As you might have guessed from the company’s name, Dara Thailand is a rehabilitation center located in Thailand. For people who struggle with substance abuse and need a change of scenery, this program could be the perfect fit.

 

Rank Chart
Price
Duration
Our Score
#1
$670/day
30-90 Days
6.1
#2
$30,000
3-4 Months
5.9
#3
$4,995
28 Days
4.8

The Good

  • 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.

The Bad

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.

The Bottom Line

Dara Thailand has a lot to offer patients who are willing to travel. Their programs range from just 28 days to 12 weeks, and the flexibility of their recovery models can meet the needs of many different addicts.

Overall, this is a great program for clients who value a change of scenery, a variety of treatments, and plentiful aftercare. Patients who complete this program and want continued contact will feel supported. But for people who want to stay closer to home and pay a little less (with fewer logistics to work out), Dara Thailand might be a stretch. The program has a lot to offer for recovery, but location and logistics are important factors in your recovery process too.

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    10

    March 31st, 2016 Wilmington, DE

    I don’t understand the negative reviews. When I was at DARA the only people that complained were those who expected to be spoon fed their recovery – which begins with the addict, not the counsellor. I had an incredible experience and found the staff fantastic. They treat you like an adult and expect you to behave in kind.

    I tried to explain my time in rehab
    But they won’t know, know, know…
    When I got back, I said it was whack
    But they say so, so, so
    They don’t get the time,
    Not like the new friends of mine…
    I tried to explain my time in rehab
    But they won’t know, know, know
    I’d rather be at process
    But I ain’t got another 28 days
    And there’s nothing I can teach them
    They need Nadine, Luke and Ray….
    I didn’t always get to class
    But I learnt joy don’t come in a shot glass
    My friends said “do you think you’re different back here?”
    I said “I got no idea, I don’t wanna, wanna lose my sanity
    So I always keep my note book near”
    They said “I just think you’re depressed”
    ‘Dis Nadine “yeah baby, and the rest.”
    I don’t ever want to drink again
    And I sure, sure do miss my friends
    And while we spent those weeks
    Don’t expect everyone to assume you’re on the mend
    But now I have my pride
    I know who I am inside
    I tried to explain my time in rehab
    But they won’t know, know, know…
    When I got back, I said it was whack
    But they say so, so, so
    They don’t get the time,
    Not like the new friends of mine…
    I tried to explain my time in rehab
    But they won’t know, know, know

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    9

    March 30th, 2016 Newport Beach, CA

    When I left DARA, I felt the best I had,
    In a very long time, I wasn’t sad,
    I felt strong in my mind, and emotionally,
    I walked out of DARA, a complete new me. —-

    There was a time, I would use,
    There was a time, I’d abuse,
    The drugs and, dangerous alcohol,
    I lost my respect; and my soul.
    I was at a point of, desire straights,
    Even though I had, lots of mates,
    I just couldn’t seem, to control myself,
    And I was losing, all my weath.
    I had almost, lost it all,
    My life had been, 1 big ball,
    Now it had got, really bad,
    I just woke up, really sad.
    I decided to go, change my life,
    And get myself, out of strife,
    I then found DARA, on the net,
    This is a choice, I won’t regret.
    DARA was the best choice, I had made,
    All their counselors, came to my aid,
    Changed my life, and how I thought,
    And it was a new life, that I sought.

    When I left DARA, I felt the best I had,
    In a very long time, I wasn’t sad,
    I felt strong in my mind, and emotionally,
    I walked out of DARA, a complete new me.

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    9

    March 24th, 2016 Los Angeles, CA

    Dara provided me with an opportunity to pause and reflect on my life, which was invaluable in enabling personal improvement and self development. Set in a uxorious setting Dara also focuses on stress management, physical well-being and spiritual growth. I owe you my life guys! Thank you so much!

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  4. User Score

    0

    March 3rd, 2016

    I was a returning client, and had a very good experience there in 2014, staff were professional and experienced. However, latest return in late 2015 the place had changed significantly, staff very poorly skilled, and uninterested, mainly non western staff. No structure or rules, and very unsafe practices. Most of the clients had no respect for the management who were clueless and more interested in themselves, or last nights activities. A lot of clients were drinking and using. I will not be returning if I ever need follow up, as the place has become tarnished.

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