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It’s easy to get carried away on a fun night out, but mixing alcohol and ecstasy can have dangerous—even deadly—consequences.

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For many, cutting loose at a party often means indulging, whether it’s with food, alcohol or drugs. Ecstasy, also known as molly or MDMA, remains a popular yet dangerous and illicit drug among clubbers and partygoers. The ubiquity of alcohol in social scenes where ecstasy is also present has contributed to a hazardous but increasingly reported practice of mixing the two drugs.

Molly and alcohol have complex and sometimes polarising effects on the body that can lead to serious health complications, including death. Professional addiction specialists at The Cabin Bangkok have seen how ecstasy use exposes people to a long list of risks, and that chasing it with cocktails significantly raises the potential for serious harm.

Mixing Alcohol and Ecstasy Causes Serious Dehydration

Ecstasy has a variety of side effects, but one of the most serious is a rise in body temperature. This causes dehydration in users, and in extreme cases can contribute to heat stroke.

Alcohol however, is a diuretic, causing drinkers to urinate more frequently, which further dehydrates the body. In some cases when people have combined alcohol and ecstasy, neural compartment dehydration occurs, which is when the body attempts to hydrate dehydrated nerves by using fluid from brain cells. This significantly impairs the brain’s ability to function, which can lead to heart and respiratory failure, or coma.

Ecstasy can also cause urinary retention, which when paired with the diuretic effect of alcohol can send serious mixed messages to the body. Essentially, the body overproduces urine, which it then cannot effectively excrete. This can lead to urea poisoning, which can result in significant ill effects to the kidneys and bladder.

In addition, the combined effects of both substances on the nervous system can lead to an irregular heartbeat, also called an arrhythmia, which can disrupt blood circulation and cause significant organ damage.

Mixing MDMA with Alcohol Greatly Impairs Judgement

It is well known that drinking impairs judgment and slows the body’s responses. Ecstasy however, depending on the dose, can produce stimulant or sedative effects, as well as euphoria, hallucinations and disassociation.

How each substance affects users depends on their specific chemical effects on the brain. Ecstasy works to increase the production of serotonin, which elevates the mood and increases feelings of social connection. Alcohol mainly acts as a central nervous system depressant, which is why people who drink too much often lose coordination. Both alcohol and ecstasy increase dopamine levels in the brain, which leads to increased feelings of happiness—and a coinciding desire to maintain that feeling, despite the risks.

Increased Susceptibility to Overdose

The interaction of ecstasy and alcohol in the brain can create a false sense of alertness and wellbeing for the user that masks very real impacts of the drug combination on decision-making and physical response times. This can also make it difficult for others to assess how intoxicated someone is. These factors can lead to further consumption of drugs and alcohol and a delay in getting medical help, which can increase susceptibility to alcohol poisoning or overdose.

Increased Risk of Driving Accidents

Mixing the two can also have serious effects for people getting behind the wheel. Ecstasy has been found in an increasing number of drivers involved in fatal road accidents. A recent study concluded that, “an intoxicated individual might decide to drive because the feelings of alertness caused by MDMA cloud the impairing effects of other drugs such as alcohol, thereby creating a potentially serious risk for traffic safety.”

Signs Someone Might Be Mixing Alcohol with Molly

If you’re with a friend and are concerned they might be combining ecstasy and alcohol, there are some signs to look out for, including:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Muscle tension and cramping
  • Involuntary teeth clenching and grinding
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Faintness
  • Chills and sweating

It is critically important to monitor a person who has or may have consumed both ecstasy and alcohol, and to seek medical attention immediately if the person suddenly seems ill or disoriented.

Eliminate the Risks: Get Help at The Cabin Bangkok

Getting caught up in the fun and excitement of a club or a party can make big risks seem somehow less threatening. However, the reality is that mixing alcohol and ecstasy has killed people—and could be lethal to you or someone you love. If you find yourself in denial about the risks of your drug use, or if you’re ready to consider a healthier lifestyle, The Cabin Bangkok can help.

Our specialised outpatient programme offers an innovative treatment plan that can help you address your ecstasy use while maintaining work and family commitments. With a 96% completion rate, our effective ‘Recovery Zones’ method focuses on tackling addiction in a comprehensive manner to guide you to a successful recovery. An experienced team of specialists will work with you to identify triggers and root causes of your drug use, coaching you through every stage of the recovery process.

For those who need a more intensive treatment programme away from potential triggers and unhealthy habits, The Cabin Chiang Mai offers a world-class residential rehab facility where you can focus solely on your recovery.

Ecstasy use can lead to serious problems, but you can begin your transition to a safer, healthier lifestyle today. Call The Cabin Bangkok to learn more about how we can help you reduce your risks and maximise your potential.

