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Alcoholism in Thailand’s Expat Community

Alcoholism in Thailand’s Expat Community

One may wonder if the chance of becoming an alcoholic while living under the sun in Thailand is really that high. Current estimates state between 250,000 and 300,000 foreign expats live in Thailand. This number only accounts for those on a retiree or permanent resident visa and not those who may be on a “long term” tourist visa. In any case, walk along a popular road for foreigners and you’ll quickly see expats from all over the world mingling and drinking.

Alcoholism in Thailand’s Expat Community

One may wonder if the chance of becoming an alcoholic while living under the sun in Thailand is really that high. Current estimates state between 250,000 and 300,000 foreign expats live in Thailand. This number only accounts for those on a retiree or permanent resident visa and not those who may be on a “long term” tourist visa. In any case, walk along a popular road for foreigners and you’ll quickly see expats from all over the world mingling and drinking. However, this is not just a weekend or nighttime occurrence, but rather can be seen from morning onwards. Alcoholism in Thailand’s expat community is rampant and is grows with each passing year.

Thailand’s foreign retirees and busy professionals who left their family back home to come and work are most at risk when it comes to alcoholism. For both these demographics, their lives can revolve around beer laden lunch meet ups, pre and post dinner cocktails and nightlife kickers only to wake up the next morning with a drink to eliminate the dreadful hangover. Couple these things in with the added incentive that alcohol in Thailand is ridiculously cheap and this can soon become a habitual routine.

By contrast, there are a multitude of busy workers and retirees in Thailand which are happily living life engaging in healthy activities and leaving the booze for an occasional social engagement. Essentially, these people know when and where to stop. For those expats who struggle to find a balance between social drinking and alcohol abuse, treatment centers in Thailand can be of assistance.

Challenges in the Expat Lifestyle

Whatever category an expat may fit into, there are sure to be challenges which will arise while living in Thailand. Alcohol rehabs in the country directly understand these issues which are as follows.

Making Friends and Acquaintances: Once living in Thailand, most foreigners will start to seek out new friends. Unfortunately bars, pubs and entertainment venues are often the go to choice for meet and greets. Going along with these establishments is often a plethora of cocktails, beers, wines and liqueurs. To top this off, it’s not uncommon for drinks to be on the house or at a welcoming discounted rate.

Replacing Boredom with Alcohol: For Thailand’s’ expats who are not into making new sober friends, going out or getting involved into a hobby, boredom can quickly set in. With nothing to do, a drink or two can quickly escalate into a daily activity to pass time. As a result, an alcohol tolerance can occur and addiction could be soon to follow.

Lunch and Evening Meetings: Many of the foreigner workers (not necessarily teachers) in Thailand, especially Bangkok and Chiang Mai, are busy white collar professionals and executives. Their jobs not only may promote stress but also can obligate them to attend important meetings which involve fine dining and alcohol. It’s no surprise that these individuals often feel its mandatory to have a few drinks while discussing business matters.

Finding Comfort in a Bottle: Work related stress and pressure, being away from family, homesickness, relationship issues or feeling “lost in translation” can all be a catalyst for alcohol abuse. These obstacles can cause doubt, worry, anger and depression; all of which are feelings which can cause discomfort and desperation to mask them. Due to its availability and cost, alcohol can quickly become the method of escape. Leaving these emotions behind is only temporary and masked by a drunken haze until the following day when they come back even harder. Turning to the bottle becomes a way to ease this psychological and mental pain while alcoholism lingers in the background. Overtime, as the cycle progresses, the individuals’ life can spiral out of control as they start to battle a full-fledged addiction to alcohol.

Expat Veterans in Thailand

Thailand is home to thousands of military veterans from the USA, UK and other western countries. These people often face a range of issues, especially if they were involved in any past conflicts such as the Vietnam War. Although decades may have passed, PTSD and depression can still be an ongoing problem. Alcoholism in veteran expats is not uncommon in Thailand and can be treated allowing a healthier lifestyle to flourish.

Getting Treatment at a Alcohol Rehab Center in Thailand

Thailand is a country rich in culture, flora and fauna. Moreover, as most expats would agree, Thailand is a safe place with western standards and world class medical treatment. A rehab center in the country has enough familiarity of Thailand to help an expat feel comfortable and at home while receiving quality addiction treatment.

Chiang Rai is renowned for its unspoiled beauty and friendly people and tranquility. Serenity Rehab is the leading addiction treatment center on in Thailand. Each year, expats from around Asia, including Thailand, come to the center for an alcohol detox and individualized treatment. With support and guidance, Serenity Rehab Thailand is able to give expats with an addiction to alcohol a new, happy and sober perspective while living in Thailand.

Safe Place to Heal In

The last thing anyone wants is to be in an area which is not safe or comforting. These feelings coupled with any withdrawal symptoms and the initial impact of getting help can lead to a rocky healing process.

Chiang Rai, Thailand is extremely safe. Crime is low, and what does exist is often considered petty crime like purse snatching. Traveling to and from Chiang Rai is also safe for both men and women at any hour. Even more so, it is easy to get to and can accessed directly via plane to the international airport. Once at the center safety becomes a priority. No one can walk into the center unless they are supposed to be there. A security system is in place to ensure all guests are okay and we have staff onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

100% Privacy and Confidentiality

For many, getting rehab treatment in Thailand or elsewhere is a personal matter. It’s not uncommon for an individual, especially with close community ties or a good career, to want to keep both their addiction and treatment as quiet as possible. People may not only be uncomfortable with a local facility, but also those in the same country. This is because certain countries require rehabs to hand over information to government agencies. In Thailand, rehabs for alcohol and drugs do not have to show anything to anyone including officials. Knowing this can offer peace of mind as well as, a true sense of privacy and anonymity.

