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       Issue 9: October - December 2015

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In this Issue

Ice Epidemic

Focus: Is Australia’s “Ice Epidemic” Hyped out of Proportion?
by Cameron Brown, Clinical Director of The Cabin Sydney

The harms that Australia’s current “Ice epidemic” are causing to society are no more dire than Heroin in its heyday, and less lethal than the consequences of alcohol abuse. But scaremongering tactics and inappropriate distribution of funds may only serve to exacerbate the situation. read more

10 Daily Practices for Successful Addiction Recovery

FYI: 10 Daily Practices for Successful Addiction Recovery

Increase your chances of successful addiction recovery with these 10 practices to add to your daily schedule. read more

In the Spotlight

The Cabin Singapore

Outpatient addiction treatment now available at The Cabin Singapore

Last month, we opened our fourth specialist clinic or intensive outpatient programme (IOP) in Singapore. Like our other centres in Hong Kong, Sydney and Bangkok, we hope The Cabin Singapore is a solution for all the people struggling with addiction, who have never thought to seek treatment simply because they feel their ability to function in other areas of life, like at work or school, means they do not have a real problem. Addiction is an illness, which gets more severe with time.

At our clinic in the Novena Medical Center, we offer a range of treatments to address addiction at all stages from early intervention and motivational interviewing to continuing care. Clients can access after-work-hours treatment programmes in a secure environment or schedule private therapy sessions at a time most convenient for them.

Learn more about The Cabin Singapore here

The Cabin Chiang Mai

Insurance approved treatment for all Dutch nationals at The Cabin Chiang Mai

The Cabin Chiang Mai has teamed up with The Netherland’s foremost mental health care provider, Kühler & Trooster in order to provide Dutch people with their first comprehensive addiction treatment programme that includes local professional assessment and obtaining insurance approval for treatment. Our four assessment locations are in Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Wassenaar and The Hague. Alternatively, you may see your own physician or other healthcare professional.

Learn more about our Netherlands service here

Hilary Clinton’s $10 Billion Plan to Combat Drug Addiction in America

Blog: Hilary Clinton’s $10 Billion Plan to Combat Drug Addiction in America

Hilary Clinton wants to focus on drug addiction treatment instead of incarceration in her own version of the ‘war on drugs’. read more

Letting go of Anger

Blog: Letting go of Anger: A Better Way than Drugs or Alcohol

Many people who are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, or who are in recovery have had some kind of experience with anger, or may even have an anger problem. Many a times, these individuals are unaware of the source of their anger, yet it is at the core of most of their problems in their life. read more

Alumni Update

Though over 1,400 clients have successfully completed treatment with us since we began operations in 2010, 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.

Image Dennis G, Queensland, Graduated August 2014
I have been clean and sober for 14 months and 15 days and seriously owe my life to The Cabin in more ways than one.  read more

New Life or Old Life Ginny, Reykjavik, Iceland, Graduated April 2015
I'm not going to lie and say everything has just been a walk in the park because there have been bumps in the road, but this life is just so much better then my old one.  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 October 7th – 8th   (UAE, Dubai)

International Medical Travel Exhibition & Conference (IMTEC)
Location: Booth B42
Venue: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, UAE

Calendar November 3rd – 4th   (London, UK)

4th Annual UK Workshop by Caron Treatment Centers
Venue: Marriott London Kensington, 147c Cromwell Road, SW5 0TH

Speaker: Alastair Mordey Programme Director, The Cabin Chiang Mai
Topic: Socrates Meets Buddha! Bringing the Best of East and West Together in Treating Addictions
Time: Nov 3rd, 2.00-3.00pm
Topic: Switching Seats on The Titanic: Recognising Different Addiction Disorders as Part of the Same Illness
Time: Nov 4th, 2.00-3.00pm

Speaker: Dr Brian Wells Clinical Director, The Cabin Addiction Services Group
Topic: Which Would You Rather Have on Your Clinical Team? A Psychiatrist or a Trained Monkey?
Time: Nov 3rd, 3.00-4.00pm
Topic: How Relevant/Useful is the Term “Dependence” in the 21st Century?
Time: Nov 4th, 3.00-4.00pm

Calendar November 16th – 19th   (Singapore)

3rd Asia Pacific Behavioural and Addiction Medicine Conference (APBAM)
Speakers: Alastair Mordey, Programme Director & Rory Magee, Head Counsellor, The Cabin Chiang Mai
Topic: The Screening and Treatment of Multiple Addictions
Time: Sept 19th, 1.30-3.00pm

Speakers: Suresh Joseph, Head Counsellor, The Cabin Singapore
Topic: Trauma and Addiction
Time: Sept 19th, 3.30-5.00pm

In the Press

South China Morning Post Hong Kong sets an easy path
for drug, drink and sex addicts
Time Out Hong Kong Walking on thin ice
Bangkok Post Beating addiction News Hidden addiction: Life as a high-functioning alcoholic
The Age National Ice-addicted Australians
choosing Bali and Thailand for cheaper treatment
Mamamia “Rotted teeth. Scabby face. What my ice addiction was really like.”


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