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On October 5th, in conjunction with the soon upcoming World Mental Health Day, the grand opening of “The Mind Hub”, a center for mental health services, took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hosted by the Malaysian Mental Health Association, the launch was attended by numerous prominent figures in the field of mental health.


International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed yearly on 26th of June. To commemorate significant day in 2019, Emeritus - Addiction Studies in collaboration with Solace and the Asia Metropolitan University, have organized the International Recovery Conference(IRC 2019) from the 17th -19th of June, at the Equatorial Hotel in the Unesco World Heritage city of Malacca.

Treatment Efficacy of Marijuana

The NIDA in 2019 also suggests that most people who frequently use large amounts of marijuana reports the following; having lower life satisfaction overall, having poorer mental health state, subjugating to poorer physical health, and are subdued by more relationship problems (both interpersonal and intrapersonal communication being affected).


With eleven criteria used to asses each facility, Solace is proud to announce to have been awarded a 5-star rating by the National Anti-Drugs Agency Director-General CP Dato' Sri Zulkifli Bin Abdullah, ranking at the highest of its category in Malaysia.

Life after Marijuana Dependency

Marijuana is the most commonly used recreational drug (World Drug Report, 2015) but there has been very little evidence on what it is like being a user of marijuana who is in recovery. This brings upon the question of “what are the effects of heavy users who have abused drugs before who have currently quit using?

Addiction: How to discover it and how to treat it? Dialogue with the psychologist Specialist in the treatment of addiction Premkumar Shanmagham

Questions answered by the psychologist specializing in addiction treatment Premkumar Shanmugam in this interview

Opium, Addiction Treatment and the War For and Against the West

The last thing you want is a parrot invading your poppy fields and eating your poppy! That is, if you are an opium farmer from India…


For Solace Sabah, the month of March began with another educational presentation by CEO and Clinical Director Dr. Prem Kumar Shanmugam.

Sweating for a Good Cause: Cycling the Way to Addiction Awareness.

As part of its 2019 social responsibility program, Solace Asia together with various federal government representatives and agencies such as......


For Solace and its Clinical Director Dr. Prem Shanmugam, the new year started with an official invitation to present at the first 2019 addiction science conference in the country.

Eels, opioid deaths and caffeine in Thames: A watch out call

Imagine this: the lord of death has arrived and is in a mood to award you a boon. It tells you, “Dear…, your time in the world is up. But given that I am on a high, I am letting you live. But death will come to you nonetheless. You can either die by overdose of opioids or by a motor vehicle crash. The choice is yours!” And the deity simply disappears.

Why do people take drugs?

I was reading a Time magazine post about how Kay Warren, an American woman, fought drug use in her family. It is a horrible tale. Her younger brother fell prey to heroin addiction and pretty much lost everything. Then it took tons and tons of forgiveness, love and courage by that family to reclaim his life. He was virtually dragged back from hell leaving a trail of destruction and awe.


The renowned 5th APBAM 2018 – Asia Pacific Behavioral and Addiction Medicine Conference held at the Furama Riverfront Hotel


Jointly organized by the University Sultan Zainal Abidin in collaboration with other public universities in the country.

When life has more meaning to offer, why not “live for life”

It has been a while since I last had a chance to sit down and put some thoughts together….


The 12th National Drugs Prevention Conference “PREVENT 2018” was inaugurated on October 22nd at the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia.


The Solace Sabah family will once more be involved in what is an awareness campaign that began its first celebration in the year 1992.


Despite the country’s continuous effort to eradicate substance abuse, cases of individuals charged by...

The Solace Continuum: Unique and Scientific Aftercare Program

Addiction treatment and care, even as it helps to find the rhythm of your life, always runs the risk you going back to the state of chaos. It has a name: relapse. And at Solace Asia, it has a solution; it has a phrase: The Solace Continuum.


Community education and public awareness are two major activities Solace Asia is often involved and prides itself with.


Solace Sabah has made another important step forward, by certifying the first batch of Recovery Support Coaches in Malaysia.


The Kuala Lumpur Nicotine Addiction International Conference 2018 (KLNAC 2018), in Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur.

Complications of Polysubstance Abuse

Drug addiction is a formidable foe. Needing an often-illegal substance just as much as you need food or water is not a nice thing, to say the least. Some addicts abuse one drug while some abuse numerous. The case is generally classified as polysubstance addiction when the number of simultaneously abused substances reaches three or more. Sounds like a sticky situation, right?


