“Addiction professionals and persons in recovery know the ‘HOPE’ that is found in recovery. Recovery is available even to persons who may not at first be able to perceive this HOPE.” – American Society of Addiction Medicine
Simon Mott – Co-Founder of Hope Rehab
Simon’s history includes managing the Cabin Chiang Mai Rehab for 3 years, working for the criminal justice sector in the UK, as well as managing public services for the local government in London.
Read Simon’s personal story in the Telegraph
Like many addiction experts Simon Mott has experienced addiction from both sides of the fence, and having been a client in rehab himself gives Simon an insider’s point of view. He relocated from the UK, having managed the Barnet Community Engagement Team in North London. He has 20 years experience in the substance misuse sector overall.
Simon is a member of FDAP the Federation of Drug and Alcohol professionals and registered with Asia Pacific Certification Board APCB, and AQA certified in Counselling, He also has a portfolio of DANOS specialist substance misuse training from Herts Uni and the Royal College of General Practitioner UK Certificate in the Management of Drugs Misuse pdf which includes the prescribing and management of medication as well as administrating the detoxification process.
During his time working in London Simon’s interests included joining the ‘All Party Meeting of the Parliamentary Drug Misuse Group’ held monthly at the House of Commons, UK Government. He conducted harm-reduction research trials that have been recognised by the Home Office and contributed to –misuse of drugs act–changes.
Alon Kumsawad – Co-Founder of Hope Rehab
Alon is a yoga and meditation teacher as well as a fitness trainer, bringing a unique flavour to the mix. Being Thai and a Buddhist, she has her own practice that she shares with her clients. Alon is a graduate of the Chiang Mai Rajamangala University in Liberal Arts and Administration and is a qualified fitness instructor. She also has qualifications in Yoga and Pilates.
Paul is originally from Ireland, but has lived in Thailand since 2002. He is a registered nurse with a Higher National Diploma in Nursing Studies from St Bartholomew’s training Hospital in London and a Nursing Degree from Dublin City University and is a member of the International Nurses Society on Addictions. Paul is also a qualified teacher with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). In 2010, his addiction memoir ‘Dead Drunk – Saving Myself from Alcoholism in a Thai Monastery’ was published by Maverick House.
In 2006, Paul managed to escape an 18-year addiction to alcohol using an approach primarily involving meditation and the development of mindfulness in daily life. He now manages the mindfulness program at Hope. Paul also blogs about mindfulness and addiction recovery and has a significant global following at paulgarrigan.com.
Henk, a Recovery Coach from the Netherlands, BA human resources, also a Graduate in Holland, specialist subject HE cert Psychology and Mental Health and Understanding Drugs and Addiction. Henk is a bright, and enthusiastic individual, with great experience of recovery, CBT and helping others work the 12 steps. As well as working with clients on a 1:1 basis, he leads powerful groups as part of the center’s structured program. Henk is known and respected for his supportiveness, compassion, and straight-forwardness.
Chris Walker – Senior Counsellor
Chris is a senior counsellor and group facilitator at Hope. He is also a certified addiction recovery coach (CARC). Other qualifications include a Diploma level 4 in counselling, specialising in substance misuse and an NVQ level 3 in advice and guidance.
Furthermore, Chris is registered with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in substance misuse management. He has extensive knowledge in opiate substitute prescribing along with opiate, alcohol and benzodiazepine detoxes.
Chris worked for various drug and alcohol treatment services in the UK, specialising in Heroin, Crack, Cocaine and NPS use. Additionally, he was working on the UK festival scene providing crisis interventions to festival-goers who experienced negative effects from drugs and alcohol. He specialised in MDMA, Psychedelics and NPS drugs.
Chris is in long-term recovery.
Luke Richardson – Team Manager
Luke is a therapist and meditation facilitator from Sydney Australia.
He spent his early career working as an Electronics Engineer. In 2005 after a period of darkness his study focused on Meditation and Personal Development.
Luke is certified in Neuro Linguists Programming, Meditation Facilitation and has a Diploma of Energetic Healing.