Western Trained Care at Half the Price

Our Thailand addiction rehab center has full time staff with Western qualifications. Each of these people has a specialized background in addiction and rehabilitation as well as, nutrition, fitness, holistic healing and psychology. They come with their own personal life stories which often help clients to better connect to the team. With this, and the westernized facility, we are able to offer a world class alcohol and drug treatment program at half the cost of other facilities.

Top Reasons to Seek Addiction Treatment in Thailand

Top Reasons to Seek Addiction Treatment in Thailand

The ability to recognize a substance abuse problem and want to get help is a big step in the right direction towards positive change. However, this choice can bring about feelings of uncertainty and doubt.

Top Reasons to Seek Addiction Treatment in Thailand

The ability to recognize a substance abuse problem and want to get help is a big step in the right direction towards positive change. However, this choice can bring about feelings of uncertainty and doubt. Therefore, as soon as an individual starts planning out their treatment for addiction, it must be put into action immediately. Otherwise, they could quickly slip back into denial and believe their choice was a mistake.

Choosing to enroll into an alcohol or drug treatment program can be long, drawn out and challenging for both the user and their family. Types of programs, location, opting for a private or public facility and cost must all be factored. This can seem overwhelming, especially when it comes to choosing the right location. For some, the idea of getting treatment in and around the same area they abused drugs or alcohol is not comforting. Others are looking for a tranquil place outside of everything they are used to and the list goes on. Going overseas can be a solution to many of these obstacles. A rehab treatment program abroad can offer a clean break from work, family and triggers. It can be psychologically stimulating and physically rewarding. Plus, the cost of getting addiction treatment in other countries outside the west can be significantly less.

Thailand has quickly become one of the leading destinations, worldwide, for medical care, sometimes called medical tourism, including addiction treatment. Thailand is renowned for world class facilities, friendly attitudes and ease of access for a majority of nationalities.

Away from the Daily Routine and Environment

Sometimes an addict can feel that it is counterproductive to seek treatment near their home or work environment. This may have nothing to do with the actual programs which are available, but rather the idea that they are near familiar surroundings; some of which could be associated with using or drinking. Moreover, friends, co-workers or family members may act as a trigger towards the individual especially if there are relationship issues at hand. In many instances, the best possible thing a drug or alcohol abuser can do is completely remove themselves from their regular environment.

Siam Rehab couldn’t be more different from the likes of Western environments and even other rehab facilities. The treatment center is nestled in a tranquil setting surrounded by lush greenery and tropical birds. Apart from the occasional storm, the weather is sunny with daily blue skies and a cool nightly breezes. The person will be away from potential reminders of using and people who could stir up unwanted, negative emotions or triggers.

Zero Distractions

Research has shown that people who attend a rehabilitation center do better when they are not distracted by outside influences.  These distractions could potentially slow a persons’ overall progress especially when it comes to overcoming inner conflicts which could be a contributing reason for abuse. In our center treatment at our rehab offers very little distractions which could hinder a person’s sobriety. We keep internet usage to a minimum while promoting an intensive program which keeps our clients mentally, physically and emotionally engaged.

Not Exactly Easy to Leave

Entering a rehab program for drug or alcohol abuse is voluntary (unless court mandated). If someone wants to leave the program they can do so in a matter of minutes. However, it is much easier to leave a local facility in that a friend or family member could pick them up and take them to an environment which could cause them to relapse. When someone cannot exactly get home in an hour or so, it could allow time for him or her to think about whether or not they really want to give up. In addition to this, the initial apprehension of arriving a rehab to get help, can be in itself scary and present an opportunity to want to leave. Deciding to go to Thailand for addiction treatment will automatically decrease the chances of early checkout because the individual is in a new place and subconsciously will know they’ve travelled far to get here.

Safe Place to Heal In

The last thing anyone wants is to be in an area which is not safe or comforting. These feelings coupled with any withdrawal symptoms and the initial impact of getting help can lead to a rocky healing process.

Chiang Rai, Thailand is extremely safe. Crime is low, and what does exist is often considered petty crime like purse snatching. Traveling to and from Chiang Rai is also safe for both men and women at any hour. Even more so, it is easy to get to and can accessed directly via plane to the international airport. Once at the center safety becomes a priority. No one can walk into the center unless they are supposed to be there. A security system is in place to ensure all guests are okay and we have staff onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

100% Privacy and Confidentiality

For many, getting rehab treatment in Thailand or elsewhere is a personal matter. It’s not uncommon for an individual, especially with close community ties or a good career, to want to keep both their addiction and treatment as quiet as possible. People may not only be uncomfortable with a local facility, but also those in the same country. This is because certain countries require rehabs to hand over information to government agencies. In Thailand, rehabs for alcohol and drugs do not have to show anything to anyone including officials. Knowing this can offer peace of mind as well as, a true sense of privacy and anonymity.

