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When people think of rehab, they are often influenced by images we see in the media, TV and movies, and often focus on examples of hardcore drug use with someone in a darkened alley, with a rubber tube tied around their arm preparing for their next hit.

In reality, the vast majority of people who are suffering from addictions or negative behaviours are normally fully functioning individuals who through the pressures of life or perhaps because of a specific incident have found that their reliance on alcohol, drugs, (legal and illegal) sex, gambling, food, shopping or even social media has increased to the point where they are effectively self-medicating and using these vices as a coping mechanism.

This can build up over a period of time or be exacerbated by events such as, loss of a loved one, relationship problems, career issues, trauma, physical ailment and COVID 19 which has somehow touched the lives of everyone.

Lack of social interaction also leads to isolation, feeling of low self-worth, lack of drive, loss of confidence and this can often fuel anxiety and lead to depression.

It’s vital to recognize these signs and to acknowledge that things are starting to become unmanageable, nobody actually plans to go to rehab, however the starting point is to have the perspective that you while you may not want to go; you need to.

Rehabilitation is something that the majority of people have had to endure in their lives, if you break your leg, you don’t look at it and think, ‘well that will get better by itself’, you go to see a specialist and the same applies to those suffering from mental health issues and addictions.

The Dawn Wellness Centre and Rehab is a family-run boutique facility that has remained fully operational throughout the last year and caters for clients from all around the world and of course expatriates living and working in Thailand.

The Dawn has an East meets West approach as they handpick their therapists, who are brought in from overseas, they all hold Master Degrees but perhaps more significantly in terms of qualifications is that the therapists are also in recovery, (be it from addiction or mental health issues) therefore they understand just how hard it is to break that cycle of negative thinking and behaviours so while your friends and family may fail to understand the challenges you are facing, the team at the Dawn can, not only relate, but provide the solutions required to address those issues.

The Dawn also acts as a safe, supportive and caring community where people learn to share and gain perspective by the numerous group sessions and interaction with the other clients. This is enhanced with a full holistic program comprising of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, physical exercise and massage.

These methods at the beautiful riverside location on the outskirts of Chiang Mai will equip clients with a ‘toolkit’ to apply to their lives. This is immersive therapy where virtually every waking hour is designed to help you to get better. This is also aided with a relapse prevention plan to keep you on track in the weeks and months after discharge.

If the above has resonated with you in anyway or perhaps you have a friend or loved one who you feel would benefit, please take some time to look at the Dawn’s website www.thedawnrehab.com

For a free consultation, call their Admissions Manager Paul on 06 500 95111 or email: [email protected] and allow us to assist in getting your life back on track.

Paul Strachan has lived in Thailand for over 16 years, worked in the rehab business for over 4 years and is often the first point of contact for people seeking help, his calls with clients can last for over an hour as he listens patiently to them explaining their situation and helps them understand their problems are shared by a great many people and also demonstrates to them how with effective therapy, they can overcome those difficulties and have the confidence to turn the page. Previously Paul was a well-known member of the wider Pattaya community known for being the production Manager and presenter on Pattaya Mail Television, acting as an MC at numerous events around the city including Movers and Shakers and for his charity work with Jesters Care for Kids, PILC, Hand to Hand, Take Care Kids and a company he cofounded named TFi which staged ‘fun events for charity’ and in its time raised about 1 million baht to help the less fortunate in the community.