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The Cabin Newsletter Issue 1: Sept-Dec 2013



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Greetings from The Cabin

Welcome to the inaugural issue of The Cabin’s online newsletter. Continuing our commitment to educating and informing profess- ionals in the addiction community, people in recovery or working towards it, and the general public – we have put together this publication to share stories, ideas and information that will help you better understand the disease of addiction and the people suffering from it. In each issue we will strive to provide thought provoking articles on addiction, personal accounts from people in recovery, as well as updates about The Cabin, its staff and alumni.

In FOCUS, our programme director Alastair Mordey’s column, he writes about the death of Cory Montieth and why this tragedy is all too common. We also feature an inspirational story about Cabin alumnus and Olympic medalist Nathan Baggaley. And there’s plenty more, just follow the links. We hope you enjoy this issue and welcome all feedback. Just email us at

Best Regards,
The Cabin Team

FOCUS: Cory Monteith's death was not in vain
by Alastair Mordey, Programme Director at The Cabin Chiang Mai


Following the death of Glee star Cory Monteith from a heroin overdose after being discharged from rehab, questions have been raised about the ‘safety’ of abstinence-based programmes. The debate stems from a difference of opinion between advocates of ‘harm reduction’ policies adopted by many governments around the world and  the 12 Step style treatment offered at many rehabs in the US, as well as at The Cabin – although ours has been secularised to be culturally sensitive.

Criticism of abstinence based clinical practice centres around the fact that addicts like Monteith are reduced too quickly from opiates (heroin and any other substitute medications), that the treatment duration is too short, and that consequently they are vulnerable to overdose when they re-enter the community because their tolerance is lowered during the period of sobriety. Read more

In the Spotlight

1 11 The Cabin was delighted to have Australian double Olympic medal kayaker and three time world champion Nathan Baggely stay with us last July. Nathan, who turned to Ecstasy after  his professional sporting career nosedived in 2005 when he was banned from competing after testing positive for steroids, compounded his situation by later being sentenced to four years in prison for selling and manufacturing Ecstacy. Read more

The Cabin Highlights

Apart from striving to provide our clients with the best and most effective treatment, The Cabin’s clinical team make it a point to not only participate in all the leading international  addiction conferences  but also conduct free training workshops around the region. Here are some snapshots of the last few months.

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At home, to ensure our clients’ stay is a mix of work and play, each month The Cabin staff collaborate to host a theme-dinner party.
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Mark your Calendar

calendar_icon Mid October
Middle East Roadshow
One-on-one meetings with Programme Director Alastair Mordey
Kuwait, Dubai, Doha, Muscat
For a meeting email:

calendar_icon November 24th - 27th
APSAD 2013 Brisbane
Speaker: Cameron Brown, Aftercare Provider & Evidence-based Researcher
Topic: Outcomes And Effectiveness Of A Combined 12 Step/CBT Program For Alcohol And Other Drug Addictions


Around Chiang Mai with The Cabin

Sunday excursions have been a part of our programme ever since The Cabin opened its doors here in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The culture, climate and natural beauty of the north are particularly suitable for a variety of activities that complement our clients’ treatment both experientially and therapeutically. Read more.
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Alumni Update – past clients share their recovery progress

Even though some 600 clients have successfully completed treatment with us since we began operations in 2009, we still keep in touch with all of them and follow their progress – both through The Cabin’s Online Video Aftercare Programme and, more informally, through the personal relationships that our counsellors have built with many of their clients.
When a client leaves The Cabin they are just embarking on their journey of recovery, certain to be filled with challenges and temptations as they begin their new life back home. Here we’d like to share some updates from our alumni.

Adam, Melbourne, Graduated – 22nd May 2012
Since leaving The Cabin I have started a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and am just starting my 3rd semester. My end goal is to become a Clinical Psychologist, and although it’s a long road ahead I see it as attainable, not some crazy dream goal that I will never reach, which is how I viewed it when I was using...Read more

Edward, Kuala Lumpur, Graduated – 28th April 2013
I am writing this on the plane back to Malaysia after a month’s holiday in the UK and France - a 12 hour flight that would normally have been spent in an alcoholic haze if it were not for my rehab at The Cabin in AprilRead more

Matt, London, Graduated - 29th August 2011
I’m a chef which means I don’t get to do recovery by the book, far from it, in actual fact my recovery pretty much breaks all the rules there are,Read more

2 Peer support is an extremely important part of the recovery process – if you’d like to share your progress with us and your Cabin Class write to us at or email your counsellor.  2
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