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At DARA, our primary goal is to provide the very best rehabilitation therapy we possibly can. We also aim to provide the highest level of accommodation, food, activities, and service, and do so at an affordable price.

Below are some of the comments our guests have shared with us:

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Jim, Australia wrote:
“I still remember getting off the plane in Chiang Mai feel like a scared little boy welcomed by a big smile and a Thai bloke holding a sign with my name, so comforting. My first week here was very hard but as time went on I grew in to a man. Everyone that works here helped me in a big way I can’t thanks everyone enough from the waitress with her beautiful smile every day to the night nurse NUI is a beautiful person with an amazing warming smile. Sarah and the office ladies are amazing people, the chef so cool, all therapists : Henry, Hanan, Jackie, but most of all my vocal therapist Jake. I want to Thank you all the PT boys + girl, they have helped me so much through my recovery I can’t explain it in words how much I appreciate it. They really do care on a personal level. I could keep writing for hours. I came here I had lost myself somewhere along the way but found myself again here in Chiangmai. I am leaving a confident grown man with a spiritual something I can’t explain THANK YOU Pui so much. I now call Chiang Mai my second home and hold this place very close in my heart I plan to return every year. Thanks to everyone, you all are amazing. Sorry if I forgot anyone.”

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Cierra wrote:
“This was the best gift I have ever received. I am going home to spread the knowledge and gift that I have received. Paying it forward, I will recommend DARA to every soul who needs the help that I needed. Best staff ever!!!”

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Jane wrote:
“had a great experience. Loved everything that DARA offered. Staff are amazing – so friendly, so
kind. Everyone was super nice. Will definitely recommend. Reception staff are super nice and
organized too.”

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Joanne wrote:
“The right treatment, at the right time for me. I felt nurtured and a part of the DARA
community”

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John wrote:
“I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I had been to DARA previously in 2017, and with the new
management I was a little unsure. I have to say that the DARA has had a significant upgrade,
staff, program and facility is really improved. The PT Program was amazing, and well done to
Nick and his team for making that so much more enjoyable”

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Rob wrote:
“Very happy with my time at DARA and excited for my ongoing sober life to follow. I learnt a lot
from the advice and experiences that the therapists and the clients have given to me”

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Alex wrote:
“It’s a friendly and positive place. The staff are professional but understanding of addicts and
their needs. Overall, a great experience”

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Dean wrote:
“This has been a life changing experience for me. I could not have asked for a better
experience. The staff and clients at DARA have saved my life”

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Lenny wrote:
“The CBT approach at DARA was a wonderful fit for me, it enabled me to discover the roots and
patterns of my addiction and armed with the tools to manage and sustain my sobriety. The
tranquil and beautiful surroundings were a boon to”

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David H wrote:
“I can not speak more highly of DARA, it’s methods, staff and the genuine sense of caring for its
client’s well-being. It was only after having been here a week that I realized just how sick I was,
not only physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is with certainty that I can say
that coming to DARA was one of the best decisions in my life and in fact has probably saved my
life. It has allowed me to renew my life and contemplate all the wonderful possibilities
otherwise impossible whilst drinking”

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Cosmin wrote:
“Very friendly, environment. Excellent quality of therapy and services”

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Elizabeth wrote:
“My experience at DARA has been life changing from day one. I was committed to the program,
and I had an amazing counselor who took me through an incredible journey. I want to thank the
whole counselling staff as they have helped me along the way. I will be forever grateful”

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Rich wrote:
“It was amazing. Martin’s Relapse Prevention groups were excellent. Trauma groups were very
valuable. The therapists were good at leading groups and on point. However, I didn’t like the
12-Step work when that was introduced, and that at times disconnected me. The food was
generally ok, but I would have preferred some more fresh vegetables, and less fried. The front
desk, room service, property and nurses were all A+++”

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Ahmed wrote:
“I had a great experience with my therapist who was able to understand me well and guide
accordingly. A huge thankyou to Julie who was able to help me with my mobility and walk
better again”

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Maksim wrote:
“A beautiful place with beautiful people. Great experiences for me and a different approach to
our addiction problems, holistic approach. Certainly, will recommend DARA to people with
same problems as me”

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Del wrote:
“I came back for my refresher after being sober for 18 months. A lot of change of staff and
program, but I believe it’s for the better. Very pleased with my program and therapy”

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David wrote:
“I think I got very lucky with who I was paired with for a therapist, and also the group of clients
who were attending at the same time as me. I was always in fantastic groups, and I have made
life long friends. I will be back for my refresher. I love it here”

