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Free Drug Rehab and Detox? World Famous Addiction Monastery in Thailand (Thamkrabok) is Just 5$ a Day!

Updated on December 15, 2008

Detox and 28 day residential drug rehab for 5$ per day? No waiting list and anyone is welcome?

You can have it all and you can have it now – but only if you are willing to endure a very tough spiritual process and only if you are prepared to travel to Thailand to live in a Buddhist Monastery famous for its detoxification and addiction treatment programs.

Thamkrabok Monastery

The Monastery is located a couple of hours drive from Bangkok in the province of Saraburi. Addicts are welcome to come for treatment at any time other than August (during August the temple monks depart on a traditional barefooted procession and the Monastery is closed to visitors) but visitors should call to let the monks know of their arrival before showing up.

Who is Eligible for Detox and the Addiction Treatment Program?

Any teen or adult is welcome, provided they are:

  1. Attending of their own free will
  2. Are prepared to follow instructions and respect the monks
  3. Are determined to quit drugs for ever (You may only attend the Thamkrabok program once in a lifetime.)

There is no cost for the treatment. You must bring about $5 per day to pay for your food, toiletries and other basic needs. The Monastery runs on donations, but donations are not solicited, though you may give if you so choose.

Prospective guests should be aware that the conditions are VERY rustic. This is not a resort or spa like experience.

  • You will sleep in a dormitory with many other visitors
  • Thailand is a hot country, and there is no air conditioning
  • You will rise very early
  • You will work after your detoxification period
  • You must take the herbal medicines the monks give to you (They are unpleasant)

How Long Is Treatment at Thamkrabok Monastery?

The detoxification period is 10 days, and you must complete the entire period in treatment. You may leave after the detox period, or you may stay as a student of the monastery for up to 28 days.

What is the Philosophy of Treatment?

The Thamkrabok treatment centers on a sacred vow and ceremony that all visitors may partake in. The ceremony is called the Satja and it is a vow never again to take drugs or alcohol. If you believe in the power of the Satja, it will work for you.

The detoxification regimen is based on herbal potions, tea and herbal saunas.

Every morning at 5am, for the first 5 days of the detoxification process, detox visitors will be fed a strong herbal potion that will cause vomiting.

Detox participants will also take "Black herbal pills" each day. These pills purify the body and provide energy.

Herbal tea is drank all day long, and participants will spend a while each day in herbal saunas, further detoxifying the body.

Although the monks acknowledge the effectiveness of medications in the treatment of detoxification, the temple program does not use any outside medication. The suffering of withdrawal is incorporated in to the teachings of the program. Because of this, guests on methadone or Suboxone are not considered suitable, due to the length of time required for withdrawal. Benzodiazepine patients may also be at risk for seizures. Although there is a hospital within a 5 minute drive, the Temple is not a medical facility.

In addition to herbal medicines and sweating, visitors may also partake in Thai massage, meditation and general work around the temple.

After Detox

After the 10 days of detox, visitors may choose to stay an additional 18 days in the monastery. Those days will be spent in meditation, in work and in education. The course is designed to strengthen the resolve to keep the Satja.

The monks do not boast of success rates (although outside accounts suggest a fairly high rate of success) but they do say that any person that lives in accord and with integrity according to their satja, will never again use drugs or alcohol.

Is it for you?

Learn more about the Thamkrabok Monastery by visiting their website or by giving them a call at 66 36 266 067 or by email at

A video made about Thamkrabok


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      sinh 5 years ago

      has anyone been here? and come out successfully recovered?

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      dr james 5 years ago

      great please to go you can talk to dr james if you have to try iboga also .. which is pain free and also very effective and you will not have to go to a rehab centre...


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      eskimo 5 years ago

      i need subutex 8mg 56tablets i live in finland and ive got cash 15.2 when i get my paycheck at work if someone can send me at my home i mean postoffice and i go and pay in there when i get my medicines in so desperate someone please help the money is no issue here in finland i can only get methadone nothing else and that is no an obsion please contack me sorry my english im 35 years old man. my email is

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      carly g 5 years ago

      amazing so spirital.jesus work is being done

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      justfortoday 6 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      This was very informative. I'm sure many can benefit from stringent treatment, versus the very watered down version of treatment that has become popular. Enjoyed the reading and will definitely follow your hubs. Hope you get a chance to check my page, i writed about addiction also.

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      Phil abc 6 years ago

      rehab works, detox works, in special environments, like monasteries, it works...

      The success rate is high.

      Back out in the real world? Where we aren't special or even feel loved?

      The success rate at staying clean is very low.

      Back to the drawing board...

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      soaps 6 years ago

      Very interesting

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      Shae 6 years ago

      My father is on drugs and he is homeless. He was living in his Van that was taken away two weeks ago. My sister and myself is trying to get him help but we don't have the money for it. I have seizures and I am barely taken care of my son and myself. My sister have three kids that she taken care of. Please help us to find a place for him. Thank you.

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      glenn 7 years ago

      I have crack cocaine problem considering going thailand are they effective with cocaine

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      stig 7 years ago

      for ANGIE

      The Thai monastery was featured on TV in the UK some time back and their success rate is very good.

      I just wanted to mention the Beck Protocol and specifically the Bio Tuner, this may well be worth a look for you on the


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      Skywalker 7 years ago

      Thanks you very much for this. Q: Is there an option to stay longer if necessary. My brother was on a rehab farm for 5 months and did very well while there. However he was stoned in less than 24 hours after leaving. 28 days just does not seem long enough for some to make permanent change?

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      Robakerost 8 years ago

      Having been to rehab many times myself, I found this article very interesting. Thank you!

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      Cassandra Senior 8 years ago from Illinois

      Very, very interesting. Thank you.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting. Thanks for the hub

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      recovering addict 8 years ago

      Thank you for clarifying that Audrey. That the monks are able to help people get off methadone is just incredible. Closing in April, the hottest month and the month of Songkran makes sense too.

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      Audrey Delaney 8 years ago

      Its great that you have put information on the wonderful Monastery but some of your facts are wrong. They close in April not August. The detox is very beneficial for methadone but you state it is not and from Ireland we have had an amazing success rate of these users coming of methadone for good. check out our site for the temple.. This is a site specialy for people who want to go to the monastery as I have and have recovered brilliantly after tranquillizers, morphine and other stupid substances. All the information you need.