Group therapy

Monday is Unmanageability Group. This is part of the core of Step One. Very often it is not the powerlessness over our addiction that brings on relapse, but our unmanageable lifestyle.

Being late for work, losing your phone…..again, having a blazing row with your nearest and dearest and getting into debt. These are some of the reasons addicts have given for relapsing. “I just couldn’t handle it” was how many put it.

We teach clients how to live a responsible, manageable life without the use of chemicals. Bringing up issues at group, having long-held beliefs challenged. Getting to the root causes of our addictions. Learning how to deal with life’s problems in a manageable fashion. Addicts often stop maturing when they start using their drug of choice. Now is a good time to continue to grow, we also become inspired seeing others get well.

Group therapy for drug & alcohol addiction in Thailand.

Exercise program

Exercise is an important part of our program and we tailor the program to suit individual needs. Training can vary from a gentle walk in the meadow all the way to a vigorous workout at the Thai boxing gym.

We have a small gym and a pool at ARC, we also cycle the country lanes through rice fields. We often trek the 2km to Mae Sa waterfalls and make use of the track and Olympic pool at the nearby stadium.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT is an evidence-based therapy focusing on the development of personal strategies that target problem solving and changing unhelpful patterns in thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. The CBT model is based on both cognitive and behavioral psychology. Behavioral therapy is often referred to as the first wave. CBT is the second wave and mindfulness-based therapy is the third wave.

CBT can be very effective for treating mild forms of depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in Thailand.
Mindfulness Therapy at our rehab in in Thailand.

Mindfulness Therapy

In our meditation sessions, we begin to train the mind to induce a mode of consciousness that allows the mind to engage in peaceful thoughts. Meditation is often used to clear the mind, reduce stress and promote relaxation. It may be done while sitting, repeating a mantra, and closing the eyes in a quiet and peaceful environment. We begin the day with a 20 minute silent meditation, often at a nearby waterfall.

It is a great way to start the day. The addictive mind needs calming and slowing down. We end the meditation with a daily reading and wish each other a good day.

One on one counselling

One on one counselling focuses on the well-being of the individual, and that is whatever the individual needs at that time. Clients build trust with their counselor, through teamwork, communication, and expression. The more at ease you are with your counselor, the more you will be able to confide in them.

They will in turn, begin to understand you better and will be more able to give you an analysis and the proper advice you need for your particular situation. Our trained staff are recovered addicts and have been through many of the personal problems themselves. Recovery is one addict supporting another.

One on one counselling in Thailand.
Typical daily rehab schedule

Typical Daily Schedule

  • Wake up clean and sober!
  • 20 minutes of silent meditation
  • A healthy, nutritious breakfast to start the day
  • Gym/Cycle/Swim
  • Group therapy
  • Lunch
  • Study / chill by the pool
  • CBT/Lecture/One on One counselling
  • Dinner (special diets can be catered for)
  • 12 Step meeting/ TV lounge
  • Sunday is Funday! Clients choose between themselves, where to go for Sunday excursion. It could be Chiang Mai’s own Grand Canyon, the waterfall, a trip to the elephant sanctuary, whitewater rafting, or a journey through the treetops on a zipline.
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