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Roger wrote:
“This was a return visit for me, as I had been here in 2014, 2017 and 2018. After my first period
of treatment, I have managed to remain sober for nearly 3 years, and unfortunately relapsed. I
retuned in 2017, and struggled somewhat after being at DARA again, and was looking at a few
other treatment options as the last experience was disappointing with the staff (no one was left
from before), groups and general chaos. I was pleasantly surprised that when I called the DARA
number that Martin answered the phone, and so I decided to return to DARA. I spent 8 weeks
in the program, was really impressed with the improvements from 2017, and the general
positive vibe and increase in professionalism that was missing on my last visit. My therapist
pushed me hard, and I found the groups challenging, yet beneficial. The PT sessions and groups
are of a much higher standard of professionalism, with more options and Nick is a great asset. It
was also nice to see some of the old staff back at DARA, and how the center has been
significantly tided up from last time. I have left with an excellent discharge plan and follow up
care in place, and I feel I am totally back on track. Thanks a million”

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Matt wrote:
“This place is truly amazing. You have helped me in so many ways and I am very grateful for that. Having clients and staff from around the world makes this place unique, along with being located in a beautiful setting assuring peace of mind during the recovery process.”

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Sven wrote:
“I have been to four treatments in Europe in the last seven years. No one can match DARA. In eight weeks, I have had a feeling of being taken care of, listened to, and valued as a person with high human value. When I leave, I feel strong both mentally and physically. Thank you for a wonderful help!”

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Annie wrote:
“DARA truly has been a life-altering experience for me. Not only were my 1:1 meetings of great benefit, but also the interactions that took place during group meetings were essential to my recovery. All of this hard emotional work was softened by good food, wonderful massages, and a relaxed, natural atmosphere. I can’t thank DARA enough.”

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Sue wrote:
“This has been one of the most worthwhile experiences in my life so far. I will definitely return for a refresher week, take up the aftercare counselling option and grab my life with both hands going forward armed with the “tools” DARA has provided.”

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Damian wrote:
“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 luxurious setting, DARA also focuses on stress management, physical well-being and spiritual growth. Complimented by excellent staff, 5-star accommodation and great food, DARA accomplished its goal by providing me with a platform for self improvement, awareness and understanding. I would not hesitate to recommend DARA to people considering some “time-out” to deal with negative elements in their lives.”

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Theresa wrote:
“I would not hesitate to recommend DARA as a 1st class treatment centre in every respect (especially with reference to the counselling). The staff (at all levels) is amazing, brilliant, fantastic….congratulations on a successful team.

Daily program, accommodation, food, fitness facilities together contributed to my having a very positive experience. Thank you”

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Stacey wrote:
“This has been a wonderful experience. From the facility, to the food, to the staff, everything has been excellent and far exceeds my expectations…Both outings were good – Lagoona and Thai cooking. Wish I had more shopping time, but I understand the reason for the limitations. Grounds are well kept.”

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Anonymous wrote:
“I have had a marvellous experience here at DARA. It has changed me a lot. I will recommend it for a lot of my friends.”

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Jeremy wrote:
“Did not know what to expect. But I was very impressed by the staff, the facilities and, most of all, the therapy.”

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Lee wrote:
“Having tried another rehab 2 years ago and relapsing after a year, I thought I would never win my battle with alcohol. However, after 28 days at DARA, the team, my one-on-one therapy with Christine, I am leaving full of confidence, awareness, and all the tools to overcome my addiction. A MASSIVE THANK YOU.”

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Eugene wrote:
“I enjoyed my stay and learning process at DARA. It has opened my eyes, heart and mind to the reality – treatment (holistic) need for my true recovery!”

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Anonymous wrote:
“Christine is one in a million. I realize I needed to stay longer, but will be back…Better therapy than England! Will not find a better therapist than Christine.”

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Morgan wrote:
“I had a life changing experience. I am grateful for your guidance.”

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John T. wrote:
“DARA was a fantastic personal learning experience providing me great insight into my condition and strategies to cope without alcohol. Counsellors are enthusiastic and dedicated.”

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Jett wrote:
“The best rehab that I have ever been. The clients are serious about their work, which helps me in the the recovering treatment.”

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Anonymous wrote:
“This has been a life changing experience for me. I cannot thank the counsellors and staff enough for what they have done for me. For the first time in my life, I know who I am.”

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Anonymous wrote:
“A great experience. Well worth while.”

