The Benefits of a Halfway House
The Calm – Sober House in Chiang Mai
by Scott Thomson
9M 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
The Calm – Sober House in Chiang Mai
by Scott Thomson
9M 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
The Calm – Sober House in Chiang Mai
by Chris Walker
1y 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
The Calm – Sober House in Chiang Mai
by Scott Thomson
1y 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?
The Calm – Sober House in Chiang Mai
by Scott Thomson
1y 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?
The Calm – Sober House in Chiang Mai
by Scott Thomson
1y 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
The Calm – Sober House in Chiang Mai
by Scott Thomson
1y 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
The Calm – Sober House in Chiang Mai
by Scott Thomson
1y 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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The Calm – Who are we?
The Calm – Sober House in Chiang Mai
by Scott Thomson
1y ago
We are a sober house and homestay for anyone in recovery. You will come and live on our sober resort and practise your recovery out in the community of Chiang Mai. The guests we have staying with us come from all over the world, often coming straight from primary addiction rehab programmes in Thailand and other countries. We find that people are looking for sober living facilities in Thailand, especially Chiang Mai because of the huge recovery community in the city. It’s a great city to transition in before going home. We have many people in recovery come and stay with us for the community and ..read more
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Are Alcoholics Hopeless?
The Calm – Sober House in Chiang Mai
by Scott Thomson
2y ago
I have worked within addiction treatment for many years but the more I think about my experience of working with alcoholics the more I am fascinated with the complexity of this problem. The big book of AA explains alcoholism and then gives you the solution. I must admit I do not fully buy into the solution of AA but they do explain the condition perfectly. The nature of alcoholism that leads an individual to stop start stop start repeatedly shows the insanity associated with alcoholism. Alcoholics anonymous names alcoholism as a disease which the solution is a spiritual one. The big book sta ..read more
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