Treatment at The Cabin Chiang Mai

Processes and Substances Treated by our Drug Addiction Treatment Program

At The Cabin we provide a highly progressive and intensive world-class addiction treatment program, including Alcohol Detox and Drug Detox, managed by Western trained and qualified clinicians. The substances our addiction treatment program primarily treats are alcohol and drug addictions. Process addictions such as eating, gambling and sex are also addressed as either primary or co-occurring addictions. Dual Diagnosis, where a client is also suffering from anxiety or depression on top of their addiction, is also very common in addiction treatment and something that is dealt with thoroughly in our addiction treatment program. Please see our Success Rates, page for more evidence of this.

Professional Drug Addiction Rehab Programs in Tranquil Locations 

We have two stunning residential centres, located on the banks of the beautiful River Ping, where clients from a diverse range of countries and regions including Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Middle East, Europe and India are  separated into recovery groups of 8-10 people to ensure treatment is focused and personalised. As all Cabin staff are all professionally trained and accredited, and possess a wide range of practical experience in drug rehab programs, the range of substances and types of addictions they are able to successfully treat is extensive.

Below is a list of and information on some of the more common drugs our addiction treatment program treats:

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol is the most commonly abused chemical in the world. Alcoholism is a disabling addictive disorder and considered by the American Medical Association (AMA) to be a disease. Alcohol problems vary in severity from mild to life threatening and affect the individual, their family, and society in a number of adverse ways. Alcoholism is characterized by compulsive and uncontrollable consumption of alcohol despite the negative effects on the alcohol addict's health. Alcohol abuse remains the number one drug problem in the United States.

Facts about Alcoholism

  •     Alcohol is a depressant
  •     Alcohol abuse causes both short term and long term effects
  •     Prolonged consumption can cause damage to the liver and brain
  •     Parents who drink excessively are likely to pass along the trait to their child

Signs of Alcoholism

  •     Drinking alone
  •     Finding excuses to drink
  •     Drunk Driving
  •     Operating machinery
  •     Needing to drink to function
  •     Drinking secretly
  •     Trembling in the morning
  •     Inability to stop or reduce alcohol intake
  •     Continued abuse of alcohol despite family and social problems
  •     Spending significant time drinking and or recovering
  •     Continuing to drink even after recognizing it's a problem
  •     Violent episodes when drinking
  •     Becoming angry when confronted about drinking

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Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in the United States, if not the world. Marijuana is a dried, green mixture of leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers from the plant known as Cannabis Sativa. Marijuana is normally smoked in 4 methods: joints which look like a hand rolled cigarette; blunts which are rolled with cigar paper; bongs which are normally glass or ceramic and are filled with water; and pipes, also known as bowls. The smoke of marijuana is thick and very distinctive. Its odor is strong, with a bit of sweet and sour, and some say it has a skunk smell.

Street Names for Marijuana

There are several street names for Marijuana, names will vary depending on the country and even city. The most common street names include:

  • Pot
  • Weed

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Ketamine Addiction Rehab Treatment

Ketamine hydrochloride is a short-acting dissociative anesthetic with hallucinogenic and painkilling qualities. Ketamine is commonly used by vets for pet surgery and occasionally administered to humans as a general anesthetic. Ketamine or "K" is a popular club drug and often found in the rave scene.

Ketamine sold on the streets as "K" or "Special K" is most often diverted from its liquid form, stolen from vets' offices or medical suppliers, to a powder form for illegal, recreational use. Ketamine is chemically related to PCP or "Angel Dust". The most common trade names for Ketamine are Ketalar and Ketaset.

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Cocaine Addiction Rehab Treatment

Cocaine is an illegal and very powerful addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain. Extracted from the leaves of the coca plant, it is and one of the most powerfully addictive drugs available. Coca leaves have been around for thousands of years. Cocaine is distributed on the street in two main forms: cocaine hydrochloride and "crack" cocaine. Cocaine hydrochloride has been abused for more than 100 years.

Cocaine hydrochloride is a fine powder often diluted with sugar, cornstarch or talcum powder. It is typically snorted though some cocaine users prefer to dissolve it in water and inject the fluid. Crack cocaine is the freebase rock form of cocaine which is created by adding baking soda to the mixture and smoking the drug rock that forms.

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Crack Addiction Rehab Treatment

What is Crack?

Crack is a freebase form of cocaine that is a very powerful stimulant that is highly addictive. Crack was given its name due to the sound it makes when smoked. Many first time users normally get hooked instantly due to the way crack addiction works. Most research points to the drug being the most addictive substance on Earth.

Street Names for Crack

  • Rock
  • Beat
  • Hardball
  • Devils Drug
  • Scrabble
  • Dice

Crack Addiction Overnight

The main reason crack has become such a serious addiction problem is it is an almost instant high. When smoked, crack effects can be felt within 10 seconds, when snorted however the effects can last up to 20 minutes. The high is short lived for only 5 – 10 minutes but the addict get a ‘rush of euphoria' and ‘increased energy'. But after the high has passed the addict normally feels depressed, inadequate, and a craving for the drug, and the addiction takes over and the cycle starts again.

