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Cannabis: A Mental Health ticking time bomb
Lee Hawker-Lecesne, Lead Therapist and Addiction Counsellor at The Cabin looks at the rise in cannabis use and how cannabis induced psychosis can have an overall impact on not only mental health and wellbeing, but also longer term life opportunities.
COVID-19’s Legacy of Mental Health Problems
Lee Hawker-Lecesne Throughout the pandemic, we saw increasing numbers of people suffering from anxiety, depression, loneliness, and other mental health concerns. We also saw a sharp increase in addictive behaviours with social isolation and the loss of human connection resulting in some of the nation turning to alcohol and in some cases…
END GAME Death from 24-hour gaming marathons, collapsed lungs & match-fixing: how intense world of e-sports breaks teenage stars
The article takes a look at the toxic underbelly of professional gaming. By this Jamison Wiggins, Digital Addiction Specialist at The Cabin Group, gave his view to The Sun Online.
Psycherg: Digital Addictions Specialist Works at The Cabin Group to Enhance Game Addiction Treatment Programme
Jamison Wiggins, an expert in digital addiction, is working in collaboration with The Cabin Group to enhance their world-leading gaming addiction treatment programme and introduce digital addiction modules into each of their specialist programmes.
Michael Gillis on modern addictions and how they are treated.
The infamous daughter of former Premier Neville Wran today admitted to spiralling back into drug addiction.Harriet Wran has avoided jail however, for possessing ice and stolen goods, telling the court she wanted to make things right for herself and her mother.
The secret behind the famously successful Cabin rehab clinicOne of the world’s leading rehab centres operates in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Ben Fordham wants to know what makes it so effective.
The specter of cocaine in the cityDrug use has been synonymous with certain professions for many years and substance misuse can be exacerbated by high stress jobs. To reach the top of a highly competitive corporate ladder or high-profile position and then remain there for years is no easy task, especially when you are an addict.
How to spot addiction in the workplaceMany employees with addictions are still high-functioning and valuable contributors to their workplace
Gaming addicted Sydney teen secretly earned money online to fund habitWhen a Sydney mum discovered her youngest son had been secretively earning money online she knew the hours spent in his bedroom had shifted from fun hobby to something more serious.
Addiction to phones, social media, cybersex, online shopping and gaming bigger now than drug addiction, counsellors sayProcess addictions – an obsession with a behaviour, rather than a substance – are spiking, with counsellors blaming the internet and mobile devices for getting people hooked on porn, cybersex, gambling, gaming and much more
I was addicted to food, heroin and ice. Now I’m trying to get cleanJessica Montoya is only 28-years-old but she’s lived half her life battling an addiction to food, heroin and ice. She talks to SBS about how she’s trying to break free of addiction, a few months into treatment from a rehabilitation clinic hidden among the mountains of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Party-Hard Thailand Is Going After Rehab TouristsThailand, a tropical paradise known as a place to let loose, these days is starting to get another reputation: as a low-cost option for foreigners looking to dry out.
Tough love helped B.C. man conquer drug addictionHis mom letting go turned Mike Miller’s life around
My first Christmas sober: Alcoholic Matthew* on getting through the silly season booze-freeCOULD you forgo the festive drinking and stick to water for all of December and January? We speak to one man who has no other choice this Christmas.
7 Best Luxury Rehab Centres To Cure Your VicesWe all have our vices, and if kicking your vice to the curb is at top of your to-do list for 2018, there’s nothing wrong with seeking a little extra help. Whether you’re battling addiction or simply in need of some guided R&R, we’ve found some of the most luxurious rehab centres around the world that offer the best resources, utmost privacy and genuine care to help you recover and go on to live your best life:
Should you drink in front of your children?Sharing a few glasses of wine with your husband on a Saturday night may not sound like negligent parenting but, according to new research, even moderate drinking can upset your children.
Drug addiction: Babyshambles guitarist Patrick Walden lifts the lid on legal highsBABYSHAMBLES guitarist Patrick Walden swapped heroin for synthetic drugs because he thought they would be safer but they were even more addictive.
This is where the super-rich go to cure sexual addictionIn the storm of accusations of sexual harassment and now his wife leaving him, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is alleged to have fled America on a private jet, heading to a sex addiction rehab centre in Europe.
Sex addict relives the ‘horror’ of his obsession, and how he felt like a predatorDAVE’S battle with a sex addiction started when he was just a 15-year-old teenage boy. This year, the “shame” of being a predator became all too much.
Sex addiction: When too much isn’t enough“I remember being on the plane and thinking, ‘Just crash. Just take my life’.” At 36, Dave* should have had the world at his feet. He was a successful management consultant and co-owned his own firm. His warm smile and slight, athletic build had no trouble attracting a partner in Sydney’s party scene.
