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What is art psychotherapy and how might it benefit employee health and wellbeing? Helen Seton introduces the practice and suggests how organisations might incorporate it into the working week.

Covid drastically changed people’s social habits. Surveys show that young people began smoking more and drinking less during Covid. As no sanctioned places are available for public consumption of marijuana, cannabis use remains something that people often do in their homes.

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.

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…

The unique geographic location very close to the Golden Crescent or Drug Belt, an extreme economic profile and diverse demography of the Gulf region, provides an interesting background for examining whether the global challenge of substance abuse has encroached on this region.

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.


Andy Leach, Psychologist and Clinical Lead for Asia at The Cabin, gave an overview of the gaming addiction phenomenon in Singapore. The Cabin offers confidential gaming addiction treatment programme, which clients can choose from The Cabin Singapore – outpatient centre, or residential rehab at The Cabin in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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.

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.

One of the world’s leading rehab centres operates in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Ben Fordham wants to know what makes it so effective.

Drug 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.

Many employees with addictions are still high-functioning and valuable contributors to their workplace

When 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.

Process 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

Jessica 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.

Thailand, 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.

His mom letting go turned Mike Miller’s life around

COULD 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.

We 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:

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.

BABYSHAMBLES guitarist Patrick Walden swapped heroin for synthetic drugs because he thought they would be safer but they were even more addictive.

In 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.

DAVE’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.

“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.

Want 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
Alastair 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 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.

Joshua 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 – 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.

One 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 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 Group

Rod 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.

Thailand 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.

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 abroad

Today’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.

Two-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?

Australia’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.

The 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.

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.

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.

Families of young Omanis battling drug addiction are paying thousands to send them out of the country for treatment.


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’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.

South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Paul Carter has reportedly checked into a five star rehabilitation facility in Thailand that costs around $14,000 a month.

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 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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

The Cabin in Chiang Mai has been taking in S’poreans trying to beat drug and alcohol addiction. CATHERINE ROBERT ([email protected]) takes a peek into the posh addiction treatment centre

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.

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.


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.




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.



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.



An increasing amount of Singaporean addicts are heading overseas rehabilitation centres to kick their dependence.

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. 

Many seek help abroad as they fear criminal record, but MP says those who come forward here for treatment ’won’t be convicted’.

A record number of ice addicts are fleeing to Thailand in a desperate bid to get clean.

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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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.



“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.”

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.

Gordon* is typical of a growing trend of Australians who are flying to Thailand and Bali to be rehabilitated from their ice addiction.


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.

Counsellors warn that unique characteristics in the city, like cheap taxis, home help and travel, can speed up the downward spiral for victims.

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.

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, 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.



The Cabin’s Programme Director, Alastair Mordey discusses Australia’s risky drinking culture and alcohol addiction on Perth’s 6PR radio station.

Addiction counsellor Alastair Mordey shared his knowledge on the appeal and consequences of cannabis consumption.

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 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.


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.

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.

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.

For some Australian executives, working overseas offers a golden opportunity to play up away from home, while their employers look the other way.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Drug-addled writer Cat Marnell is getting another stab at rehab. The former writer, who famously told us she’d rather “smoke angel dust with her friends” than hold down a job, has checked into The Cabin in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.

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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Our Programme Director, Alastair Mordey explaining in easy layman’s terms “what sexual addiction is” on the Australian radio station Triple M.

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.

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.


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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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….

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.

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.

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


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.

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 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.

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.

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.

We review three new Cali rehabs, including a “sober college” for young people, plus a luxury Asian facility.

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.

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.

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.

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?


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.


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.

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…


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, former 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

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.


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.

Rising numbers of doctors, dentists, vets and lawyers are becoming ‘functioning alcoholics’, experts warn…

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.

Salam is a tailored eight-week programme based in Chiang Mai

JAKARTA, PedomanNEWS – Tidak semua orang bisa sembuh dan menjadi manusia normal dari jeratan kecanduan narkotika, minuman keras dan pornografi namun itu semua bisa diatasi oleh sebuah lembaga dengan metode dengan sedikit berlibur disebuah resort eksklusif.

How HR directors discreetly manage senior-ranking employees who have issues of addiction. By June Chua. Addiction is usually not openly discussed in corporate Asia. However, cases of high-level executives’ involvement with drugs or alcohol abuse are on the rise.