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Crystal Meth Addiction Rehab Treatment

Crystal meth or methamphetamine is a highly addictive psycho-stimulant that produces intense feelings of euphoria and activity in the user. Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug chemically related to amphetamine but with stronger effects on the central nervous system. Crystal meth is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. Meth is made of highly volatile, toxic substances that are melded in differing combinations, forming what some have described as a "mix of laundry detergent and lighter fluid."

How is Crystal Meth Abused?

Crystal meth addicts choose a number of ways to use the drug. Meth can be snorted, smoked through a pipe or injected intravenously.

How is Crystal Meth Made?

Methamphetamines can be produced virtually anywhere and is made from a simple recipe that can be found online. Meth production takes anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. Many motel rooms, trailer parks, and suburban homes are turned into "meth" labs producing substantial quantities of the drug.

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GHB Addiction Rehab Treatment

What is GHB (Gamma-hydroxybutyrate)?

GHB (Gamma-hydroxybutyrate) naturally occurs in the human body as an amino acid. GHB is a central nervous system depressant that at low doses will sedate the body. GHB is a club drug and has psychoactive compounds. At higher doses, GHB abuse may slow the body's heart rate and respiratory functions to nearly lethal levels. Body builders often use gamma-hydroxybutyrate in their training for weight loss and muscle building. The manufactured drug is now considered by many as one of the most popular club drugs. Users are drawn to GHB by the euphoric effects it produces in the body and it can be found in raves, clubs and parties all around the world.

History of GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate)

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate was originally developed as an anesthetic. GHB is a naturally occurring 4-carbon molecule sold in powdered, liquid or capsule form. In the past, GHB was sold in gyms and in health-food stores as a sleep aid, anabolic agent, fat burner, enhancer of muscle definition and natural psychedelic. In 1960, Gamma-hydroxybutyrate was first synthesized by a French researcher. GHB has been used in Europe as a general anesthetic, a treatment for insomnia and narcolepsy, an aid to childbirth and a treatment for alcoholism and alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Over the years, GHB gained popularity as a “recreational” drug because of its alcohol-like high that leaves the user free of a hangover.

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Heroin Addiction Rehab Treatment

Heroin has long been recognized as one of the most highly addictive, dangerous and often deadly illegal drugs. Abuse of heroin is the highest among the opiate class of drugs. Many users who try heroin are hooked instantly. After experiencing profound and intense moments of euphoria, a user succumbs to the drug, rendered powerless against the desire to obtain those feelings again. Addicts lose control of their lives as getting the “next fix” becomes the sole objective in their life.

How is Heroin Made?

Heroin is processed from morphine, a natural substance extracted from certain types of poppy plants. It is sold in the form of a brownish or white powder or as the black sticky substance known on the streets as “black tar heroin.” Most heroin sold on the streets is cut or diluted with additives such as quinine, strychnine, powdered milk, starch, or sugar.

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MDMA (Ecstasy) Addiction Rehab Treatment

MDMA (3, 4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is a psychoactive synthetic drug possessing stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. This synthetic chemical can be extracted from an essential oil of the sassafras tree. MDMA was first synthesized in Europe as a possible appetite suppressant but due to its side effects, never became popular. MDMA has similar hallucinogenic properties to amphetamines and LSD. MDMA is a designer drug and known on the streets as ecstasy.

History of MDMA/Ecstasy


In 1912, ecstasy was patented in Germany as a potential appetite suppressant. During the 1960′s, Dr. Alexander Shulgin introduced ecstasy to those with an interest in drug-assisted psychotherapy. Medical and psychiatric journals began to present articles on its psycho-activity and to use it to treat various psychiatric disorders. MDMA did not cure any disorder but actually made patients worse. MDMA was quickly abandoned as a therapeutic agent. During the 1980′s MDMA became widely known for its psychedelic effects. Over the past few decades it has risen in popularity especially in the club drug scene. Today, MDMA is the number one abused club drug and the drug most abused by college students.

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OxyContin Addiction Rehab Treatment

OxyContin (oxycodone HCI) is the brand name of an opiate drug that is prescribed for individuals suffering from chronic pain. Opiates relieve pain by affecting the opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. In general opiates are nervous system depressants. Purdue Pharma owns the rights to OxyContin, the time release form of oxycodone. OxyContin is sold in tablet form and is only available by prescription however over the last few years it has hit the streets with force.

OxyContin users chew, crush up and snort, or inject the drug directly into the blood stream.