The 10th MMA Primary Care Conference took place over the weekend at the beautiful Pacific Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu.


On Friday 06th of April 2018, Solace Sabah celebrated its 4th year in operation since its establishment.


on Wednesday 21st of March 2018.


The Erada International Addiction Conference took place on the 2nd & 3rd of March 2018 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, UAE.

Eating Habits in Addiction: Health & Nutrition

“The damage caused by substance abuse may appear to be severe and have significant impact; however, it can be reversed through a proper and structured diet.” -Cathaline Tangau (Solace Nutritionist)

5th Asia Pacific Rim International Counsellors & Psychotherapists Conference Singapore

Organized by the Singapore Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors

19th ISAM Annual Conference Addiction Medicine: New Frontier

Held for the first time in the Gulf Region

HITC 2017 - Health in The City 2017

Hosted by the award-winning magazine Health Today Malaysia

ICAAD 2017 - International Conference on Addiction and Associated Disorders 

Held at the Royal Garden Hotel, in Kensington London

Rehabilitation from Addiction and the Middle East: Malaysia & Solace Asia

Drug addiction is present in most, if not all societies and cultures. In the Middle East specifically addiction has been on a sharp rise.

Solace Asia to Open Office in Abu Dhabi

As part of our efforts to expand our scope of treatment, a Solace representative office is currently being established in the capital of the United Arab Emirates,

Solace at Erada International Addiction Conference

Held at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, UAE, the Erada International Addiction Conference (EIA) takes place on the 2nd & 3rd of March 2018.

Alone on Valentine’s Day?

Loneliness is a common emotion, albeit an unpleasant one. Although many factors can cause a feeling of loneliness, it is most commonly attributed to the simple state of being alone or isolated, especially for prolonged periods of time. The feeling may also be amplified when someone finds themselves alone at times which people generally spend together, such as Christmas or Valentine’s day. Sounds sad, doesn’t it? Being alone on Valentine’s day? Well, it doesn’t have to be.

What Causes Someone to Have an Eating Disorder (ED)?

There are many ways eating disorders would pervert the act of eating.

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) And Addiction

Some addicts do not isolate on purpose. Some actually have an underlying disorder that predisposes them to isolation. Social anxiety disorder or SAD is a grim reality for some addicts. With addiction, it is considered a dual diagnosis.

New Age Addiction: Desomorphine

There's a drug that's capable of changing humans to become crocodiles or zombies. It's cheaper and easier to produce than Heroin.

The Difference Between Medical and Non-Medical Detoxification

Drugs and alcohol take some time to exit the body's system. Detoxification is a necessary step in becoming alcohol and drug-free.

The Cause of addiction in the LGBTQ Community: Discrimination and Trauma

Like institutionalised racism and sexism, many LGBTQs suffer from legalised "heterosexism". It is no wonder that the ratio for substance abuse between non-LGBTQs and LGBTQs has been reported as 3:10.

Addiction Treatment For Women

There's an imperative need to recognise ways in which women can be treated for addiction. In treating women, it's important to realize that gender, relations with family and friends; play an important role.

Me, Me, Me – Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Addiction

For the narcissist, the world revolves around the self. Everything and everyone around them serve only one purpose: to please the narcissist.

Drug Addiction and its Treatment in Malaysia

Drug Addiction in Malaysia has had an incremental history in spite of desperate measures by the government to prevent such things from happening. The ubiquity and pervasiveness of drugs has been due to the small time drug dealers who operate in the private spaces of the young due to having access to easier means of communication such as the ability to be online and connected through mobile and computing devices.

Unrealistic Expectations in Recovery

What can we expect of our recovery? Can we expect a big house, lots of money, a successful career or all of these at once? Maybe, maybe not – that all depends on how much effort we are willing to work the basics of recovery.

The New Danger: Online Drugs

Drugs can be purchased just about anywhere and by any means. It is not simply sold by scrawny, suspicious, dirty-looking street-peddlers, as the old cliché would depict them as; but ubiquitously.

The Drug Issue in Southeast Asia: THE Golden Triangle

The Drug Issue in Southeast Asia: The Latest Updates from the Golden Triangle.

Sports Gambling - A Controversial Issue

Sports gambling is a form of betting on sports events. The higher the stakes, the greater the high. It has the potential to become an addiction.

Why Gambling is an addiction

Other addictions are easier to detect than gambling because there are many fallacies and myths, which keep problem gamblers at ease with their addiction.

