More than 30 million people visit Thailand every year for study, or leisure, or for a rehab vacation. One of the highlights of visiting is the people. Generally speaking, the Thais are very gracious hosts: endearing and gentle, with a sense of happiness that is contagious. This is a big reason why Thailand may be the best country in the world to immerse in the flow of spirituality.
Thailand is a leading center of Buddhism in Southeast Asia, with over 95% of the local population adhering to Theravada Buddhism. At the core of Buddhism is a personal commitment to mindfulness, which each practitioner is encouraged to seek in their own way.
If you or a loved one is battling with an addiction, this article explains how undergoing rehab in Thailand can accelerate your recovery and also enrich your life.
Warm welcoming Thai people
Your first few days in Thailand may be disorienting. The first thing that will strike you is how amazingly warm and friendly the people are. Then you might notice how chaotic the traffic is. Then, you might notice that despite the chaos, there is an underlying sense of order in the chaos. People are relaxed, living in the moment, and in a state of harmony with their environments. It’s very easy (after overcoming your initial disorientation) to let go of your preconceived notions and get into the local spirit.
Whether you travel south to the beaches of Phuket or north to the forested hills of Chiang Mai, it’s easy to take on the Thai approach to life. Happiness is an attitude that comes from within. As the Thais like to say, mai pen rai (don’t worry about it).
At the Next Step Chiang Mai, The Next Step Village is the hub of our Living Community Project. Surrounded by peaceful gardens, a central Lanna-style pavilion hosts a collective expression of the people who spend time here. Through combined contributions, guests, locals and staff work together to continuously refine what is a holistic centre for spiritual and wellness activities.
Settling into a Holistic Rehab vacation
Buddhism is not only a religion but also a way of life. It has permeated all parts of Asian culture in Thailand, China, Cambodia, Laos etc. For example, Buddhism flourished in China and gave birth to an entire school of health treatment called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a school of preventative medicine that regards the mind, body and spirit as equally important in the overall health of the individual. One big difference between traditional medicine and TCM is that spirituality plays a key role in the TCM healing process.
For those seeking rehab in Thailand, holistic rehab describes unique addiction treatment programs that are based on integrative medicine, which achieve optimal wellness by focusing on a unified mind-body-spirit. The goal is to treat the whole person, rather than the individual symptoms.
At the Next Step Chiang Mai, the peaceful landscape contributes to the success of an Experiential Recovery (LER) Approach, which helps patients with their emotional and spiritual well-being. There are a host of techniques within the holistic addiction treatment approach that may be used. Examples:
- Mindfulness exercises
- Meditation classes
- Nutritional interventions
- Physical therapy
We believe that there is more to addiction rehabilitation than simple abstinence and therapy sessions, which is why we offer a holistic approach that can be customised to meet the needs of each of our guests.
Conclusion: a rehab vacation to remember
Overcoming an addiction is tough, especially if you stay in your home country. To get away from the distractions and stress, Southeast Asia should be your first choice.
TNS Chiang Mai offers Outreach and Outpatient program for non-residents and residents alike. With this last step, we ensure your full recovery and leave you prepared for your onward journey.
If you have an addiction problem, feel free to contact us at The Next Step Chiang Mai, where we won’t let you give up on yourself.