Ian Young, Addiction Consultant on Koh Phangan, Thailand & around the World.

Who is Ian Young? 
Ian Young moved to Koh Phangan at the beginning of October 2020 with an idea about building and serving the Sober community here. He quickly became immersed in the dynamic scene and culture of the Island, making friends rapidly. What he realised was that Koh Phangan was more than simply a beautiful paradise island with monthly full-moon parties (on hold since the COVID-19 pandemic began). He saw the beauty of the people and the culture that was being created here and he wanted to join.

Having found personal recovery in 2001, aged 29, after 13 years of hedonism involving intravenous drug use, chronic alcoholism, serious amounts of pyschedelic / hallucinogens consumption, homelessness and vagrancy (he was always a travellor), he dedicated his life to serving others inflicted with the same disease – addictive lines.    Full bio

As news of his professional experience in the field of addiction spread on the island, he began seeing friends and receiving referrals from others who were struggling with their own challenges around alcohol, drugs, love, sex, gambling and other process addictions.
So, he decided to see how he could best serve the Koh Phangan community by setting up a small Private Practice, offering a his many approaches towards helping those in need, and hopefully at affordable rates.

Ian Young's services are: 
1) Assessment
2) Intervention
3) Referral
4) Case Management
5) Recovery
6) Rehab


The Assessment is the first stage of any treatment process and is usually around 45 minutes to 1 hour long.
We meet in a relaxed, safe and private space and discuss your current situation.
This is not formal, and this is “completely off the record”. No written notes are taken, and everything discussed is respected as private and confidential.
At the end of the assessment, I may make some immediate suggestions, or I may ask for some time to reflect before making recommendations, usually within 48 hours.


In many cases, I may consider alternative Therapists & Counsellors either on the Island or within Thailand, who may be better suited to work with you for various reasons, not lest gender, sexuality, culture, experience or simply rapport. In most cases I will endeavour to refer you to other reputable practitioners on KPG, though in some instances something else may be needed. Budget will likely be a factor in this too.


When a family member or loved one cannot see the damage, they’re causing themselves, the people around them try various coping strategies to help them choose to stop, or at least to minimise the damage they may be causing themselves or others. If these strategies aren’t having any impact on their debilitating behaviours, we need to organise a formal and professionally led Intervention.
People who need an Intervention usually require a full residential rehab experience afterwards. We can arrange all of these components and help your loved one find solid recovery. Interventions work with proper planning and robust treatment programs, though they are time intensive and expensive.

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Case Management:

Assuming you wish to continue your journey towards recovery, I can remain fully involved in your treatment program by case managing the components, including liaising with other professionals involved, particularly if I’ve referred you to them.
I will remain in contact with all parties involved and offer guidance towards the therapeutic directions, alongside supporting the recovery process with one to one updates from and to yourself.


For those of you who want to work specifically with me, in either a Recovery Coaching or Sober Companion capacity, then we will create a bespoke Care plan to fit into your specific requirements. This could be sessional work, typically using Ian Young’s own Sober Coaching Workbook, or it could be intense Sober Companion work which involves a much more hands-on approach towards enforcing abstinence.

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Two types of Rehab available.
1) Referral into a Rehab based in Thailand, often in Phuket.
Phuket addiction recovery clinic

2) Creating a bespoke "Rehab at Home" model on Koh Phangan, designed with the maximum efficiency of your personal recovery.



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