This is what rehab for sex and love addiction is really likeWant to know what a day in rehab looks like for sex addiction? Our chief clinincal officer Fiona Markham gives a sun-up to sun-down account to My Body+ Soul’s Melissa Shedden
Healing by the Art of 8 LimbsAlastair Mordey, The Cabin’s programme director explains the psychology behind the resounding success of our young men’s programme at The Edge to Sober World Magazine
Towie’s James Argent says jungle adventures in Thailand helped him to beat his demonsTowie ‘s James Argent has revealed how zip-lining in the Thai jungle helped him to beat his demons. Arg, 29, told of his second spell in rehab after pals urged him to get away from Essex. He shocked fans with his dramatic weight loss after 10 weeks at The Cabin in Chiang Mai, the centre used by Pete Doherty.
The secret lives of sex addicts with the phantom diagnosisJoshua was addicted to the hunt. Addicted to prowling for his next hit, cruising for the next woman he’d go home with. The fair-haired and brawny mining engineer in his early thirties was not certain how many times he has cheated on his wife. He plucks a number from the air. Fifteen women?
THE TODAY SHOW- 28 NOV 2016The Today Show – Australia’s # 1 breakfast show features The Cabin Chiang Mai and The Cabin Edge as the preferred addiction treatment provider of high profile Australians. Filming was strictly regulated in accordance with The Cabin’s confidentiality policy.
Sex and love addiction on the rise due to online dating apps, says sex therapistOne rehab clinic operating in Hong Kong has recorded a 30 per cent increase in the number of people seeking help for sex addiction – and counsellors believe hook-up apps, such as Tinder, are to blame
Psychedelic Drugs Could Radically Improve Asia’s Mental Healthcare — If It Wasn’t For StigmaPsychedelic drugs describe a class of substances which, when taken, can affect and alter the ways in which you think and how you perceive the world. Although commonly taken for recreational purposes, the use and possession of MDMA and psilocybin, amongst other psychedelic drugs such as LSD, are in most countries either heavily restricted or prohibited outright.
Interview with Mike Miller of The Cabin Addiction Services GroupRod Bucton from the Australian men’s online magazine Sports Adventure talks to The Cabin’s clinical team deputy manager Mike Miller about addiction, in his interview series where he interviews inspirational people from around the world to share their expert insights on exercise, good nutrition, and men’s health.
Naturlig rusavvenning i ThailandThailand har blitt en av de mest populære feriedestinasjonene for nordmenn. Samtidig velger stadig flere vestlige «smilets land» for rus-rehabilitering. Felles for de forskjellige tilbudene er at mindfulness har en sentral plass. Urtemedisin, energihealingen Reiki, traumetilpasset yoga og kroppsbasert psykoterapi er også sentrale ingredienser.
Are you a high-functioning alcoholic?You like to unwind with a few drinks, but your life and career are on track. So there’s no way you could be an alcoholic… is there?
Yuppie drug abusers are on the rise, and checking into S$19,000-a-month rehab centres abroadToday’s drug abusers are students and young professionals. Talking Point explores how some are going overseas at high cost to kick the habit – with the help of massages and yoga treatments.
Crossing The LineTwo-thirds of new drug abusers caught in 2016 were below the age of 30. And those caught are not your typical drug abusers. Talking Point explores why the numbers are increasing in this age group, and why some Singaporean drug addicts head overseas at high cost to kick their habit?
White-collar workers make up a QUARTER of ice addicts in Australia – as the deadly street drug breaks into the corporate worldAustralia’s ice epidemic has trickled from the streets into corporate offices as the deadly drug makes its way into the veins of high-earning business men and women.
High society: Why Singapore’s young people are at riskThe number of young people arrested for buying drugs is rising rapidly in Singapore. This is fuelled by online platforms which allow people to anonymously trade in dangerous and illegal substances. The price to be paid can be incredibly high.
Internet addiction: are your kids at risk?Our addiction to the small screen is messing with our minds. In the process, it’s creating a new set of mental problems that have health specialists worried.
THE CABIN CHIANG MAI: BACK FROM THE BRINK OF ADDICTION
There’s a scar on Jenny’s* leg that will forever provide a reminder of the life the 34-year-old never wants to return to.
OMANIS SPENDING THOUSANDS ON DRUG DE-ADDICTION ABROAD
Families of young Omanis battling drug addiction are paying thousands to send them out of the country for treatment.