From 2009 onward Luke has been working 1:1 with clients all around the world to help enable them to take charge of their lives, become conscious of their emotions and feel at peace with themselves.
Sarah Clitheroe – Counsellor
Sarah is from the UK and is one of our counsellors at Hope. She has worked for various Drug and Alcohol Services in the UK. She is extremely passionate about building communities of recovering addicts. Her beliefs are that we recover through connecting with each other and the wider community. She is proud of her involvement with Red Rose Recovery who are the most successful community of recovering addicts in the UK. She helped develop the service by employing and inspiring people on their recovery journeys.
Sarah is a fully certified recovery coach, group facilitator, advocate for women in recovery, motivational speaker and also has a degree in Criminology. She is known for her enthusiasm and passion for recovery as well as her skill in enabling, inspiring and empowering people.
Sarah has experienced addiction from both sides of the fence. Having been a client in rehab herself and now applying the 12 steps on a daily basis, Sarah can give a lived and personal experience of the recovery process.
Jamie Wilkes – Counsellor
Jamie is a counsellor at Hope; originally from the north of England. Jamie’s rehabilitation journey began in 2015 in South Africa. He is in recovery himself, continuing to work a 12 step program. Having committed himself to seeking his own recovery community and changing his life completely around, Jamie successfully did this while helping others in the process. Jamie volunteered for many recovery organisations undertaking a whole range of responsibilities. This included, being of service in meetings and setting up a men’s group to becoming a certified recovery coach.
Whilst he was on recovery coach training he was employed by the very successful Red Rose Recovery as a Hospital liaison lead/Recovery coach coordinator. Working with the hospital alcohol liaison team specialising in the detox and safe supported discharge at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Jamie’s role was to visit patients in the hospital and also support them on discharge back in the community and coach them into a pathway of recovery that best suited them. Jamie has experience in assisting the setup of ACT peer recovery within Lancaster and Morecambe and specialises in group facilitating.
Doug Sutherland – Counsellor
Doug is a counsellor from the UK. Before joining the Hope Team in 2017, he worked within the Criminal Justice sector of a Drug and Alcohol Service. He has also worked as a therapist in the UK and has qualifications from S.T.R.A.D.A (University of Glasgow), Royal College of General Practitioners, and a degree in counselling at the University of Nottingham. Additionally, he has knowledge of NPS (Novel Psychoactive Substances: (Legal Highs)) and worked with people addicted to these new types of drugs. As well as this, Doug is an experienced group facilitator.
Doug didn’t come to work in this field by chance: He struggled with addiction for many years before coming across the 12-Step model in 2004. Although Doug credits this with saving his life, like a lot of people stopping using was not the hard part for him, staying stopped was. Eventually, he got the chance to enter inpatient treatment at a rehab center in the UK in 2011 and has been substance free from this date.
Yuriko – Psychologist/Counsellor
Yuriko is a passionate psychologist and a progressive educator with a multicultural background. She has lived in Madrid, Tokyo, London, San Francisco and volunteered at La72, Home and Refuge for migrants in Tenosique (Mexico) where she was involved with human rights issues, women/LBGTQ/youth’s issues and gender-based violence.
Yuriko was also in charge of the training for the latino Suicide Lifeline in Tokyo. She led seminars with a wide range of themes: from self-esteem and resilience to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She volunteered as phone counselor for the English Lifeline as well.
Yuriko assisted at the Tohoku disaster area (Japan 2011) and has a rich and diverse experience with women who have been sexually abused as well as with children from dysfunctional families, elderly people who suffer depression and anxiety, and did workshops for prisoners.
The holistic approach of Hope gives Yuriko the opportunity to use her counselling skills while still learning from the best about addiction and rehab. She also enjoys the Muay Thai Boxing and all the amazing activities on offer here!
Gavin – Psychologist/Counsellor
Gavin is a qualified Psychologist (BSC) from the UK dedicated to the delivery of the highest quality of
compassionate care. Gavin has gained a wide range of experience working within the NHS acquiring a sound understanding of addiction and mental health from working in addiction services, acute mental health, child, and family mental health (CAMHS) and IAPT delivering CBT.