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Cocaine production continues to break new records with more people succumbing to its seductive lure every day. If you’ve found yourself caught in the grips of cocaine addiction, The Cabin Bangkok can help you safely and effectively treat your dependence.

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Cocaine is a powerful drug that has a very high risk for being addictive. Using this deadly drug come with it many dangerous side effects, and people would be wise to know the dangers before even considering it.

For those who have found themselves wrapped up in the suffocating grip of addiction, there is hope. Cocaine addiction treatment and rehab programmes around the world are helping thousands every day reach sobriety and live a life in recovery from drug and alcohol dependence. The Cabin Bangkok, part of The Cabin Addiction Services Group, specialises in outpatient counselling for cocaine addiction treatment and a range of mental wellness issues.

What Is Cocaine? Is it Different from Crack?

Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant. A stimulant is a type of drug, or psychoactive substance, that affects the brain and nervous system. It speeds up the processing of information, makes the user more sensitive to stimuli, and generally makes the body work harder and faster. It creates an illusion of invulnerability and a sense of euphoria.

Cocaine comes from the cocoa plant, usually grown in South America. In its street form, it will look like a fine white powder. This also makes it dangerous, because dealers will cut the powder, mix it with other substances, to make it look like there is more coke. What makes this dangerous is that it could be cut with anything that looks similar, like baking soda, rat poison, or fentanyl has been cut into coke recently.

Typically, cocaine is spread out in thin lines then snorted by the user. It can also be smoked, or injected, although that is not a common way to ingest it.

Crack cocaine, more simply referred to as crack, is a refined form of cocaine. The small nuggets or crystals are typically be smoked in a small pipe. The drug offers a cheap and very powerful high, which can last from five to 10 minutes, making it very addictive.

Common Nicknames for Cocaine Include:
  • Blow
  • Bump
  • Coke
  • Crack
  • Nose candy
  • Powder
  • Rock
  • Snow

Rehab for cocaine users follows many of the same principles as other forms of rehab. The difficulty with cocaine addiction treatment is convincing the user to give up the high. Although, looking at the effects of cocaine abuses, there are many reasons to give it up.

Effects of Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine increases dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is the neurochemical transmitter associated with the body’s internal reward system. Normally, dopamine is recycled back into the nervous system, ending the signal between nerve cells. However, cocaine prevents dopamine from being recycled, causing large amounts to build up in the space between two nerve cells, stopping their normal communication.

This flood of dopamine in the brain’s reward circuit strongly reinforces drug use and drug-seeking behaviours. Unfortunately, the brain becomes accustomed to the dopamine in the system. As a result, people take stronger and more frequent doses in an attempt to feel the same high, and to obtain relief from withdrawal. This becomes the basis of an addiction loop; the person keeps using more and more to get the same high.

Cocaine essentially makes the body reward itself for taking it, thus making it difficult to treat. At The Cabin Bangkok, we understand the biology behind addiction and can help you with that with specific cocaine treatment methods.

The effects of cocaine between short-term use and long-term use may vary. Side effects will depend on length of use, how much has been used and what methods are used to ingest the coke. All of these factors will play a part in the effects and consequences a person has to live out before they quit cocaine.

Short-term Effects of Using Cocaine:
  • Extreme happiness and energy
  • Overly excitable
  • Mental alertness
  • Hypersensitivity to sight, sound, and touch
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety

Cocaine’s effects appear almost immediately and disappear within quickly, depending on how it was ingested into the body. Injecting or smoking cocaine produces a quicker and stronger but shorter-lasting high than snorting. The high from snorting cocaine may last 15 to 30 minutes. The high from smoking may last 5 to 10 minutes.

Other Short-term Effects of Using Cocaine:
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Dilated pupils
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Raised body temperature and blood pressure
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Tremors and muscle twitches
  • Restlessness
Long-term Effects of Using Cocaine

Using cocaine for longer periods of time can lead to more severe physical and mental health problems, and require cocaine detox in a professional treatment centre. Some long-term health effects of cocaine use are related to how it is taken including:

  • snorting: frequent runny nose, problems with swallowing, nosebleeds, loss of smell, deterioration of inner linings of the nose and septum
  • smoking: respiratory distress, cough, asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia
  • consuming by mouth: severe bowel decay, bowel removal and colostomy bags
  • injecting: collapsed veins, scarring, skin infections and a higher risk for contracting hepatitis C, HIV and other bloodborne diseases

Other long-term effects of cocaine include sexual dysfunctions, losing touch with reality, delusions, hallucinations, malnourishment and even Parkinson’s disease.

Am I Addicted to Cocaine?

People have many different ideas on what it means to be addicted to a drug, especially cocaine. It does not always mean that a person is sleeping in the streets, dishevelled and abandoned. It is possible to be addicted and fully functioning in all areas of a person’s life.

When it comes to cocaine addiction and treatment, there are certain symptoms you have to display before you can be officially diagnosed with a substance use disorder. If you are addicted to cocaine you will most likely be:

  • Experiencing cravings and urges to use cocaine
  • Taking cocaine for prolonged periods
  • Progressively taking larger amounts of cocaine to get the effect you want
  • Wanting to cut down or stop using cocaine without success
  • Spending a lot of time acquiring, using or recovering from cocaine use
  • Neglecting your work, home or school responsibilities due to your cocaine use
  • Giving up important social, occupational or recreational activities to use cocaine
  • Continuing to use cocaine even when it causes problems in relationships
  • Using cocaine again and again, even when it puts you in danger.
  • Continuing to use, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse by using cocaine
  • Taking cocaine to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms

Two or more of the symptoms listed above point to having a minor addiction. The more symptoms you display, the more serious the addiction is. If you recognize yourself in the symptoms above, it is never too late to reach out for help. You need to talk to someone who understands – someone who can tell you exactly what you should do, based on your specific circumstances.

Cocaine Detox Treatment

To safely avoid cocaine withdrawal symptoms, medically detoxing from cocaine is the best option. The Cabin Chiang Mai offers a medical detox unit, fully staffed with medical professionals, for a controlled withdrawal whilst medically managing the symptoms. On average, medically detoxing from cocaine typically lasts one week. Once discharged from the cocaine detox centre, the patient is ready to graduate to cocaine addiction treatment.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment

After the first week or so of detox, the worst is over, and the treatment of the addiction can begin. The Cabin Bangkok’s Intensive Outpatient Rehab Programme is catered to the client’s individual needs, offered in English or Thai, and based on our clinical assessment. Clients are given the opportunity to address mood and behavioural disorders in varying time commitments. In addition to group counselling, clients will attend individual counselling sessions anywhere from one to five times a week, depending on their specific needs. Private sessions are 50 minutes while group sessions are 90 minutes. This type of intensive counselling, which combines one-on-one counselling and group counselling, has proven to help clients overcome many different behavioural and mood disorders.

Do I Need Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient treatment is the most intensive form of treatment available for cocaine addiction. Also called residential treatment, clients work on their recovery while receiving individual counselling, psychoeducation and other supportive services for a recommended minimum stay of 28 days. It is possible to extend for a longer period, and the exact amount of time needed depends on the severity of the addiction and how receptive and able the client is toward progressing through the treatment process.

The Cabin Chiang Mai offers world-class inpatient treatment and is staffed with Western-trained counsellors with decades of combined experience treating substance abuse disorders including cocaine addiction. The Cabin Chiang Mai offers affordable rates for its comprehensive and effective cocaine addiction treatment programme.

Getting the Help You Need for Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction treatment is not an easy process. All addictions are best treated as early on as possible. At The Cabin Bangkok, we can offer the tools and education on how to break free from a cocaine addiction. The time to act is now! If you or someone you know is suffering from cocaine addiction, contact us today for a free assessment. We’d be happy to discuss what options are available and how we can help.

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Low dopamine is both a precursor of addiction and a result of extensive substance abuse. If you are craving drugs, alcohol, gambling or a sugary soda, what your body is really after is another rush of dopamine.  Here are 8 ways to increase your dopamine levels – naturally!

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Psychologists have found a link between narcissistic parents and addiction. The shaming and criticisms of a narcissistic parent can set children up for issues of self-worth, making them more likely to turn to drugs for comfort.  Find out how narcissistic parenting styles create the perfect environment for unhealthy habits in their children.

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Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. People with this disorder put their own emotional needs before those of others. To those who know them, they may come across as conceited or pretentious, belittle those they consider inferior or become angry and impatient if they do not get special treatment.

Underlying their overt behaviour, however, are secret feelings of insecurity, shame and vulnerability. To ward off these feelings when criticised, they may react with rage or contempt or manipulate the situation so others are to blame.

Narcissists tend not to see others as individuals, but as reflections of themselves, and can be extremely critical of their children.  This causes severe anxiety in kids who are constantly pushing their own personalities, wants and needs aside to serve those of their parents.

These childhood experiences can lead to a host of problems in adulthood, including emotional confusion, poor self-image, intimacy issues – and, often, substance abuse.  Many children of narcissists eventually require addiction treatment.

Signs of a Narcissistic Parent

As narcissists are experts at manipulating and hiding their behaviour, and lack the ability to be self-aware about their narcissism, this complex disorder is a tricky one to detect.  Some common traits of a narcissistic parent are:

  • Attention-seeking

The family’s world revolves around the emotional needs of the narcissist.  Children are sources of attention and adoration, and relationships over which they have complete control.

  • Undermining

Narcissistic parents acknowledge their children’s accomplishments by taking credit for them.  If they cannot, the accomplishment is ignored or diminished.

