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If you are supporting a friend, family member or an intimate partner in their efforts to recover from addiction and mental health disorders, you will be faced with choices. You will need to work with your loved one on the timing, place, cost, scope and goals of their recovery.
At first instance, this responsibility can feel overwhelming, both to the suffering person and to members of their support network. But with an open spirit and mindful attention to the available choices, together you can arrive at the best treatment approach. This page will describe what you can expect from The Beekeeper House Thailand so that you and your loved one can assess how our programme fits your needs.
The Beekeeper House directs its efforts towards the treatment of comprehensive care and the co-existence of addiction and mental health issues. The simultaneous presence of these conditions requires a more thorough and holistic approach than what is conventionally offered at a recovery centre.
When people experience co-occurring addiction and mental health issues, they often respond best to integrative treatment practices, ones that blend Eastern philosophy and Western techniques. As an organization with Buddhist roots, The Beekeeper House Thailand offers a full complement of such practices. Here, the spirit, mind and body of your loved one will all have opportunities to heal and grow.
Addiction can damage, and even fracture, relationships with friends, family and intimate partners. The decision to seek recovery offers the potential to repair those relationships. Those who seek recovery benefit from informed and encouraging people who are willing to support them. As a support person, treatment seekers will need your input as they chart out their treatment course, take stock of their resources and establish their goals.
For both individuals with co-occurring disorders and the support teams behind them, it is important to establish strong and effective communication about treatment. Since addiction and untreated mental health conditions can disrupt relationships, they can complicate a person’s effort to seek recovery, or to support someone who is doing so.
The pursuit of recovery can be a source of great relief, comfort and hope to those harmed by addiction or mental health symptoms. Treatment can also sometimes foster anxiety, sadness or even anger. If these occur, it is important to make room for all of these feelings to coexist and to acknowledge them all. Doing so keeps treatment conversations constructive and honest.
Information from our clients’ support networks can be useful in tailoring the Beekeeper’s programme to best fit their needs. Each client has a preliminary assessment by phone or videoconference. The assessment is completed before arrival at the Thailand recovery centre.
If done in a spirit of love, this can be a wonderful opportunity for those in the support network to provide their perspectives about how issues manifest in their lives. That information helps our treatment staff get a full scope of the challenges and opportunities that treatment will address.
The Beekeeper House is located in the province of Chiang Mai, surrounded by the serenity of northern Thailand’s mountains. The area is home to ancient temples and is magnificently verdant, making this setting particularly conducive to physiological, emotional and spiritual recovery.
The initial assessment builds on the preliminary assessment and consists of a holistic evaluation by a team that includes a physician and a therapist. The Beekeeper House Thailand medical team coordinates their approach to evaluate clients’ medical detoxification needs.
Most needs for detoxification can be managed in-house at The Beekeeper House. However, detoxes requiring more extensive treatment can be conducted at the partner Hospital in Chiang Mai. After safe detoxification clients can return to The Beekeeper to participate in various programmes.
In addition to a physical detox, many people will require a sort of “social detox.” This helps them focus on their recovery work, and allows them to establish clearer boundaries and more effective routines. For this reason, phone and social media communication are likely to be limited in the early phases of treatment.
These limits also help communication to be clear and intentional and reduce the client’s risk of feeling emotionally reactive or overwhelmed.
How we work
As a support person, the more you understand the treatment model that The Beekeeper House utilises, the more likely you’ll be able to help your treatment-seeking loved one arrive at the best choice. The treatment approach at The Beekeeper House is comprehensive, inclusive, affirming and compassionate. As an organisation founded on Buddhist principles and rooted in a deeply spiritual ethos, The Beekeeper House blends the wisdom of ancient philosophies with the most effective treatments developed by modern medicine and psychology. What follows is a detailed look at the offerings of The Beekeeper House.
The programmes at The Beekeeper House include residential treatment and planning for an aftercare programme. Each is designed to treat a client’s needs while addressing the issues at hand.
Residential treatment is a type of treatment where clients live for weeks or months at a centre, using that time to concentrate on their recovery efforts from substance use disorders or mental health issues. It allows treatment seekers to be in the company of others committed to co-occurring treatment and recovery, and allows them to experience healing activities throughout the entire day.
During residential treatment, clients learn how to live without the use of addictive substances or processes, and how to effectively manage chronic mental health conditions.
To accomplish this, The Beekeeper House offers high levels of medical, mental health and spiritual support. Clients also have significant responsibilities in residential treatment and are expected to participate in individual and group therapy on a daily basis.
Medical care at The Beekeeper House’s residential treatment programme is offered to clients on a daily basis, and as needed. Upon commencement at the centre, clients meet one-on-one with a medical provider and a qualified therapist to determine what specific medical treatment and care they require during their stay. This allows clients to gain a sense of the physical, emotional and spiritual impacts of addiction. Meeting with these providers also creates opportunities for implementing healing strategies and developing more robust body-mind connections.
Therapy is the primary vehicle for a client’s recovery efforts. It’s often in these relationships that a person with an addiction or an untreated mental health condition learns to develop a sense of trust & mutual, healthy cooperation with another individual. In turn, these help clients develop insights into the thought & behaviour patterns that lead to the development of problematic behaviours and resultant consequences. Through therapy, clients gain valuable insights into their inner lives, develop a sense of self-awareness, and establish the accountability needed for necessary healthy outcomes in their life.
While many recovery centres create 28-day treatment programmes, The Beekeeper House recommends a 90-day treatment regimen, with a highly advised minimum stay of 35 days for those unable to stay for the full 90 days. The evidence base in Western medicine is strongest for this extended approach. This type of long-term recovery offers comprehensive treatment that can help even the most complex co-occurring conditions achieve better outcomes.
The Beekeeper House Thailand is located in the majestic and serene mountains of the Chiang Mai province. With abundant access to nature trails, forests and natural springs, it is a space that has been specifically selected and designed to facilitate peaceful recovery efforts. The centre is located near Chiang Mai’s capital city (also called Chiang Mai) and is 680 km (425 mi) from the national capital, Bangkok.
After arrival in Chiang Mai city by aeroplane or bus, a private transportation service will greet your loved one and transport them to The Beekeeper House grounds. They will receive an orientation to the recovery centre and to the surrounding area. Meals and accommodations will be provided for the duration of their stay.
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The next steps
The work of addiction treatment fosters a stronger sense of value, self-respect and hope in a person with co-occurring disorders. However, during residential treatment, participants do not experience the demands and stress of normal life. When it’s time to leave The Beekeeper House Centre and embark upon the rest of their recovery, they’ll need to have your support to create a viable plan for navigating daily challenges.
Aftercare is the way through which The Beekeeper House provides answers to these needs. It is during this time that participants will establish the healthy habits that comprise the foundation of sober living. As a support person, you will be an integral part of a strong aftercare plan. The treatment team will begin creating this plan early in the recovery process, addressing long-term medical, behavioural and spiritual needs. That means it will be important for you to identify yourself as a real support person early before or as treatment begins.
The more thorough the aftercare treatment plan is, the more likely it will provide your loved one with the critical infrastructure of a sustainable recovery. Aftercare connects participants with available local resources, referrals, ongoing mental health appointments, 12-step-based recovery programmes, group therapy and other sources of support.
When an informed, loving network of support is in place, meaningful recovery from co-occurring disorders becomes possible. This page has been written to help you understand what your loved one will experience in treatment so that you can offer support that is consistent, sustainable and healthy. The Beekeeper House strives to support those who support its clients, and as such, you’ll find many resources for loved ones available on this website. We also encourage you to talk with us about your experiences with the client.