Gavin is currently completing a Doctorate in Psychotherapy at UEL and his research specialty is Behavioral Addictions. Gavin has knowledge and experience in treatment of behavioral addictions that include gambling, sex, pornography, shopping and exercise.
Based on a 15-year struggle with drug addiction Gavin has developed a great deal of empathy and understanding for individuals struggling with substance use and mental health problems. This experience motivated him to make a difference by acquiring the skills and knowledge to best treat individuals who like him have perhaps lost their way.
Vinny Winit Wonsejullarat – Weekend Manager
Vinny is Thai but left his home country at the age of seven, eventually graduated from Victoria University, New Zealand, and spent the last 24 years in the United States. Vinny has been in addiction recovery for many years. He got his recovery treatment certificate in Australia in 2015. Shortly after this Vinny joined the Hope team as a manager.
Due to his many years of informal recovery work in the community in Thailand Vinny was invited to train Thai professionals as addiction treatment specialist at the highly respected W.H.O.S. Rehab Education facility in Sydney, Australia, for “Drug and Alcohol Treatment Professional Certification”. Vinny is also actively involved in addiction self-help fellowships throughout Thailand. He has proven to be a great asset to the team at Hope. Read more about Vinny’s story….
Addiction Nurse (Aoy) Areeya Vachiranu Wong
Nurse Aoy is a Thanyarak Institute trained Nurse on Drug & Alcohol Dependence Treatment and Rehabilitation. Thanyarak Institute Thailand is part of the Ministry of Public Health for Thailand.
The Thanyarak Institute is Thailand’s first and largest treatment center with seven branches located throughout the country. It is under the supervision of the Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health.
Jeff (Chaivudh Asavabharuj) – Administrator
Jeff is Hope’s administrator. He takes care of all the client’s and staff’s visas, sorts out paperwork with public authorities and helps with shopping and beach trips. He also manages restaurant orders and has strong links to the staff at the local hospital. Any medical problems, e.g. in relation to detoxes, are therefore easily taken care of as Jeff is always happy to accompany clients to the clinic and to serve as a translator.
Bottom line: If anyone needs anything at all, Jeff is THE guy to turn to. That’s why many people here at Hope lovingly call him ‚Mr. Fix-it‘.
Jeff’s previous work includes traveling the world representing a Thai jewelry manufacture, as many gem stones come from Thailand and South East Asia. He has lived in the United States for four and a half years, where he studied at Kentucky University. He also traveled to the US over a 50 times and has been to Hong Kong and Dubai as well. In his spare time, Jeff loves to play PingPong and Snooker or watch TV.
Yuth – Muay Thai Coach
Prayuth Nawachahad is a Muay Thai fighter who has competed in more than 220 fights. Yuth started fighting at the tender age of 11. He has won the Muay Thai Championship of the Eastern Seaboard Thailand, the Lumpinee Championship, and multiple belts from different stadiums in Thailand. Yuth’s own successes allowed him to become a coach and build up a new generation of fighters who are now competing in fights at Thailand’s most prestigious championships in stadiums like Lumpini and Rachadumneun.
Yuth joined Hope Rehab as Muay Thai Coach in 2017. He is training and coaching our clients in one-on-one sessions in the impressive art of Muay Thai style fighting on 6 afternoons a week.
Bill – Fitness Coach
Bill is a recovering addict from Malaysia. After looking through Thailand’s vast selection of rehabs he decided to start his treatment at Hope in September 2016. During his recovery, he rekindled his love for personal fitness and muscle building. Bill spent enough time in his life burning bridges; now he wants to build new ones. That’s why he chose to become part of our team and help clients from all around the world. He now plays an integral part in the fitness program here at Hope Rehab. His passions include sports, weights, calisthenics, and core workout. He offers tailored solutions for your individual level of fitness and your goals.
