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The Wat Tham Krabok monastery is Thailand's largest free drug rehabilitation facility.
Last updated: 17 Aug 2014 08:14
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Thailand, Lopburi -The Wat Tham Krabok monastery,  based in the central province Lopburi, is the nation's largest free drug rehabilitation facility.

The centre is known for its natural drugs rehabilitation programme, which first started in the 1950s. Over 100,000 opium, methamphetamine and heroin addicts have undergone treatment in the detox programme, which consists of ancient Buddhist meditation practises and the consumption of a secret detoxification potion. The mixture, composed of a wide variety of natural herbs, induces vomiting. A number of Western celebrities have sought treatment for their addiction at Wat Tham Krabok including Christy Dignam, Pete Doherty and Tim Arnold.

The Wat Tham Krabok is especially famous for treating Yaba addiction. Yaba are pills containing a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine and is one of Thailand's most prevalent drugs. 

Many monks in Wat Tham Krabok are former Yaba users and come from all parts of Thailand. Some come from neighboring Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

One patient, Aom, was a gang member and was heavily addicted to Yaba. He said he also was one of the most talented drummers in his hometown, Nakhon Si Thammarat, in southern Thailand.

According to Aom, his addiction went out of control and ruined his career as a professional drummer. He told Al Jazeera that he frequently got into fist fights with rival gang members and once had his arm broken in a fight. His family sent him to Wat Tham Krabok to undergo treatment for his Yaba addiction.

After his treatment, Aom denounced gang activities and became a permanent monk at the monastery.

/Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

Pictures of Aom from Nakhon Si Thammarat before he became a monk at the Wat Tham Krabok monastery. Aom, a former gang member and drummer, was addicted to Yaba, tablets of methamphetamine and caffeine.



/Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

Aom, who says he enjoys Muay Thai, a form of marital arts popular in Thailand, broke his right arm during a gang fight.

 



/Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

After his treatment Aom denounced gang activities and became a permanent monk at Wat Tham Krabok.



/Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

Aom plays chess with a fellow monk. In the morning, Aom often helps younger patients in the detox programme.



/Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

A factory makes the detox medicine used in the rehab programmes. Its ingredients, mainly consisting of herbs, remain a secret.



/Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera
The patients at the detox session are mostly young people.


/Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

Two patients carry detox medicine used in the rehab programmes.



/Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

A detox session uses a medicine made of herbs to induce vomiting.



/Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

A monk at Wat Tham Krabok monastery speaks about his past drug addiction.



/Rohan Radheya/Rohan Radheya

Monks clean the Wat Tham Krabok. Many monks and patients at the monastery work voluntarily in the rehab centre, where lodging and treatment is free.



/Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

A monk at Wat Tham Krabok drinks the detox medicine. Many monks were former drug users and almost all of them still drink the detox medicine. They believe the medicine keeps the body clean and in good health.



/Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

This is a detox area used for rehab programmes. The temperature in these rooms can get as high as 45 degrees Celsius. Patients must spend at least 25 minutes per day in these rooms.



/Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

Visitors taste the bitter detox medicine used in the rehab programmes.




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Pictures of Aom from Nakhon Si Thammarat before he became a monk at the Wat Tham Krabok monastery. Aom, a former gang member and drummer, was addicted to Yaba, tablets of methamphetamine and caffeine.

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Aom, who says he enjoys Muay Thai, a form of marital arts popular in Thailand, broke his right arm during a gang fight.

 

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After his treatment Aom denounced gang activities and became a permanent monk at Wat Tham Krabok.

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Aom plays chess with a fellow monk. In the morning, Aom often helps younger patients in the detox programme.

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A factory makes the detox medicine used in the rehab programmes. Its ingredients, mainly consisting of herbs, remain a secret.

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Two patients carry detox medicine used in the rehab programmes.

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A detox session uses a medicine made of herbs to induce vomiting.

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A monk at Wat Tham Krabok monastery speaks about his past drug addiction.

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Monks clean the Wat Tham Krabok. Many monks and patients at the monastery work voluntarily in the rehab centre, where lodging and treatment is free.

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A monk at Wat Tham Krabok drinks the detox medicine. Many monks were former drug users and almost all of them still drink the detox medicine. They believe the medicine keeps the body clean and in good health.

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This is a detox area used for rehab programmes. The temperature in these rooms can get as high as 45 degrees Celsius. Patients must spend at least 25 minutes per day in these rooms.

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Visitors taste the bitter detox medicine used in the rehab programmes.

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Pictures of Aom from Nakhon Si Thammarat before he became a monk at the Wat Tham Krabok monastery. Aom was addicted to Yaba, tablets of methamphetamine and caffeine, and was a former gang member and drummer.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/142cbe594c3d21c150886412686a5664Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

Pictures of Aom from Nakhon Si Thammarat before he became a monk at the Wat Tham Krabok monastery. Aom was addicted to Yaba, tablets of methamphetamine and caffeine, and was a former gang member and drummer.