Acceptance In Recovery

Addicts do not suffer from an addiction to drugs, alcohol, nor behavioural addiction. These are merely symptoms of a life denied of acceptance. What's fundamentally at the root of addiction is a lack or denial of acceptance.

Personality Traits of Alcoholic Children

Growing up in an alcoholic home, will leave alcoholic children in roles that would cause a life of pain.

Addiction Coping Mechanisms: The Masks We Wear, Part 2

Welcome back to learning about the masks we wear in addiction. This article is part 2 of a 2-part series on "Addictive Coping Mechanisms: The masks we wear."

Binge Drinking as a symptom of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

Alcohol Use Disorder or AUD is a problem. Anyone with a drinking problem who meets 2 out of the 11 question criteria of AUD will be diagnosed as AUD. This can range from mild binge drinking to severe alcoholism. In all this, binge drinking is a defining symptom of this illness.

How Peer Pressure is a gateway to Addiction

Pressure here refers to any stimuli that pushed the addict towards an addiction. It could be that a family member or friend was abusing substances, and steered the addict towards it. Or it could be the absence of care provided by loved ones who were not aware of what was happening to their loved ones.

Addiction Coping Mechanisms Part 1 - The Masks We Wear

Everyone uses masks to entertain their various roles in society. The masks people wear can be equated to the many hats we wear for the roles we play.

What is Codependency?

Codependency is an addiction to others. It is a relationship addiction. In the beginning, it was used only in reference to loved ones of alcoholics or drug addicts.

The Importance of Emotional Sobriety

It's not just addicts who dream about being emotionally sober. It's everyone's dream to be able to be calm in stressful situations. Yet, for the addict, such transformations to higher levels of emotional well-being is a must.

Character Defects Or Flaws - A list of major defects.

Character Defects Or Flaws - A comprehensive list of the major defects. One of the main reasons why addicts suffer in recovery is due to their character flaws.

The Matrix Model of Drug Treatment

The Matrix model is an integrative model for treating drugs. The model helps to treat drug addiction such as cocaine and methamphetamines. The Matrix model was invented by Dr. Richard Rawson.

What are Central Nervous System Depressants? How does it work?

Central nervous system or CNS depressants are chemicals that slow down brain activity.

Why Counselling is important for Gambling

Addiction is a disease of perception. This is ever more so apparent with pathological gambling.

Virtual Drug Deals - The cyber danger

Drugs can be purchased just about anywhere and by any means. It is not simply sold by scrawny, suspicious, dirty-looking street-peddlers, as the old cliché would depict them as.

Tobacco! When smoking turns into a slippery habit for addicts

Introducing the interloper, “Nicotine”, the substitute addiction deserving of no attention in the recovery cart.

Binge Eating Treatment

There are a number of treatment options available for Binge Eaters to overcome the problem of binge eating.

Treatment for Hashish Addiction

Hash or hashish is a drug made from the same substance as marijuana. It contains THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). As a result of that, it has acute addictive and withdrawal effects.

Trauma as cause for addiction

Survivors of trauma will thus suffer from post-traumatic stress illness (PTSI). PTSI is a comorbidity among addicts. This means that addicts could be suffering PTSI alongside addiction.

Herbal Treatment for Drug Addiction

The NHS (National Health Services) in the U.K. has noted that some herbal remedies may be unsafe for your health.

Drug addiction among young people / Adolescents in the Middle East.

Youths in the Middle East, face a mental health crisis. But, local attitudes towards mental health are scornful and judgmental. This is due to the conservative nature of Middle Eastern states.

Cocaine Addiction and Treatment

In seeking that "high", cocaine use develops into an addiction due to tolerance. The damage results when cocaine replaces everything in life. At this point, the addict will need treatment to recover from cocaine addiction.

Tramadol Addiction Treatment at Solace Sabah

Tramadol functions as an opioid analgesic. It's a painkiller. It releases opioids such as endorphins into the user. Dependency to the drug can cause lifelong addiction.

Common symptoms and behavior of addiction

Addiction doesn’t just happen in a vacuum or one day you just become addicted without any precursor. We became addicted because of… certain traits we have as addicts, which may have been inherited from our ancestors, or were predisposed to in our genetic make-up.

What is Evidence-Based Treatment (EBT)?

Evidence-based treatment or practices (EBTs/EBPs) are treatments that have been researched academically. They have been scientifically proven effective and replicated by more than one investigation or study.

Who is a sober companion at Solace Sabah?

A sober companion is somebody who is watching the addict when he/she is not in treatment.

