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       Issue 7: April – June 2015

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The IOP Option

Focus: The IOP Option
by Alastair Mordey, Programme Director

Intensive Outpatient Programme (IOP) or 'dayhab' as it is colloquially known is similar to its counterpart ‘rehab’ or Intensive Inpatient Treatment Programme – and features more similarities than differences these days. read more


FYI: How to Perform an Intervention

When heart-to-heart conversations, empty ultimatums, and continued self-destruction due to addiction fail to motivate change, a formal addiction intervention may be necessary to get your loved one the help they need. Here we will discuss what an intervention is, when it is needed and detail the steps necessary to successfully perform an intervention. read more

In the Spotlight

The Cabin Hong Kong

Opening of Asia’s first Intensive Outpatient Programme (IOP) - The Cabin Hong Kong

We are pleased to announce the opening of our first outpatient addiction treatment centre in Hong Kong. In operation since February, we want to offer a solution to those functioning members of society suffering from addiction who cannot take time off from their professional and personal obligations to enter residential rehab.

In Hong Kong, these individuals can now sign up for our intensive outpatient programme (IOP) and receive the same type of treatment that they would in Chiang Mai because it also uses our Recovery Zones treatment model. Sessions are held on weekday evenings and we have a psychiatrist to supervise medication for those who require it. We also offer other services such as a family programme to augment treatment, as well as private counselling for clients who prefer not to enrol in the Recovery Zones Programme.

To learn more about us, please visit The Cabin Hong Kong

Alumni Reunion

The Cabin Chiang Mai's 5th Anniversary & 2015 Alumni Reunion

February 26th and 27th, 2015 were big days for all at The Cabin Chiang Mai. The clinical team, especially, had been looking forward to these dates with much anticipation because it meant they would get to see many of their former clients who were flying in from different parts of the globe to join the 2015 Alumni Reunion and to celebrate The Cabin Chiang Mai’s 5th Anniversary.

Highlights of the two-day event, which kicked off on the evening of Feb 26th were a campfire-style Gratitude Meeting attended by both alumni and current clients, recovery updates from three outstanding alumni, and an Alumni Recognition Ceremony where all former clients were presented with inscribed vintage-silver medals. Of course, as with all Thai celebrations, there was an abundance of great food and entertainment.

Here are some photos of the event

How to Make Outpatient Rehab Work for You

Blog: How to Make Outpatient Rehab Work for You

Outpatient rehab requires complete dedication. Follow these tips to ensure you get the most out of your addiction treatment. read more

Lorazepam Use, Abuse, and Addiction

Blog: Lorazepam Use, Abuse, and Addiction

Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine medication and is one of the most addictive drugs in this category. The brand name for Lorazepam is known as Ativan. It must be prescribed by a physician and is used to for short term treatment for disorders, such as anxiety, insomnia, and acute seizures. read more

Alumni Update

Though over 1,000 clients have successfully completed treatment with us since we began operations in 2009, we try to stay in touch with all of them and follow their progress. When a client leaves The Cabin Chiang Mai 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.

Jacinta, Perth, Graduated February 2015
A beautiful poem penned by one of our clients when she left The Cabin, which she has graciously shared with us.
"I would like to thank The Cabin Chiang Mai
For showing me that it's OK to cry
You've helped me see the truth, good and bad"
 read more

Rosa, Perth, Graduated October 2013
Upon entering The Cabin Reunion I was filled with sense of ease and comfort, this is what I came here for. I was welcomed with smiles and hugs. The joy in everyone else’s faces brought the joy out on mine. We did it! We had walked in there on our own accord without a drug, without a drink, without an active addiction. read more

JK, Hong Kong, Graduated May 2013
For the 2015 Reunion, I was so happy to go back to a place that gave me a chance to heal grow change and begin to learn how to live. I was excited to reconnect with all the peers councellors and support staff. 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 peers write to us at or email your counsellor.

Mark your Calendar

Calendar April 27th   (Hong Kong)

Panel Discussion On Issues in the Gay Community with Addiction
Speaker: Joanne Schmitt, Head Counsellor (HK)
Venue: Bar Six, 63 Wyndham Street, Central
Time: 7.30pm

Calendar May 4th-6th   (UK)

European and UK Symposium on Addiction Disorders (UKESAD 2015)
Speaker: Alastair Mordey, Programme Director
Venue: The Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square
Time: May 5th 2pm

Calendar May 20th - 22nd   (Australia)

The Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference
Location: Surfers Paradise, QLD

Calendar May 28th - 31st  (California, USA)

The Sixth Annual West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders (WCSAD 2015)
Presentation: Combining elements of CBT and 12 Steps into a 3 Circle Recovery Planning Model
Speaker: Alastair Mordey, Programme Director, The Cabin Addiction Services Group
Venue: La Quinta Resort & Club, La Quinta
Time: May 30th 1.45pm– 03.15pm

Calendar June 1st  (Australia)

Opening of The Cabin Sydney   
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