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Asiana University offers Addiction Counseling Internships at the following well regarded treatment centers in Thailand:

Tham Krabok temple has attracted notoriety in the Western media for a regime that includes enforced daily vomiting sessions. A recent BBC story even suggested that Tham Krabok had a higher success rate than Britain’s National Health Service.

Tham Krabok

At Tham Krabok temple in Saraburi province


Below: The Cabin

The Cabin

At Chiang Mai’s The Cabin, patients address their drug addiction issues in a resort-like setting. Treatment centers such as The Cabin provide a much softer option for recovering addicts.

The Cabin reportedly takes in 15 foreigners per month, which works out to about 180 per year. A spokesperson at Tham Krabok said they get about 120 foreigners a year, “although the peak time is between August and December when we normally have around 20 foreigners here at any one time.”

The Cabin

Accommodation in The Cabin is similar to suites at an upmarket Thai resort. Although The Cabin does deal with detoxification it does so in conjunction with a local hospital. The primary purpose of this rural retreat just outside of Chiang Mai is not to get addicts clean but to help them stay clean.within a relatively retreat-like environment.

This sympathetic style is in contrast to the more disciplinarian approach favoured by Tham Krabok whose website proclaims that: “In Buddhism we believe that one is totally responsible for one’s actions and their consequences. Therefore he must get the chance of confronting himself, in order to reorganize his life. This is one of the reasons why the withdrawal in Tham Krabok is a ‘cold withdrawal’.”

While traditional Thai treatment centres such as Tham Krabok and modern Western-style facilities like The Cabin might appear to be polar opposites, they do have one thing in common — a far- higher-than-average success rate.

A choice between the two contrasting types of establishment is one that few addicts will ever have to make for the simple reason that a stay at The Cabin costs US $12,000 per month, which is well below the standard industry rate but significantly more that Tham Krabok which only expects people to contribute 200 baht a day.

Thailand is not a destination that is traditionally associated with abstinence, but people from all walks of life are starting to look to the country as a possible sanctuary from, and solution to, their problems with addiction.

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To contact The Cabin, visit: