Bhavana Phuket, a medically licensed
rehabilitation and detoxification centre in Phuket, Thailand, has
created a new range of programmes aimed at helping executives and
professionals Beat addiction without significantly disrupting
Bhavana's flagship Beat (Bhavana Evaluation
Assessment Treatment) programmes has been designed to require a
stay of as little as seven days to achieve detox from alcohol
dependence and begin the rehabilitation process.
Bhavana Founder and CEO, Dr Kai Goh, an
international addiction specialist and the visionary behind Beat, said
the programmes were also suitable to address addictions to
sleeping pills, prescription drugs, opiates and party drugs,
though these programmes may require a slightly longer commitment
of up to ten days.
"The Beat programmes are short-term
addiction management programmes, available to anyone who is not
yet ready to fully commit to a comprehensive treatment programme
or who does not have the time available due to professional commitments," said Dr Goh, a former addiction specialist with
world-renowned The Priory in London who also has a psychiatric
practice dealing with addiction in London's Knightsbridge.
Dr Goh said the Beat short-term programmes were feasible and
effective because of Bhavana's status as the region's only fully
medically licensed rehab centre, allowing it to operate as a
specialised detox hospital.
"This is a critical difference
compared to other rehab centres," Dr Goh explained. "The inhouse
detox facility guarantees a safe and smooth transition from
medical detox to counselling in the competent hands of the same
multi-disciplined and fully qualified team. At Bhavana, counselling intentionally starts parallel to the physical detox.
This reduces the risk of patients who have successfully detoxed to
become unwilling to start the psychological work crucial to a
successful longer-term rehabilitation."
detoxification treatment restores the patient's physical health,
Dr Goh said, supported by a clinical team, providing a crucial
opportunity to gain understanding and insight into the personal
issues that have led to the individual's dependency.
The Beat programmes are often followed by an
extensive outpatient programme, which can be undertaken in Bangkok
or other regional centres, providing patients with a flexible yet
effective longer-term solution to their addiction.
Bhavana's treatment programmes have been designed and created by
leaders in their field at Cottonwood in the US and adapted to the
Asian environment. The centre's credentials are further enhanced
through the strong support from addiction specialists at The
Priory in London and Promises in Singapore, all amongst the
world's top centres for treatment of addiction.
the centre's personalized programmes is the Best Life
Health Assessment, a bespoke diagnostic tool specially designed by Dr Goh to help the treatment team quickly and efficiently assess
the patient's physical and emotional health prior to formulating
an individually tailored treatment program.
Both the Beat and Best programmes are administered by fully qualified medical
professionals and Masters-level counsellors from the renowned,
field-leading Hazelden and Mayo clinics in the United States.
"Bhavana came about from my observations that addictions to
drugs, alcohol, gambling, and sexual compulsivity were increasing
on a vast scale throughout South East Asia," Dr Goh said.
"Addiction takes many forms today. Alcohol remains a major
problem. But we are also facing a fast-growing issue of sleeping
pill addiction in Asia. It's a significant problem here, they are
perhaps prescribed too freely, and it's a tough addiction to
Addiction often has its roots in underlying
emotional or mental circumstances, he added, referred to as dual
diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. By treating the whole person
and total condition, patients have a better chance of achieving
long lasting recovery.
"Therefore, we focus on an
integrative approach that combines clinical treatment for
addictions and life process understanding and skills," Dr Goh
said. "Inhouse detoxification, 24-hour medical supervision and
thorough relapse prevention, followup and after-care programmes
form an integral part of any Bhavana programmes."
Bhavana's team of specialists are accustomed to helping
patients coping with a varied range of both substance dependence
and behavioural addictions, from over-the-counter and prescription
drugs, painkillers, sleeping pills, alcohol and illegal substances
such as cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin.
addictions included internet addiction, addiction to pornography,
compulsive shopping, gambling and also sexual compulsivity. Forms
of anxiety, various phobias and post-traumatic stress, although
not addictions, were also disorders that could be
treated using Bhavana's integrated approach.
offers short and long-term programmes including medical detox for
safe alcohol or drug withdrawal and a genuine medical and
therapeutic addiction treatment facility, licensed as a hospital
by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand. The centre is
located on a serene and very private beachfront estate in Southern
Phuket, with international flight access close at hand yet a level
of seclusion and natural beauty which ensures the Best possible
start to each patient's recovery.
"We believe that the
most effective path to healing and recovery is an integrative
approach that combines clinical treatment for addictions and life
process understanding and skills," Dr Goh said.
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