There are physical and psychological differences for women when it comes to substance dependence. These differences are measured across groups of women, compared with groups of men, so they don’t necessarily apply to each and every woman. However, these differences can make a difference and it is important to be aware of them.
We understand these differences and implement Gender-Specific Addiction Treatment.
Obviously not all women are the same, and there are many aspects of substance addiction and treatment that are similar for men and women. Siam Rehab is a co-ed facility, whose leadership and clinical staff are fully aware and dedicated to providing individualized treatment that is effective for both women and men.
Our approach is research-based and evidence-based addiction treatment. Siam Rehab adheres to the Principles of Effective Drug Addiction Treatment Guide by the US National Institute of Health. Substance dependence is serious and lives depend on providing the highest level of care.
Karuna is a qualified psychotherapist from the UK. She has worked in various addiction treatment centres as a manager, a group worker, and as a therapist for over 8 years. She has over 30 years experience of recovery from addiction, and during that time has followed a varied path of supporting and helping others from many different client groups. Karuna first worked as a child protection social worker, then as a rehab manager, then as a group worker, and retreat leader. She is now a psychotherapist employed in private practice, working with many clients on their recovery from addictions, historical sexual abuse, low self esteem, suicide attempts, depression, personality disorders, eating disorders, and other related issues.
Karuna’s formal qualifications include a Diploma in Social Work (Dip SW), and a BA (hons) in Social Work & Community Studies. Karuna is a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA), and Provisional Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst (PTSTA). During her working career she has always kept up to date with recent trends in human development and psychology, and has taken many short courses to keep abreast of current thinking in the field.
Yoga and Meditation Instructor
Mei was raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is also an addict in recovery, as are all therapeutic staff members. She is grateful for the support she had in the programme that helped her onto the road of recovery and wants to give back this support to other addicts and alcoholics.
“Being in Siam Rehab myself as a client in the past, and going through the same process as the current clients do, I understand exactly how they feel and what their needs are. I have worked hard on my recovery, and because of that, Siam Rehab offered me a job as a support worker. Siam Rehab helped me to realise how important support and guidance is for an addict to start their recovery process. I will be spending weekends doing Art Therapy and interactive games, along with the Sunday outings. I hope to bring out the inner child in us that we have lost for a very long time, and bring back the smiles, that for many we have long forgotten. Hope to see you soon in our beautiful setting in Chiang Rai, Thailand.”
Psychology/English Operations Director
Panjama, or Mint for short has worked in the operations end of addiction treatment centres for most of the past 10 years. Mint graduated with a degree in Psychology and English and then started her career in Bangkok. Having also studied and worked in Australia and Canada for more than 7 years, she understands the needs of foreigners and an international treatment setting like Siam Rehab.
At Siam Rehab, Mint is responsible for making sure the business of the company runs smoothly, from legal compliance, visa extensions, recruitment of support staff, contracts with tour and medical providers and fixing all the problems travelers have from lost luggage, adjusted flight itineraries, etc. Mint is always happy to have a chat with you on what your needs are and how she can help.