The Dawn Rehab


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Chiang Mai, Thailand

A boutique riverfront rehab offering onsite detox, TMS treatment and Eastern wellness practices to underpin Western psychotherapy and achieve holistic recovery.


Countryside, Riverside, Tropical




28+ days

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About The Dawn Rehab

The Dawn Medical Rehab and Wellness Centre is a leading holistic rehab and retreat for those struggling with substance abuse and behavioral addictions as well as mental health issues including anxiety, depression, and executive burnout.

Here at our calming riverside sanctuary in the city of Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand, you’ll be poised to reap all the healing benefits of both Asian traditional practices and ground-breaking therapeutic innovations. Even if you’ve been resistant to treatment in the past, we believe that with enough personal attention paid to what truly drives your issues, you can experience deep transformation beyond what you ever thought what was possible.

Our holistic treatment approach takes your whole picture into account – your presenting issue, underlying issues, past experiences, relationships, environment and family dynamics – and addresses problems at their source to make sure they don’t recur. We’re different than most rehabs in Thailand in that we specialise in treating unresolved trauma, a hidden cause of most addictions and mental illnesses. You’ll receive a thorough assessment and custom-designed treatment plan, which will be adjusted over the course of your stay to ensure it’s meeting your ever-evolving needs.

The Small Rehab Where Big Changes Happen

Here at The Dawn, we take the time to get to know you. We don’t just look at the issue that brought you here, but your life as a whole, and all of the experiences that got you to where you are now. Unlike bigger rehabs where high turnover and an overwhelming number of clients can add to your stress, we keep things small and low-key. That means you’ll easily make friends with others in your programme, and you’ll have an all-access pass to our team for support whenever you need it. And while we may be known as the friendliest rehab in Asia, we take our commitment to upholding ethical treatment standards seriously. Our therapists are up-to-the-minute educated on the latest treatment techniques, and we offer onsite medical detox and innovative therapies not found anywhere else in Asia.

Relapse Assurance Policy

We’re confident that our high treatment quality standards and your personal growth and skill-building while in treatment will prepare you for a life of sobriety. The Dawn offers a rare Relapse Assurance Guarantee, which ensures that anyone who completes our full programme for drug and alcohol addiction treatment can come back for an additional 28 days of residential treatment if they relapse for any reason, at no additional cost.

Team of Expert Clinicians

Led by David Smallwood, former clinical director of the Kusnacht Practice in Switzerland and manager of the Priory Hospital Addiction Unit in North London, our stellar team stays up-to-the-minute on the latest therapeutic developments in addiction and behavioural health. Our clients and staff are one big family, and as soon as you arrive, you’ll be welcomed into it. You won’t feel like a number here – everyone you come into contact with each day will know you by name. At The Dawn, we treat you as a person, not a problem.

Progressive Treatment Methods

We combine evidence-based techniques like CBT, DBT and the 12 Steps with modern treatment methods like TMS and neurofeedback for an all-encompassing approach to your recovery. Your conventional therapy will be enhanced by non-drug alternative therapies like mindfulness meditation, yoga and massage to help you relax into a therapeutic state and accelerate your progress. By learning new practices, you’ll gain the tools you need to deal with life’s temptations and challenges and stay confidently sober for the long haul.

A Tropical Thai Rehab Resort

Our tranquil grounds are set on the banks of the Ping River, on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, surrounded by picturesque rice fields and traditional Thai villages. You’ll feel cool and comfortable in your private resort-style accommodation, where you can sleep to the soothing sounds of the water and wake up to sunny skies, fresh air and stunning natural scenery. And you’ll have convenient access to our full range of services and amenities such as swimming pool, health spa, sauna, fitness centre and game room.

