To combat the growing problem of addiction, Astute, a centre specialising in addiction treatment, recently opened its doors, offering treatment in issues to do with alcohol, drug and process addiction like gambling, sex and food. To tackle the problem, Astute uses methods that are custom tailored to each individual using evidence based approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and 12 step facilitation modality.
Themed, “In the Eyes of the World”, Astute also offers an array of services when it comes to support and treatment from assessments, counselling, therapy as well as psychoeducation, which include follow up and after care and priority access to their rehabilitation partner, The Dawn, in Chiang Mai.
In today’s world, addiction need not cover just dependence on drugs or alcohol but also encompasses a range of highly stimulating, potentially addictive, behaviours which are referred to as ‘process’ addictions. These include gambling, compulsive sexuality, overeating and many more.
As addiction receives more awareness and understanding, the treatment and rehabilitation process also diversifies to meet more specific needs when it comes to what works best for different individuals. The professionals in Astute are certified under the International Center for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE) initiatives of the Colombo Plan. The Colombo plan is the oldest collective inter-governmental effort to strengthen economic and social development of member countries in the Asia-Pacific region. This includes training, professionalising and expanding the global drug demand reduction
Astute, started by group executive chairman, Y.M. Tengku Uzzaam Uzir, was launched by Y.A.M. Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah. As part of the event, Y.A.M. Tengku Zatashah also witnessed the formalisation of the International Consortium of Addiction Related Organisations (ICARO). ICARO is a platform with a common goal to fight addiction on an international level. ICARO is a joint effort of 10 countries – Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Australia.