Alcohol rehab in Bali set among beautiful lagoon landscape

Alcohol Rehab Options in Bali
Tailor-made Programmes in a Beautiful Tropical Setting

In Australia, more adults are addicted to alcohol than any other substance. This drug, though socially accepted, can cause a variety of serious health risks if used to excess – and many lives are lost either directly or indirectly from overuse of alcohol. If you or a loved one suffer from addiction, consider that recovery may depend on finding the right alcohol rehab. Bali, a popular destination for holiday goers and medical tourists alike, and offers several excellent treatment centres to help you get back on the road to recovery.

Indeed, adequate help can be hard to come by inside Australia. Publicly-funded Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) services do exist and are very widely used: In 2016-2017 alone, 1 in 170 Australians received some kind of treatment from public sources.¹ However, AOD services are chronically underfunded, leading to a lack of resources and long waiting lists of up to six months. Private rehabs are another option, but these can be prohibitively expensive for many people.

Due to the lack of viable options at home, many Australians who are struggling with alcohol addiction travel to Bali for treatment. Alcohol rehab centres in Bali offer outstanding value for money, where luxury programmes are available at a fraction of the cost of similar private rehabs in Australia. They also have short waitlists and quick admission processes.

Do you need rehab for alcoholism?

Addiction is often characterised by high levels of denial around the severity of the problem. This can make it difficult for those actually in need of care to be willing to enter an addiction treatment programme. So how can you judge whether you need to look at entering a rehab for alcoholism?

The thing is:

Anyone who meets the criteria for alcohol use disorder (AUD) should consider attending rehab. In addition to social and behavioural changes which may indicate the presence of AUD, the DSM-5 notes that AUD can be identified through the following neurological and physiological effects:²

What can you expect at an alcohol rehab centre in Bali?

Most alcohol rehab centres in Bali are set in quiet areas, surrounded by nature. Accommodation options vary, but often resemble villas similar to those found at a holiday resort. The majority of centres are quite small, housing no more than 15 people at a time. This client limit allows for more personalised treatment and care, while also providing an opportunity for attendees to form friendships as they recover.

The length of your stay will depend on your condition and your treatment, but programmes can last anywhere from 28 to 90 days – or even longer, depending on need. During your stay, nutritious meals and other extras are provided.

A wide range of treatment modalities will be administered, including 12-step treatment, experiential therapy, behavioural therapies, motivational interviewing, and more. You may also have the chance to participate in a variety of holistic therapies and activities such as meditation, yoga, art therapy, and even surfing.

Do Australians attend rehab in Bali?

A significant portion of the rehabs in Bali are staffed, run, and owned by Australians. These offer private treatment to expats living in Indonesia, as well as overseas clients. But unlike rehabs in places like Thailand, where clients come from many different countries, most rehabs in Bali treat Australians and New Zealanders almost exclusively. The staff are generally highly trained and have a strong affinity for Australians. These qualities, when combined with the small size of most rehabs and the fact that many owners run the treatment programmes themselves, tend to make for a highly communal and even familial environment.

The best part?

Most Bali alcohol rehabilitation centres offer tailor-made programmes in a beautiful tropical setting, allowing you to escape the triggers of your day-to-day life and focus all your efforts on recovery.

Take the First Step Towards Recovery

Alcohol rehabilitation options in Bali

Inpatient treatment

Inpatient treatment involves living onsite at a rehab centre for a set period of time. The best inpatient programmes are staffed by a team of dedicated addiction experts who offer comprehensive treatment and support. Typical alcohol rehabilitation programmes can last up to 90 days, although many rehabs offer shorter or longer stays. It is important to note that programmes that last at least 90 days are known to be more effective.³

Private treatment

A small number of rehabs in Bali offer single-client inpatient treatment. These programmes are highly comprehensive, as the entire centre’s team is dedicated to the care of one individual at a time. For that reason, these programmes are considerably more expensive than standard treatments.

Continuing care

Most inpatient rehab centres offer continuing care to support their clients after they have left the facility – often through referrals to community-based programmes. Common forms of post-treatment support include relapse prevention planning, online group sessions, ongoing one-on-one counselling, and access to local 12-step support groups in the client’s home community.

