Cost of Alcohol and Drug Rehab In Bali

If you have been struggling with addiction and have come to the realisation you need help, you may have started to look at the cost of rehab centres in Australia and were met with a shock. However, if you widen your options to include overseas choices the cost can drop significantly. One such location where the cost of rehab is much lower is in Bali.

Upon first thought you probably don’t associate Bali with rehab however the warm welcome, relaxing atmosphere, and spiritual culture are all elements that add up to make Bali a great destination to think about when considering rehab.

In this article, we will guide you through the ins and outs of rehab in Bali including why Australians prefer to attend rehab in Bali, the cost and what’s included, as well as alternative payment options.

Why travel to Bali for rehab

Bali is one of Southeast Asia’s leading destinations for addiction recovery and mental health retreat. The growing market for rehab services has seen Bali have significant growth over the last few years as the number of rehab clinics continue to grow, offering a wide number of options.
The idyllic location is of course a huge drawcard, as well as the combination of traditional, holistic, and spiritual practices that together form a solid base for recovery. In addition to this many rehab centres will integrate allied health services into their treatment programs, such as counselling and psychotherapy. Bali is also well known for its wellness retreats and the practice of yoga, meditation, reflexology and massage is also often combined into the psychological treatment for addictions and mental health issues. All of these practices combined make for a well-rounded recovery process.
Another reason you may want to consider travelling to Bali to seek help for addiction or mental health is that a change in environment can remove common temptations. Common triggers that help to fuel an addiction include day to day stressful situations that act as trigger cues and being a part of a social network or family/work culture that encourages drinking or other problematic behaviours. Removing yourself from the country will separate you from your everyday routine, and thus reduce stress levels to help you focus on your recovery.

Average cost of rehab in Bali

Let’s go through exactly how much treatment in rehab is in Bali. Of course, this varies on the type of treatment you would require and which treatment setting you believe would suit you best. You may do best in a group environment where you can share your experiences, or you may prefer a more individual approach where you have lots of time to reflect and process all the information you are given.
In Bali generally rehab centres tend to be small, housing only 6 to 14 people at one time, so you won’t be overwhelmed by large numbers of people.
  • Affordable inpatient rehab: $7000–$15,000 per month
  • Luxury inpatient rehab: $15,000–$30,000 per month
  • Ultra-luxury/private rehab: $60,000+ per month

What’s typically included in the price

All programs will be different in terms of what they offer to patients however you can expect the following to be included:
  • All-inclusive meals, and accommodation
  • Return airport pick up and drop off service
  • Excursions
  • Therapy sessions (individual and/or group based)
  • Massage
  • Yoga and meditation sessions
  • Online aftercare support when you leave the rehab centre
Ice rehab programme in Bali includes psychotherapy with an addiction counsellor

What’s typically not included in the price

Things that are typically not included in the price of your chosen treatment program are:

  • Airfares to and from Bali
  • International phone call services
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical expenses
  • Medications unrelated to your addition treatment

Typically, services such as detox and withdrawal services are provided at high end rehab clinics, which may be pricier overall than your average rehab centre. These are provided under the supervision of a specialised Indonesian medical team.

Paying for treatment: superannuation benefits

Although the cost of treatment at a rehab centre in Bali is significantly cheaper than what is available in Australia, it can still be costly especially if you are not financially prepared. If the cost of treatment is a burden, you may be able to alleviate some of financial stress by accessing the funds within your super.

To access your super, go online to the ATO website and apply for early access to medical treatment on compassionate grounds. You will need a letter from your doctor and also a letter from the rehab centre you plan to attend as supporting documents. Before you access your super make sure to assess the pros and cons of doing so, especially if you are closer to retirement age.

Travelling to Bali for rehab is a great option, offering an idyllic environment, traditional and alternative therapies that work alongside each other, and a good price point. Comparing the cost of rehab in Australia and the cost of rehab in Bali it’s clear that if you are able and willing to travel, price wise Bali is generally the best option.

Author
Joshua Rosenthal
Psychotherapist
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