overall health.

We employ a team of licensed professionals who have extensive experience in the fields of mental health and addiction.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Repeated opioid use quickly leads to tolerance-building, and eventually your brain and body become accustomed to the levels of opioids present in your system. Once this happens, you will experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop using, such as:

  • Intense cravings
  • Extreme anxiety and irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches and muscle aches
  • Intestinal problems
  • Profuse sweating
  • Racing heartbeat

The amount of time it takes to become dependent on opioids differs from person to person. If you’re opioid-dependent, your first step when entering rehab will be to enter detox, so you can safely rid your body of the presence of opioids before beginning addiction treatment.


Effects of Opioid Abuse

Opioids take a serious toll on your body. Long-term effects of opioid use include, but are not limited to:

  • Severe constipation and bloating
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Liver and kidney damage (usually due to acetaminophen and other NSAIDs typically present in prescription opioids)
  • Respiratory depression, which can lead to hypoxia and resulting brain damage

Why The Dawn is Your Best Choice for Opioid Rehab in Thailand

Addiction-Specialised Clinicians at The Dawn Opioid Rehab Thailand

At The Dawn, we’re well equipped to safely and effectively guide you through each stage of opioid addiction treatment. Our international team of addiction-specialised clinicians is headed up by David Smallwood, former clinical director of the Kusnacht Practice in Switzerland and manager of the addiction unit at the Priory Hospital in London. We constantly continue our education, involve ourselves in the international behavioural health community and stay abreast of the newest developments in addiction treatment. We hold ourselves to the highest clinical quality standards, so you can rest assured that when you’re here, you’re in good hands and receiving the best treatment possible.

Inpatient Opioid Rehab: Your Most Effective Treatment Option

Because of opioids’ high risk for harm and overdose, and potential need for medical attention due to opioid-related health concerns, it’s important for those who are opioid-dependent to get sober in a professionally supervised setting. Inpatient rehab is recommended as the most effective form of treatment, as is provides the most comprehensive level of care and support. Relapse is common in the early stages of sobriety, and being in a residential setting greatly reduces the risk for this. Inpatient treatment is a more committed way to get sober – each day, you’ll be immersed in a full schedule of activities specifically aimed at advancing your recovery progress.

How Our Opioid Addiction Treatment Works

The Dawn’s Twin Pillars treatment programme is designed to help you overcome the disease of addiction and come away with the tools you need to stay sober. Its main components are: opioid detox, addiction counselling and wellness therapy.

Withdrawing from opioids is uncomfortable, and can be dangerous. Unpleasant symptoms can make it all too tempting to use again, which is why many people find it difficult to get clean despite their best efforts. That’s why it’s important to detox in the care of medical professionals, in a highly supportive setting.

Here at The Dawn, we’ll begin your treatment by conducting an assessment to precisely determine your level of dependency and check for any other related health concerns. If detox is required, you’ll do so at our onsite facility, staffed round the clock by our caring and compassionate medical team. While this is taking place, you’ll stay in relaxing accommodation that provides you with comfort and privacy. And once it’s complete, you’ll be ready for the next step.

We use time-tested treatment methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy (MCBT) and 12-Step fellowship to help you make the profound changes you want to see in your life. While CBT helps you recognise and change the deeply held beliefs that limit your growth, mindfulness helps you maintain a centred sense of calm when dealing with challenging situations. 12-Step group meetings help you cultivate a community of peers that will support your sobriety for life.

We offer a wide array of alternative therapies to support your progress and bring a sense of ease and relaxation to your time in treatment. These include:

  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Spa and massage therapy
  • Exercise
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Art therapy
  • Muay Thai

During your stay with us, you’ll also receive dietary guidance and maintain a balanced diet that supports your recovery with nutrition from whole foods and locally sourced produce. And you’ll have full access to our gym, swimming pool and meditation spaces to recharge during your free time.

If you’re physically dependent on opioid, your first step will likely be opioid detox. Not everyone requires this phase of treatment — this will be determined during an initial assessment prior to starting your treatment plan. We have a comprehensive medical detox facility onsite, so you can complete all stages of treatment in one location and easily transition from detox to therapy. Our centre is fully equipped with modern medical technology, and our medical staff are available at all hours.
After detox you’ll move on to addiction treatment, where you’ll stay in comfortable, private accommodation while working through an intensive daily programme. In this stage, we’ll focus on the underlying causes of your addiction using our own Twin Pillars approach. This unique approach to treatment combines evidence-based and innovative therapy and a complementary wellness regimen to ensure our clients have the best possible chance to maintain long-term recovery, sobriety and generally healthy living.

Opioid Abuse Treatment in Thailand

Thailand is an ideal place to begin your recovery journey. Its warmth, natural beauty and friendly local culture create an environment that comforts you during challenging the stages of recovery. At our peaceful facility on the banks of the Ping River outside of Chiang Mai, you’ll find that the fresh air and beauty of the countryside help to clear your mind, making you feel positive and prepared for the important work of getting sober.

A Day at The Dawn

We believe in healing the whole person. You’ll receive intensive therapy, but meditation, relaxation, movement and recreational activities will all play an important role in your treatment. Here’s an example of what a typical day looks like at The Dawn:

07:00: Morning yoga / cycling
08:00: Breakfast
09:30: Process /  trauma group
10:50: Tai Chi or circuit training / cardio
11:30: Focus group 1
12:30: Lunch
13:30: Focus group 2
14:30: Individual counselling, massage
18:00: Dinner
19:30: Offsite NA / AA meeting
20:30: Rest & relaxation
22:00: Bedtime