DARA Thailand

3.6 (63 reviews) ADD YOUR REVIEW
Asia Health Co., Ltd. 110/56 Moo 11, T. Plubpla
Chanthaburi, CA 92101
8553000594 Visit Website

Paying for Treatment

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  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

Our Philosophy is summarized in two simple statements, first we believe in you, we believe in your capacity to have a recovery from addiction that suits you and is individual to you. We believe that each person has to find a recovery that works for them and that your recovery will be immensely more rewarding than your addiction. From this emerges our second philosophy statement, this is actually a question that we use to determine every aspect of your treatment here. Our question is - will this, - whatever it is, enhance or detract from your recovery? Your recovery does not happen at DARA what you do before you come here and after you leave determines your recovery but at DARA we give you a chance to work out your unique recovery. This starts with physical health and de-stressing. The physical program includes regular Thai massage, a physical activity program tailored to your individual capacity and excellent healthy and nutritious food. Mentally we have a focus on mindfulness and meditation with several sessions each week. The specialist staff here, physical therapists, excellent chefs and trained meditation coaches are committed to your physical and mental wellbeing. Our mission is to make your time at DARA a unique experience in your life, an opportunity to focus on yourself and to prepare yourself physically and emotionally to develop your own recovery. This is something we cannot do for you but we can give you every resource we can to help you achieve it. We believe in you.

DARA Thailand Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

Reviews at a Glance

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Kb

Don’t waste your money. No communication little support will grab your money and your throw you out. With no communication and will be your fault. Way better facilities in Thailand

KA

I’m extremely disappointed with Dara. My loved one was discharged and went on a bender in Bangkok, no assistance no compassion and I’ve trusted this establishment and spent over 50k. If I’d read...

B I

I am totally dissatisfied with Dara; my son was a patient there for a few days, but was thrown out because he had sex with a girl; ok, I understand that this was against the rules, but throwing a sick...

Brian

My wife came to Dara in January 2018 and had a return visit in a May, for alcohol treatment. She’s currently taking psych meds that I think need to be adjusted. Dara is not capable of doing this. Th...

Na

Stayed here many years ago 2015 but refused to stay on as all the good therapists quit leaving junior volunteers to running things while there was lack of therapists. Not what I was paying good money...

AJ

I attended DARA for 28 days this year (2018) by my own volition. I was uncertain, cynical and concerned about having to spend time with people who might not be anything like me and I didn't want to be...

MH

There are far better rehabs in Thailand, (at least research The Cabin, Hope, or Serenity). Dara is poorly run, with interns taking process ! The groups are ridiculous, the less send about the counsell...

David

I relapsed twice over the past 7 months, having previously enjoyed 15 years of sobriety free of alcohol (my only dependency challenge), after bumping along between increasingly long sober patches and ...

BR

Having left there around 4 months ago and not touching booze or drugs since I think this place is a life saver! I cannot compare to other rehabs as I haven’t been but in the 4 weeks I was there it a...

GP

Dara has done a wonderful job for me! There is no doubt in that. From the first moment I arrived in Koh Chang I was met with a positive feeling. There is an overall sense of healing there. The program...

Aaron

Amazing place and the staff was ace

Gav

Very welcoming place with a beautiful view. All the staff were very helpful and supportive: the counselors, house keeping, kitchen staff, everyone extremely friendly, professional and helpful. Good va...

C. B

The very second you arrive at Dara you feel safe and comfortable. This place has one objective and getting you sober and giving you the tools to stay that way. It blows my mind to read negative review...

Kat

Amazing, life- affirming, life- changing, REAL, challenging. Fantastic rapport with clients & staff alike. I have truly learned how to let go of negative people, the past & thoughts. A sunny future be...

Fred

It sounds absurd but i really enjoyed my stay in DARA facilities. Stayed for two months and i know it could have been a lot worse if i had chosen a sub-par rehab over these guys. I can honestly say i ...

TR

My 24 year old son is about to complete his month at Dara. The changes in his perception and self awareness are astonishing. The treatment at Dara is second to non in my opinion, and has opened a doo...

Linda

I am from the United States and my son Chris was suffering from Opiate abuse. He had previously attempted to receive help at various rehabs in the United States but unfortunately was unsuccessful. W...

MD

June and July 2015 I spent at Dara the clients were great, intelligent motivated and deeply sincere. The management and counsellors were the opposite frantically upholding their own jobs while forgett...

Recovered

HELLO EVERYONE!! After my recent experience at DARA I thought I\'d write an honest review! Ok so basically all I have to say is this: Upon arrival you can choose to go to Koh Chang (the isl...