MIDDLE CLASS AND ADDICTED TO ICE
Two years ago, Melbourne man Jarrod was aged in his early 30s. From a middle class background, he had been privately educated, achieved a university degree, married and had a daughter. He was an IT executive and worked long hours, but had plenty of friends to spend time with on the weekends.
I WAS A HIGHLY PAID IT CONSULTANT. I WAS ALSO AN ICE ADDICT
I’ve always used recreational drugs. It started when I was 14, smoking weed with the guys at school. I drank from about the same age. But I had a rule – I was never going to touch heroin, and so I never did.
RABBITOHS NRL FORWARD PAUL CARTER CHECKS REHAB $14,000 MONTH FIVE STAR THAI RESORT
South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Paul Carter has reportedly checked into a five star rehabilitation facility in Thailand that costs around $14,000 a month.
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS’ PAUL CARTER CHECKS INTO THE CABIN REHABILITATION FACILITY
Troubled South Sydney forward Paul Carter has checked himself into the same Thai rehabilitation facility Mitchell Pearce used earlier this year in a bid to get his life and career back on track.
MORE AND MORE PROFESSIONALS ARE RELYING ON DRUGS TO ENHANCE PERFORMANCE AT WORK
More and more professionals are relying on drugs to enhance their performance at work. Terrifyingly it is ice that’s being used the most, and while workers hope it will save them, there is no doubt it eventually destroys them. A national study found 33 percent of people who have access to ice, went on to try it and 62 percent of those people became dependent on it.
MY DRUG ADDICTION: FROM IT CONSULTANT TO ICE ADDICT AND BACK
36-year-old Jarrod was just like any other professional before he became addicted to ice. He had a well-paying job, a great life partying on weekends with mates, a loving wife and a child. So what went wrong?
BINGE EATING AND OVER EATING IS AN ADDICTION DISORDER
How many apps for takeaway places or meal delivery services do you have on your phone? Or if you’re retro, how many paper takeaway menus sit on top of your fridge?
4 AMAZING PLACES IN THAILAND TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Millions of tourists from around the world flock to Thailand each year for its gorgeous beaches, dazzling Buddhist temples and delicious spicy food. But an increasing number of visitors are returning home with a lot more than a collection of Instagram-worthy snaps and an enviable tan. For those looking to change their lives for the better, Thailand offers an array of options to help you along on an improved physical, psychological or spiritual path. Here are four of the best located in the lush hill country of Northern Thailand.
ADDICTION IN PARADISE: WHY AUSTRALIANS ARE HEADING TO THAILAND FOR REHAB
Australia’s methamphetamine use has reached epidemic proportions, the response to alcohol-related violence has killed Sydney’s nightlife, problem gambling costs an estimated $4.7 billion a year and over half the population are overweight or obese. It’s no surprise more and more Australians are seeking professional help to beat these damaging habits… but it’s not necessarily happening in own backyard, writes Claire Knight.
SINGAPOREANS HEAD TO THAILAND FOR $19,000-A-MONTH REHAB
The Cabin in Chiang Mai has been taking in S’poreans trying to beat drug and alcohol addiction. CATHERINE ROBERT (firstname.lastname@example.org) takes a peek into the posh addiction treatment centre
MITCHELL PEARCE SPEAKS OPENLY TO BUZZ ROTHFIELD ABOUT HIS THERAPY SESSIONS AT ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
Mitchell Pearce speaks openly and comfortably about his recent therapy sessions at Alcoholics Anonymous. There is not the slightest hint of shame or embarrassment. Nor should there be. It’s just part of the process on this long road to recovery.
GAMBLERS IN CRISIS: POKIES ADDICTION REQUIRES AROUND-THE-CLOCK SUPPORT AND TREATMENT PROGRAMS
WHEN he finally stood back bleary-eyed from the glare of the pokies, Jay had been pumping cash into the machines non-stop for three days and had blown a mind-boggling $40,000.
MYANMAR NOW: LACKING SUPPORT, MYANMAR’S MENTAL PATIENTS SUFFER IN SILENCE – CONNOR MACDONALD
In May 1989, as the military junta continued its brutal crackdown on those linked to the ’88 democratic uprising, Chit San, a former soldier, was arrested by Myanmar’s notorious Special Branch police. For the next five months he was held at a military barracks where he faced interrogations and torture.
’THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ADDICTIONS’ ON AL JAZEERA’S THE STREAM
An addict fixated on their drug of choice can seem like an unstoppable force. So how do people who want to stop compulsive eating, drinking, gambling or texting start to heal? The Cabin’s Senior Counsellor, Tony Tan joined psychologists and recovering addicts to talk about how mindfulness and peer support can help rewire the brain to replace addiction with love of one’s self.
