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Thai Rehab Collaborates With World Renowned Specialist

Bangkok, Thailand, 27th March, 2012

DARA, Asia’s first and leading rehab resort, today announced an important collaboration with world renowned addiction specialist, Roland F. Williams, MA, LAADC, ICADC, NCAC II, ACRPS, SAP, (

DARA Treatment Program Director, Martin Peters, BA (Hons), Dip HE, RN, is delighted to be working with such an esteemed expert in the fields of addiction treatment, relapse prevention therapy and cross cultural counseling. “As the leading international destination for drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Asia, DARA already has a highly qualified and experienced team that shares a common therapeutic philosophy. What Roland provides is an all-important external peer review to ensure we maintain and expand upon the excellence we have already achieved,” said Peters.

While this will be Mr. Williams second visit to DARA, this time he will be doing more than accompanying a client. His ten day on-site program audit will include a clinical and programmatic assessment, the fine tuning of diagnostic and age specific treatment models as well as the examination of program materials used to improve treatment outcomes. Mr. Williams stated, “I enjoyed my time at DARA and I am very impressed with their team and vision. Their goal of providing the highest quality rehabilitation at the most affordable price has my respect and admiration – this makes quality treatment available to those who historically have not been able to afford it”.

Mr. Williams continued, “Twelve step programs can be effective, but not for everyone. As an industry we should support alternatives to the twelve step philosophy and this is a key reason why I am working with DARA”. The foundation of DARA’s therapeutic philosophy is CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Seeing addiction as a behavioral issue rather than a disease, CBT tackles the underlying problems behind addiction. This is markedly different to faith-based, twelve step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

Lastly, Mr. Williams is impressed by the cultural diversity embodied and accommodated by DARA, “One size does not fit all… People of different cultures, vocations, sexuality and gender often have different issues that need to be honored and addressed in rehabilitation”.

Mr. Williams sits on the CAADAC (California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors) board and is a member of the NAADAC (National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors) Trainers Academy. As a lecturer and motivational speaker, Mr. Williams is an internationally recognized, powerful and inspirational orator who regularly performs seminars, workshops and keynote presentations. He routinely conducts staff training, skills building and program development for numerous treatment centers located in Argentina, France, Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United States, including the prestigious Betty Ford Center. A frequent lecturer in Addiction Studies, Mr. Williams has taught at many respected tertiary institutions including the University of California and the University of Texas. An author of numerous recovery related articles, Mr. Williams has also developed a culturally specific relapse prevention model for African Americans and other under-served populations, including three books published on the subject. Mr. Williams has made numerous radio and television appearances, including the Biography Channel’s segment on Marvin Gaye as well as the HBO special ‘Addicted’.


Asia’s first and leading rehab resort, DARA (Drug & Alcohol Rehab Asia) is a world-class rehabilitation center located on the tropical island paradise of Koh Chang, Thailand. Helping thousands of clients from over 50 countries start a new life, DARA’s organizational goal is to provide affordably priced professional and effective drug and alcohol treatment.

For more information, please contact Mr. Warasurase (Top) Rupasut, DARA – Marketing Manager, via mobile phone at +66 (0)8 1347 4667 or via email at

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