When you’ve made a decision to get professional help for alcohol abuse, alcoholism, or any other substance abuse, and have decided on going to a residential rehabilitation program (vs. outpatient treatment), DARA Drug and Alcohol Rehab may be the right choice for you. Yes, we are some distance from the best alcohol and drug rehab centers in the U.S., but well worth the journey. If you’re serious about your recovery, are looking for a top quality luxury rehab, and want a bit of an adventure starting your road to recovery, we are the right place and right people for you.
Alcohol & Drug Rehab Treatment Models and What You Should Know
There are two predominant categories regarding programs of treatment for alcohol abuse and alcoholism and any substance abuse: the 12-step model (the “disease model”) and non 12-step programs (the “behavorial” model).
The 12-Step model is the predominate paradigm of drug and alcohol treatment programs in the United States, the UK, and other countries. The 12-Step Model is based on, and permeated by, the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and thus the 12 steps used in AA. With the 12-step philosophy, recovery comes through group affiliation with other recovering persons, and changing thought and behavior in accordance with the principles of the 12 steps of AA. The 12-Step Model also adheres to the disease model of addiction and encourages faith and spirituality as a means to recovery In 12 Steps, recovery is seen as a spiritual awakening.
The disease model sees alcoholism as a medical illness, which is chronic and progressive, with alcohol as the causal agent. The inability to control drinking behavior is seen as a symptom, and complete abstinence from alcohol consumption the only means of treatment. Controlled drinking is not possible, as alcoholics are physiologically unable to drink moderately due to the unique effect alcohol has on certain physiological processes. In contrast, many non 12-step programs do not see alcoholism as a disease, rather as a learned behavioral issue.
DARA Drug and Alcohol Rehab Offers Two Unique Programs
DARA’s drug and alcohol rehab process at both DARA Koh Chang and DARA Chanthaburi is governed by ITM (Integrated Treatment Model). Some of the modalities used in ITM at DARA include but are not limited to:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Rational Emotive Therapy
- Transactional Analysis (TA)
- Relapse Prevention Therapy (including a Relapse Prevention Track for certain clients)
- Schema Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
Clients also received concurrent treatment for co-occurring mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We have certified dual diagnosis clinicians on staff who are experienced in treating many types of mental and behavioral health issues that are present along with a drug, alcohol or processing addiction. Clients with active suicidality, paranoia or delusional behaviors, however, are not appropriate for the level of care provided at DARA.
Each member of DARAs professional clinical team live and work full-time in Thailand. This is an important distinction, since some alcohol and drug rehab centers hire short-term staff who agree to provide professional services while taking advantage of a working vacation in a resort setting. Our international staff is fully dedicated to DARAs mission, and able to invest in both DARAs clients and the local community because it is their own home, and not merely a short-term stay.
In addition to Integrated Treatment Model, both of our facilities, Steps to Recovery™ at DARA Chanthaburi, and a unique Integrated Behavioral Therapy (IBT) at DARA Koh Chang, each of our clients receive:
- Tai chi
- Dietary evaluations
- Fitness evaluation & a customized fitness program
- Highly customized relapse prevention planning (including mindfulness based relapse planning)
- Free addiction aftercare for life (for those who successfully complete the treatment process)
- Integrated family treatment
- Post-discharge Sober Coach and Sober Recovery Programs
Frequent sober outings and activities are also part of the treatment week, taking advantage Thailand’s extraordinary natural beauty and cultural richness. Except for spending money, these outings are included in the price of treatment!
If you or a loved one is in need of the very best in drug and alcohol rehab services, DARA can help. To speak directly to a counselor call 1-888-991-7168 or use the contact form.