THE EXORBITANT COST OF QUITTING ICE
MOST experts are unanimous that if an ice addict cries for help, you want to act quickly — but addicts are being forced to pay up to $30,000 for a spot in a private rehab centre or face a wait of up to six months to go a public or charity-run centre.
MORE ADDICTS SEEK HELP OVERSEAS TO GET CLEAN
An increasing amount of Singaporean addicts are heading overseas rehabilitation centres to kick their dependence.
REHAB IN THAILAND AT THE CABIN CHIANG MAI RESORT: WHERE YOU CAN HEAL IN PARADISE
That’s where The Cabin Chiang Mai and its brand of rehab tourism is gaining a following. Thailand’s answer to Promises Treatment Center in Malibu and the Betty Ford Clinic, The Cabin offers counselling, treatment and support for addictions, anxiety disorders and lifestyle management challenges in a luxurious resort setting on the River Ping.
MORE SINGAPOREANS GOING OVERSEAS TO KICK THE DRUG HABIT
Many seek help abroad as they fear criminal record, but MP says those who come forward here for treatment ’won’t be convicted’.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ADDICT AT THE LUXURY THAI REHAB RESORT WHERE AUSTRALIANS ARE SPENDING $14,000 A MONTH ON KICK-BOXING AND YOGA CLASSES TO BREAK THEIR ICE HABITS
Almost 100 Australian patients are admitted each year to the Thai centre. The Cabin rehab centre charges up to $14,000 a month. Therapies include meditation, yoga and Thai boxing. Phone are banned for all but three hours a week and internet use limited. Patients include celebrities and an increasing number of sports stars. Most athletes treated admit to being ’high’ while playing their sport.
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“ROTTED TEETH. SCABBY FACE. WHAT MY ICE ADDICTION WAS REALLY LIKE.”
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by The Cabin. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
The Cabin rehab centre has just opened a new branch in Bangkok. The founders share their views on the state of treatment in Thailand.
HIDDEN ADDICTION: LIFE AS A HIGH-FUNCTIONING ALCOHOLIC
“I’VE f***ed up, s***, I’ve f***ed everything up so badly.”
Even when Angelina* had just about hit rock bottom she still found room for denial.
The Sydney professional believed her drinking habit had truly ruined her life and spent parts of her hung-over bus trips into the city to start her well-paying, respected job fantasising about reincarnation: “I thought I’d f***ed this life up so bad, I felt like maybe there was a chance I could just do better.”
ICE-ADDICTED AUSTRALIANS CHOOSING BALI AND THAILAND FOR CHEAPER TREATMENT
At The Cabin Chiang Mai in Thailand’s north, the number of Australians seeking treatment for ice has grown from 24 in 2012 to 41 in 2014 and so far this year 20 Australians have been through its doors.
CASE STUDY: ICE-ADDICTED AUSTRALIAN FINDS SALVATION IN THAI REHAB CENTRE
Gordon* is typical of a growing trend of Australians who are flying to Thailand and Bali to be rehabilitated from their ice addiction.
SPOTLIGHT ON RECOVERY
Each day the news is full of stories about the horrors of addiction. If one was to believe only these articles, they might be led to the conclusion that there is no hope in sight ~ however, the battle is far from lost. There are driven individuals that suit up each day to assist those that are looking to get help to overcome their addictions. These are caring people that are willing to get involved and do what they can to help reinstate a sense of hope in those that are under the grip of this deadly disease.
HONG KONG SETS AN EASY PATH FOR DRUG, DRINK AND SEX ADDICTS
Counsellors warn that unique characteristics in the city, like cheap taxis, home help and travel, can speed up the downward spiral for victims.
CRYSTAL METH – HONG KONG IN DENIAL OVER DRUG EPIDEMIC
As the government claims drug abuse among young Hongkongers is in decline, frontline workers are reporting an epidemic in crystal-meth use. Fifty years after a landmark book shone a light on substance abuse in our city, the issue is again being swept out of sight, writes Stuart Heaver.
Mid-30s, Liam* presents as any of the day’s other travellers — tall, with close-cropped brown hair fashioned atop a slightly-stubbled face, bulging brown eyes and a forced smile; excitement and fear companions on this, his first trip to Thailand.
ARE ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS AND THE 12 STEPS REALLY IRRATIONAL, UNSCIENTIFIC & OUTMODED OR ARE THEY ACTUALLY VINDICATED BY PIONEERING NEUROSCIENCE?
Spates of recent articles in the press have denounced 12 Step programs as unscientific and irrational but this is based in a lack of understanding of what creates and maintains healthy neuro-adaptation in humans, writes Alastair Mordey.
