A deluxe LGBT-exclusive rehab resort endorsed by Elton John and David Furnish has opened in Thailand.
Resort 12, which is based in Chang Mai in Thailand, is the first rehabilitation clinic outside of the United States to provide treatment for LGBT people suffering from addiction issues by LGBT staff.
Treating a range of issues ranging from drug, alchol and sex addiction, the resort likens itself to a high-end hotel, boasting haute cuisine, a fitness suite and king-sized beds as it helps those on the road to recovery.
“Studies have shown that LGBTQ-specific treatment programmes are much more successful than generic ones. We guarantee a safe and confidential sanctuary with a culture of understanding, respect and support, regardless of sexual and gender identities,” reads Resort 12’s website.
“Here clients can fully benefit from the care of our empathetic, nurturing therapists and staff, and the shared experience of peers.”
Resort 12 caters for 20 LGBT residents at a time, boasting “proven, pioneeering treatment for LGBTQ clients.”
“Both Elton and I applaud the launch of this vital addiction treatment centre. Resort 12 will be the first LGBTQ+ dedicated destination rehab facility outside of America. We need more places like this to help address the specific needs of LGBTQ addicts globally,” said David Furnish.
As LGB teens alone are said to be four times more likely to be suicidal than their friends, with bisexual people 80% more likely to be anxious than their other peers, it is apparent that LGBT-specific treatment could help those facing the amelioration of their mental health problems in the face of addiction.
But in the case of Resort 12, a trip to the retreat will not be an option for most.
A 28-day primary treatment program at Resort 12’s mother retreat The Cabin is priced from $14,000.