Western Trained Care at Half the Price

Our Thailand addiction rehab center has full time staff with Western qualifications. Each of these people has a specialized background in addiction and rehabilitation as well as, nutrition, fitness, holistic healing and psychology. They come with their own personal life stories which often help clients to better connect to the team. With this, and the westernized facility, we are able to offer a world class alcohol and drug treatment program at half the cost of other facilities.

 
 
 
 

What to Expect When Withdrawing from Alcohol

What to Expect When Withdrawing from Alcohol

When a person has an addiction to alcohol, and is ready to get help at a treatment center, withdrawal may be one of the first things they think about. This is because the symptoms can be extremely unpleasant, especially when the abuse has occurred for a multitude of years. In fact, alcohol is one of the only substances a user can die from coming off of; therefore, it is pertinent that an individual’s alcohol detox is monitored by professionals.

What to Expect When Withdrawing from Alcohol

When a person has an addiction to alcohol, and is ready to get help at a treatment center, withdrawal may be one of the first things they think about. This is because the symptoms can be extremely unpleasant, especially when the abuse has occurred for a multitude of years. In fact, alcohol is one of the only substances a user can die from coming off of; therefore, it is pertinent that an individual’s alcohol detox is monitored by professionals.

What is alcohol withdrawal?

Alcohol withdrawal happens when an individual, who has a dependency, quits drinking. Throughout their abuse, the brain has been “rewarded” by producing excessive amounts of serotonin or norepinephrine, (which is a similar to adrenaline). When alcohol use is discontinued, the brain no longer receives the reward it had become dependent upon. As such, the brain responds by producing a rush of adrenaline and over stimulation in the neurotransmitters. This it what causes the alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

In general, the more a person drinks the greater the chances are of developing withdrawal symptoms. Moreover, these can be exaggerated when an individual has underlying medical issues including those which are psychological (i.e. depression, bipolar, schizophrenia).

The Fear of Withdrawing from Alcohol

At an alcohol rehab, many recovering addicts discuss their fears of coming off the substance. Many had heard about the seriousness of the withdrawal and the initial first few days which can be intense. In addition to this, delirium tremens, seizures and even death is widely mentioned. The acclaimed Amy Winehouse is a primary example of someone who lost her life to alcohol withdrawal. Shortly after her death, more attention has been given to this subject matter. Hopefully it has also garnered the attention of alcoholics who could use the support and help of a rehab center for alcohol addictions.

Apart from violence, there have also been a number of drink driving incidents. One of the most serious occurred in July and involved fatal accident< where a man, who later had a BAC level of 0.133, flipped his ute ejecting his cousin from the rear tray. The man was later taken to hospital where he succumbed to his catastrophic injuries. The driver was sentenced to 13 months in jail.

Delirium Tremens

Delirium Tremens, also known as the DT’s, is a serious level of alcohol withdrawal which generally begins 2-3 days after the last drink. A person who has the DT’s will often have a history of alcoholism, rehab treatment and relapse.

The symptoms can last for up to a week, but can incur long term or permanent damage. During the DT’s the body goes through extreme and sudden mental or nervous system changes. The person may experience shifts in breathing patterns, poor circulation or hot and cold sweats. The heart may race and blood pressure can rise to a dangerous level. Dehydration, confusion, disorientation, anger, irrational thoughts, loss of consciousness, insomnia or hallucinations is some of the most common symptoms of delirium tremens.

Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

During the initial detox from alcohol, a person will likely experience some or all of the following symptoms. Because certain ones are potentially life threatening, it is highly recommended to consider an alcohol treatment program.

The shakes: Also known as tremors, these manifest as shaking in various parts of the body, especially in the hands. Alcohol shakes are one of the key indicators that the dependency is quite serious and medical help or rehab assistance should be sought.

Alcoholic hallucinosis: Although only seen in chronic alcohol abusers who have been drinking for an excessive amount of time, alcoholic hallucinosis is an induced psychotic disorder that occurs 12-24 hours after quitting and can last for days. Hallucinations, feelings of bugs crawling on the skin, stupor, indisposition, insomnia, anxiety, fear and anger are all potential symptoms which could arise.

Additional symptoms of alcohol withdrawal could include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue/Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Nightmares
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sweating/Fever
  • Seizures
  • Severe confusion
  • Coma

Post Acute Stage

After the initial withdrawal from alcohol, the majority of people will experience post withdrawal symptoms. Unlike the acute stage in which the symptoms vary from person to person, the post acute stage exhibits the same symptoms in nearly all people. These include mood swings, anxiety, depression, energy dips and peaks, the inability to concentrate and lack of sleep. These post acute alcohol withdrawal symptoms can come and go over weeks or even months at a time, and can last up to 2 years. The most concerning obstacle with this stage is that recovering individuals have a high risk of relapsing when they are going through a bad period. A Thailand rehab center can help an individual to work through these times in a healthy way; thereby avoiding a potential relapse.

Seeking out an Alcohol Rehab Center

To have a more comfortable, and more importantly safe, withdrawal from alcohol a professional alcohol rehab detox program should be considered. These facilities can help to lessen or control the physical symptoms while ensuring their state of health is being monitored. Once the initial withdrawal of alcohol has been surpassed, a treatment program can begin. These individual alcohol rehab programs will teach a person how to control cravings, manage post acute withdrawal symptoms, overcome core issues and live a sober life.