AUSTRALIAN ICE ADDICTS HEAD TO REHAB IN THAILAND
Rising numbers of Australian methamphetamine users are travelling to rehabilitation centres in Thailand to beat their habit. The so called ’rehab resorts’ offer budget-priced treatment, far away from the possible temptations of home.
HIGH FUNCTIONING ADDICTS HAVE BEEN USING ICE TO AID THEM IN THEIR WORKPLACE PERFORMANCE
METHAMPHETAMINE is the new target of Australia’s police and drug agents as the country wrestles with an “ice epidemic.” But despite the devastating effects, some are even turning to the drug to give them an edge in their professional pursuits. With the high pressure and fast paced environment of many workplaces, a competitive advantage can be appealing. No matter how extreme.
ICE ADDICTION: GROWING NUMBERS OF AUSTRALIANS TRAVELLING TO THAI DRUG REHABILITATION CENTRES
He said increasing numbers of young Australian ice addicts are seeking the centre’s help and more than half the centre’s 50 clients are from Australia.”More and more over the last few years for sure a lot more younger people, particularly younger Australians and particularly methamphetamine addictions [are seeking help],” Mr Mordey said.
EXECS IN REHAB
Another luxury rehab resort, The Cabin, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has early intervention programs for businesses with employees thought to be at risk of addiction. The Cabin has relationships with a number of businesses, including airlines and multinationals.
HOOKED ON A FEW THINGS? HERE’S A RESORT THAT WILL SORT YOU OUT
TO THE OUTSIDER, The Cabin at Chiang Mai is, for all intents and purposes, a modern Thai resort, with a separate lodge that houses nine standalone bungalows in a more traditional design. Complete with yoga studios, an outdoor gym, fitness sessions, meditation hours and healthy diets, it’s a month-long serene getaway in a place that excludes you from the external world.
ARE YOU A HIGH-FUNCTIONING ALCOHOLIC?
You like to unwind with a few drinks, but your life and career are on track. So there’s no way you could be an alcoholic, is there? Angela Barrett investigates.
GETTING CLEAN IN THE HILLS OF THAILAND
Laughter drifts from a pool as the bass of an upbeat dance track thumps through bamboo walls. Guests chat and joke on the banks of the River Ping over cigarettes and green smooth es,as the Hills of Northern Thailand dominate the horizon.
REHAB AND RECOVER
ON the banks of the serene Ping River outside the city of Chiang Mai in Thailand, sits The Cabin Chiang Mai, a luxurious resort that boasts fine wooden architecture amidst well-manicured tropical gardens.
6PR RADIO TALK SHOW
The Cabin’s Programme Director, Alastair Mordey discusses Australia’s risky drinking culture and alcohol addiction on Perth’s 6PR radio station.
THE STAR – CABIN CHIANG MAI
Addiction counsellor Alastair Mordey shared his knowledge on the appeal and consequences of cannabis consumption.
THAILAND’S DRUG REHAB CENTRE THE CABIN TO OPEN OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN HONG KONG
A Thailand-based addiction rehab centre is to open a Hong Kong clinic to treat its mostly expatriate clientele on home soil, its first full centre outside the country. The Cabin, which offers residential programmes in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, will open the outpatient addiction counselling clinic in Central.
THE FACE OF ADDICTION IS NOT ALWAYS WHAT YOU THINK
The face of addiction is sometimes unrecognisable. It is not the limp, pockmarked soul lying in the crack den or on the side of the street. It can just as easily be your colleague, your boss or your successful, high-flying friend.
SEVEN YEARS AFTER SAFFRON, AN ACTIVIST’S STRUGGLE CONTINUES
A key figure in the protests that engulfed Myanmar in September 2007, Gambira spent four years and two months behind bars – and was brutally tortured by his captors – before being released from prison in a January 2012 amnesty. Having once taken on the military regime, Gambira is now engaged in a new battle: overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder, which stemmed from his time in prison, at The Cabin Chiang Mai, writes Kayleigh Long.
CURED IN PARADISE: WHY AUSSIE ADDICTS ARE GOING TO REHAB IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
BY THE time she was 21, Rosa* was addicted to alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana. The Australian model was a high-functioning addict. Rosa would go to work having downed half a bottle of vodka and attend family events still high from the previous night. Bikies sent her steroids in the mail and she began snorting meth. Her tipping point was a four-day bender on meth and MDMA and just non-stop drinking.
SEXOLOGISTS AND SEX THERAPISTS ARE DIVIDED OVER SEX ADDICTION
BY THE end of his 28-year marriage, Jeff* was spending $5,000 a month on other women. He started having emotional affairs with co-workers, had numerous one-night stands, ‘sexual massages’ and paid for younger girlfriends. He would spend hours wandering around throwing money at sex workers to fulfil his constant desire for sex. “It was exhausting. Then I’d drink and take benzos to calm down,” he said.