  • Manipulation

These parents manipulate their kids’ emotions in order to feed on their pain, or feed their ‘narcissistic supply’.  This bizarre behaviour is so common that narcissistic mothers are often termed ‘emotional vampires’.

If the above statements ring true for you, you may have undergone the mistreatment of a parent with NPD – and as a result you could still be living with narcissistic injury today.

Addiction in Children of Narcissistic Parents

Narcissistic parenting can cause considerable emotional damage to their children, who lack the awareness to understand their parents’ behaviour as dysfunctional.  These kids, in turn, internalise their parents’ criticisms and devaluation, believing it is their fault or they are not good enough.  If they were, they would have been loved by that parent.

As adults, children of narcissistic parents may seek to fill this void by looking for love in unhealthy ways. Children of narcissistic parents are more likely to experience problems with addiction – to sex, love, alcohol, drugs and other addictive processes.  These are ways of self-medicating their feelings of inadequacy.

A family history of neglect and emotional abuse is common among addicts.  Dysfunctional family dynamics, such as parents who are egocentric, emotionally unavailable, uncaring or rigid in their parenting styles also negatively affect personality development. Symptoms include of narcissistic parenting include:

  • Low self-esteem, self-doubt
  • Chronic caregiving of others at a cost to your own well-being
  • A total disregard for your personal needs or self-care
  • An ongoing battle with depression or chronic anxiety
  • Nagging pessimism about the future or the world in general
  • Never trusting your own instincts and being constantly taken advantage of
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual addictions or other sexual disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviours
  • Abusive religious or romantic affiliations to take up where your pathological parents fell away
  • Problems with emotional intimacy or jumping from relationship to relationship, fearing abandonment or being alone
  • Substance abuse

Adolescent Years: The Precursors of Addiction

Addictions are most commonly formed during adolescent years.  Narcissistic parents, unfortunately, can be so focused on their own lives that they miss the tell-tale signs of depression or drug abuse in their adolescent children.

It is important to note that drug use and drug abuse are not one and the same thing – many people experiment with drugs in their teen years without developing an unhealthy relationship of dependence. Experimenting is a normal part of growing up, but problems can arise when experimentation does not get nipped in the bud.

The teenage years are a sensitive time of navigating the development from childhood into adulthood. During this time, it is crucial that there is proper guidance and supervision in place. The narcissistic parent, being so caught up in their own story, fails to notice changes in their children’s behavior. Obvious red flags such as major changes in sleeping patterns, friends and academic performance go unnoticed.  Or if noticed the proper steps are not taken, instead the narcissist finds a way to make it all about them, thus allowing what could just be a phase to escalate into full-blown addiction.

The narcissist does not comprehend who their children truly are or what they are going through.  As their children are denied the full love and attention that is optimal for healthy development, this creates a predisposition towards addictive tendencies and a negative self-image that affects all aspects of life.

Seeking Therapy and Addiction Treatment

Although your parent’s narcissistic traits may have negatively impacted you, recovery is possible – it is about improving your life, not about judging your parent. If you feel as if you are self-sabotaging your relationships, career, success and future because of what you might not have gotten in your childhood, there is help and hope.

You do not have to be a slave to your past.  Contact us now and learn more about our effective treatment programming and arrange a confidential assessment.

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Recovering from food addiction is incredibly challenging. Unfortunately, reaching for diets and discipline – a common impulse – is likely hurting you further, rather than helping you. To truly heal, learn to stop the cycle of shame – and start loving yourself instead.

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If you search the internet for articles on overcoming food addiction, you’ll notice that 99% of them share common themes: discipline, willpower and perseverance.

Unfortunately, self discipline is often hailed as an integral part of the solution to food and body image issues. But the truth is something you’re unlikely to find in the vast majority of material on the subject. Not only is relying on discipline an uphill battle, unlikely to succeed – it’s actually less effective than the simpler, more pleasurable alternative: self love.

One of the most commonly prescribed solutions to overcoming food addiction through discipline is dieting. Let’s explore why dieting is probably hurting you more than it’s helping you – and what to do instead.

The Pitfalls of ‘Diet Mentality’

Have you ever noticed that the cycle of self discipline, shame and self loathing is never stronger than when you’re on a diet?

Diets – especially ones that involve restriction that feels imposed, rather than chosen – are destructive to your mind as well as your body. By definition, they typically start from a place of self criticism rather than self love, in that you’re trying to change something about yourself because you don’t like it. And every time you ‘fall off the wagon’ (which you will, inevitably, when you’re fighting it at every turn), the cycle deepens and starts all over again.

Unfortunately, the stigma and shame that are an inherent part of diet mentality will likely make it extremely difficult for you to lose weight – let alone heal your food addiction. To truly transform your relationship with food and let go of your destructive patterns, you need to stop the cycle of shame and criticism that goes on in your own mind.