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Aom's upper right arm was broken during a gang fight. He enjoyed Muay Thai, a form of marital arts popular in Thailand. He said he was involved in several street fights. According to him, he regularly fought against rival gang members.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/9f7a88879c56e2ea557db245796d9f06Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

Aom's upper right arm was broken during a gang fight. He enjoyed Muay Thai, a form of marital arts popular in Thailand. He said he was involved in several street fights. According to him, he regularly fought against rival gang members.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/e398f537122f294243aad44fd6f6816f

After his treatment Aom denounced gang activities and became a permanent monk at Wat Tham Krabok.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/e398f537122f294243aad44fd6f6816fRohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

After his treatment Aom denounced gang activities and became a permanent monk at Wat Tham Krabok.

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Aom ponders just before a detox session.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/6e9f1dfcc7fc81d413779ce2cb1a2366Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

Aom ponders just before a detox session.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/7b383269560a00de1299258da824eb05

Aom is seen playing chess with a fellow monk. In the morning, Aom helps younger patients in the detox programme and he also works in the mushroom factory at the monastery.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/7b383269560a00de1299258da824eb05Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

Aom is seen playing chess with a fellow monk. In the morning, Aom helps younger patients in the detox programme and he also works in the mushroom factory at the monastery.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/17e1c0fd7de1c10c8821f5c07c15e596

The patients at the detox session are mostly young people.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/17e1c0fd7de1c10c8821f5c07c15e596Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

The patients at the detox session are mostly young people.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/031a9f5e6d629ed0cb59c82b11e60228

Two patients carry detox medicine used in the rehab programmes. [what is the medicine?]

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/031a9f5e6d629ed0cb59c82b11e60228Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

Two patients carry detox medicine used in the rehab programmes. [what is the medicine?]

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/e687cdf63e4316bd951496f302d1337b

A detox session ... [what are they doing in this photo?]

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/e687cdf63e4316bd951496f302d1337bRohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

A detox session ... [what are they doing in this photo?]

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/ccdec233685b704e5adcb94ff85e229f

A monk at the Wat Tham Krabok speaks about his past drug addiction.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/ccdec233685b704e5adcb94ff85e229fRohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

A monk at the Wat Tham Krabok speaks about his past drug addiction.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/2ec0125d82baeacae69a42f92a0c0b89

Monks cleaning at the Wat Tham Krabok. Many monks and patients at Wat Tham Krabok work voluntarily at the rehab. Lodging and treatment is free.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/2ec0125d82baeacae69a42f92a0c0b89Rohan Radheya/Rohan Radheya

Monks cleaning at the Wat Tham Krabok. Many monks and patients at Wat Tham Krabok work voluntarily at the rehab. Lodging and treatment is free.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/5024e00ccb644151e03e453072a66620

A monk at the Wat Tham Krabok drinking detox medicine. Many monks of Wat Tham Krabok were former drug users. Almost all the monks still drink the detox medicine. The believe the medicine keeps the body clean and in good health.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/5024e00ccb644151e03e453072a66620Rohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

A monk at the Wat Tham Krabok drinking detox medicine. Many monks of Wat Tham Krabok were former drug users. Almost all the monks still drink the detox medicine. The believe the medicine keeps the body clean and in good health.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/fa3dfe09936a2ad5bdbcbced402f9c8f

This is a detox areas used for rehab programmes. The temperature in these rooms can get as high as 45 degrees Celsius. The space is filled with herbs, acting as a supposed stimulation as a detoxicant in combination with the high temperature. The patients must spend at least 25 minutes per day in these rooms.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/fa3dfe09936a2ad5bdbcbced402f9c8fRohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

This is a detox areas used for rehab programmes. The temperature in these rooms can get as high as 45 degrees Celsius. The space is filled with herbs, acting as a supposed stimulation as a detoxicant in combination with the high temperature. The patients must spend at least 25 minutes per day in these rooms.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/c328ae208d1151ae16a8cd4bc1cd253e

Visitors taste the bitter detox medicine used in the rehab programmes.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/c328ae208d1151ae16a8cd4bc1cd253eRohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

Visitors taste the bitter detox medicine used in the rehab programmes.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/02ffe7b10b36cc4a9eec61ee0fe44deb

A factory for the detox medicine used in the rehab programmes. Its ingredients remain a secret. Only a Buddhist master can give the medicine to disciples.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wat_Tham_Krabok_final_selection/slideshow/no-caption/02ffe7b10b36cc4a9eec61ee0fe44debRohan Radheya/Al Jazeera

A factory for the detox medicine used in the rehab programmes. Its ingredients remain a secret. Only a Buddhist master can give the medicine to disciples.



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