Substance Addiction Treatment for Women

At Siam Rehab Thailand we get it. Women and men are different when it comes to substance dependence, addiction, treatment, and recovery.1

Substance Addiction Treatment for Women

At Siam Rehab Thailand we get it. Women and men are different when it comes to substance dependence, addiction, treatment, and recovery.1

Differences in Substance Dependence for Women

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.

  • Many of us know women who have a high tolerance for alcohol or drugs (for example Karen Allen in Raiders of the Lost Ark). However, in general, women have a lower tolerance for alcohol as well as some drugs, and become dependent on these substances more quickly and slightly later than their male counterparts.
  • Women are more likely to be influenced by a partner’s substance use and abuse.
  • As well, women are more susceptible to liver disease and some cancers caused by alcoholism and drug addiction.2

Gender-Specific Addiction Treatment

We understand these differences and implement Gender-Specific Addiction Treatment.

  • In practice this means that our staff consists of 50% female counselors.
  • In group therapy, both women and men may interact differently in single gender groups as opposed to mixed-gender groups. We provide female-only group therapy (when appropriate), along with co-ed group therapy.
  • In addition, some studies indicate that alcohol and drug-dependent women are more likely to be suffering from PTSD as a result of abuse.
  • Traumatic events build up the idea of powerlessness, and it is important to avoid confrontational approaches, and to review the model that emphasizes one’s powerlessness over substances.
  • For females, relapse has been associated with living apart from one’s children, being depressed, having a stressful marriage, and using within the context of romantic relationships.3
  • Women who have more exposure to rehab (attend multiple rehabs), have an increased rate of relapse.

Women-Friendly Evidence-Based 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.

Female Counselors and Support Staff at Siam Rehab

Sue Sandeman - BSc/CPCAB

Senior Counsellor

Sue, originally from the UK, is an experienced addictions counsellor and group facilitator. In recovery herself, Sue has been working in the addiction field in the UK, Australia and Thailand for the past 11 years. Sue’s formal qualifications include CPCAB Counselling Skills Level 2, NVQ Level 3 Substance Misuse, and most recently, following residential training in the USA, she is also an IRI certified Recovery Specialist. Sue has continued professional training throughout her career, with multiple short training courses in CBT, Working with Resistance, Integrated Practice, Motivational Interviewing, Vulnerable Adults, Child Protection, Mindfulness, ITEP (International Treatment Effectiveness Project), and Psychosocial interventions for adult substance misusers.
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Karuna Sue Clancy - BA (hons) SWCS

Senior Counsellor

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.

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Orrapin Cromie (Aon)

Yoga and Meditation Instructor

Aon was born in Chiang Rai and has been practicing yoga for 6 years and teaching it for 4 years. In 2015 she travelled to India to study at the Swasti Yoga Centre in Rishikesh, and graduated from the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program where she learnt yoga, anatomy, pranayama techniques, and meditation. Aon enjoys teaching yoga and meditation at Siam Rehab, and her focus is on supporting our clients to become healthier, stronger, and more self-aware.
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Lai Voon Mei (Mei) - BA/Cert CBT

Client Support

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.”

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Panjama Praimanee (Mint) BA

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.

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Panwadee Boonyok (Au)

Housekeeping Manager

Au was born and raised in Udon Thani, in Northeast Thailand. She worked for many years in hospitality and is responsible for everything that has to do with the hotel part of Siam Rehab. From healthy food, massage, maintenance and housekeeping, she is here to support you and make your stay at Siam Rehab as comfortable as possible!
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Somratchanat Luecha (Ying) - PhD

Accounting Manager

Ying graduated from Burapha University with her PhD in Accounting. Ying takes care of all the important back office administration issues that need to be addressed such as taxes, company compliance, etc. As well as managing the accounting at Siam Rehab, Ying is an adjunct professor at Burapha University.
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Praweena (Yo) - BA/Cert Nursing

Office Admin

Yo is an indispensable member of the Siam Rehab team, she received her BA from a local university before starting her career working in America and Thailand. She handles the day to day bookkeeping as well as so many other tasks from translator, escort to the hospital, helping in the kitchen when needed, calling a taxi and the thousands of other things she is asked to do on a daily basis.
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Rattana (Toi) - BA


Toi has a bachelor’s degree from the local university in business but learned early in her career that she loved being in the kitchen preparing tasty and healthy food rather then behind a desk. Prior to coming to Siam Rehab she worked with several top restaurants as well as running her own catering business.
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Jirapon (Aor) - BA/Hospitality and Business English

Office Admin

Aor has a background in hospitality, including a BA in Hospitality and Business English, and an internship at a 5-star hotel. She has worked at several of the famous hotels and resorts in Northern Thailand. Her focus on service-mindedness makes everything a bit smoother in coordinating the Thai staff and foreign client needs. She takes care of bookkeeping, translation, transportation and accommodation. We are fortunate to have her at Siam Rehab.
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