- In Thailand. One obvious perk of this program is that its facilities are in Thailand. There are two locations—the first on the island of Koh Chang and the second in Chanthaburi, a town. The fact that this takes place abroad is appealing for some patients because it gives them a chance to really get away from home (with all its habits and triggers) and recover in a tranquil environment.
- Both 12-step and non-12-step programs. Another benefit to recovering with Dara Thailand is that they offer programs that implement both the 12-step recovery model and the non-12-step for people who prefer something different. Regardless of the program you choose, they help you increase your motivation, address triggers, plan against relapses, and do activities like yoga to re-center yourself.
- Excellent aftercare. The aftercare at Dara Thailand speaks well of their intentions to truly help patients heal—and stay sober. Once you go through the program with Dara, you can revisit their facilities whenever you want at no extra cost. In addition, they help you after discharge with sober coaches. That added accountability can be just what you need to prevent relapse.
To be fair, however, the fact that this program takes place in Thailand can be a major deterrent. If you live in the United States, not only does this mean that you need a visa just to get to the program; it’s also likely that the program is far from your permanent support system—your family, friends, and community. Some patients prefer to be closer to this support system so they can transition back to life more easily.
In addition to needing a visa, traveling to Thailand can also mean more expenses. Depending on the accommodations you choose while going through the program you can pay as little as $10,000 for recovery or as much as $50,000! This isn’t a bad price, considering you’re traveling farther away, but it’s still a lot to digest.