'He has expressed a wish to use his influence to help other struggling addicts', says founder of Hope Rehab
Pete Doherty has spent the last month in a Thai rehab facility and is interested in using his position to help others struggling with drug addiction.
Doherty is currently being treated for his well-documented heroin addiction at the Hope Rehab in Bangkok. As revealed earlier today, bandmate Carl Barât has visited him while he seeks help and the pair have written five new Libertines songs together.
A statement given to NME by a spokesperson for Hope confirms that Simon Mott, the founder of Hope Rehab Thailand, has an established relationship with Doherty and managed to convince him to try again. It stated: “He believes a change in environment is important for recovery and invited Pete to get involved with his new treatment project in Thailand.”
The statement adds that “Many addicts do not fit into conventional rehabs, however today he [Doherty] is a month into his recovery of a well-documented heroin addiction. Peter does not suit typical treatment approaches – clinical environments limited by their setting and formality.”
Mott is said to believe that a change in environment is important for recovery and invited Doherty to get involved with his new treatment project in Thailand. “I think there is a difference between motivation and inspiration, we have designed our program to include many of the wonders Thailand has to offer visitors,” Mott says.
“Peter is not only a talented musician but a strong character who has a lot to offer – He has expressed a wish to use his influence to help other struggling addicts. Together with Hope he wants to start a trust funding treatment places.”
Doherty’s band mate Carl Barât appears on the cover of the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands and available digitally now.