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DARA Thailand

Asia Health Co., Ltd. 110/56 Moo 11, T. Plubpla, Chanthaburi, California, 92101
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.

Facility Highlights

  • Tennis Court
  • Healthy Specifically Desinged Menues
  • Large Gym and Work Out Facilities & Pools


  • 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.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • Dr. Philip Townshend
    Dr. Philip TownshendTreatment 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.
  • Dr. Seamus McAuley
    Dr. Seamus McAuleyDirector 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.

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Patient Reviews

Overall Ratings
  • 3.6
    Avg. score from 64 reviews
  • 3.7
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  • 3.6
    Treatment Effectiveness
  • 3.6
    Meals & Nutrition
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The therapists are really good. I asked them to contact my mum and we did same family sessions. I needed to know how to talk to her without it escalating so that was really really helpful. Probably the best thing for our relationship. The recreational activities are phenomenal. I got to learn to Scuba dive while I was too (For free).
    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
      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 Brian’s reviews I would Never of sent my son. Dejavue, thank goodness another facility was way More supportive and comumiticave don’t waste your money at Dara
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        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 patient out of the clinic without noticing the family is totally outrageous; they could have kept him there for another 24h and I could have gotten there to take him; but no...they just thrown him out like a dog and I only found out about this 2 days later... if this is the way they treat sick patients...
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        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. They can only dispense medications. I believe this is half of her problem and Dara isn’t qualified to make any medication changes. Alcoholism has led to marital difficulties. After my wife completed her second visit to Dara, she left rehab with two other women from Dara and went on a drunken bender in Bangkok. I question what type of rehab this is and how successful they are given my current situation. I hope for everyone’s sake my situation is unique and this is common. It’s been several days and family hasn’t been unsuccessful in getting my wife to return home. I question what her mental state was when she left, because the next day she’s suicidal and intoxicated. I understand that everyone is responsible for their own decisions. My disappointment is that I contacted Dara for assistance with me Wife. I was told her team was notified and attempted to contact my wife. She’s been hold up in a hotel for a few days now. I’ve tried what limited resources that I could. I want some assistance in calling the hotel to Check her welfare. My wife is depressed, suicidal and drinking. No one from Dara contacted the hotel to check on my wife. I request her counselor call me and I provided my number. I have not received a call. To say I’m disappointed in Dara is an understatement. I keep my fingers crossed that my wife comes to her senses and gets on a plane back to the states before she harms herself or someone harms her. She is in a very vulnerable state and it’s alarming I cant even get a phone call. Don’t waste your money here. Do some research and make sure you find a rehab with the proper medical staff, including Accredited Doctors. I pray my wife comes home safe. So much for a trip to rehab and achieving sobriety.