I have been asked many times about the origins of Calm and also what makes Calm different to other rehabs in Bali. Let me try to explain; The concept of Calm was developed a long time before we started operations. Having been successfully treated for alcohol and drug addiction overseas myself, I gradually came to the realization that I wanted to enter this profession and help others.
I initially looked at developing a sober living network, however, the further into the research I got, the more I became interested in moving towards a more clinical approach. I discussed my ideas with my longtime friend Andy (now Calm’s Business Development Director), who had seen what rehabilitation had done for me and who himself wanted to be involved in something more rewarding.
The two of us then entered into a lengthy period of research, analysis and education and came to the conclusion that much could be done to improve the quality of rehabilitation services throughout the region.
One thing that was agreed upon in one of our very early meetings was that if we were going to move into this specialist field we had to do it the right way, legally and ethically, from top to bottom. This meant having the correct legal structure and gaining support and licensing from the relevant authorities. We also needed to find the right property to eventually launch Calm.