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South East Asian clinic reveals MENA addiction trends

The Cabin Group, in Chang Mai, is currently helping a range of clients including students in higher education, business executives and parents

South East Asian clinic reveals MENA addiction trends

George Andrawis, Salam programme director and MENA ambassador at Salam.

Clients using a South East Asian addiction clinic designed specifically for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, predominantly come from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The Cabin Group, in Chang Mai, has launched Asia’s first MENA treatment programme, called Salam, an eight-week programme in both Arabic and English.

A spokesperson for the group also revealed that the top three primary addictions for the MENA region are alcohol, cannabis and methamphetamine, while clients are multinational and include students in higher education, business executives and parents.

George Andrawis, Salam programme director, said: “Addicts in the MENA region often feel excluded from society. Although this is not a unique experience to addicts, there’s another level of complexity around it within our region.

“Having personal experience of this discrimination allows me to relate to my clients, and to use our joint experiences to build an alliance. We pride ourselves in developing a service that is both encompassing and inclusive and offers continuity of care to both the clients and their families alike.” 

Salam have also launched the first Arabic Narcotics Anonymous meeting in South East Asia. Meetings are twice weekly onsite and are open to current/former clients and guest speakers.

The Cabin Group are effective in treating substance abuse, process addiction, underlying causes of addiction and mental health issues which co-occur with addiction.

Psychological treatments are delivered in individual and group sessions and include: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), trauma release exercises (TRE) and psycho-dynamic and intercultural techniques.

These are combined with holistic therapies, including physical training, yoga, Thai massage, meditation and mindfulness and experiential therapies such as kayaking, jungle trekking and cycling tours.

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