Michael

My experience at DARA was life changing in more ways than just getting sober. Sure, this was the main reason I decided to embark on this journey, but what I found along the way is nothing short of a m...

Esha

I came to DARA not knowing what to expect and in just the few days that I was there I felt myself being transformed --and I was not even a client there! Just a supporting wife of my husband (who was t...

Mari

The program and staff are wonderful. The grief therapy I had identified and calmed my fears. The CBT classes and Group Therapy sessions were especially informative and helped me change my thinking pro...

J R

I am forever grateful that I chose DARA for treatment for my addictions and for DARA providing me the tools that I lacked in order to lead a sober and happy life. I have never felt as strong and empow...

J P

food, environment, staff were all strengths. perhaps counselor/client ratio could be improved. It was a good environment that helped me to learn more about myself while dealing with addictive behavior...

NA

As of this writing, I am ​156 days clean and have returned to DARA for my refresher program after ​having ​being in treatment at DARA ​for 9 weeks late last year.​ So, ​I came to DARA foll...

Michael

Bangkok April 12, 2016 \"\"\"\"\"\"\"\"\"A journey to Dara Rehab Koh Chang and how to get to go to SHANGRILA ( not the hotel chain ) or paradise and get back with a revised mind\"\"\"\"\"\" In...

Jeff

I find it interesting that all the recent reviews of Dara at the top of these lists are right above the one that the \"Management\" put up to note that they were being attacked by an online smear camp...

Emily

Its hard to put into words just how grateful i am to all the staff at dara fro what they\'ve done for me. I\'ve been cared for, exercised, challenged, looked out for, entertained, massaged, listened t...

Harry

I’ve been to treatment centers in America seeing as that is where I am from, but I’ve never experienced a level of dedication like I did with DARA. I am talking everyone involved from the kitchen,...

AA

DARA truly has been a life-altering experience for me. Not only were my one-to-one meetings of great benefit, but also the interactions that took place during group meetings were essential to my recov...

TM

I would not hesitate to recommend Dara as a first class treatment centre in every respect, (especially with reference to the counselling). The staff, (at all levels) is amazing, brilliant and fantasti...

Momo

When my family asked me to go to rehab, I was very skeptical. I thought that I would end up on a hospital bed like I often saw in Hollywood movies. However, once I arrived and discovered the environme...

Kelly

I want to thank the staff at Dara for the patience and knowledge they have bestowed on me. Thank you to one staff member in particular for \"getting me\". Its a great place to heal. x Kelly

Scott

My overall experience here has been very enriching. The atmosphere is very positive, the staff always helpful, and the surroundings beautiful to the point of awe inspiring. My only worries have been w...

Oliver

I checked myself into Dara just over a year ago. I have been clean from alcohol and drugs ever since! The treatment I received was superb. The care and attention given by their team has changed my lif...

Joe

You are doing great work, all of you, at DARA. Thank you so much, especially one staff member in particular. You are fantastic!

DH

My Son was a patient of Dara earlier this year. Initially I was impressed by the website and the phone conversations (and the low price), but it\'s very clear that there are no bargains in rehab. This...

DH

This website was brought to my attention by one of the other Patients that was in Dara when I was there. The place is very poorly run. This is my third time in rehab so I know a bit about what a rehab...

Amy

I really enjoyed my experience at Dara. I learned so much in a positive, healthy way. The staff and councellors are very caring, and helpful (and knowledgable). I would recommend Dara to friends & fam...

Char

Very good experience. The staff are lovely and very helpful. Dara has made my time at rehab great, ive learnt alot about addiction and myself and cant thank them enough!

RO

It’s been a superb experience. I had no idea that i would be this fulfilling. I would recommend it to ones seeking treatment. The group sessions helped me more than anything and im grateful to havin...

DM

Perfect soft landing for recovery. What could be better than a rehab in paradise. Yay to DARA! Great quality of therapy, very understanding staff and great accomodation in one of the most beautiful p...

Alvin

Great experience and thankful for my treatment here. Great staff, comfortable living to help with much needed recovery. Highly recommended!

DARA manag

This post is from the DARA management and treatment team In response to the recent online smear campaign and attacks against us. These statements are factually wrong and therefore not written by ac...

J S

nice location but program is very messy and lacks direction, no knowledge of other mental illness, the management have no time for clients, and don't relate to them, getting there is really difficult,...

C A

Dreadful

GT

Staff were not motivated Only received 1 one-on-one session per week Group sessions were too big Food was poor quality. While it was very cheap, I had to share a room which was not very comfortable....

J G

As a recent return to DARA, it is unrecognisable to how it was 18 months ago. The standard of program and staff is shocking. There is a strong undercurrent of dishonesty within the management and mark...