POWER, LUST, BOOZE AND THE FOREIGN POSTING
For some Australian executives, working overseas offers a golden opportunity to play up away from home, while their employers look the other way.
AUSSIES ARE BIGGER BOOZERS THAN THE BRITS, BUT BELARUS TOPS THE LIST
Australian culture is marinated in alcohol. We drink to survive screaming children at first birthday parties, to celebrate wins and commiserate losses and to toast important milestones like the middle of the week, the strike of midday and breakfast. On average, Aussies over the age of 15 drink about 12.2 litres of pure alcohol each a year. That is the equivalent to about 480 beers, 135 bottles of wine or 40 bottles of vodka each.
PETE DOHERTY CANCELS STRING OF FESTIVAL GIGS ’AS HE FLEES UK AND CHECKS HIMSELF INTO REHAB’
Singer Pete Doherty has cancelled a string of festival gigs and flown to a remote jungle clinic in a bid to try and conquer his drug addictions. His management announced the singer would not play at three festivals next week so that the star can get grips with his demons – heroin and crack cocaine.
MICHAEL BARRYMORE: ’I’LL NEVER RELAPSE AGAIN. I’M DONE WITH DRINKS AND DRUGS’
The former king of Saturday night TV talks about how he faced his demons through rehab and Alcoholics Anonymous.
Fallen star Michael Barrymore has finally forgiven himself for destroying his life with alcohol and drugs – and he vowed: “I’ll never relapse again. I promise.”
GAIL PORTER: ‘BEING SECTIONED WAS ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING’
So the one-time ladette decided the best way to cope was to write a book about it. Despite her battles with bereavement, depression and alopecia, she just wants to make people laugh.
A SEX ADDICT WHO SLEPT WITH HUNDREDS OF WOMEN IS NOW HELPING OTHERS
Dave McGuire spent two decades needing to have sex every day of his life. The 47-year-old’s addiction spawned from his sexual abuse as a young boy. Mr McGuire said he spent years in denial about the abuse and his condition. Now he is using his experiences to help others with the same addiction. He works at a rehabilitation facility in the city of Chiang Mai in Thailand There he helps celebrities, high-profile businessmen and politicians.
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SEX ADDICTION EXPLAINED BY THE CABIN
Our Programme Director, Alastair Mordey explaining in easy layman’s terms “what sexual addiction is” on the Australian radio station Triple M.
PETE DOHERTY SKIPS T IN THE PARK TO ENTER REHAB
For the second year in a row, Pete Doherty has dropped out of a planned appearance at T in the Park in Kinross. With just over a week to go before the festival, Doherty has checked into a rehab centre in Thailand.
GAIL PORTER TAKES TO TWITTER TO ANNOUNCE THAT SHE IS ON THE MEND IN THAILAND
TROUBLED TV host Gail Porter knew she was getting better in rehab when she found herself doing something she hadn’t done for a long time – smile.
FIFO FED MY ADDICTION: AN EX-EMPLOYEE TELLS ALL ABOUT DRINKING ON THE JOB
AT 22, Carl seemed to be living a charmed life.
He had been to a prestigious Perth public school, got a degree and was working in a highly paid job as a fly-in-fly-out worker in WA. He owned two apartments.
Then he lost everything on a six-month alcohol-fuelled bender in the UK, when he guesses he spent around $130,000.
S’POREANS NAIVE ABOUT DRUGS EXPERTS SAY SOCIAL USERS UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPACT OF DRUGS
When substance abuse therapist Tony Tan, 38 heard that there were at least nine deaths last week linked to drug-taking at trendy music and dance festivals, he was not surprised.
Mr.Tan, a Singaporean counsellor at rehabilitation centre The Cabin in Thailand, says that drug-taking was viewed as immoral in the past, but is seen as a lifestyle now. “Taking drugs is looked at as living life on the edge, especially because musicians these days, who are often role models for youngsters, speak openly about using drugs, about checking into rehab and trying to change.”
INSIDE THE CABIN: THE REALITY OF REHAB
A Queensland jockey reveals what really goes on behind the walls of a rehabilitation treatment facility. Going to rehab might seem like a luxury for spoilt celebrities who get to enjoy a luxury resort with swimming pools, day beds, fancy suites and five-star service.
But the reality for most people is different.
