What is Trauma?
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by Andrea Pientka
1y ago
The Calm is a sober house in Thailand that works from a strengths-based trauma-informed model. We do not work from a 12-step disease model or a behavioural model of treatment. We firmly believe that drug and alcohol abuse is a way to escape pain. You do not have to have past trauma always but underlying any serious drug or alcohol abuse is some kind of pain. We work to give you back ownership of your life that may have been taken away by someone or some event. Trauma is a very much misunderstood term, so I want to help you understand what this means and why we take a trauma-informed care appr ..read more
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Advice for Families of Addicts
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by Andrea Pientka
1y ago
Rehab addiction treatment centre in Thailand When your loved one enters a rehab addiction treatment centre you will be left with a lot of questions on what to do whilst they are in treatment and also what to do to help them once they return home. I find that loved ones have a sense of relief once the person has joined an addiction rehab centre in Thailand or anywhere around the world but are still left with unanswered questions and anxiety about what to do once they return home, also whilst they are there. When your loved ones go into treatment the family will also need support. We do have an ..read more
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The Benefits of a Halfway House
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by Scott Thomson
2y ago
I still feel that there are many people who go to a drug and alcohol rebab centre for treatment but do not know about the benefits of attending a sober living halfway house after rehab before going home. There are many people who don’t know about sober houses and don’t know what a sober house is. I did not fully know myself about sober living halfway houses when I was an addict or even when I first started working within the addiction treatment field as a professional.  We have blogs on our website that explains in depth what a sober living house facility is but we will go into a bit mor ..read more
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Real Life Story of Recovery
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by Scott Thomson
2y ago
My story “I accept myself as a 38-year-old gay HIV positive man in recovery” I wrote that sentence in March 2019. It was a month after I decided to go into recovery from addiction and admitted myself into rehab. Being able to put pen to paper to write those words together, in one sentence, represents a long journey of hard work and support to not only accept, but embrace parts of my identity I kept hidden, letting go of shame to live a much happier, more authentic life. To understand that statement, to its full extent. Let me take you back to the beginning On June 9, 1981, I was born to Pales ..read more
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The Calm After Rehab
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by Chris Walker
3y ago
There is an alternative to spending months on end in a big traditional inpatient addiction rehab in Thailand. As more and more people discover The Calm sober house, they realise that sober living is where the real recovery work is done. The relapse rates for people leaving traditional inpatient drug rehabs in Thailand and around the world are huge, so something is not working right? We are doing our very best to change this. Rehab is big business and can be very expensive. There are many people that are so caught up in a serious addiction that they need a stint in rehab. The detox process nee ..read more
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Meditation Programme at The Calm
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by Scott Thomson
3y ago
What is meditation? Meditation is many things.  Ask a Buddhist monk what meditation is, and he might reply that it is a tool to train the mind.  If you ask the same question to a psychiatrist, you may be told that meditation is a method of reducing neuroses, anxiety and depression while fostering an outlook of acceptance.  The same question asked to a yogi could provoke the response that meditation is a way of opening the heart. But you need not listen to what a yogi tells you about meditation to know about its benefits.  In the past two decades there have been hundreds of ..read more
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What is Sound Healing?
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by Scott Thomson
3y ago
Sound healing is a method of healing the mind and body which has been used by different cultures for thousands of years. It can be used to help heal anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, and chronic disease, amongst many other issues. Sound healing works by helping our brainwaves shift into a state lower than their normal beta state. When we enter these states (alpha, theta, and delta), our minds and bodies can access profound healing. Participants in a sound healing session usually report coming out of a session feeling relaxed and uplifted. People often say they enjoy a great night’s slee ..read more
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What is TRE?
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by Scott Thomson
3y ago
TRE stands for (traumatic release exercises) which is a method created by Dr David Berceli to release tension and stress from the body. When we experience traumatic events in life we store stress in our bodies, it affects us physically not just psychologically. TRE aims to regulate the nervous system and bring your body back into balance by performing certain exercises that release the tension, trauma, and stress from our bodies by shaking it out. Dr Berceli lived within communities in the Middle East and Africa.  He noticed that in traumatic situations, children would shake, while adult ..read more
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Real-life Story of Alcoholism
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by Scott Thomson
3y ago
Against the familiar glow of my laptop, I am looking around my single room bungalow in a sober community north of Chiang Mai old city.  Tell-tale signs of an expat life in Thailand; traditional Karen hill tribe clothing hangs in my dresser, a Laotian doll originally a gift for my mother stares at me as though asking why it was never shipped.  There are statues of the Buddha set atop my dresser aside various ornaments from Buriram and Ubon Ratchathani, three Thai country boy sashes hang loosely above my library of Thai language books. There is the Big Book of alcoholics anonymous and ..read more
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Mental Health Rehab Facilities
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by Scott Thomson
3y ago
If you are trying to access mental health services in your local area you will know how incredibly frustrating it can be to be told that you must go onto a waiting list. When people reach out for support, they generally need help instantly. If you are searching worldwide for mental health rehab facilities it may not be as easy as you think to find good quality facilities. The Calm sober house in Thailand provides inpatient mental health support with instant access to treatment.  We take a holistic approach to mental health treatment. You will have access to not only our own mental health ..read more
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