Earlier in the month, we had an opportunity to host a large group of visitors from the Ministry of Public Health, the Princess Mother National Institute on Drug Abuse Treatment (PMNIDAT or the Thanyarak Institute) and the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).
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.
With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) becoming an important component in addiction treatment at the national level, our visitors were able to experience both of our world class facilities and learned more about how CBT can be professionally integrated into a treatment program.
This was only the first visit with more cooperation planned between DARA and the Thanyarak Institute.
In addition to staffs from the Thanyarak Institute, our VIP visitors also include:
Dr. Isara Chaiwiriyabunya, M.D., Director, Udon Thani Cancer Hospital, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health
Mrs. Suparp Chaiyanit, Senior Officer, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health
Mrs.Anchalee Sirisabphya, Director of Drug Demand Reduction Bureau, Office of Narcotics Control Board
Ms.Naruemon Kamonwatin, Plan and Policy Analyst, Senior Professional Level, Office of Narcotics Control Board
Ms.Tanittha Poonsin, Plan and Policy Analyst, Practitioner Level, Office of Narcotics Control Board
Ms.Chutima Thitipongkornpuchara, Law Enforcement Office, Professional Level, Office of Narcotics Control Board
Dr. Prapapun Chuchareon, Director, Mahidol University’s ASEAN Institute for Health Development, Addiction Studies Program
Ms. Narumon Arayaphiphat, Deputy Director, Thanyarak Kohnkaen Hospital