J-P – Support Worker & Fitness Instructor
Natalie Shalson – Admissions Manager
Natalie handles all the admissions at Hope and along with Simon is the first port of call for new clients looking for help. Natalie is in recovery herself and spent two years at Hope working as Counsellor and Assistant Manager before heading back to Europe on maternity leave where she is currently living with her family. She chose to stay on working for Hope Rehab as she believes in the work and wants to continue to help people recover from the pain of addiction, it’s a cause close to her heart.
Andrea – Website and Social Media Manager
Andrea is from Germany. She joined the Hope team in 2017. She is a trained online journalist who chose to focus on SEO. At Hope she manages the website and all the social media channels (Facebook, G+, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube). Among other things her responsibilities include curating ideas, creating new content and improving the user-experience on the website. Andrea has a passion for photography and is therefore often seen roaming the grounds with her camera.
After being sick and tired of the extremely high-paced hamster wheel of the news business, she set out to travel the world in June 2015. It didn’t take Andrea very long to figure out that she was actually on a journey of self-discovery. She has first-hand experience of how addiction can affect the whole family. Andrea grew up with an alcoholic father and an uncle, who died due to health reasons from binge-drinking. For that reason she has a keen interest in working with and helping addicts on their way to recovery.
Adam – Support Manager
Adam is a recovering ice addict from Australia. He decided to quit drugs and drinking after 21 years of addiction. After his detox and treatment at Hope, he stayed as a volunteer. By now he has become our support manager and is doing a terrific job. He oversees the pick-up and arrival of all our clients, manages their rooms and accommodation to fit to their needs. Adam is the eyes and ears of anything that needs repairing around Hope. And he is known for his big heart and for being a champion for the recovery process. Adam will be celebrating being clean and sober for two years on 28th April 2017.
Laura – Psychology Intern
Laura is a Psychology intern from the Netherlands, who is currently studying at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She is grateful to be at Hope, and is excited to be part of the Hope community, to learn from others and help people in any way that she can.
Prior to her internship at Hope, Laura has worked with people who suffered from mental health problems and addictions. Her role was to comfort people, listen and work on their personal goals towards recovery. This experience has made a big impact on her and she was amazed by the growth and strength of the clients she met.
Laura’s strengths are her positive attitude, listening skills and stimulating proactive behavior.
The goals Laura has for her time at Hope are to learn a lot from the other staff members and develop her skills with coaching, advising and training.
Chris – Recovery Coach
Chris is a recovering addict from the United States who attended Hope as a client from March to May, 2016. After finishing his own treatment, Chris went on to work at a local Hope-affiliated sober house, where he was able to further implement 12-step recovery and other tools from the Hope kit into his daily life. While he has many areas of expertise as a sober coach, Chris has a passion for helping clients make the smooth transition from treatment life to real life, which he considers to be a challenge, but also one of the most critically important and rewarding phases of the recovery journey.
Caitlin – Volunteer
Caitlin is currently a volunteer at Hope. She is from South Africa, and has spent a lot of time travelling the world and living in different countries. She has a degree in English and Psychology, with an interest in mental disorders and addiction recovery. It has been a dream of hers for a long time to work at a rehab center.
She was drawn to Hope because of the variety of different approaches on offer, and the focus on not only therapy, but also physical health and spiritual wellbeing. Caitlin believes that it is best to keep an open mind in order to better understand herself and others, and to be of help to those around her.
Corneel – Intern
Corneel is a 30-year-old intern from the Netherlands. He is a trained social worker, who is currently studying at the Noorderpoort College and will be at Hope for 6 months.
Being clean and sober for 4 years now, Corneel wants to give back by helping and supporting others on their journey towards recovery. Corneel worked as a mentor for one of the biggest addiction clinics in the Netherlands VNN for 18 months.
Corneel’s key achievements were working as a motivational speaker for the clients as well as offering support to the parents and carers of those in treatment, helping them to get a better understanding and widen their knowledge of addiction. Promoting support and educating wider society, both at VNN and local Universities/ schools, teaching students about drugs, alcohol and addiction as well as prevention.