Instead, work on loving yourself enough to heal the shame you’ve already experienced. Doing that is easier said than done – but it is possible. To learn how, keep reading.

How to Overcome Food Addiction Without Discipline

You might be worried that letting go of control and discipline will cause you to totally go off the rails. That’s an understandable worry, in the context of conventional wisdom, but what you can actually expect to happen is (counterintuitively) just the opposite.

When you heal the pain of your past, manage negative self talk and treat yourself with kindness and love, rather than harshness and judgment, your impulses soften naturally. As you learn to be gentle with yourself, rather than trying to force yourself to eat a certain way, your cravings lose their intense edge. Ironically, you find that you’re better able to control your choices when you don’t push so hard to do so.

This is, again, much easier said than done. Learning to interact with food differently takes time and patience. It’s important that you give yourself the time and space to adjust without pushing too hard or too fast, and treat yourself with compassion as you develop new coping mechanisms to lean on when food is calling your name.

How to Overcome Food Addiction Without Discipline

Unfortunately, being kind to yourself as you overcome food addiction often doesn’t come easily at first. Here are four tips to get you started:

1. Be Mindful

Your thoughts and beliefs have a powerful influence on your feelings and actions. Fortunately, you can change the ones that aren’t serving you. Your most important first step? Noticing your thoughts – and taking stock of the self-defeating ones that come up most often.

2. Practice Unconditional Acceptance

Once you’re aware of the thoughts and beliefs that are holding you back, get to work on changing them.

To thrive, you have to fully believe that you are worthy of respect and acceptance, no matter what. Regardless of how you feel about your body in its current state, be firm in your resolution to accept it just the way it is – even as you aspire to make healthier choices. Do them for your body, because you love it, not because you hate your body and want to change it.

Know that your body is strong and capable – and relate to it from that standpoint. From that place, you can start to take better care of yourself from a place of love and compassion. And from there, you can change your behaviour.

3. Take Care of Yourself

Self care can transform the way you feel about yourself and the way you show up in the world. At its root, food addiction is about so much more than food. Maybe you’re used to turning to food because you’re stressed, lonely or bored. Simple things like taking a bath, calling a friend or sitting with yourself in silence can do wonders for your state of mind – and quell your cravings at the source.

Get The Support You Need to Heal

It’s counterintuitive and often a little bit scary to let go of control and punishment in an effort to heal your food addiction, but relying on discipline won’t get you where you want to be. You need love, compassion and kindness in order to heal.

If you’re noticing yourself struggling to let go of control and practice self kindness as you navigate your food addiction, don’t go it alone. Contact The Cabin Bangkok today to find out how we can help you access the self compassion you need to succeed.

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup inspires excitement in millions around the globe, but the tournament can also trigger compulsive and destructive gambling.

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While football fans gear up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, law enforcement agencies around the globe are preparing for the corresponding surge in online gambling. With billions of dollars being wagered in illegal bets during major tournaments, countries like Thailand have organised sophisticated tracking methods to identify, shut down and penalise bookies, punters and sites promoting online gambling. For those considering placing bets, the risks are far greater than simply taking a loss.

In May 2018, the Royal Thai Police (RTP) launched a special operation centre specifically charged with cracking down on illegal online gambling. Chalermkiat Sriworakhan, deputy chief of the national police, told the Bangkok Post that the new centre will focus on those websites offering online football gambling services from any server, both Thailand-based and abroad.

The centre connects the RTP head office with regional offices, and brings together staff from the Central Investigation Bureau, the Immigration Office and the Anti-Money Laundering Office. The special operation centre also encourages tips from the public to identify and stop online gambling, and could become a permanent institution in combatting illegal gambling.

An array of legislation will be used to punish those involved in gambling, including the Anti-Money Laundering Act and the Child Protection Act, which would see parents of gamblers under 18 facing jail time. Deputy Chief Sriworakhan also warned that the owners of Facebook accounts that promote betting activity could face charges of violating both the Gambling Act and the Computer-related Crime Act.

Global Gambling and the World Cup

The World Cup remains a major draw for gamblers across the globe, given the level of the sport’s popularity as well as the sheer number of games. It is estimated that the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be the most bet-on event in human history.

The risks of gambling are well known, and can result in significant negative impacts on the following areas of a gambler’s life:

  • Financial stability
  • Personal relationships
  • Employment
  • Physical and mental health

To mitigate these risks, many countries have focused on protection mechanisms in the lead-up to the World Cup games. In Asia, where countries generally have more stringent gambling laws, crackdowns on illegal gambling dens have started not only in Thailand but in Vietnam and Hong Kong as well. In other countries where there are fewer restrictions on gambling, such as the UK and Australia, groups have urged a ban to be placed on the advertising of betting forums during sporting events.