If you or someone you know has an alcohol addiction and would like to be guided and supported during the withdrawal, alcohol detox and recovery, please contact us today. Serenity Thailand Rehab is a leading private drug and alcohol treatment center in Thailand which has world class facilities and a western trained team to successfully treat addictions.

Rehab Sunshine Coast

Rehab Sunshine Coast

Thanks to its excellent beaches and weather, the Sunshine Coast attracts all sorts of people. Unfortunately, this has led to numerous drug and alcohol problems with recent spikes in methamphetamine use plus several high-profile drug busts occurring. There is also some work to do in combating issues of addiction stemming from binge drinking and illicit substance use that takes place locally.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Sunshine Coast

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Sunshine Coast

Thanks to its excellent beaches and weather, the Sunshine Coast attracts all sorts of people. Unfortunately, this has led to numerous drug and alcohol problems with recent spikes in methamphetamine use plus several high-profile drug busts occurring. There is also some work to do in combating issues of addiction stemming from binge drinking and illicit substance use that takes place locally.

Drugs and Sunshine Coast Residents

Each year, the Sunshine Coastís drug problem is worsening. The Sunshine Coast Daily reports that 4,226 drug offences occurred throughout the region. This includes 23 charges of trafficking, 175 arrests for drug production and 126 supply offences. Possession accounted for 1,857 offences, a figure which has increased over the past three years.

Taking drugs and driving also seems to be a major issue on. The Sunshine Coast Daily said that police detected 18 drivers who had taken drugs from a total of 41 random tests taken in Kawana. Most were construction workers – the main target of police. This ratio is far higher than the state average of 1 to 9.

There were also two major drug busts in 2015. The first saw 15 people charged and 15 properties searched. The bust was run by the Queensland Police Service and lasted for about nine months with large quantities of methyl amphetamines, cannabis and stolen property seized. ABC News writes that a second operation disrupted a drug network operating across Southeast Queensland. Ice was the primary drug with 2.5 kilograms of the substance seized. Cannabis, weapons and drug money were also allegedly confiscated.

Finally, there are also networks distributing lesser known drugs throughout the Sunshine Coast. The ABC News says another police operation uncovered a major steroid network operating through several local supplement stores under the supervision of the criminal motorcycle gang, Lone Wolf. Approximately 3,000 steroid capsules, over 100 bottles of steroids and six grams of cocaine were seized.

Alcohol and the Sunshine Coast

Alcohol abuse is also a major problem on the Sunshine Coast. In fact, the latest figures predict that approximately 21,400 locals experience alcohol-related physical abuse every year according to the Sunshine Coast Daily. This story says that 8.1% of residents over 14 were physically abused by someone intoxicated, 25% were verbally abused, while 15% were put in fear. Research also shows that 18.1% of Sunshine Coast locals consume alcohol at risky levels. As a result, the Caboolture Regional Domestic Violence Service has encouraged people to abstain from booze, writes Caboolture News.

Finally, Fiona Simpson, Member for Maroochydore, mentioned the high levels of alcohol consumption in the region. From 2008 to 2012, 29 out of 126 fatalities on the Sunshine Coast were alcohol-related. On average, the Queensland Police Service conducts about 20,000 breath tests per month with more than 110 people driving while over the BAC limit.

Rehab Options for Sunshine Coast Residents

The Sunshine Coast Daily writes that there are no government-funded rehab centres anywhere in the region. This makes it difficult for those trying to get sober to seek the assistance they require. Sufferers must first detox before they can be accepted into a locally-based private programme: a requirement which is almost impossible for those dependent on these substances.

One option for those seeking government help is the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Service (ATODS) run from Nambour Community Health Centre. This is for those with any kind of drug/alcohol dependence issues. There is also the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS), a 24-hour hotline available for those who need information, advice and treatment for issues with addiction.

Other Choices for Locals on the Sunshine Coast

Limited options for treatment mean that those suffering from addiction generally have to seek assistance elsewhere. To avoid long waiting lists at public facilities and the excessive costs of private centres, we recommend looking to countries like Thailand for rehab support. These nations have a lower cost of living which means you can get international levels of care at a private rehab clinic such as Siam without having to spend an absolute fortune.

Being treated in Thailand also offers greater confidentiality. All over the Sunshine Coast, towns can seem very small especially for those hiding their battle with drugs and alcohol. Instead of risking being treated locally, hop on the plane and start your journey to recovery. From Sunshine Coast Airport, flights to Chiang Rai take about 20 hours with transfers in Brisbane, Sydney, Bangkok or Singapore. We will be there to pick you up on arrival and take you to our secluded rehab facilities!

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Queanbeyan

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Queanbeyan

As one of the major centres in rural Victoria, people of Bendigo have certain issues with drugs and alcohol. As well as worrying consumption statistics, there have also been a range of incidents caused by heavy drinking and illicit substance use. Being a smaller town, there are also some more unique problems such as a lack of local treatment facilities which prevent those addicted from getting support.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Queanbeyan

Nestled between Canberra and the Snowy Mountains, Queanbeyan is a popular tourist destination. What most visitors don’t know is that the town also has a darker side when it comes to drugs and alcohol. While it doesn’t have the excesses of some of Australia’s larger locations, there are still some underlying issues with regards to illicit substances and binge drinking. Compounding this is the fact that there aren’t any local rehab or support facilities for those suffering from addiction.