CHECK INTO THE CABIN CHIANG MAI FOR A WHOLESOME REFORMATION
After opening just four years ago, The Cabin Chiang Mai has swiftly ascended in reputation to become one of Asia’s leading rehab centres thanks to its dynamic, twenty-first-century approach to both chemical (narcotics and alcohol) and process (sex, gambling, gaming) addictions, attracting growing numbers of both Eastern and Western customers.
These places may look like plush resorts but this is no holiday, Gurleen Khanijoun visits the high-end rehab centres that aim to break the cycle of addiction.
THE 10 MOST LUXURY DRUG TREATMENT CENTERS IN THE WORLD
When celebs detox from drug or alcohol abuse, it’s not surprising that they gravitate toward the most luxurious treatment centers available. Luxury rehab centers all over the world offer amenities far beyond what can be found in standard treatment centers. Of course, these amenities come at a price.
DRUG ADDICT AT 13, HOW LOVE SAVED ME
Ashleigh was just a teenager when her life began to spiral out of control.
Lights flashed as I stepped out onto the catwalk. In my slinky gown, I strutted down the runway. From the outside, it seemed like I was living every girl’s dream. I’d been scouted by modelling agency and, at 16, was living a life of glamorous photo shoots and fashion shows. But for three long years I’d been hiding a dark secret from which I couldn’t escape….
WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE IN REHAB
When you read about celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan and Zac Efron doing time in luxury rehab centres, it’s easy to imagine them in a plush place for a spot of R&R. But as Adam Lucas*, 34, told ninemsn, the reality is much more confronting.
A good-time guy and busy business owner, Lucas spent his days schmoozing with clients. “Drinking gave me a state of euphoria and comfort,” he said.
ROAD TO RECOVERY
So, what’s your poison? From alcohol and overeating to humanity’s newest obsession, computer screens big and small, “Addiction is the greatest social problem of our times,” writes recovery expert Tommy Rosen in the introduction to his new book, Recover 2.0 (Hay House, out this year). And when it comes to the treatment of this particular malaise, so prevalent in today’s unsettling climate, the ancient traditions of yoga and meditation are increasingly being recognised as key.
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE AN ALCOHOLIC AT CHRISTMAS
CHRISTMAS. It’s a day usually spent with family and friends, at the beach or at church, playing backyard cricket, eating lots of food and opening presents. But for Adam*, 34, it will also mark the first Christmas since childhood that he hasn’t had a drink. “I had my first alcoholic drink at the age of 11 at a family New Year’s Eve event,” Adam tells news.com.au.
THAI REHAB CENTRES SEE MORE CLIENTS FROM S’PORE
MORE locals and expatriates from Singapore are now kicking their habits at high-end rehabilitation centres in Thailand. A fore-week stay at some of these centres – which cater to those with addiction problems such as alcohol, drugs and gambling – could set a client back up to US$13,000 (S$16,200). This includes 24 hour medical observation, fitness sessions and laundry services.
CABIN CHIANG MAI EMPOWERS INDIVIDUALS TO DEFEAT DRUGS
Alastair Mordey, program director of The Cabin Chiang Mai, shares his story of success after his history of experimenting with drugs. Now he helps others who feel defeated by providing a place to revive themselves spiritually, physically, and mentally in a positive and healthy manner. With an award-winning center, people from around the world seek happiness and permanent sobriety in their lives. Alastair’s dedication to his purpose of aiding others during their difficult times of rehab is clearly seen as many former members of The Cabin express their gratitude for the program.
THE SPORT ADDICTION
The mindset driving some sports stars isn’t far removed from other forms of addiction. The case of Olympian Nathan Baggaley shows the depths to which it can lead.
SYNTHETIC DRUG CASES EXPLODING IN ASIA-PAC: UN REPORT
SINGAPORE has come in third in the Asia- Pacific region for the number of “legal highs” reported to the United Nations in the last five years.
Surprise figures show that 12 per cent of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) were reported to the UN by the authorities here.
The man-made chemicals mimic the effects of class A drugs such as cocaine and cannabis.
THE CABIN OFFERS THAI HOSPITALITY WITH A TWIST
Thailand has long been known among foreigners as a medical tourism hub where they can undergo plastic surgery, physical check-ups, spa treatments or get dental care while enjoying their holiday.
THE FIX ADDS THAI REHAB—AND MORE—TO ITS REVIEW
We review three new Cali rehabs, including a “sober college” for young people, plus a luxury Asian facility.
PETE DOHERTY TO RETURN TO THAI REHAB
British rocker Pete Doherty is planning a second stint at a rehab clinic in Thailand after failing to quit drugs during his first stay there last year (12). The former Libertines frontman, who has battled substance abuse issues for more than a decade, cut short his stint at The Cabin in Chiang Mai last July (12) after failing to wean himself off heroin substitute methadone.