However, the temptation for many to gamble remains high, particularly with the exploding availability of online betting sites and the success of pop-up ads attracting new users.

When Gambling is More Than Just a Game

With the World Cup just around the corner, it is critically important for would-be gamblers to not only understand the risks of placing bets, but also to assess whether what may have started as a casual pastime has turned into problematic and compulsive behaviour.

A recent study cited in The Telegraph showed that gambling physically alters the structure of the brain and makes people more disposed to depression and anxiety, which can indicate an addiction. Additionally, signs of compulsive gambling can include:

  • Chasing losses (trying to win back lost money)
  • Criticism of family and friends regarding gambling habits
  • Taking larger risks for the purpose of excitement or an emotional high
  • Borrowing money or selling items in order to continue gambling
  • Personal concern over gambling habits
  • Negative financial or professional impacts related to gambling

If any of these behaviours resonate with you or with someone you know, it is time to seek professional advice on how to take the next step in addressing and controlling this habit.

Seeking Treatment: A Safer Bet

Placing bets on major tournaments like the World Cup is a rousing temptation for those who like to gamble and underscore the need for professional support. At The Cabin Bangkok, we offer effective gambling addiction counselling to help you regain control of your impulses, thought processes and patterns of behaviour.

Our flexible, evidence-based outpatient treatment for gambling addiction combines cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with mindfulness training, a modern version of the 12 Steps, and our unique Recovery Zones model. Incorporating both individual and group sessions with our highly professional staff, we can help you identify your gambling triggers, manage your impulses and prevent relapses.

Our partner, The Cabin Chiang Mai, offers a more intensive gambling treatment centre with luxury inpatient facilities in the lush mountains of northern Thailand. The remote setting and limited Internet connectivity allows you to fully focus on recovery. Unlike outpatient facilities where work and family obligations must still be met, inpatient treatment allows addicts a period of time where the only thing they need to focus on is getting better. This is incredibly important for many addicts, especially those who turn to their addiction in times of stress.

Daily schedules filled with one-on-one counselling, group therapy sessions and other types of therapies including fitness and mindfulness therapy are designed to help keep clients busy with activities that will increase their chances of successful recovery. It is a great way to build a solid foundation on which long-term recovery can blossom.

If you are unsure if your gambling habits are a problem, do contact us for a no obligation, free assessment to see how we can help you get your life back on track.

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Exhaustion, fatigue, a lack of motivation, and a sense of being overwhelmed—these feelings, when connected to your work, can affect your whole life. But there is help to help you reclaim your wellbeing.

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Are you struggling to make yourself go to work each day? If so, you’re not alone. This sense of dread and anxiety can stem from a range of causes. At its worst, it can have negative impacts on your mental and physical health outside of the office.

Identifying signs of burnout—also characterised as extreme exhaustion, or a feeling of emotional collapse—can be the first step in learning coping mechanisms necessary to finding greater fulfilment in your career, relationships, and your sense of self.

According to recent research published by Thrive Global, these are the combination of indicators that problems at your job may have gotten out of hand and border on a health risk:

  • You’re not performing as well as you used to.
  • You feel like you have little to no say in what and how much you do.
  • You often don’t know what is expected of you.
  • You don’t have a strong support system in the workplace.
  • Your work does not align with your values.
  • You have lost a sense of balance between work and your social life or outside interests.

If this sounds like you, then there is a way forward.

When Do Work Problems Require Outside Help?

This is a common question we raise at The Cabin Bangkok, where our Western-trained staff specialise in advancing the mental wellness of our own professional clients. Our assessment has parallels with those pointed out by Thrive Global.

We are trained to identify signs of mental health difficulties, whether they are brought on by work, relationships, or sudden life changes—and then design specialised counselling programmes to help you heal.

Some questions we ask struggling clients are: 

  • Are you worrying excessively?
  • Are you feeling negative about the future?
  • Has your appetite, sleep, or schedule changed?
  • Are you finding it difficult to make decisions?
  • Are your relationships suffering?
  • Are you relying on coping mechanisms that might be considered unhealthy?
How to Fight Back

There are a number of lifestyle changes that can be implemented on your own when facing work burnout, as Thrive Global indicates. They advise speaking openly with your supervisor, setting new priorities, taking time off, and changing thought patterns.

But sometimes, these moves are easier said than done. When work issues become particularly overwhelming, it can help to talk them through with a professional who can guide you through the steps necessary to test behavioural and lifestyle changes gradually, at your own pace. There’s no need to go it alone.

The experience of the counsellors at The Cabin Bangkok ranges from confronting career stress to depression to grief to anxiety to relationship struggles to cultural adjustment troubles.

Why Us?

The Cabin Bangkok was the first centre of its kind in Thailand to offer world-class treatment for a range of a mental health issues. We are open late into the evenings for counselling appointments to accommodate your busy schedule, and ensure full anonymity.

