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Gender-Responsive Addiction Treatment Programme for Men Launched in Thailand

Dennis Relojo-Howell

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Dennis Relojo-Howell, (2019, May 15). Gender-Responsive Addiction Treatment Programme for Men Launched in Thailand. Psychreg on Clinical Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/treatment-programme-men/
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The Cabin Group, Chiang Mai are proud to announce the launch of Reach: a gender-responsive, trauma-informed addiction treatment programme for men. Reach, which opened its doors on 9th May, focuses on healthy masculinity and re-aligning with what it means to be a man whilst treating the root of their addiction.

The Reach programme welcomes men from all backgrounds, with its primary goal being to support and empower men to seek recovery from their addictions whilst aligning with their values. The Cabin Group can help with:

  • Substance abuse – drugs, alcohol, prescription medications
  • Process addictions – gambling, gaming, social media, work, exercise
  • Behavioural issues – mood, personality and attachment disorders, disordered eating, sex and intimacy issues
  • Underlying causes of addiction – trauma, PTSD
  • Mental health issues which co-occur with addiction, including anxiety and depression

The 8-week residential programme is gender responsive, acknowledging that men have different experiences to women and need specific treatment to address these issues. It is trauma-informed, as many of the men on the programme will have suffered adverse, traumatic experiences but are unlikely to have identified it. Lastly it is evidence-based, as the treatment modalities and all aspects of the programmes are proven to be effective in the treatment of addiction.

The Cabin Group have taken the best Western treatments out there and combined them with traditional Eastern practices including mindfulness, yoga and meditation. Treatment is delivered by Western-trained clinicians, many of whom have first-hand recovery experience. There is also an onsite hospital, providing 24/7 round-the-clock care, including detox treatment. However, Reach is not just about helping the individual clients; family work is equally important. The Cabin Group offer an intensive three-day family workshop, which is included in the treatment at Reach.

A typical day on Reach involves an early morning gym or yoga session. After breakfast, clients attend group therapy sessions, followed by an exercise class. In the afternoon, clients attend specialty groups on topics such as masculinity, non-violent communication and trauma. The groups depend on which phase of treatment the client is in – phase one is exploration, phase two is integration and phase three is actualization. Collectively, these are known as the three phases to recovery. As clients’ progress through these phases, they will explore their underlying issues in greater depth.

After lunch, there are individual sessions, personal training, massages and down time to relax by one of the swimming pools. Clients can also make use of the many holistic activities available, including gong and sound ball meditation, guided meditation, mindfulness and art therapy. In the evening, clients can enjoy the world-class 5-star accommodation and facilities, including delicious home-prepared cuisine.

Mike Miller, Programme Director at Reach, says “through my personal experience of addiction, I know that recovery is possible for anybody. If you are thinking of joining Reach, we will do a comprehensive assessment, make clinical recommendations, and work with you to set personal goals. Throughout the programme and onwards, we are committed to helping our clients to achieve their goals.”

Mike’s story of recovery from addiction is truly inspiring. He got involved in substance use at a young age and spent twenty years using drugs. He was skeptical about recovery, however after long term treatment he started to feel better. This experience led to him accepting a volunteer position with a treatment facility, and ever since, his career in addiction rehab has gone from strength to strength.

Mike says: ‘Watching men move towards healthier, happier lives is highly rewarding. I work with men who begin with little hope and go onto recover and lead very rewarding lives.’


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