Drug Use in the Queanbeyan Area

In 2013, the Queanbeyan Local Government Area (LGA) was listed in NSW’s top five regions for amphetamines according to The Queanbeyan Age. There were a total of 89 incidents of dealing and trafficking, an increase from the 9 occurrences in 2012. During this period, local police arrested 60 individuals with 220 drug supply charges in a joint NSW/ACT operation. Another article from The Queanbeyan Age said that 15 of these arrests occurred within the city. Ten properties were searched with heroin, methamphetamines, cannabis and steroids seized.

The town hasn’t always had this sort of problem. In fact, figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research showed that from 1997 to 2003, arrests for the possession, trafficking and cultivation of cannabis decreased overall. Arrests for the possession of narcotics increased to 1999 and then decreased back down by 2003. According to the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, from 1997 to 1999, there were only 37 ambulance callouts per year for suspected drug overdoses per 100,000 people in Queanbeyan.

Alcohol-related Incidents in Queanbeyan

This small town has also had its share of unfortunate events with regards to alcohol. The Sydney Morning Herald writes about one incident where two men were severely beaten at a local pub. This event didn’t result in the stricter lockout laws that are now in place in Sydney and Newcastle however.

As for alcohol statistics throughout the region, Queanbeyan has a relatively low rate of consumption and related incidents. Health Stats NSW says that there were 5 to 7 alcohol-attributed deaths in the Queanbeyan LGA from 2000 to 2015. Additionally,Southern Primary Health says that only about 5.5% of the local population takes part in risky levels of alcohol consumption. As final proof that the region is quite low risk when it comes to drinking, rates for alcohol-related domestic violence cases are below the NSW state average.

Drug and Alcohol Assistance in Queanbeyan

As it is a small town, Queanbeyan doesn’t have the support services found in Australia’s larger centres. One option mentioned by Way Ahead is the town’s Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service (DATS), which is a government-funded programme that includes assessments, counselling, education and other treatment options for drugs and alcohol addiction.

Southern NSW Local Health Districtsays that DATS is available in the same location as MERIT, a programme designed for those who have been arrested for drug and alcohol abuse to gain treatment and support for the road back to recovery.

There are also some minor services for those who need it. The Queanbeyan Library has a collection of books and other reading material offering information on combating drug and alcohol addiction. As well as this, there is a needle vending machine at the Queanbeyan District Hospital which is free for anyone who requires some sterilised syringes.

Alternatives for Queanbeyan Residents

Despite these limited options, there are still those in Queanbeyan requiring support for their addiction. If you don’t want to go to one of the area’s few public rehab programmes and don’t have the money to check into one of Australia’s many private clinics, a better alternative is opting for a centre in a country like Thailand. Here, you can get international standards of care without having to pay any excessive medical fees. Even counting the cost of your airfare from Canberra to Chiang Rai, which is where SIam Rehab is conveniently located, your total expenses will be far lower.

Thailand also offers complete confidentiality while you focus on your recovery. This is important for those living in a small town like Queanbeyan where everybody knows everybody else. If you don’t want your family, friends and work colleagues to find out about your battle with addiction, just choose Thailand instead. Tell everyone you are flying off on a tropical holiday and we will pick you up at the airport. The flight is only about 14 hours from Canberra making it a quick hop over to Chaing Rai to start your road to a more balanced life.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Maitland

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Maitland

With regards to drugs and alcohol, Maitland suffers from small town syndrome. As well as higher than average consumption rates for illicit substances and binge drinking, the infrastructure required for adequate treatment is lacking. While work is being done to tackle these issues, for instance through the Community Safety Plan written by Maitland City Council, most addicts have little choice but to look elsewhere for rehabilitation.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Maitland

With regards to drugs and alcohol, Maitland suffers from small town syndrome. As well as higher than average consumption rates for illicit substances and binge drinking, the infrastructure required for adequate treatment is lacking. While work is being done to tackle these issues, for instance through the Community Safety Plan written by Maitland City Council, most addicts have little choice but to look elsewhere for rehabilitation.

Illegal Drug Use in Maitland

Like most of NSW, Maitland is in the grip of an ice epidemic with the Maitland Mercuryreporting that there had been a 70% increase in local arrests in 2014. Backing up this data, the Newcastle Herald wrote that Maitland had experienced 66 incidents of amphetamine use in 2015 compared with 57 the year before.

Amongst school children from 12 to 17 years old, drug use remains on or below the state average. The Regional Youth Development Officers Network (RYDON) says that 15% of students in the Hunter New England local health district (LHD) had gotten high from inhalants while 13.6% had used cannabis sometime during their lives.

The RYDON report also mentions a total of 327 drug-related offences reported by police in the Maitland LGA in 2013. The following year, the Maitland Mercury wrote that there had been 439.7 drug offenses per 100,000 population within the Maitland local government area (LGA) during the 2013/14 financial year. This trend has continued for many years with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) calculating that, from 1997 to 1999, Maitland had a per annum rate of 22.7% of ambulance attendances for suspected drug overdoses.

Alcohol Consumption in the Maitland Area

This rural town also experiences higher than average alcohol use according to the RYDON report. Amongst school students in the Hunter New England LHD, 79.9% had drunk alcohol. Of these, 56% consumed it during the 12 months before the study. The report also showed 18.1 deaths and 579.9 hospitalisations related to alcohol per 100,000 population in the same area. Most of these occurred within the Maitland LGA with Health Stats NSW saying that hospitalisations had increased from 200 to 393 from 2001 to 2014.