We draw upon evidence-based treatments for work-related anxiety and depression, like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Typically, our clients see positive results in multiple aspects of their lives after two or three sessions each week over a period of three months.

We will help you to master the survival skills you need to overcome the burnout that brought you to us in the first place. In cases where more intensive focus is needed, we are able to refer clients to our inpatient rehabilitation centre in Chiang Mai, for a combination of therapy, rest and relaxation in an idyllic spa-like setting.

Contact us today to find out how we can support you in achieving a better work-life balance. The consultation is confidential.

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Low dopamine is both a precursor of addiction and a result of extensive substance abuse. If you are craving drugs, alcohol, gambling or a sugary soda, what your body is really after is another rush of dopamine.  Here are 8 ways to increase your dopamine levels – naturally!

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Treating depression begins by rejecting the stigma that those struggling with their mental health are weak. This stigma can be particularity damaging for professional athletes struggling with depression and other mental illness.

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  • Pro athletes say it’s time to do away with the stigmas associated with depression.
  • Pro #tennis players say it’s time to remove the stigma of #depression from sports and society.

For young people at risk for depression, the tennis world can exacerbate these symptoms, professional athletes recently told The Telegraph.

Twenty-four-year-old Nicole Gibbs, an American who was once the 68th ranked tennis player in the world, suffers from clinical depression and is one of the few athletes who is open about her struggle. She described tennis as fostering a “constant identity crisis.” The “ups and downs” of the sport, she explained, “made things almost unbearable for [her].”

Depression remains a taboo in tennis in particular, and in other competitive sports at large. Pro tennis players often do not speak openly about grappling with mental health issues until they retire, fearing being labelled weak or unfit to compete. Among those who have opened up later in life include Andre Agassi, Pat Cash, and Cliff Richey, according to The Telegraph.

Are You At Risk For Depression?

Tennis is a particularly high-pressure endeavour, due to a barrage of negative feedback, near constant traveling, and neglected social and family bonds. Players describe feeling lonely and homesick, and “breaking down” seemingly without reason.

“If anyone is at risk for depression, tennis is going to amplify it for sure,” Gibbs told The Telegraph.

Experts say that living with great unpredictability, having an unreliable income, and enduring heavy critique of your professional performance can hurt your resilience and amplify symptoms of depression for those prone to it. These conditions are prevalent in the tennis world, as well as for many who have made their lives outside of sports.

But there are many other factors also need to be taken into consideration to determine whether you could be at risk for depression.

  • Genetic Predisposition: If you have a family history of depression, you might be more likely to struggle with it.
  • Isolation: Lacking social connection and support over a long period of time can lead to depression.
  • Big Life Changes: Moving, having a child, getting married, or getting divorced can all trigger mental health struggles.
  • Experiencing the Death of a Loved One: Sadness is a natural part of grieving, but if it lasts months, it could be indicative of something more serious.
  • Sleep Problems: Suffering from a lack of sleep—which many tennis players do, due to jet lag—can contribute to the diagnosis of mood disorders.
  • Other Serious Health Issues: Dealing with the pain and stress of a chronic illness like diabetes or cancer is linked to depression.
  • Substance Abuse: Drug and alcohol abuse can create chemical imbalances in the brain that can lead to depression.
What Are The Symptoms of Depression?

Tennis player Nicole Gibbs first experienced signs of depression when she was in high school, as she was working to go professional. However, she believes her symptoms got worse after she became an adult and the pressure on her—from others and that which she put on herself—increased.

Depressive symptoms require treatment when they are prolonged, have physical effects, or keep you from living the life you want.

They can include:

  • Negative thinking—feeling pessimistic, hopeless, helpless, guilty
  • Fatigue and irritability
  • Changes in sleep patterns—waking up too early, sleeping too much, or being unable to sleep at all
  • Changes to appetite—eating too much or too little, and other digestive issues
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Persisting pain
  • Suicidal thoughts

What Treatment Options Exist?

The most common treatment for clinical depression is medication, of which there are many choices. But while medication helps to ease depressive symptoms, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treats the thought patterns, actions, and feelings associated with depression. This is why CBT is the treatment favoured by The Cabin Bangkok—it has been shown to be twice as effective as medication alone in helping patients recover from depression in the long term.

Our unique CBT method is customised to each individual’s needs and challenges, and is implemented in a one-on-one setting. The goal is emotional stability, empowerment, and realistic thinking.

After two to three therapy sessions a week for two to three months, clients typically leave our program with the tools to cope with depression independently. Our outpatient program in Bangkok allows you to work toward fostering a healthier mind while not taking you away from the life you have worked hard to establish.

Knowing when to seek help for depression is a sign of strength, not weakness. Contact us today for a confidential consultation.