A S

Nice website, Everything flows down from the top, and the management is not committed to or interested in clients, only money. The operation is very chaotic and disorganised

R A

it is cheap but Poor quality of staff, no consistency, rules not enforced, very unsecure, staff not motivated, limited one to one sessions, I think the management are blind to what is really going on ...

Teresa

Brilliant, insightful, dedicated counsellors. Great P/T, yoga, meditation, massage. Fabulous food and accommodation and great activities in free time. I found Dara truly extraordinary. The team of ...

J F

Nice Island, management are a huge detriment to the place. I was really excited about going to DARA when I read some of the reviews and testimonials. However, when I got there I soon realiized that th...

P M

No rules, Unsafe. I am saddened to see how the place has gone from a brilliant facility to an absolute mess in only a few months. A lot of old Alumni are very angry about how the refresher was taken a...

R Y

It's testimonials prior to new management. New Management don't care, are clueless and more interested in trying to use old testimonials to gloss over the current mess. The level of competence in curr...

E D

The place is wierd, The centre just doesn't work

A S

The group and counselling rooms are adequate. The website looks good. The layout of the facility is very hilly, and it is poorly lit at night. Patients seem to leave the facility very easily, and ther...

M K

Strengths include: CBT, 12 steps, Yoga, Massages, therapeutic environment, reasonable price, Well trained counselors, great quality of food, Holistic recovery approach, paradisiac location, Mix of re...

Rod

Strengths: The sport fitness, yoga programs , Food and facilities Excellent treatment if self-motivated. Weaknesses: Possibly too comfortable Too easy going if you are not sufficiently motivated. It ...

Erik

Some good counselors, Day is well though out, beautiful setting. No psychiatrist, not so strong for non addiction issues, facility is far from main city. I had a good experience at Dara. It was a seri...

Oliver

CBT program is second to none. All staff very welcoming and attentive to all client needs. Beautiful location and atmosphere. Highly trained counselling team. Client rooms could be updated. Stronger i...

Muge

Personalized Treatment Program. Peaceful place to be able to gain mindfulness. Good team of counselors ("most of them" not all of them being great at their profession and very insightful and proacti...

T K

Koh Chang center located in a nice place but Counsellors need to be improved. I was welcomed worse than a criminal, didn't have a proper attention, the only counsellor that had a proper qualification ...

Marwa

Very strong, It was a very good experience for me


Areas of Focus
Dual Diagnosis/Co-occurring Disorders Treatment

These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

Individualized Treatment

Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.

Key Staff Members
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    Dr. Philip Townshend - Treatment Director

    Dr. Phil Townshend is a Clinical Psychologist trained and registered in New Zealand. He has over 30 years of professional experience in a variety of settings including residential treatment facilities, Employee Assistance Programs, treatment of chronic pain, Maori mental health and private practice. However the addiction area, both substances and gambling, has been the focus of his career. Phil has had clinical, research, teaching and management roles in addiction in New Zealand and Australia. His PhD was in ethics and conflict in methadone treatment. He has extensively published his research on addiction topics in academic literature. Furthermore Dr. Phil is contributed his knowledge and expertise at numerous conferences on addiction. Phil is fascinated by the way the new neuroscience understanding is changing addiction treatment and the ways this can help individuals and families affected. The rewarding and humbling experience of working with people facing up to addiction and changing their lives is Phil’s motivator for working. He is fascinated by the many paradox’s in this area, the opportunity to keep learning and that there is no one right way to recovery. Personally Phil has a close family with a long term partner and three sons, and he enjoys most outdoor activities and reading.

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    Dr. Seamus McAuley - Director Clincal Coordination & Intake Assessment

    Dr. MacAuley is trained as a doctor at the University of London and then pursued a career in General Practice joining the Royal Air Force as a commissioned officer where he worked for 22 years in the UK and in conflict zones abroad. During his years as a General Practitioner he developed an interest in addiction and trauma as many of his patients were predominantly troubled by alcohol, prescription medication and other substances. Dr. MacAuley uses a holistic, person centered, solution based approach to work with his clients. His counseling career started with a placement in the prison setting, working with addicted offenders from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Following this Seamus worked with addicted health professionals within a therapeutic community setting, developing a twelve step recovery program which ran alongside and interlinked with a CBT based mindfulness and acceptance approach. For the past 3 years he has worked in residential rehabs in various roles. His key focus when working with his clients is the therapeutic relationship as the fundamental basis to establish trust and work successfully towards his clients goals. His interests lie beyond just recovery from chemical addiction and involve freedom from other compulsive process behaviors such as gambling, food, sex, love attachment, work and relationship dysfunction particularly intimacy anorexia and co-dependency.