While seeing how prevalent alcohol-related dangers were within the community, a Maitland City Council survey found that 13.7% of residents had personally witnessed drunk and disorderly behaviour five or more times during the two years prior. This puts alcoholism at the top of the list of most identified anti-social behaviours in the city. The results also highlighted a possible correlation between malicious damage and the trading hours of Maitland’s local pubs.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Maitland

As it is a rural town, Maitland doesn’t have much infrastructure when it comes to rehab options for drug and alcohol addiction. Newcastle, found 35km away, has some alternatives while Sydney, located 166km away, has more still.

Within Maitland itself, there is a Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) working to develop local solutions for the excessive consumption of drugs and alcohol as well as any related issues. Also funded by the NSW government, the Lower Hunter Community Health Centre in East Maitland offers drug and alcohol-related services to locals requiring assistance.

Finally, the Maitland Hospital on High Street provides short-term inpatient services for those in need. However, at the time of writing, it is unsure whether these facilities will be closed down in the near future. The Newcastle Herald reports that once the new hospital opens up in Metford, Maitland Hospital will have to shut its doors.

Finding Drug and Alcohol Help Outside Maitland

The best choice for anyone suffering from addiction who is living in Maitland is therefore to seek assistance away from the local community. There are a number of programmes around Australia as well as overseas. Many of the Asian programmes are staffed by Western professionals and have short or no waiting lists.

It is also possible to pay for treatment with your Superannuation if you need to seek immediate help in a private rehabilitation centre in Australia or overseas.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Newcastle

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Newcastle

Newcastle has had a rocky history when it comes to drugs and alcohol. As the second largest city in NSW, it has suffered from a combination of poor infrastructure, a growing population and a lack of local entertainment. Drug and Alcohol Rehab Newcastle centres are limited and the private centres are expensive. 

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Newcastle

Newcastle has had a rocky history when it comes to drugs and alcohol. As the second largest city in NSW, it has suffered from a combination of poor infrastructure, a growing population and a lack of local entertainment. Thus, a large proportion of those living there have turned to drugs and alcohol as something to pass the time. Add strict lockout laws and a recent ice epidemic into the mix, and it’s obvious that many Newcastle residents are in crucial need of decent rehabilitation options.

Drug Use in Newcastle

Statistics on local drug trends don’t paint a pretty picture. ABC News reports that, during 2015, the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) found an 18% increase in ice detections within Newcastle. This corresponds to a 60% rise in amphetamine detection within the surrounding Hunter Region. Another ABC Newsstory speaks of an alleged large scale ice syndicate running jointly from Newcastle and Moree.

Other drugs are also a serious problem in this city. The Newcastle Herald writes that the average age for youth to get hooked on marijuana is 15 or 16. This figure was given by the Salvation Army who also notes that Newcastle lacks any real programmes for children addicted to cannabis.

Additionally, Newcastle has attracted some more unusual addictive substances. For instance, synthetic drugs that imitate speed have been causing an epidemic in the city according to ABC News. While these products are technically legal, the local government has tried to implement a temporary ban to put a stop to their spread.

Despite these efforts, the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre has found that the Newcastle-Hunter region, alongside Gosford and Wollongong, has the highest ambulance callout rates for drug overdoses outside of Sydney. As well as this, Cars Guide reports that about 15% of motorists randomly tested in Newcastle during the Christmas break of 2014/15 were driving with drugs in their system.

The Newcastle Solution for Alcohol

Before 2008, the city of Newcastle suffered under the highest rate of alcohol-linked violence in NSW. A series of serious incidents led the city to implement strict regulations on alcohol sales, severely limiting the hours in which it was available. According to Drink Tank, this has meant that non-domestic alcohol-related assaults are the lowest they’ve been in 14 years. There has also been a drastic reduction in pre-loading as well as binge drinking.

Critics have said that these new laws may have pushed excessive drinking and dangerous behaviour away from Newcastle’s pubs and clubs. In 2014 the Newcastle Herald reported that the area still had the highest rate of risky drinking for males and the second highest for females within NSW. New awareness campaigns have been planned to tackle this issue however.

Drug and Alcohol Programmes in Newcastle

As well as regulations prohibiting or limiting drugs and alcohol, the NSW government runs a range of services aimed at helping people with addiction. For instance, the NSW Ministry of Health is investing and additional 75 million dollars over the next 4 years to help tackle drug abuse in NSW.

The AIDS Council of NSW (ACON), funded by the NSW government, runs a needle and syringe program in Newcastle which provides free injecting equipment and offers advice for those seeking information about managing and dealing with their addiction. Users can also be referred to external services if necessary.

Other Options for Addicts in Newcastle

Although there are some private rehab clinics in Newcastle, these can be exorbitantly expensive even for those with health insurance. A better option is getting treatment in a country such as Thailand where the cost of living is so much cheaper. Siam Rehab is a centre in the very North of Thailand which offers personal therapy at a fraction of the cost of what you will find in Newcastle and elsewhere in Australia.