The Cabin’s Pogramme Director Alastair Mordey in a live interview on Singapore’s leading news radio station – speaking on addiction, the psyche of addicts and The Cabin’s unique and effective treatment model.

Jakarta, Lepas dari jeratan narkoba bukanlah perkara mudah. Butuh waktu panjang untuk membuat otak benar-benar bisa terbebas dari candu-candu obat terlarang. Di Thailand, terapi pengobatan narkoba ditawarkan dengan cara berbeda, yang membuat pasiennya merasa sedang tamasya di Negeri Gajah Putih. Translation of article

Although not quite five years old, The Cabin in Chiang Mai is perhaps the most popular place in Thailand to receive treatment for addiction.

Study reveals loneliness can trigger addiction to alcohol and other substances LONELINESS and social isolation may have profound health consequences that trigger drug addiction and alcohol dependence among older Australians, according to a new national survey, which was comissioned by The Cabin Chiang Mai. Story reprinted in the Daily Mercury, Gladstone Observer and Bundaberg Guardian


The incidence of drug and alcohol addiction in the Australian mining/construction industry workplace is only getting worse, with fly-in, fly-out a major cause. That’s the view of psychologist Cameron Brown, Australian-based aftercare provider for clients of The Cabin Chiang Mai, a leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Thailand. Over one-third of the patients treated at The Cabin are Australian and 11% of those work in the Australian mining or construction industries, with the majority treated for an alcohol addiction.

More people are dying from abusing prescription drugs, which are being misused at historic rates and increasingly for recreational purposes. In the US, more people die each year from prescribed opioid overdoses than from heroin, a trend being repeated in Australia, according to the former director of the alcohol and drug service at Sydney’s St Vincent Hospital, Alex Wodak.

It works,” says Hans Derix, a former cocaine addict of 13 years. “If I hadn’t gone through it, I wouldn’t be here saying it.” Since kicking his habit, Derix has completed the arduous journey from junkie to healer. Now a mindfulness and meditation coach at The Cabin, a drug and alcohol rehab centre on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, he is using his years of addiction to help others beat their drug dependence.


Drug dealing is migrating from the grimy backstreets to the clean and efficient internet as the lethal trade distances itself from the jeopardy of public exchanges.

Could he beat the secret demons ruining his life? Tomarra Serjeant, 24, Ballina, NSW. Chris was nearly 10 years older than me. He was a kind, quiet and considerate man. I loved every moment with him, chilling out watching TV and making each other laugh. But bedtime was odd. While most couples share a kiss and a cuddle at night, Chris would dash off. If I asked what he was up too, he’d shrug. “Nothing,” he’d reply. I tried not to worry, but eventually Chris made a startling confession. “I come with baggage,” he said. “I’m addicted to painkillers.”

Audacious ex-beauty blogger Cat Marnell, the web’s favorite correspondent from the field of active addiction, is reportedly giving rehab another shot. Page Six reports that she’s checked into The Cabin in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand—a posh treatment center that famously kicked out British singer Pete Doherty (Kate Moss’s ex) this summer for “disruptive behavior.

More people are dying from abusing prescription drugs, which are being misused at historic rates and increasingly for recreational purposes.In the US, more people die each year from prescribed opioid overdoses than from heroin, a trend being repeated in Australia, according to the former director of the alcohol and drug service at Sydney’s St Vincent Hospital, Alex Wodak.

West Australians – from models to mining engineers – are fuelling a growing market for a Thai alcohol and drug treatment centre. Three years after the opening of The Cabin, an upmarket rehabilitation facility near Chiang Mai, figures reveal a third of patients are from Australia, and half of those are from WA, spending upwards of $12,000 to kick their addiction.

An alarming number of Australian mining workers are seeking rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction, according to recently released figures from a leading treatment centre. Thailand rehabilitation facility The Cabin has revealed 11 per cent of its clients work in the Australian mining and construction industries, with the majority being treated for alcohol dependency. Additionally, The Cabin reported a dramatic 30 per cent increase in miners seeking help for a substance abuse problem from 2011 to 2012.

Once upon a time stars grappling with drug addiction were sent to a “facility” to recover from “exhaustion”, now rehab centres welcome and publicise a celebrity check-in. Earlier this week former Libertines lead singer Pete Doherty cancelled a number of summer festival appearances in the UK via a note on his website informing fans he was retreating to Thailand’s Cabin Chiang Mai rehab centre to kick his heroin and crack cocaine habits once and for all.


