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In Thailand, similar to most countries, detox medications are controlled substances. They can only be prescribed and dispensed under the supervision of a licensed medical doctor.
Siam Rehab’s Medical Director is Dr. Nattapatt Sukkhosawat, also known as Dr. Mark. He has been practicing medicine for 20 years. A graduate of the University of Chiang Mai Medical School, he underwent training at Suan Prung Psychiatric Hospital, specializing in psychiatry and addiction medicine.
Dr. Mark frequently visits Siam Rehab and oversees all medical needs of our clients. He also conducts detox as an outpatient from his clinic in town or at the nearby Kasemrad Sriburin Hospital, if necessary. Kasemrad Sriburin is a private, full-service medical facility and is recognized as the premier medical center in Chiang Rai province.
While detox is seldom an easy process, under Dr. Mark’s supervision, clients will be made as comfortable as possible. The detox prescriptions will vary depending on the substances our clients have been using and their degree of physical dependence.
Please note that while Siam Rehab provides comprehensive addiction treatment, we are not a medical facility. Any required in-patient medical treatment will be carried out at the hospital. When deemed appropriate, outpatient care will be conducted on-site at Siam Rehab, under the care of Dr. Mark.
Siam Rehab’s treatment program is based on the principle of abstinence. We do believe that detox medications can be a useful part of the initial stages of addiction treatment. However, to be a part of our program, it is imperative that the client shares our goal of abstinence.
If a client is on a quick reduction regimen of detox medications, they are permitted to stay at Siam Rehab. However, we do not support the continuation of detox medications as a form of maintenance therapy or for long-term use. As such, we will not allow clients to remain at our center if their plan involves the ongoing usage of such medications. Our objective is to provide a recovery environment that supports complete abstinence from substance misuse, with the ultimate goal being sustainable, long-term recovery.
Siam Rehab recognizes the importance of maintaining regular medication regimens for various health conditions, including, but not limited to, hypertension, cardiac conditions, and others. It is fully supported and expected that clients will follow their prescribing physician’s instructions for these essential medications.
Regarding the detoxification process, our dedicated medical professionals will determine the suitable medications depending on your particular needs. The overarching aim is to ensure you are comfortable and capable of actively participating in the program, therefore, if detoxification medications are deemed necessary, a rapid tapering strategy will typically be employed. The ultimate goal is to facilitate your transition to a completely clean state as swiftly as possible, enabling you to fully engage with the recovery process.
For alcohol and amphetamines, we have often seen Dr. Mark prescribe diazepam, liver supplements, and sleeping pills — for shortest duration necessary. Dr. Mark has treated detox from benzedrine, cocaine and crack, marijuana and synthetic marijuana, and methamphetamine.
Ambien, valium, and xanax addiction are now all too common, and Siam Rehab has many clients who misuse these drugs. Dr. Mark has experience in treating addiction to these substances with an effective detox regime.
Siam Rehab has had many clients who struggle with addiction to opiates/opiods, including demoral, ketamine, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, oxycontin, percodan, and vicodin. Opiate detox is an area of expertise for Dr. Mark.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: Siam Rehab does not accept clients who are on high dosage opiate replacement therapies such as Methadone, Subutex, or Suboxone. However, we can accommodate individuals using substances like Heroin, Morphine, Oxycontin, and the like, subject to a thorough assessment.
Please be aware that the cost of medication for detox and treatment of other health conditions – such as hypertension, diabetes, and depression – is not included in our fees.
It’s also important to note that any in-patient medical care, whether administered at a clinic or hospital, is not covered by Siam Rehab. Should such services be necessary, you would be billed directly by the respective medical facility. (Please bear in mind that the vast majority of our clients do not require in-patient care.)
At Siam Rehab, we only admit clients who aim for total abstinence from non-essential, mood-altering medications. As such, we do not permit clients to continue using methadone or benzodiazepines throughout the entire duration of their treatment at our facility.
Regardless of whether a medication has been prescribed by a doctor in a client’s home country, any medication intended for detox use at Siam Rehab must be approved by our Medical Director, Dr. Mark.
Chiang Rai has an excellent private, full-service hospital: Kasemrad Sriburin Hospital. Kasemrad offers emergency, psychiatric, detoxification, and a variety of other inpatient and outpatient specialties.
The proximity of excellent medical care, and the availability of Dr. Mark were important determining factor in choosing Chiang Rai as the location for our treatment centre.