ALCOHOL ADDICTION: JUST ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD WHY ALCOHOL ADDICTION IS A SERIOUS AND HIDDEN PROBLEM IN INDIA AND HOW TO FIGHT IT
A marketing professional based in Bangalore had the reputation of being a talented multitasker. But though he would perform brilliantly at the workplace, no job held his attention for long. By the time he was into his fifth job in seven years, he was drinking incessantly and picking up fights with his bosses. Eventually, his performance suffered and his personal relationships deteriorated.
’RISK-TAKERS’ ARE DRAWN TO BANKING
Despite resent allegations, our bankers didn’t get us into this mess because they were taking drugs — taking risks was their actual addiction.
That’s according to London-born Alastair ’Ali’ Mordey, who works with such high-flying professionals every day. On a rare appearance back in the UK to speak to business leaders and others about his methods, he suggested the thrill of risk was what was actually driving the bankers to be reckless.
OVER THE LINE
There have been suggestions in the media recently – fuelled by comments made by former drugs tsar David Nutt– that bankers take an inordinate amount of cocaine. I’ve been trying (and mainly failing!) to point out that this is, at best, a generalisation and probably has little factual basis to it. But what do we actually know about drug abuse by occupation?
TALENTED JOCKEY DETERMINED TO LEAVE DARKS DAYS BEHIND HIM
TWELVE months ago I sat down and spoke with Chris Maund about his successful return to the saddle. Maund appeared to be in high spirits. This was a good-news racing story. Maund’s gifted riding career was regaining momentum. He was on the climb back from injury, weight problems and some personal issues.
HOW TO BEAT THE BOOZE TRAP
Establishing a clear after-work routine that does not involve alcohol is among the key tactics a psychologist recommends to help FIFO workers beat the trap of regularly drinking too much. Cameron Brown is an Australian-based after-care provider for The Cabin Chiang Mai, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Thailand that is seeing an increasing number of miners seeking help.
SOBER TALK: ’FOOD ADDICTION WILL ABOUND IN INDIA IN THE NEXT 20 YEARS’ (PART I)
With addiction, or Substance Use Disorder as it is now known, expected to rise dramatically in India,The Cabin, a leading rehab in Thailand with modern practices, is in New Delhi for a roadshow that will take them to Mumbai as well. The main site of The Cabin is spread over nearly three acres. They charge $12,000 a month for a well-furnished teakwood room. One room to a person. In this in-depth interview…
AFKICKEN ONDER DE PALMEN
The Cabin Chiang Mai was featured in the July edition of the Dutch monthly OneWorld. The article covered the addiction treatment options on offer in Thailand, including the famous detox temple Wat Tham Krabok and The Cabin’s holistic programme – which is made up of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a secular version of 12 Steps and 3 Circles and enhanced by meditation and exercise therapy.
CAT MARNELL LANDS A BOOK DEAL THE INFAMOUS BLOGGER IS REPORTEDLY BEING PAID $500K TO CHRONICLE HER DRUG-FUELED EXPLOITS.
Cat Marnell, former xoJane.com editor and full-time substance abuser, is employed again, having landed a “major” book deal with Simon & Schuster for a reported half-a-million dollars. Marnell first gained a rabid following while blogging candidly about her addiction and drug use (and beauty products) during her time at xoJane.com.
TRAVEL SCALPEL TOURISM’S HEALTHY GROWTH MAKES ITS MARK
ASIA is renowned for its dizzying array of luxury resorts full of feel-good features, so it’s a little surprising for a Thai resort with five-star credentials to promote itself to Australians as Asia’s premier drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.
BEHIND THE SCREENS: CAT MARNELL CLEANS UP HER ACT, SORT OF
Bright blonde and underweight, with huge kohl-rimmed eyes and a penchant for skimpy clothing, Cat Marnell—at least according to Google images—looks kind of like a Barbie doll that’s been dragged around, smeared with makeup, and left on a sidewalk somewhere. And that’s the persona she’s projected through her writing—unhealthy and unapologetic, with messed up priorities and an abandonment complex. But today, something is different: Cat Marnell is off drugs. Sort of.
INCREASING NUMBERS OF DOCTORS, DENTISTS, VETS AND LAWYERS ARE BECOMING ’FUNCTIONING ALCOHOLICS’
Rising numbers of doctors, dentists, vets and lawyers are becoming ‘functioning alcoholics’, experts warn…
HEALTHY MINING MINDS
In an industry that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year, mining doesn’t stop for anyone.
While the average miner earns above average wages, many miners work longer than average hours, live away from family, and operate in highly dangerous or remote areas.