ADDICTION ASSESSMENT, REFERRAL & CASE MANAGEMENT
Alpha is a Sober Living House, not a rehab, but we do offer assessment and referral into residential detox and rehab. Where appropriate we also offer case management, which means that after we have assessed and referred you, we can carry on working with you and the rehab.
Alastair has a good working relationship with most of the Thai rehabs and a vast range of experience in working in all levels of care in the addiction treatment field. He is very well placed to assess individuals and ascertain the level of care you or your loved ones may need with regard to addiction treatment and/or mental health services. As one of the premier speakers and innovators in the field, Alastair has a large global network and joint works with many of the world’s leading treatment centres and service providers, including drug and alcohol rehabs, process addiction treatment services, escorts interventionists and sober coaches.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT REHAB
Some of the things you should look for in inpatient detox and rehab facilities for drug and alcohol addiction in Thailand (and indeed, globally) should include the following;
- Licensed by Thai Ministry of Health – All of the well-established centres in Thailand are licensed by the Thai Ministry of Health. These centres have a rehab license as well as a medical license.
- Multi-disciplinary teams – this should include a bare minimum of a medical doctor, nursing cover 24/7, counsellors, and possibly a resident psychologist.
- A distinct programme/curriculum/syllabus – All centres should have their own therapeutic protocol.
- Individualized modules – higher quality centres should have specific modules or treatment ‘streams’ (tracts) for differing demographics and addictions (e.g. sex addiction tract, women’s programme etc)
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR
Some of the things you should beware of are;
Over promising and under delivering. Some treatment centres (not all) over promise and under deliver. This is where it is useful to have a ‘case manager’ who has referred you or your loved on into treatment and who will receive you after treatment to continue with your secondary stage treatment/aftercare. Case managers can advocate for you or your family member and ensure timely reports, appropriate allocation (getting the right counsellor) and family involvement where appropriate (as this is shown to be one of the most effective factors in long term sobriety)
After care programmes that never happen – some rehabs offer aftercare but in reality they either do not provide it or offer poor quality service post treatment. This is another good reason to procure the services of outpatient practitioners who can provide proper in depth aftercare. The riskiest time for relapse is immediately after treatment. It is a false economy to spend money on expensive treatment and then step down immediately to low level support or no support at all. (see outpatient and sober living services below).
Poor communication – many centres are extremely busy and it is very easy for you or your loved ones to fall between the cracks. Having a case manager to refer you into treatment reduces this risk by increasing accountability on the part of the treatment centre managers.