Sexual Addiction - A Controversial Issue

Is sexual addiction an illness worthy of any diagnosis? In the field of mental health, it is still a controversial issue.

Recovery and Humility

Recovery is about dispatching or sending the ego off. This will involve learning to be humble and patient with the self and others. It means replacing a life of fear for a life of love.

Overcoming Barriers to Communication in Recovery

In recovery, we learn how to overcome barriers to communication. It's like learning how to talk once again.

Does smoking turn into a risky habit for addicts?

There are a number of reasons for ceasing the smoking habit, notably wanting to live a drug-free existence.

The Benefits of Internal Locus of Control

Some people are motivated by their inner resources, whilst others find outside inspiration to tag them along to the next part of their lives.

Coping With Resentments

Resentment is to feel a feeling again. Anger kept long enough breeds resentment. It’s the obsession of an angry moment repeated time without number.

Sober Living - Does it help recovery?

A Sober Living setting is supposed to provide those who have left treatment with adequate structure, social support, and stability to face the world outside the walls of the rehab facility.

What are Dopamine Agonists?

A dopamine agonist is a compound that activates dopamine receptors in the absence of that receptor’s physiological transmitter.

Dealing with medication in recovery

You have the same issues on pain with the necessity for relief, like the rest of humanity. How do clinicians go about prescribing drugs to recovering addicts? How do we also overcome this controversy so that you can live pain-free?

Delirium Tremens and the Alcoholic

Delirium Tremens (DT) is a state of hallucinating, sweating unusual amounts (diaphoresis), fast heartbeat (tachycardia), hyperthermia, hypertension and agitation as a result of abstaining from alcohol over a period of time.

How exercise aids in addiction recovery

Working out, going to the gym, pumping iron, yoga, Tai-Chi, martial arts, going for a run, a walk, crossfit classes, sports of any kind: take your pick!

7th International Conference on Addictive Disorders and Alcoholism

Solace Sabah is a collaborative partner and speaker at the “7th International Conference on Addictive Disorders and Alcoholism”

What is Aversion Therapy?

It is therapy based on associating unpleasant feelings or consequences with a particular pleasurable behavior, which has been deemed undesirable.

Xanax – Alprazolam abuse

Xanax is the trade name for the drug, “Alprazolam”, which is one of the drugs categorically known as Benzodiazepines.

What causes addiction?

Is addiction caused by drug abuse? Is it caused by behaviors gone out of hand? Not so!

Is Gaming Addiction Really an addiction?

Gaming addiction is a legitimate illness as it contains within it the neurochemistry of addiction.

4 Benefits of Journaling in Recovery

Writing a daily journal is one fine way of being honest and transparent. In early recovery, there could be many reasons why you would not want to open up to others due to fear, shame, anger, and sadness.

Is Non-Alcoholic Beer Alright for Recovering Alcoholics?

Recovery is a period of experimenting what works well for an individual. These experiments take on many forms; one of which is the alcoholic retreating to non-alcoholic beverages to soothe the sorrows of “not drinking”.

I saw Quaaludes in Wolf of Wall Street - What is it?

The word “Quaaludes”, which is a brand name for Methaqualone is a portmanteau for the phrase “quiet interlude”.

How to deal with anxiety in recovery

Many in early recovery relapse over the inability to deal with anxiety as and when it arises.

Does Giving Up Drugs Mean giving up Smoking?

Giving up drugs does not necessarily mean giving up smoking – The Perspective of Smokers in Recovery.

Alcoholic Hepatitis – A Fatal Illness!

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and alcoholic hepatitis is a liver disorder caused by the overconsumption of alcohol.

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

Solace Sabah explains what is PAWS and how it affects one in Recovery.

Community Service: Solace partners with Sri Emas International School

To teach and empower students of Sri Emas International School to make a choice and a difference.

Religion and Codependency

Religions predispose people to codependence due to its theology, dogma, and organizational structure. Yet, once people can make the decision to be fruitful, honest, loving, and caring over the demands of their respective religions, their practice of religion, may in fact, ennoble them to be better human beings.

Stinking Thinking in Recovery

Facts Every Recovering Addict Needs to Know: “Stinking thinking” is a colloquial term for cognitive distortions. They are a set of negative thoughts and beliefs about a particular situation, which in the long run makes life unmanageable without some kind of panacea.

What is the serenity prayer?

The widespread use of the serenity prayer can be found in all 12-step programs. One would find that meetings usually start with the prayer and end with it.