These overseas clinics can also give you a sense of privacy not found locally. Even in a town like Newcastle, news travels fast which is bad for those who want their struggle with addiction to remain confidential. By choosing a rehab clinic in Thailand, you can say you are flying there on holiday and ensure your secret is safe. Flights from Sydney are about 12 hours, making this an easy journey to arrange. Simply catch the train there and hop on the plane. We will pick you up on arrival at Chiang Rai and whisk you away to start your recovery at our private rehab centre.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Tweed Heads

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Tweed Heads

Nestled in the northeast corner of NSW on the border of Queensland, the beach town of Tweed Heads attracts the best and the worst from locally and interstate. As well as holiday makers seeking long stretches of sandy beaches, the alcohol and drug scene here is also booming in part due to its proximity to the Gold Coast. Being a small town, there are few facilities to combat these trends however.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Tweed Heads

Nestled in the northeast corner of NSW on the border of Queensland, the beach town of Tweed Heads attracts the best and the worst from locally and interstate. As well as holiday makers seeking long stretches of sandy beaches, the alcohol and drug scene here is also booming in part due to its proximity to the Gold Coast. Being a small town, there are few facilities to combat these trends however.

Drug Use in Tweed Heads

The Monthly Magazine interviewed local MP Geoff Provest who said that Tweed Heads had the “third highest percentage of arrests” for both the sale and distribution of illicit drugs in NSW. The town acts as a “major manufacturing port” that provides drugs to users in Southwest Queensland. According to Tweed Daily News, local residents were 40% more likely to face drug charges here than anywhere else in NSW.

Despite the high consumption and distribution of illicit substances found in Tweed Heads, the town doesn’t have a dedicated drug squad. Local police have had to rely on a small number of officers to stop local operations and enforce the law. These efforts stepped up in 2014 when local motorcycle gangs were targeted. The Australian Federal Police allegedly seized material that was used in the production of drugs as well as small amounts of cannabis, MDMA, amphetamines and cocaine for personal use.

In spite of their efforts, organised gang activity is still quite strong throughout the region with locals taking their complaints to both the Tweed Shire Council and Gold Coast City Council. In fact, a recent BOSCAR report quoted on Geoff Provest’s official website said that there has been an “upward trend” of illicit substance possession, in particular amphetamines and cocaine, in the region.

Alcohol and the Tweed Heads

The Tweed Daily News quotes the local police force as saying that “excessive alcohol consumption contributes significantly to crime” within the region. In fact, it dwarfs problems created by illegal drugs within the community. Police have been especially stretched with the rise of illegal teenage parties in the area which Tweed Daily News says is caused by factors like boredom, lack of public transport, and the desire to look cool amongst the youth.

In the Monthly article mentioned earlier, Geoff Provest said that Tweed Heads had the “highest incidence of drink driving per capita” within Australia. Alcohol also contributes to violent incidents with the Northern Star reporting that over 45.7% of cases in the region could be attributed to excessive drinking. Within Tweed Heads, there was a 30.6% rise in these types of events from 2012 to 2014.

Drug and Alcohol Facilities in Tweed Heads

In spite of these trends, there are still no counselling services for alcohol and drug dependant people under the age of 18 years in the Tweed Heads area. To help fill this need, St Josephs Youth Service runs a street outreach program called CoolHeadsthat connects with young people in high-risk areas within Tweed Heads on Friday and Saturday nights.

For adults, Drug and Alcohol Services has one of its centres in Tweed Heads. These facilities offer counselling, intervention, treatment and support services including connections with the MERIT program for illicit drug offenders. Another option is the Tweed Valley Alcohol and Other Drug Service which provides counselling to the local community as well as support for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. MERIT is included in this support programme too.

Support Options for Tweed Heads Residents

With drug and alcohol use so prevalent and treatment facilities lacking within the region, it is not unusual for addicts within Tweed Heads to seek help elsewhere. Checking into a clinic in Brisbane, Sydney or the Gold Coast can be expensive though especially since most health insurance won’t cover rehab.

A better option is to choose a facility in a country such as Thailand where the cost of living is much lower. Here, you can get international standards of care at a fraction of the price. Even with the cost of a plane ticket, the total spent will be far more affordable.

Centres such as Siam Rehab Chiang Rai also offer high levels of privacy so your friends and family back in Tweed Heads don’t even need to know about your struggle. Just tell everyone you are taking a break in Thailand and hop on the plane. Flights from Gold Coast Airport take about 15 hours transferring through Sydney and then Bangkok. On arrival, we will pick you up and drive you to our rehab facilities where we will commence your personalised treatment programme.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Gold Coast

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Gold Coast

Known for its great beaches and vibrant nightlife, the Gold Coast region also boasts one of Australia’s highest rates of drug and alcohol consumption. In order to control this, there have been several studies on exactly what the trends are with illicit substances and binge drinking. There are also a number of government-run initiatives aimed at providing education and treatment in both of these areas.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Gold Coast

Known for its great beaches and vibrant nightlife, the Gold Coast region also boasts one of Australia’s highest rates of drug and alcohol consumption. In order to control this, there have been several studies on exactly what the trends are with illicit substances and binge drinking. There are also a number of government-run initiatives aimed at providing education and treatment in both of these areas.

Drug Consumption on the Gold Coast

The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) of Queensland has produced a statewide report entitled Intelligence on Queensland’s Illicit Drug Markets. This looked at emergency departments on the Gold Coast and found that 55% of patients had taken drugs at some stage during their lives. 28% had used in the 12 months prior to the study. Out of all regions in Queensland, the Gold Coast had the highest lifetime prevalence of ecstasy and amphetamines at 6.2% and 6.9% respectively.