Parallel to his work for the addiction clinic, Corneel did a one-year internship at a ‘walk-in’ house for the homeless. There he met people struggling with addiction, social anxiety, panic attacks, feelings of futility, estrangement and those who heard voices and self-harmed, had difficulties with mood swings or to keeping to a daily routine. He was able to expand his horizon, broaden his skill set and learned a lot about the often overlooked groups in our society.
Corneel’s strengths are his personal experience with addiction and his cheerful, positive nature. He is a good listener and a great motivator. You can expect honesty, straight-forward answers and constructive feedback, as well as a good sense of humour.
Will – Personal Assignment Support
Will is a recovering addict from the USA. He returned to Thailand, where he had completed his primary treatment earlier in the year, in August 2016. After more than ten years of addiction, for him, Thailand represents sobriety and opportunity. Will contacted Hope Rehab in October after meeting one of the Hope counsellors in Chiang Rai, to offer his services as a volunteer. Will joined the team in November 2016 and has further developed his knowledge in the application of recovery tools since then while assisting clients with their assignments.
In the beginning of December Will started our Refuge Recovery meeting, a support group that applies the Buddhist principles to addiction treatment, which he continues to run every Sunday. Having grown past his initial short-term volunteer duties, he now plans to stay with Hope long-term. Will’s main focus is to continue his own education in CBT and mindfulness while helping clients discover the potential in their own futures.
While Will’s primary expertise at Hope is assisting the client’s with their assignments and other written recovery work, he also shares his experience and knowledge in groups, leads bike adventures around Si Racha, and, most importantly, is always available as a friendly ear to anyone in need.
Sonny – Volunteer
Sonny is a regular volunteer at HOPE, helping out wherever or however needed, whether it be driving folks to where they need to go, being a facility repair handyman, assisting HOPE’s kitchen staff with shopping for groceries, or helping clients with their recovery step work to prepare for successfully managing life in sobriety. Simon and Alon were two of Sonny’s counselor’s during his rehab, so when Sonny found out they were starting HOPE, he asked if he might give service time to others trapped in addiction by volunteering during his time off from his regular job.
In his “everyday” life, Sonny is a Training, Learning and Development Supervisor for an international Oil & Gas Drilling Contractor, responsible for the Quality Assurance and Control Aspect of Training, Learning and Development as it relates to industry, company and adult learner requirements. He loves his job and the opportunity it offers to work with a talented training team of peers to serve such a diverse range of clientele and tackle industry challenges across a broad range of environments. His appreciation for and dedication to teamwork stems from his combined 26 years as a military SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) Instructor for the U.S. Air Force and as an international military contractor, working globally but primarily in the Middle East during that time.
As for many in military and contracting life, alcohol was a centerpiece of his activities…positive, negative and otherwise. Sonny had always thought that he would “know” when his drinking might go too far, and that he could certainly stop any time he chose to because it was just a matter of “Will Power”. Finally, after quite a few failures to stop drinking on Will Power alone, and some very supportive and loyal friends, Sonny came to realize his life had become completely unmanageable with, and because of, his drinking. Faced with losing everything or getting sober, Sonny chose to seek treatment…and has never looked back.
Hope Rehab Kitchen Team
It’s thanks to Auntie Nuan, Debbie, Na, Wa and Ga that everyone is raving about the food at Hope. These lovely ladies are not only skilled cooks, but also passionate about what they do – and you can definitely taste the love that goes into their meals. Apart from breakfast where you can choose between boiled, scrambled and fried eggs, bread, jams, a variety of fresh fruit, yogurt, muesli, cornflakes, etc. our cooks conjure up a feast for our famous lunch and dinner buffets. The dishes they serve are a perfect mix of popular Thai and Western food.
You’ll find local cuisine as well as sausages & mash, pork ribs, french fries, lasagna & other pasta dishes. Our cooks pride themselves in serving nutritous food made from scratch and usually includes several bowls of different salads and steamed or baked vegetables. If necessary (and communicated in advance) Auntie Nuan & her team can accommedate to different dietary needs. Click the following link to learn more about the benefits of keeping a healthy diet in recovery.
