A Queensland jockey reveals what really goes on behind the walls of a rehabilitation treatment facility.
Going to rehab might seem like a luxury for spoilt celebrities who get to enjoy a luxury resort with swimming pools, day beds, fancy suites and five-star service.
But the reality for most people is different.
As Queensland jockey Chris Maund discovered, rehab is no holiday but a process that takes commitment and hard work.
Battling a meth addiction, Maund checked into The Cabin, the Thai rehab centre that made headlines after it was revealed TV personality Grant Denyer and his wife had been recent guests.
Denyer has denied reports they were being treated for drug addiction, saying they were suffering from exhaustion.
After an injury to his collarbone in 2006, Maund, a Toowoomba local, developed a dependency on over-the-counter and prescription pain medication.
He later moved to methamphetamine to help control his weight.
In 2012 the then 31-year-old was banned from race riding for six months after testing positive to the drug.
"I moved to meth because that seemed to help with my weight and to wean myself off the pain meds," he says.
A third of patients at The Cabin, in Chiang Mai, are from Australia and a four-week stay will set a client back about $A12,000.
Maund spent six weeks at the remote rehab centre, a one-hour flight from Bangkok, trying to conquer his addiction.
He says he emerged from it well on the road to recovery.
Australian psychologist and after-care provider for The Cabin, Cameron Brown, says the patients he sees are mostly "high-functioning adults" from all walks of life.
Previous patients include former Libertines lead singer Pete Doherty.
"Occupations are as wide reaching as teachers to bankers, professional athletes to pilots, lawyers to students and CEOs to housewives," he says.
Four years after the opening of The Cabin, the upmarket rehab facility has treated more than 800 people.
Brown says it has a program completion rate of 96 per cent and a recovery rate that's among the highest in the world.
Every day in rehab follows a similar schedule, beginning at 7.45am with breakfast.
That's followed by a morning focus group where staff check in with what has been happening for individuals overnight or the previous day.
Then it's group exercise time, such as yoga or Pilates.
At 11.30am patients have cognitive behaviour therapy, which helps residents to understand the behaviours that led to their substance abuse.
After lunch the afternoon is spent on one-on-one personal training, counselling, therapeutic massage or homework.
Evenings often involve meditation workshops, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings or a workshop on relapse prevention.
And then it's dinnertime with the day wrapping up by 9.30pm. On Sunday, residents get to go to the beach or enjoy a fishing trip.
A year on from his time at The Cabin, Maund is back in the saddle and embracing what he describes as "his new life".
The jockey says he's in "high spirits after a rollercoaster year" that's taken him from the lowest to the highest point of his life.
Woman's Day reported last month that Denyer and his wife Chezzi had booked into the facility to treat a drug addiction.
Denyer and the centre have denied this, saying they had been battling chronic fatigue and exhaustion from an unknown stomach illness, as well as anxiety, PTSD and executive burnout.
Six ways to support your loved one through a drug or alcohol addiction:
- Reduce substance use or alcohol consumption around the individual
- Provide informal and formal (professional) support
- Attend support groups for family members
- Build your own knowledge of addiction through professionals and support bodies
- Avoid judging and comparisons
- Increase positive activities through time with family or socialise with friends
Source: The Cabin