The CCC also produced a detailed report called Exploring Drug Use Prevalence and Patterns among Emergency Department Patients that found some interesting trends. It focused on the Gold Coast Hospital Emergency Department and found that, in the 12 months prior to the study, 26% had used cannabis, 9.8% had used amphetamines, 8.5% had used ecstasy, 3.3% had used cocaine and 2% had used LCD/acid. About half of these had used multiple drugs with 47% saying they had driven under the influence. These rates were higher than those found in the average Queensland household.

Alcohol and the Gold Coast

This same CCC study also looked at trends for drinking alcohol. 18.7% didn’t consume alcohol, 27.2% drank monthly, 19.3% drank weekly, 17.2% drank 2 to 4 times per week and 17.2% drank 5 or more times per week. This was split between 50.4% consuming alcohol in a low-risk manner, 21.2% in a hazardous manner and 9.6% in a harmful manner. Also, 33.5% of respondents said they had driven under the influence of alcohol in the 12 months before the study commenced.

These rates spike during the yearly Schoolies celebrations with teenagers at particular risk of heavy alcohol use. According to an ABC News story, 75.2% of those attending the celebrations got drunk, 20.5% passed out and 24.6% injured themselves in an alcohol-related incident. Additionally, 4.4% had injected a drug during Schoolies with most of these sharing a needle with someone else.

As for the general population, the National Alcohol Sales Data Project, 2016 sheds some light on this issue. They say for regional areas such as the Gold Coast, which are known for tourism, the per capita consumption each year is more than 15 litres, a rate which is higher than most other areas in Australia.

Gold Coast Rehabilitation Options

To combat all of these issues, both national and state governments have created a number of initiatives. First, there is the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)that provides advice, counselling and referrals for these issues around the clock, seven days a week. Within the Gold Coast Alcohol and Other Drug Services (AODS) provide assessments, interventions, treatment and more. This is run from two locations, one at the Gold Coast University Hospital and the other at Palm Beach. Finally, there is a Needle and Syringe Program run from centres at Beenleigh, Southport and Burleigh Heads.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Adelaide

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Adelaide

As the wine capital of Australia, Adelaide is a vibrant city that has certain underlying issues regarding the use of alcohol as well as illicit drugs. From the inner city clubs of Hindley Street to outer lying suburbs such as Elizabeth, the consumption and effects of these harmful substances can be seen. Fortunately, Adelaide has plenty of counselling and treatment options although some may feel it is better to look elsewhere for rehab facilities that match the level of care they desire.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Adelaide

As the wine capital of Australia, Adelaide is a vibrant city that has certain underlying issues regarding the use of alcohol as well as illicit drugs. From the inner city clubs of Hindley Street to outer lying suburbs such as Elizabeth, the consumption and effects of these harmful substances can be seen. Fortunately, Adelaide has plenty of counselling and treatment options although some may feel it is better to look elsewhere for rehab facilities that match the level of care they desire.

Drug Consumption within Adelaide

In 2013, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre did a comprehensive study looking at drug trends within South Australia and in particular the Adelaide metropolitan area. This study found that, out of those listed on the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS), 41% had used heroin, 75% had used methamphetamines, 60% had used cannabis and 49% had used opioids sometime during the previous six months.

In 1999, GISCA created a detailed map of drug overdoses within Adelaide. This found that while the large majority of overdoses were found around the CBD and Port Adelaide, there were also major concentrations found in The Parks area as well. This study focused on both narcotics such as heroin and non-narcotics such as amphetamines. Since it was made in 1999 though, figures and trends may have changed since.

More recently, it has been found that methamphetamines are now more commonly used within Adelaide. The Advertiser writes that there has been a 56.5% increase in the use of ice from 2012/13 to 2013/14. High concentrations have been detected at local sewage treatment stations. There has also been an increase in the number of illegal drug labs found within the city with ABC News reporting on illegal shipments being seized and arrests being made even during 2015.

Alcohol and the Adelaide Community

Located so close to the Barossa Valley, Adelaide is a city with no shortage of alcohol. While the vast majority of people drink on a social level, there are a few outliers who are doing harm to themselves and the community. In fact, SA Health says that in 2008/09 within the Adelaide metropolitan area that alcohol was involved in 65% of minor and serious assaults as well as 58% of victim-reported crimes. Alcohol has resulted in about 7,000 hospitalisations within South Australia per year.

Most of these incidents occur within the city’s northern suburbs with The Advertiser writing that the Elizabeth region was the state’s worst assault hotspot and the fourth most violent location in the country. Additionally, police say that 59.9% of assaults in the CBD are related to alcohol, a figure which increases to 80.6% in the nightlife centre of Hindley Street.

Adelaide's Drug Rehab Options

The main government-run option for those suffering from addiction is Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA). This focuses on a three-pronged approach of prevention, treatment and education when it comes to dangers like binge drinking and illicit substances. This includes running the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) which is available all over Adelaide.

There are a host of other support options available. This includes the Youth Beat Bus run by Mission Australia. This is a mobile youth work station with services that include drug and alcohol counselling. There are also numerous clean needle stations operated by SA Health in various spots around Adelaide.