Residential & Online Addiction Treatment

Alpha Sober Living provides comprehensive advice, education, assessment and treatment for addiction.


Alpha Sober Living is a truly world class sober house in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. We deliver a progressive and groundbreaking post addiction treatment service. We also offer outpatient counselling and referral and assessment services. Regardless of where you come from our pioneering model of recovery will give you every chance of remaining clean and sober after your stay in rehab and will take your recovery and emotional sobriety to another level. Our methods are tried and tested through more than a decade of running some of the world’s largest and most successful addiction treatment programmes.

Our founder, Alastair Mordey is one of the most respected speakers on the global addiction conference circuit today. He is also widely recognised as one of the primary pioneers of the addiction treatment field in Thailand, having co founded The Cabin Chiang Mai in 2010, acting as global programme director for seven years during which time it became one of the largest addiction treatment centres in the world.


A sober living facility, or a sober house, is effectively a secondary stage of treatment after being in primary treatment (a drug or alcohol rehab). Whilst you can learn the basic tools of recovery in residential addiction treatment centres, often these tools can be quickly lost on return to the stresses and strains of your home community. A sober house is a bridge between the ideal environment of a residential drug and alcohol rehab and ‘real life’.


Addiction is a behavioural illness characterized by intense cravings and poor impulse control. Continued abuse of substances or other rewarding behaviours damages the brains learning and decision making faculties. It also creates a blunted response to reward and pleasure which in turn leads to an increased need to use substances or engage in highly rewarding behaviours (pornography, gaming, gambling etc). Treatment options for behavioural illnesses like addiction tend to focus on psycho-social reintegration (learning to become part of a group of peers), as well as learning to regulate emotional states.


Alpha Sober Living is all about urban recovery. It is realistic. We use the modalities that are best suited for successful recovery and long-term sobriety. At our sober house in Chiang Mai we augment our counselling programme with a programme of body-based therapies, including strength training, jiu-jitsu, muay Thai, medical qi gong, movement coaching and meditation. Recovery from addiction is all about connection and these methods are all about increasing body awareness and bonding with our peers.

Many of the techniques that are used in addiction treatment centres in Thailand today (such as Thai boxing for youth, mind-mapping, and secularizing the 12 Steps with CBT exercises) were pioneered by our founder and programme director Alastair Mordey. We are easily able to build on what you have learned in your rehab because Alastair designed and authored the programme that most Asian rehabs now use. In this way you can seamlessly continue the therapeutic work you began in the primary stage of addiction treatment at your rehab.


Most of our residents will be coming to us directly from Thai rehabs (primary treatment) but we also accept new residents from any location anywhere in the world if they have completed primary treatment and have the willingness to work a serious programme of recovery. This programme is for men who want to challenge themselves physically, mentally and spiritually. At The Alpha Sober House we develop mind, body and spirit. If you have completed drug and alcohol rehab, or residential rehab for a process addiction, and/or if you have a basic amount of clean and sober time and are determined to grow to your highest potential, then we are the sober house for you. If you have been in a number of rehabs or sober homes and secondary stage treatment centres before and found that they did not push you enough mentally, physically and emotionally, then again, Alpha Sober Living is probably the sober house for you.


Sober houses vary, with some being less structured and some being more intensive. At our sober house in Chiang Mai we are more intensive.  You don’t have to do all of the activities listed here, but all are available on the programme. Prior experience in martial arts is not required and our clients may choose from a range of physical disciplines depending on what is most suitable for them. Below are the main component parts of the programme at Alpha. For more info on what’s included and how we can help you contact us.

Group & Individual Counselling

At Alpha we conduct twice weekly one to one therapy and daily group therapy. Group therapy incorporates both psychological education and the chance to process what’s going on for you. (NOTE: We also conduct online counselling for outpatient clients anywhere in the world.)

Jiu Jitsu & Grappling

Alpha sober house residents have the option of three no-gi grappling classes weekly. Private tuition in Jiu Jitsu is also available.

Muay Thai

Residents at Alpha Sober House that choose to train in Muay Thai can do so between 3 and 6 days weekly. Most residents place the emphasis on health and fitness rather than ring fighting.

Qi Gong

In house Qi Gong classes are available in house 5 days a week. Qi Gong increases tendon strength, movement and flexibility.

Yoga & Meditation

At Alpha Sober House we have our own dojo/yoga studio. Residents can join set classes and also use the space for their own private practice.

Recovery Meetings

The Alpha Sober House is located conveniently within the heart of Chiang Mai with three of the largest 12 step fellowships literally on our doorstep.

Extensive Library & Bibliotherapy

We have an extensive range of recovery and personal growth literature, as well as many of the seminal texts of psychology and philosophy within our own library. Clients are encouraged to expand their learning whilst staying at Alpha Sober House.

Strength & Conditioning

For clients who are unable to do martial arts we encourage an ‘easy strength’ protocol. Access to corrective exercise specialists in our network will instill correct technique and improvement regardless of age or ability.