Addiction Therapy in Chiang Mai

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Sun setting over the hills in Chiang Mai

I started a new job at The Dawn Rehab.   Sometimes on the internet I see criticisms of Thailand and the idea of having an addictions rehab in Thailand being absurd or not true to the nature of addictions’ therapy.

I really couldn’t think of anything further from the truth. A rehab experience is not only a good idea but it could be a decision that could save your life and give you an experience of a lifetime that you’ll never forget.

In this blog I’m going to be sharing about my experiences in helping people life the veil from their anesthetic and show them a world full of auditory, visual and sensual experiences of Thailand, that a life on drugs never gave them.

Addiction is characterised by despair.

Despair over self, others, family, future, past, character, shame or whatever else.  There is usually a strong element of despair and with this despair there is usually a huge sense of irritability in attempting to overcome the despair.

An addict attempting to address his or her problem will encounter some degree of irritability, this ranges from feeling very strung out to a feeling of sheer terror at what they will encounter through a withdrawal process.

Heroin is an anesthetic, a rather good one too, it works perfectly well with the brain’s own opioid receptors and pleasure pathways. Unfortunately it works so well that a person who becomes dependent to heroin may suffer form permanent changes to the brain, such as low pain thresholds and low reward from pleasurable activities.    Surprisingly alcohol, our legal drug, works in a very similar way,however the effects are not as profound.

Heroin depresses the central nervous system, it deadens the emotions, it deadens the senses, it narrows the pupils  and makes life seems much more dull and flat.  As mentioned above, other drugs have this effect. Benzodiazepines, alcohol and other painkillers achieve a similar affect.

Once someone begins to detox from their drug of choice, life begins to come back. The veil they once wore over their eyes is slowly lifted and they’re able to experience life again.

In Thailand I’ve found with most of my clients that this effect is much more profound. They are lifted from that dark place and then in turn are given a real life-boosting experience. It’s not just merely a return to “normal life” but an awakening to the extra-ordinary.

Many of my clients who’ve been successful in their recovery find Thailand to be enchanting. They are awoken by the many sights, smells, sounds and tastes that Thailand has to offer. Previous clients return to rejuvenate themselves with that experience and add to the change they have made in their lives.

To see that process of people from the depths of disenchantment to being wowed at the simple wonders of a different world from home is a tremendous event to be a part of. It turns from what can be a very dry clinical experience into an invigorating  life changing episode.

I too share this opinion and it’s why I have made Thailand my home.

Published by Dylan Kerr BA ACAT FDAP DipHE MBABCP

Mr Dylan Kerr Addictions Counselor Bachelors in Clinical Counseling (Hons) Advanced Certified Addictions Therapist Member of the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapist Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners HeDip Health-care HeDip Psychology of Addiction Dip Counselling Diploma in Arts Therapy Diploma in Transactional Analysis CSAT III Dylan Kerr is a Certified Substance Abuse Therapist who is qualified in Counseling, Psychology of addiction from Leeds University and Healthcare from Birmingham City University. Dylan Kerr has been a senior Therapist at the River Rehab, Lead Therapist at Lanna Rehab in Chiang Mai and Head Counselor of Hope Rehab in Siracha. As well as working in Thailand for 7 years, Dylan has also been the on-tour counsellor for the the Rock band ‘The Libertines’. Dylan is now resident counsellor at an Asian rehab. Dylan has experience of working within the music industry supporting acts in therapeutic needs. As well as working around the world Dylan has over 13 years experience delivering substance use disorder treatment at various agencies around the UK. He is skilled in motivational interviewing, CBT, RET and guidance around 12 step philosophies. Dylan has worked with a broad client base and establish the rapport needed to effect change and sustainable progression. Dylan wishes to start this blog to help educate people on his observations within this field and debate the nature of work in the addictions field.

2 thoughts on “Addiction Therapy in Chiang Mai

  1. Was working there 6 years ago I am returning to develop more sense enhanced therapies such as Elephant Therapy which I first developed, also other new Visual Therapies which enhance and enrich sense awareness.Also in Chiang Mai, but not with any recent new rehabs there.


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