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Psychologists have found a link between narcissistic parents and addiction. The shaming and criticisms of a narcissistic parent can set children up for issues of self-worth, making them more likely to turn to drugs for comfort.  Find out how narcissistic parenting styles create the perfect environment for unhealthy habits in their children.

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  • Narcissistic parenting styles cause a host of problems for children, often including substance abuse.

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. People with this disorder put their own emotional needs before those of others. To those who know them, they may come across as conceited or pretentious, belittle those they consider inferior or become angry and impatient if they do not get special treatment.

Underlying their overt behaviour, however, are secret feelings of insecurity, shame and vulnerability. To ward off these feelings when criticised, they may react with rage or contempt or manipulate the situation so others are to blame.

Narcissists tend not to see others as individuals, but as reflections of themselves, and can be extremely critical of their children.  This causes severe anxiety in kids who are constantly pushing their own personalities, wants and needs aside to serve those of their parents.

These childhood experiences can lead to a host of problems in adulthood, including emotional confusion, poor self-image, intimacy issues – and, often, substance abuse.  Many children of narcissists eventually require addiction treatment.

Signs of a Narcissistic Parent

As narcissists are experts at manipulating and hiding their behaviour, and lack the ability to be self-aware about their narcissism, this complex disorder is a tricky one to detect.  Some common traits of a narcissistic parent are:

  • Attention-seeking

The family’s world revolves around the emotional needs of the narcissist.  Children are sources of attention and adoration, and relationships over which they have complete control.

  • Undermining

Narcissistic parents acknowledge their children’s accomplishments by taking credit for them.  If they cannot, the accomplishment is ignored or diminished.

  • Manipulation

These parents manipulate their kids’ emotions in order to feed on their pain, or feed their ‘narcissistic supply’.  This bizarre behaviour is so common that narcissistic mothers are often termed ‘emotional vampires’.

If the above statements ring true for you, you may have undergone the mistreatment of a parent with NPD – and as a result you could still be living with narcissistic injury today.

Addiction in Children of Narcissistic Parents

Narcissistic parenting can cause considerable emotional damage to their children, who lack the awareness to understand their parents’ behaviour as dysfunctional.  These kids, in turn, internalise their parents’ criticisms and devaluation, believing it is their fault or they are not good enough.  If they were, they would have been loved by that parent.

As adults, children of narcissistic parents may seek to fill this void by looking for love in unhealthy ways. Children of narcissistic parents are more likely to experience problems with addiction – to sex, love, alcohol, drugs and other addictive processes.  These are ways of self-medicating their feelings of inadequacy.

A family history of neglect and emotional abuse is common among addicts.  Dysfunctional family dynamics, such as parents who are egocentric, emotionally unavailable, uncaring or rigid in their parenting styles also negatively affect personality development. Symptoms include of narcissistic parenting include:

  • Low self-esteem, self-doubt
  • Chronic caregiving of others at a cost to your own well-being
  • A total disregard for your personal needs or self-care
  • An ongoing battle with depression or chronic anxiety
  • Nagging pessimism about the future or the world in general
  • Never trusting your own instincts and being constantly taken advantage of
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual addictions or other sexual disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviours
  • Abusive religious or romantic affiliations to take up where your pathological parents fell away
  • Problems with emotional intimacy or jumping from relationship to relationship, fearing abandonment or being alone
  • Substance abuse

Adolescent Years: The Precursors of Addiction

Addictions are most commonly formed during adolescent years.  Narcissistic parents, unfortunately, can be so focused on their own lives that they miss the tell-tale signs of depression or drug abuse in their adolescent children.

It is important to note that drug use and drug abuse are not one and the same thing – many people experiment with drugs in their teen years without developing an unhealthy relationship of dependence. Experimenting is a normal part of growing up, but problems can arise when experimentation does not get nipped in the bud.

The teenage years are a sensitive time of navigating the development from childhood into adulthood. During this time, it is crucial that there is proper guidance and supervision in place. The narcissistic parent, being so caught up in their own story, fails to notice changes in their children’s behavior. Obvious red flags such as major changes in sleeping patterns, friends and academic performance go unnoticed.  Or if noticed the proper steps are not taken, instead the narcissist finds a way to make it all about them, thus allowing what could just be a phase to escalate into full-blown addiction.

The narcissist does not comprehend who their children truly are or what they are going through.  As their children are denied the full love and attention that is optimal for healthy development, this creates a predisposition towards addictive tendencies and a negative self-image that affects all aspects of life.

Seeking Therapy and Addiction Treatment

Although your parent’s narcissistic traits may have negatively impacted you, recovery is possible – it is about improving your life, not about judging your parent. If you feel as if you are self-sabotaging your relationships, career, success and future because of what you might not have gotten in your childhood, there is help and hope.

You do not have to be a slave to your past.  Contact us now and learn more about our effective treatment programming and arrange a confidential assessment.

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