Addiction Help for a Loved One Living in Southeast Asia

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Addiction Help in Southeast Asia

If you have a loved one struggling with problem related to drugs and alcohol in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, or Myanmar, you may be at your wits end trying to figure out a way to help this person. The good news is that there are some reputable rehab programs in the region. Here at Hope Rehab Thailand, our western-trained therapists have extensive experience helping people break free of all types of addiction.

Why Expats in the Southeast Asia are at Such High Risk of Addiction

The expat population in South East Asia can be highly vulnerable to developing and addiction problem. There are a number of reasons for why this may be the case.

Many of the people who develop addiction problems in South East Asia will have had problems with drugs and alcohol even before they arrived. These are usually high functioning alcoholics or drug users who were able to mostly hide the extent of their substance abuse at home. This ability to remain functional despite an underlying addiction is usually due to pressure from family, friends, and work colleagues. The problem is that when a person moves to a foreign country, there is far less pressure on them to hide their addiction so the problem can quickly escalate.

Another common reason expats in Southeast Asia develop addiction problems is due to loneliness and boredom. Coming to an exotic country like Thailand for a three-week holiday is a lot different than actually living here full-time. It is common for expats to develop culture-shock and alcohol or drugs can be a tempting way to escape this discomfort. The fact of being so far away from family and friends can also experience of loneliness which they then try to self-medicate.

It is now becoming increasingly common for retired people to move to Southeast Asia from other parts of the world. There can be a wonderful life waiting for retirees in countries like Thailand, but there can also be the danger of addiction. People who have worked hard all of their lives can actually find it a struggle to settle into retirement and substance abuse can become a way to deal with this discomfort. There can also be a sense of entitlement in regards to drinking hard as people can feel like they have earned it.

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An Effective Addiction Treatment Center in Southeast Asia

The best chance your loved one has of breaking free of addiction is to combine a strong determination to change with the right resources – although some people do initially start off a bit ambivalent towards addiction treatment. Here at Hope Rehab Thailand, we have an impressive record of helping people transform and embrace recovery. The majority of our therapists are not only highly experienced in dealing with addictive disorders, but they also have a personal history of dealing with it in their own lives. We focus on individualised treatment planning with an emphasis on evidence-based treatments such as mindfulness therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, wellness therapy, and 12-step work.

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