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Long-Term Addiction Recovery Programs in Thailand

The Next Step’s supportive environment and experiential recovery framework is based on 3 core paths: Secondary CareSober Living and Arrested Relapse. There are inevitably some common elements to each program, but also group sessions and 1-2-1 addiction counselling specific to the client’s unique recovery path.

Most clients choose to come to The Next Step during a transitional life phase. There is no typical length of stay at The Next Step, just as there is no ceiling on recovery. A true addict has their disease for life. So, in order to maintain emotional sobriety to remain physically sober, we require booster doses of self-care and emotional support many times along the way. Clients often benefit from 1-6 months at The Village, while others reside with us for 1-2 years. Our Living Experiential Recovery (LER) approach helps you to make small changes through every day activities, and becomes noticeably more effective the longer we are mindfully implementing it.

At the simplest level, our programs are categorised as follows:

  • Secondary Care: The obvious next step after Primary Care treatment. Here you begin to apply the tools you’ve learnt about in rehab, and hone your relapse prevention skills. Our Secondary Care program reinforces an addict’s identified recovery pathway.
  • Sober Living: With the tools now quite familiar and your pathway defined, after 6-12 months of continual sobriety, you may elect to live in a safe, supported place with like-minded people. Program activities have a greater leaning towards service and helping others.
  • Arrested Relapse: It doesn’t matter where you are on your recovery journey, if you recognise old behaviours returning, you can arrest a potential relapse before picking up. The road to relapse begins well before a drink or drug are taken. If you have already picked up, you can now minimise the consequences affecting you and those around you. We refresh the basic recovery tools and map out your relapse period activity in order to correct old behaviours.

Of the three programs, Arrested Relapse is inherently the most intensive. However all programs can be approached with as much or little intensity as is right for you – and this will be determined by you together with your counsellor.

At these often fearful times, we know that identification with others within supportive community living is the most powerful catalyst for change. Therefore every program schedule is carefully considered for the right balance of independence and togetherness.

At the end of your stay at The Next Step Village, our counsellors provide continued Aftercare support as required – either remotely via skype calls, or as an Outpatient at The Village. But once part of The Village, always part of The Village. We make sure you are fully equipped to re-connect with us at any point if you should need to.

  • For most treatment centers the “missing link” is what happens after primary care. At The Next Step I have seen first hand not just what happens, but the ongoing results of what they provide.

  • TNS has given me the opportunity to understand why I relapse and to plan for purpose & meaning in life. Without that purpose, I will be forever relapsing.

  • Whatever challenges life throws at me, I will be able to face them head on because I know that I have the care and support from the guys at The Next Step.

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