The Housekeeping Team
Hope Rehab is lucky to have six dedicated housekeepers: Nuch, Ploy, Sarah, Tomde, Maggie & Mali. They make sure that each of our cozy rooms gets cleaned and made up every day. They also take care of any and all housekeeping duties around the Center. If you encounter them, it’s usually with a broom and a smile on their faces.
The Maintenance Team
Lung Juk, Auntie Pew, Jiap, Nag, Uncle Bamblung, Teung & Keng take care of the extensive gardens at Hope Rehab as well as all the maintenance issues. Whenever there is a leaking tap to be fixed, a lightbulb to be changed or a handyman needed for miscellanious repairs they’re on the scene.
LekLek – Customer Service Manager
LekLek was born in Chonburi, Thailand, but lived in Norway for 15 years. She is fluent in Thai, Norwegian and English and understands some Swedish and Danish as well. LekLek had a Thai restaurant in Norway and is now running one in Thailand as a side-job. She is a foodie, passionate about cooking, and a selfie-queen like most of the Thai women. She also loves to travel with her sister and has already been to Germany, Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic, Sweden and Denmark.
At Hope she is Jeff’s right hand. She helps supervising the Thai staff as well as with trips to the local mall, markets, the dentist or the hair dresser on a daily basis and to the nearby island on Sundays. Occasionally she also takes clients to the local temple for a cultural experience. LekLek is known for her good sense of humour.
Jenny – Customer Service & Support
Jenny is from the Philippines but moved to Thailand 8 years ago with her Thai husband and little son. She graduated in computer science and completed the vocational course for live-in caregiver of Primacare Training and Development Center in the Philippines. She chose to become a trained caregiver because she enjoys helping people on their journeys. Jenny is fluent in Tagalog, Thai and English.
At Hope, she works as Jeff’s left hand. She supervises the Thai staff and supports the team with the everyday organisational aspects of Hope, including the massage facilities as well as taking clients on outings.
Fee – Thai Peer Counsellor
Fee started at Hope as our first Thai Recovering addict peer intern. He trained at Hope to be a counsellor and support worker. Fee graduated from Thanyarak Pattani Rehab Center after spending four months in treatment. He is now a pioneer of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern Thailand. He is a wonderful and helpful person to have on the team, taking care of all the client’s needs. Read more about Fee’s story….
Believed to be over 2000 years old, traditional Thai massage is an authentic healing art and unique form of body therapy developed by people who used massage not only as a therapeutic method of healing to treat illnesses, but to maintain health and well-being. It was influenced by the traditional medicine systems of India, China, and Southeast Asia, as well as by yoga.
Our massage therapists Ma and Mon used to work at Somdej Sriracha Hospital. They treated patients there – among others an old man with paralysis – with traditional Thai massage. Glory and Warin specialised in a style of Thai massage that is called “nerve touch” or Jap – Sen (Jap meaning “to grasp”; Sen meaning “lines”)
Thai massage is usually done on a padded mat on the floor. No oil is applied, so you are fully dressed. You are usually asked to bring or wear comfortable clothing to the massage. A typical Thai massage is 60 minutes long. It is the responsibility of the massage therapist to carry out the work, while the individual on the receiving end reaps the benefits.
Janice Gagnon, founder of a Thai Massage School in the US, explained Jap Sen in a guest post on asianmedicinezone.com:
It “is a deep tissue approach that improves joint function and mobility by restructuring and aligning muscles, tendons and bones, and by stimulating pathways in the nervous system. This unique style of Thai massage works to stimulate the flow of energy or “lom” throughout the body by “twanging” or thumb rolling over the intricate system of sen lines and the ridges of muscles. This creates a deeper release of blockages in energy flow and a resonating affect through dense or tight muscles, tendons and nerves.”
Many people find that Thai massage has the following benefits: relaxation and reduction of stress.