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 programme, including Alcohol Detox and Drug Detox, managed by Western trained and qualified clinicians. The substances our addiction treatment programme primarily treats are Alcohol Addiction and legal and illicit 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 programme. There is also a strong link between Trauma and Addiction and this is another area The Cabin has particular expertise in. 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 programmes, 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 programme 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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Many legal prescribed drugs actually have a high potential for abuse and are therefore addictive. This includes many drugs which are widely prescribed by doctors for medicinal purposes for a range of problems:

  • Sleep problems
  • Pain management
  • Anxiety and depression

Two of the most common ‘types' of drug which are used to deal with the above problems are opiates and benzodiazepines. Opiates and benzo's can be amongst the most addictive drugs known to man, and withdrawal from certain benzo's can be dangerous and unpleasant, and absolutely require inpatient care and medical supervision

Commonly prescribed opiates

Commonly prescribed benzodiazepines


Treatment for illicit drug addiction covers a range of drugs of abuse which are illegal in most countries. Some of these drugs are highly physically addictive (such as heroin) requiring detox medication and medical supervision, and some are more psychologically addictive (cocaine, methamphetamine) requiring intensive psychological support. All treatment at The cabin is anonymous and our records are confidential. 


Dual Diagnosis - Addiction, Anxiety and Depression

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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Trauma and Addiction

“Over half the individuals seeking treatment for addiction meet criteria for current PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] and it is recognised that historically, those individuals with co-occurring PTSD and addiction issues tend to have poorer outcomes compared with those without such co-morbidity.” [Berenz & Coffey, Current Psychiatry Reports Journal; 2012: 14]

In order to provide the best possible programme here at The Cabin, we offer an integrated treatment model, co-treating addiction and trauma disorders including PTSD. The model incorporates Mindfulness/Yoga, trauma focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT], and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing [EMDR].

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process addiction

It is a common fact that millions of people around the world are addicted to drugs and alcohol. But not everyone is aware that millions more are addicted to what we call processes – behaviours that one can become addicted to. These include gambling addiction, food addiction, sex addiction and internet addiction.

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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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We understand that drug and alcohol rehab admissions can be intimidating and stressful for you. Here at The Cabin Chiang Mai we will do our very best to make the admissions process as quick, efficient and as friendly as possible...

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