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Alumni Update

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Greetings from The Cabin

April is here – marking the beginning of the 2nd quarter of the year. And with it comes the third instalment of our newsletter. We are pleased to note - judging from your feedback and the continuous subscription requests - that most of you seem to find it informational if not beneficial. So to keep this issue handy to all – people in recovery and addiction professionals alike – we have selected topics relevant to all.

We FOCUS on addiction treatment’s trending 3 Circle approach, a method suited to both traditional addictions and their modern manifestations – and it comes with a ready-to-use plan at your mouse click. As recovery is an on-going process and support  is of paramount importance, FYI shows you how to truly work your support group sessions. And speaking of recovery, we have included our Cabin Reunion for you to view some shining examples of successful recovery that we are so proud of.

We hope you enjoy this issue and welcome all feedback, just email us at

The Cabin Team

FOCUS: Zoning in on The 3 Circles

 by Alastair Mordey, Programme Director at The Cabin Chiang Mai circles

In 2011, the American Society of Addiction Medicine published its public policy document  which saw addiction as a neurological disorder; and last year the American Psychiatrists Association published DSM 5, the psychiatrist’s bible that acknowledged for the first time a non-substance (gambling) addiction disorder. It is fast becoming clear that all addictions are a result of the same brain illness involving the same primary cause.

As we now know, the cause is ‘reward deficiency’. Addicts are people who, whichever drug or process they use to get high, are suffering from hypo-dopaminism, or a poor quality of dopamine tone in the mid-brain. Because dopamine is the pleasure-reward chemical, addicts need to re-enforce the dopamine activity in their brain through using highly rewarding drugs or processes like sex, eating or gambling.

It is interesting to note that over recent years sex addiction has been in the news a lot, and much vaunted celebrities have had their addictions exposed. The idea that ‘things’ which aren't drugs can also be addictive has become well understood by the public. Read more

In The Spotlight

reunion_inthespotlight   The highlight of last quarter and probably the entire year for all of us was undoubtably The Cabin’s first Alumni Reunion, held this past February. We were overjoyed by the large number of former clients who flew in from distant corners of the world especially for the event. But even more overwhelming was how healthy and happy each person appeared – there is nothing more rewarding than to witness how our treatment can transform lives. 

Hear and see what our alumni have to say

The Cabin Highlights

The first quarter of 2014 was spent fostering relationships abroad and at home - be it through our Middle East Roadshow, our Alumni Reunion and, of course, at our client parties.
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Middle East Meetings  Our directors held a series of one-on-one meetings with private and government professionals in the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman – to raise awareness about effective treatment approaches.
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Client Parties Our month-end parties are an opportunity for clients to relax and for staff to flaunt their  show-biz  talents – more importantly the events are thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Mark your Calendar

calendar_icon April 16-24 
China Roadshow
One-on-one Meetings with Programme Director Alastair Mordey
Beijing April 16-21
Shanghai April 22-24

calendar_icon April 24-27 
3rd Congress of Asia-Pacific Society for Alcohol and Addiction Research (APSAAR)
Venue: Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Centre 

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Singapore & Malaysia Roadshow
One-on-one Meetings with Programme Director Alastair Mordey
Kuala Lumpur

calendar_icon June
Philippines Roadshow

For more information or to attend
any of these events email:

Thai Parasol Factory

One of Chiang Mai’s most famous symbols is the colourful "sa paper" parasol, traditionally carried by Lanna ladies to ward off the sun. Sa paper is a cottage industry product made from the barks of Mulberry trees that grow in the hills of Northern Thailand. This all-natural paper, which features a beautiful raw texture, is then dyed a multitude of shades and used to make the parasols. And seeing them in a cluster – a kaleidoscope of bright and cheerful colours - is so therapeutically uplifting, we just had to include a visit to their place of origin to our list of Sunday excursions. Read more
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Alumni Update - past clients share their recovery progress

Even though some 800 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.
Danielle, Holland, Graduated January 2014
It’s been almost 3 months since I left The Cabin and I’m happy to report that I am still sober and enjoying it most of the time – though I sometimes struggle, especially with bad sleep and fatigue
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Karin, Canada, Graduated November 2013
I left The Cabin about 4 months ago, and I'm happy to be sober, but I'm always in the “recovery process”. The challenges I face are dealing with recovery in an isolated location and situation, and of course, just recovery in general. Read more

Dean, Australia, Graduated October 2013
Wow, my life is great, better than great! I will be ever grateful to the staff at The Cabin for saving me and giving me a normal happy life. I haven't had a normal life for years and now I see things different.My life now revolves round my family, don't get me wrong this is what I want – playing with my children going to the park, movies , bike riding, going to the beach , Sea World, shopping , doing parent duties hearing my kids laugh…I just love my life. Read more
Kirsty, Perth, Graduated December 2012
During my time at the Cabin I saw a glimpse of a different life for me. Eventually that glimpse turned into hope. I was just so sick and tired of chasing my tail. Of feeling like I was losing my mind. I had lost the fight in me. I could see that I had not been able to run my own life successfully. Self will had run riot with me. I did whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I was desperate and willing. For the first time ever I was willing to listen. Read more
  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.   
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