Thamkrabok Monastery – World’s Toughest Rehab Clinic

Although the names of those who get treated here are never revealed, Thamkrabok Monastery has had many famous patients, from movie stars to high ranking politicians.

Hidden away in a forest, 140 km north of Bankok, Thailand, the Buddhist Monastery of Thamkrabok takes in alcoholics and drug users from all over the world. Unlinke famous detox clinics like Betty Ford (California), or Priory (London), this Thai monastery doesn’t have paparazzi lurking around, and it’s a lot cheaper. One month at Betty Ford Clinic costs $23,000, while just one week at Priory amounts to 5,000 pounds. At Thamkrabok Monastery, all you need is $3 for food, because treatment and accomodations are supported by donations.


The rehab treatment at Thamkrabok lasts 10 days, and only those who come of their own free will, are willing to follow all instructions, and are committed to kicking their habit for good, are welcome. When they decide to go to Thamkrabok Monastery, patients must realize they are in for a rude awakening. No matter their social status or wealth, patients will have to sleep in a mass dormitory, wake up very early and take every medicine given by the monks.


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That might sound bearable, but most of the herbal treatments at Thamkrabok will have anyone puking out their insides, almost instantly. Apart from the black herbal pills, disgusting herbal drinks, and tons of herbal teas, addicts also have to sweat out their habit in herbal saunas.

After the 10 day program is completed, patients have the option of staying a while longer, to meditate and do chores around the monastery. When they leave Thamkrabok, people must realize they will never get the chance to get treated again. If they leave, and they’re yet cured, they won’t be able to return.


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  • DarcyKitchin Posted on June 16, 2010

    This is sick!

  • DarcyKitchin Posted on June 16, 2010

    This is sick!

  • valerian42 Posted on June 29, 2010

    This looks incredibly brutal, it problably works for some people but I'm sure for most it is a step to far.

  • Glenys Carter Posted on September 25, 2010

    Don’t knock the treatment.
    It might be unpleasant but a life of addiction is worse.

  • Jayzen Freeze Posted on October 20, 2010

    pending on the addiction you need certain things or you can die, I am on serious pain meds doctor said if i go cold turkey it can kill me by stroke or more likley a heart attack.

  • FFFU Posted on November 25, 2010

    @Jayzen Freeze:

    There is only 2 known things you can die withdrawing from and that is alcohol and benzodiazepines.

    Everything else is just tuff business.