Secondary treatment

Clients who have completed their primary treatment programme may still benefit from secondary treatment options in Bali. These resources include outpatient programmes, sober living homes, and sobriety coaches, to help clients avoid relapse and stay on track toward positive long-term outcomes.

Treatment approaches to alcohol addiction

Alcohol addiction treatment at most rehab centres in Bali will involve the following:


Prior to enrolling in a programme, you will undergo an initial assessment over the phone with an addiction expert. As soon as you arrive at the centre, you will receive a full physical and mental assessment from the onsite doctor followed by an additional mental health evaluation from the onsite psychiatrist or psychologist. 

Here, the assessing experts will determine if you have any co-occurring disorders – depression, anxiety, anger issues, etc. – that may be contributing to your alcohol addiction. Findings from this process will allow the centre to craft a treatment programme that suits your specific needs.

Accommodations at alcohol and drug rehabs in Bali similar to those villas found at a holiday resort

Psychological therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), an evidence-based treatment modality which is proven to be effective for substance abuse, is often a key component of a treatment programme. This treatment method involves identifying the negative thoughts and behaviours that trigger your alcohol use, and learning to replace them with more positive ones. Centres may also offer additional forms of therapy, including acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and trauma treatment.

Alcohol detox

Detox treatment is available at many rehab centres, either onsite or with affiliated hospitals. If you have been a heavy drinker for an extended period of time, withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe – and even life-threatening in the most serious cases. It is therefore highly recommended that you undergo detox under the care and supervision of medical professionals.

Integrated treatment

People who are alcohol dependent have a heightened risk for anxiety and depressive disorders.4 Due to overlapping symptoms, diagnosis and treatment are particularly challenging. Integrated treatment, which addresses any co-occurring or underlying psychiatric conditions as well as the alcohol addiction itself, is much more likely to lead to a successful recovery.

The 12-step model

The 12-step model can be effective elements of treatment for alcohol addiction. Although it has traditionally involved a strong connection to the Christian faith, particularly in the United States where it was developed, most rehabs in Bali take a secular approach to this group-based therapy. Its basic premise is that people can help one another achieve and maintain abstinence from alcohol and other harmful substances.

Recreational activities

Most inpatient rehab programmes offer a range of recreational activities like hiking, yoga, and meditation. One of many advantages of attending alcohol rehab in Bali is that you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the island’s unique activities, such as jungle treks, beach exploration, surfing, temple touring, Balinese massage, and more.

Make an Informed Choice
Choose a Rehab That Meets Your Needs

How much does alcohol rehab in Bali cost?

Prices range from $7,000-$15,000 per month for affordable rehabs, and $15,000-$30,000 per month for luxury rehabs. These prices are far lower than comparable private options in Australia.

Choosing the right alcohol rehab and detox retreat

When choosing a Bali rehab for alcoholism, it is very important to select a programme that meets your specific needs. You should make sure that the programme offers regular individual counselling, as this feature is associated with higher levels of retention and success.5
More importantly:
You should also check to make sure that the staff are accredited and have the appropriate experience to treat your condition. Finally, before you make a decision, you should consult a local primary care provider for advice and recommendation – or alternatively get a free, professional consultation from us.

Which rehab is the best in Bali?

Taking the first step towards recovery takes a lot of courage, and we are dedicated to helping you make an informed choice. For more information, explore your rehab options in Bali, or contact us directly for a no-obligation consultation. 


Joshua Rosenthal
  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2018. Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia: 2016–17. Drug treatment series no. 31. Cat. no. HSE 207. Canberra: AIHW.

  2. “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5).” American Psychiatric Association,

  3. NIDA. Teaching Addiction Science. National Institute on Drug Abuse website. February 11, 2019. Accessed June 3, 2020.

  4. Alcohol Res. 2019;40(1):01.

  5. Meier, P.S. and Best, D. (2006) Programme factors that influence completion of residential treatment. Drug and Alcohol Review, 25 (4). pp. 349-355.


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