OxyContin Is Approved by the U.S. FDA

In 1995, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Purdue Pharma to sale the drug to the public. Within 5 years OxyContin became the most popular selling narcotic pain reliever in the U.S. In 2008 sales in the U.S. totaled $2.5 billion in revenue for Purdue Pharma. OxyContin is now distributed in Europe, Australia, and China by Mundipharma. Prescribed for moderate to severe pain, this new opiate quickly became one of the most addictive prescription drugs on the market.

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Valium Addiction Rehab Treatment

Valium is a type of benzodiazepine used to treat short term moderate to severe anxiety, insomnia and certain types of muscle pain. Benzodiazepines increase the action of chemicals in the brain which help to reduce seizures, panic attacks and muscle spasms.

How is Valium Used?

Valium is prescribed to treat short term anxiety as well as manage anxiety disorders. Valium can be prescribed to treat muscle spasms, spasticity caused by neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy and paraplegia, stiff-man syndrome and tetanus. Valium is also used in the treatment of status epileptics and recalcitrant recurrent convulsive seizures. Valium may be used as premedication for relief of anxiety who are to undergo surgical procedures or invasive tests. Valium maybe prescribed to treat acute alcohol withdrawal and helps to relieve tremors, paranoia, agitation, acute delirium and hallucinations in the user.

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Vicodin Addiction Rehab Treatment

Vicodin (hydrocodone and paracetamol) is the brand name of an opiate drug that is prescribed for moderate to severe pain. Just like other opiates Vicodin relieves pain by affecting the opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. In another words Vicodin is a nervous system depressant. Abbott Laboratories owns the rights to the drug. Also popular is the generic form of the drug by Watson Pharmaceuticals. Vicodin is available in tablet form and is available by prescription, but there is an abundant amount on the streets.

Vicodin users swallow, or snort, and there have been cases of Vicodin being injected directly into the blood stream.

Vicodin Is Approved by the U.S. FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Abbott Laboratories in 1984 to sale the drug to the public. Vicodin instantly becomes one of the high written prescriptions for pain relief. Following after the success of Abbott Laboratories, Watson Pharmaceuticals releases the generic form of Vicodin better known as ‘Watsons'.

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Xanax Addiction Rehab Treatment

Xanax or alprazolam is a type of anxiolytic – an anti-anxiety drug, originally manufactured by Pfizer. Xanax belongs to the benzodiazepine family of drugs which are used to treat anxiety. Other benzodiazepines include Valium, Librium, and Restoril. The primary effect of the drugs in this class is to lessen agitation. Alprazolam and other benzodiazepines are used to treat panic attacks, anxiety and nervousness. When an individual experiences sleep disturbances resulting from anxiety or "racing thoughts" alprazolam may be prescribed for insomnia. Xanax is marketed under its generic name and produced in many different shapes and colors. According to the Food and Drug Administration, Xanax is habit forming and therefore should only be administered under the care of a physician.

What Makes Xanax Addictive?

Xanax is normally recommended for short term or intermittent use though depending on their condition, some patients may use it on a daily basis. Other patients may opt to self-administer Xanax and increase their daily dose without first seeking the advice of their treating physician.

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Yaba Addiction Rehab Treatment

Yaba is a methamphetamine-based drug predominantly used in Thailand. Yaba means "crazy medicine" in Thai and typically comes in the form of a tablet containing a mixture of methamphetamines and caffeine. Yaba is synthetically produced and contains between 25 to 35 mg of methamphetamine and 45 to 65 mg of caffeine. The main ingredients of yaba include salt, household cleaning products, distilled cold medicines, and lithium from camera batteries.

Street Names for Yaba :

  • Crazy Medicine
  • Hitler's Drug
  • Yaa baa
  • Ya ba
  • Yah Bah
  • Shabu
  • Bhul Bhuliya
  • Chocaleee
  • Nazi speed

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Dual Diagnosis / Co-occurring Disorder Treatment

Individuals with a dual diagnosis (also known as a co-occurring disorder) represent a growing population among the drug and alcohol addiction community. Individuals with co-occurring disorders are high risk patients who may respond differently to drug and alcohol addiction recovery programmes. They are at a much higher risk for destructive behaviors such as suicide. That is why it is imperative that patients with a co-occurring disorder get the professional drug and alcohol recovery treatment they so desperately need.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder refers to individuals suffering from one or more medical disorders. Dual diagnosis is common in the drug addiction community as many individuals suffer from more than one drug addiction. Dual diagnosis can also refer to an individual with an addiction to drugs and alcohol or to those individuals with a drug addiction combined with a psychological disorder such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia or an eating disorder. Individuals with a drug addiction and a major physical health problem such as AIDS or cancer are also considered to have a dual diagnosis.

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Sober House

Sober House

The Cabin’ Sober House in Chiang Mai City is the next stage after completing detox and primary treatment. It is a natural progression and an opportunity for our clients to apply what they have learned in the community safely and with support...

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Relapse prevention and aftercare are an extremely important part of the recovery process. When a client leaves The Cabin they are just beginning their journey of recovery and will face many challenges and temptations as they begin their new life back home...

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