Alcohol Withdrawal at Seasons Thailand

Detoxing from alcohol is a potentially dangerous process and is always carefully monitored by our experianced medical team.  This procedure usually entails a short substitution program with a tapered dose that will be administered by our highly trained doctors who are experienced in supervising this type of withdrawal.

During the initial assessments on the telephone we find out as much as we can about the client’s drinking patterns but a full medical examination on arrival decides exactly the schedule that should be followed. Our clients are further fortified at this time by our excellent support staff who understand exactly the challenges that they face.

Internationally Acclaimed Alcohol Treatment at Seasons Thailand

Alcoholism responds well to effective treatment. Seasons Thailand’s experience has proved that the most productive model for change is within a residential therapeutic community. We recommend that clients stay for 90 days but we also offer shorter programs of 28 and 60 days.

Our broad ranging Primary Program is informed by the very latest research and treats the physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of alcoholism through a balanced schedule. This includes group sessions, one on one counselling, educational groups and relapse prevention work. Also included in our holistic program are yoga, exercise sessions and massage.

At every stage of the process, clients are monitored, evaluated and their successes acknowledged. This really helps our staff to respond to what is going on for the clients and helps to instil an ever growing sense of self-esteem and a new found confidence.

Our skilled staff want nothing more than to help clients achieve their treatment goals.  The clinical team are all in recovery and therefore provide not only role models but understand exactly what people are going through. This creates a nurturing and compassionate atmosphere which inspires our clients to change.

Every aspect of Seasons Thailand is designed as an ideal environment to work through a program of recovery. The fundamental mission of transformation and growth is further supported by our fabulous location in the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. Within our beautiful centre all creature comforts are catered for. Every resident’s housekeeping needs are attended to by our domestic team and delicious healthy meals are served daily by our chef.

Our tranquil location on the banks of the Ping River in Chiang Mai offers both serenity and endless opportunities for exciting weekend excursions. Seasons Thailand is the best place in the World to start a new way of life.

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Withdrawal from Alcohol Addiction

The road to recovery always begins with withdrawal from the substance causing the problem. Alcohol, like many mind and mood altering substances, stimulates the release of dopamine in the brain. These chemicals release pleasurable feelings which is part of the reason drinking can increase self-confidence, raise the mood and lower inhibitions.

As the alcohol leaves the body these feelings and the raised dopamine levels disappear. By repeatedly drinking and changing the levels of dopamine in the brain the body begins to expect this outside help and stops producing the chemical naturally. As a person drinks more and their tolerance increases and the brain becomes more dependent on the external substance to feel good or even just normal.

As a result when someone who is addicted stops using they will suffer withdrawal symptoms which can range in severity from mild discomfort to being potentially life threatening. Symptoms of withdrawal usually start to subside after 5-7 days.

Withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite, abdominal pain and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Depression, agitation and mood swings
  • Increased blood pressure and/or palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

What Is Alcoholism?

Alcohol is widely accepted as a way people relax, unwind and socialise but it is a mind and mood altering substance and can result in severe consequences. An alcoholic is a very broad term and can be applied to anyone who regularly drinks too much and becomes unable to live a normal, happy life as a result.

Alcoholism can take a myriad of different forms from binge to daily drinking with varying physical, psychological, emotional social and spiritual repercussions. The World Health Organization recognises alcoholism as a disease and estimates that as of 2010 there were 208 million people suffering from this worldwide.

What are the effects of Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a potentially fatal, complex and progressive disease which has far-reaching ramifications for those who are afflicted. The physical consequences can include damage to the vital organs and in extreme cases this results in heart disease, alcoholic hepatitis and permanent damage to the liver. Other consequences can include:


  • Changes in the brain chemistry
  • Changes in the function and structure of the brain
  • Accidental injuries such as car crashes and falling over
  • Other injuries for example assault
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Nerve damage
  • Permanent damage to the brain
  • Vitamin B1 deficiency, which can lead to a disorder characterized by amnesia, apathy and disorientation
  • Ulcers and inflammation of the stomach walls
  • Weight loss
  • Cancer of the mouth and throat
  • Neglect of personal hygiene


  • Loss of productivity at work/ lack of concentration
  • Cravings
  • Preoccupation with drinking
  • Inability to function or deal with life or specific situations  without drinking


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Swings
  • Suicidal thoughts


  • Family problems
  • Broken relationships/lost friendships
  • Damaged work relationships
  • Isolation


  • A lack of connection with yourself
  • A lack of interest in work and other activities
  • A lack of interest in maintaining relationships

All of these features of the illness can have different consequences for the individual. However, for all alcoholics these elements of the disease interact with each other causing a disturbed sense of self and general dis-ease with life.