Several years ago I was approached to set up and run a substance addiction rehab clinic in the Philippines. However, at the time I had just left a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Thailand, that I had help build and market for about 6 years. It was time for a break. I needed a few years off prior to getting back into the industry. The strain of always worrying about other peoples issues and problems had taken a toll on my health, physically and mentally, and my family. I was looking after everyone else without taking care of myself.
Recently, I started a similar website to this for the centers in Thailand and I was asked to do something similar for rehabs in the Philippines as well. So I will be working on this site and getting as much information up as I can for the people that need it.
My belief on drug and alcohol rehab in the Philippines, and everywhere else for that matter, is that one program is not necessarily better than the next (many are quite similar in terms of the actual programs). Rather, one program will be better for a specific person. A drug and alcohol rehabilitation program should suit ones needs and core beliefs, in order to be most effective in providing the potential for lasting recovery.
I have written a considerable amount about drug and alcohol rehabilitation in the Philippines, as well as the rest of the world and been invited to a considerable number of centers over the years. This is in addition to my role at 20 bed and 40 bed luxury rehabs in Thailand.
When running the center in Thailand, I recruited a number of therapists from the rehabs in the Philippines and found I was very impressed with their depth of knowledge and skills. Their training was excellent and they worked very well with our international client base. Many came from a personal addiction background.
My dream in the future would be to see many different rehabs in the Philippines offering a few different evidence based programs that can cater to the specific needs of each individual. To date I only know of one truly individual program in the world where there are no groups. This is a luxury villa in Australia, with a chef, personal trainers and whatever treatment or therapy you need is brought to you. That is a truly tailor-made program. However as you would expect, due to the cost associated with that level of treatment, it is really only for the rich since it can easily run well over $ 100,000 US Dollars for a one month program. If you are in that category and would like information on getting into the program let me know and I can have them get in touch with you directly.
You will also find I love cartoons and I believe there is nothing wrong with adding a little humor to what can be a very dismal topic so you will see a number of these on the site. If we can still laugh at ourselves things can get better.
If you are looking to change and want help get in touch with me on the contact page, I will do whatever I can to put you in contact with the people who can help you.
My mentor use to always say: Do what you have always done and you will get what you have always gotten. When you are looking to change your drinking or drug behavior it is probably time to try something different.