Center Overview

  • Founded


  • Occupancy


  • Languages


  • Who We Treat

    Men and Women

    Executive Treatment

    Young Adults

    Midlife Adults



  • Trauma Treatment

  • Burnout & Stress

  • Trauma

  • Chronic Stress

  • Burnout

  • Co-Occurring Disorders


  • Experiential

  • Family Program

  • Group Therapy

  • Wellness


  • 1-on-1 Counseling

  • Somatic Experiencing

  • Acupuncture

  • Relaxation Therapy

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What We Treat

  • Methamphetamine

  • Ecstasy

  • Cocaine

  • Gambling

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  • Return Visits

  • Drug Screening

  • Follow-up Sessions (online)

  • Recovery Coach

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Special Considerations

  • Dietary Accommodations

  • Flexible technology policies

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  • Pool

  • Spa

  • Access to Nature

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  • Physical Fitness

  • Yoga

  • Fishing

  • Movies

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Professional Staff

David Smallwood

Clinical Director

Author of “Who Says I’m an Addict” Masters in Addiction Counselling Psychology FDAP (NCAC)

Tony Tan

Clinical Manager

Psychologist, Trauma Specialist, Life Coach, Hypnotherapist MPsych (Australia), CSAT III, CGAT II, EMDR II, Master NLP Coach, Interactive Hypnotherapy

Wei Ling

Clinical Psychologist


Alan Wood


Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice, BA in Addictions Counselling, FDAP

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“I feel happier, I feel more confident. I actually love myself for the first time in 20 years.”

Christine (Australia)

Review Summary


(2 Reviews)

2 out of 2 reviewers recommend this provider.


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  • Straightforward Costs & Expectations (1)
  • Beautiful Location (1)
  • Treated With Respect (1)
  • Fun Activities (1)
  • Confidential (1)
  • Excellent & Effective Treatment Programming (1)
  • Friendly & Competent Staff (1)


  • Shallow Post-Treatment Planning
  • Not Enough Time With Therapist


William St. John Barry

Loved One of a Former Client

Profile: Male

From: Ibiza

Treatment Received: 2018

Length of Stay: 90 days

Conditions Treated: Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Ecstasy, Marijuana


At a time of severe family crisis caused by my son's addiction to class A drugs The Dawn provided a first class highly professional rehabilitation setting in the tranquil Chiang Mai country side enabling my son to receive the empathetic support and therapy he required to respond in a positive manner to his treatment and to embrace his recovery. Since arriving at The Dawn in September 2018 and up to the present ...25 May 2019 my son has been free from drugs and for the last six months has not been on any prescribed medication. Whilst still early days I am optimistic about my son's continued recovery and I shall always be grateful for the life changing rehabilitation he received at The Dawn.

Response from Center

Dear William, Thank you for your kind review. Our clinical and support teams will be delighted to hear how well your son is doing in his recovery - he too put in a lot of hard work and so deserves half the credit. We wish your family only the best as you support him in maintaining his recovery as a top priority. Please feel free to let us know if we can be of assistance in any way. The Dawn Management


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The provider’s claims accurately describes who they are and what they do: Agree

Would recommend


Former Client

Profile: Male

From: Singapore

Occupation: Finance

Treatment Received: 2019

Length of Stay: 45 days

Conditions Treated: Benzodiazepines, Anxiety, Nicotine / Smoking, Ecstasy, Depression, Alcohol, Marijuana, Trauma


I spent 2 weeks in the addiction track and 4 weeks in the mental health group. I learnt a lot about myself, my disorders and coping tools. I was very pleased with the overall experience. The low amount of clients at the Dawn made it very intimate. I enjoyed the group therapy, where I was made to share my experiences and learnt from others. The counsellors, gym and meditation instructors where great. I was however a little disappointed with the lack of closure or formal farewell process.

Response from Center

Dear Al, Thank-you very much for your positive feedback. We are glad you found your stay at The Dawn a beneficial experience. We have passed on your positive words to the counsellors and our gym and holistic staff—they will surely appreciate them. Our online weekly aftercare groups are always available to you if you require them. The Dawn team wishes you the best of luck in your recovery journey. The Dawn Management Team


Food & Nutrition




  • Straightforward Costs & Expectations

  • Beautiful Location

  • Treated With Respect

  • Fun Activities

  • Confidential

  • Excellent & Effective Treatment Programming

  • Friendly & Competent Staff


  • Shallow Post-Treatment Planning

  • Not Enough Time With Therapist

The provider’s claims accurately describes who they are and what they do: Agree

Would recommend

Message The Dawn Rehab

The Dawn Rehab

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