From the vomit temple to a luxurious cabin, addicts are coming to Thailand to solve their problems and apparently staying clean as a result.

At the beginning of each year The Cabin Chiang Mai, a leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre based in Thailand, experiences an influx of clients with a dramatic 52% increase in enquiries in January 2012, compared with December 2011. At the start of 2012, 50% of The Cabin’s clientele were Australian, and the proportion striving to overcome their addictions included alcohol (60%), methamphetamine (20%), cannabis (10%) and prescription drugs (10%).

Urgent action needed to tackle problems suffered by doctors, lawyers and people in other high-profile jobs, say healthcare experts

Just after 8am on a spring morning in April, television presenter Gail Porter crouched under a tree on London’s Hampstead Heath and sent a text message to her boyfriend that read: ‘I can’t carry on. I feel suicidal.’

Experts call for action as statistics show an alarming rise in professionals turning to alcohol to deal with the everyday stress.

Simon Mott’s family was privileged, creative and loving. So how did this young man lose 20 years of his life to drug addiction and crime? He recounts how he came back from rock bottom

SINGAPORE: Coping with family debts, older relatives dying, lifestyle pressures and depression, Anne (not her real name) turned to alcohol and consumed up to two bottles of wine a day. She isolated herself socially for about two years and hit rock bottom on a weekend in February.


Morphine addiction is a growing problem among Omani youth, who have easy access to the drug smuggled into the country from overseas, according to representatives from one of the world’s renowned addiction rehabilitation centres.

Asia has long been the destination of choice for Australians seeking cheap cosmetic surgery, but growing numbers are also venturing overseas to undergo drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Comparatively low-cost, exclusive centres offering seclusion and anonymity are attracting thousands of Australians – from lawyers and businessmen to celebrities and housewives.

Once upon a time stars grappling with drug addiction were sent to a “facility” to recover from “exhaustion”, now rehab centres welcome and publicise a celebrity check-in. Earlier this week former Libertines lead singer Pete Doherty cancelled a number of summer festival appearances in the UK via a note on his website informing fans he was retreating to Thailand’s Cabin Chiang Mai rehab centre to kick his heroin and crack cocaine habits once and for all.

First it was medical tourism drawing us overseas, in search of cheaper facelifts, breast implants or dental treatment. Now we have “rehab tourism”, in which travellers can combine a stint in a drug and alcohol treatment facility with elephant rides, cooking classes and white-water rafting.

The critical condition of World Middleweight Boxing Champion, Shannan Taylor, from a suspected drug overdose, highlights the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse within the sport of boxing.

We Aussies can turn anything and everything into an overseas trip – even a stint in rehab. First it was medical tourism drawing us overseas, in search of cheaper facelifts, breast implants or dental treatment.

Earlier this week former Libertines lead singer Pete Doherty cancelled a number of summer festival appearances in the UK via a note on his website informing fans he was retreating to Thailand’s Cabin Chiang Mai rehab centre to kick his heroin and crack cocaine habits once and for all.

Alkoholsucht ist bei Managern ein Tabuthema. Dabei sind sie stark gefährdet. Luxus-Kliniken in Asien haben sich auf sie spezialisiert und bieten anonymen Entzug.

Raising the price of alcohol will not change the behaviour of dependent drinkers warns Alastair Mordey, a specialist in alcohol and drug addiction. He believes while Government plans announced today may deter social drinkers, creating minimum alcohol price caps will not deter an addict.

When you mention drug abuse the image conjured up is one of addicts snorting, smoking or injection illegal substances which they have purchased on the market, however there is a far more respectable facet of drug abuse which statistics suggest is equally common and just as dangerous.


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Is Thailand’s second war on drugs destined for failure?

If the Pheu Thai pre-election rhetoric is to be believed, some sort of a state-sponsored crackdown on drugs seems bound to follow in the wake of their recent election victory. Prime Minister-elect Yingluck Shinawatra made the following pledge while out on the campaign trail, “We’ll announce a new war on drugs. We’ll root them out from society in 12 months.”

We Aussies can turn anything and everything into an overseas trip – even a stint in rehab. First it was medical tourism drawing us overseas, in search of cheaper face lifts, breast implants or dental treatment.