Our main service at Alpha is residential sober living. To be eligible clients must be either:

a) long term clean and sober

b) have recently finished a period of primary stage addiction treatment in a rehab



  • Quality accommodation
  • Cutting edge group therapy from a pioneer of addiction treatment
  • Addiction focused counselling
  • Massage
  • Healthy food catering for all diets from keto to vegetarian
  • Use of Gym/dojo area
  • Tuition in sports such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Yoga
  • Outdoors activities such as hiking and swimming


We augment our one to one and group therapy counselling programme with a programme of body-based therapies including strength training, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, yoga and triathlon training. Clients can find whatever works for them. We also believe in spending time in nature. On weekends we offer hiking or cycling the mountainous tracks around Chiang Mai. Below are the main models that we use in treatment.


CBT has a strong evidence base concerning the treatment of anxiety and depression as well as addiction. Mental health issues and emotional disorders like anxiety, depression, ADHD tend to strongly co-occur with addiction and so CBT is a powerful modality to use in conjunction with other addiction specific counselling techniques.


At the Alpha Sober House we utilize 12 Step facilitation to explore the principles of the 12 Steps within a secular framework. Chiang Mai is now blessed with one of the most vibrant 12 step fellowship scenes in the world. With five different fellowships represented and more than fifty meetings a week it surpasses many British and American cities in terms of accessibility to 12 step programmes.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a combat sport which focuses on grappling techniques with a particular emphasis on ground work. One of the main principles of BJJ is that a smaller weaker person may be able to overcome a bigger stronger person by learning effective grappling techniques. This is a good metaphor for recovery from addiction.


Muay Thai (Thai boxing) is the national sport of Thailand. It is sometimes also called the Art of 8 Limbs, because it uses fist, elbows, knees and shins to deliver blows. Clients at Alpha Sober House do not need to participate in full contact sparring in Muay Thai. We use it as a health and fitness discipline. However, those wishing to stay long term may train for fights if they wish and if they have the proper medical clearance.


Strength is the mother of all physical attributes. If you train for strength (not bodybuilding) you will become faster and have better balance as well as being more injury resistant and able to use sport specific skills with greater precision. Most of all, training for strength is meditative. It increases mental well-being, concentration and a host of other physical and mental health benefits.


Breathwork has become a popular modality used in various addiction treatments settings such as drug and alcohol rehabs and sober houses. Breathwork refers to breathing techniques that are used for physical, mental and emotional release. They are designed to help you experience a great sense of relaxation and mental clarity.


Q: Do I need to have done martial arts before to attend?
A: No you don’t. We work with all levels and our coaches are experienced at working with foreigners and beginners.

Q: Can I come to you if I haven’t been to rehab?
A: Yes, if you have been sober for more than 6 months (subject to assessment).

Q: Do you take people with pronounced mental health problems like schizophrenia?
A: No. We cannot treat people with serious mental health problems. If you have mild to moderate mental health issues co-existing with your addiction (such as anxiety and depression) – no problem – but we cannot treat people on anti-psychotic medication, or who have a recent history of psychotic episodes.

Q: What if I have mobility problems.
A: No problem. Again, we will conduct a thorough assessment to see if we can meet your needs.