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Cindy wrote:
“I loved it – Thank you so much!”

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Daniel wrote:
“To the reader of this testimonial…today is my 4th week anniversary of being home after departing DARA’s program in Thailand.

I waited to write this to have a perspective of how I felt after essentially getting my life back. It feels great. I would say that going to DARA and working hard at the program was the single most important decision I have made in my adult life.

Not only have I managed to change my approach to substances – after 35 years of abuse – I feel that I have changed and continue to do so in a very fundamental way.

Why? Well, I’m still learning too. But I can say that at DARA, I received answers to questions about myself, my life and the way I was living my life that I had not even thought to ask – it became a lot more than just stopping my drinking though that is why I went.

What I learned at this wonderful place and full of caring people is still with me. And I continue to speak or write daily to those I met at DARA – we have become an intimate and supportive circle of friends from, literally, all over the world.

My one month of being clean, sober and happy after leaving DARA is my true testimonial that this program works. I had hardly gone a day without drinking for years and now I am at 10 weeks and expect to make this a lifetime behavioural change.

You won’t get through it without bumps and bruises, largely emotional of course. But it works.

I can’t give enough thanks to the entire staff of DARA that, while always professional, make you feel like family.

If you are in doubt about getting your life back – please don’t be. I can’t imagine a better program than the one DARA offers – go. “

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Lauren wrote:
“Changed my life. Thai staff lovely, therapists very skilled.

Other clients changed my life.

Thank you very much. I feel like a new person with a lot of tools to continue my adulthood minus substance abuse.

DARA is a really special place.”

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Eija wrote:
“I love the fact that everything is provided effortlessly. The place is stunning accommodation. Luxurious. Reminds how beautiful life can be, how healthy life can be. Water workouts are a great way to wake up and lots of fun. Message is amazing. Yuwadee helped with years old issues in the body. Thai staff is kind, DARA staff very understanding and patient and I felt respected and lived and treated well.”

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Joe wrote:
“Pippa was fantastic, thanks! Scheduling is a triumph also. You are doing great work, all of you, at DARA. Thank you.”

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Ellen wrote:
“I just really lucked out! I couldn’t have picked a better rehab.”

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John wrote:
“I feel that DARA is creating its own niche in recovery. I appreciate that its basic promise change comes from within and give one tools to make that change. It’s refreshing to see addiction as a behavior and not an illness that implicates you to a life of helpless recovery.”

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Bill wrote:
“Well worth it.

With no expectations, there are no disappointments. Had I had expectations, DARA has exceeded those I might have had. My thanks to all the counselors. This facility is impeccably managed, the care given to me amazing. I walked in broken, I leave with hope. My new day has arrived.”

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JoJo wrote:
“DARA was better than I could have imagined. One of the best months in my life.”

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Matt wrote:
“This place is truly amazing. You have helped me in so many ways and I am very grateful for that. Having clients and staff from around the world makes this place unique, along with being located in a beautiful setting assuring peace of mind during the recovery process.”

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G.A.S. wrote:
“Exceeded all expectations. I was specifically impressed with the genuine and sincere care and concern for my well-being. Also for my growth within the program. Yes, it comes from within and what you put in, but I know that the management and staff truly are dedicated. I’m also impressed with the aftercare program. I want to partake and re-visit for the refresher.”

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Annie wrote:
“DARA truly has been a life-altering experience for me. Not only were my 1:1 meetings of great benefit, but also the interactions that took place during group meetings were essential to my recovery. All of this hard emotional work was softened by good food, wonderful massages and a relaxed natural atmosphere. I can’t thank DARA enough.”

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Daniella wrote:
“It’s a wonderful place to be.”

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Chris H. wrote:
“An exceptionally supportive, challenging and rewarding experience, and one of the most important four-week periods in my life.

There may be other rehab centres elsewhere…but I simply do not understand how any of them could come close to matching DARA for the overall “package” of price, therapy, accommodation, food, and friendship.”

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John W. wrote:
“Counsellors are the stars! Flexible program for retunees was perfect, but send day 1-7 choices before arrival.

Thank you.”

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Ross wrote:
“Accommodation
Dara is situated in a luxury resort and the accommodation reflects this. The Various levels of accommodation are excellent with air-conditioning, large comfortable beds and ample space. Housekeeping is daily, as is the laundry. The latter service was exceptional, and I could not fault it. Housekeeping on the whole was also excellent; except for the replacement of items like conditioner/body wash which was initially overlooked but merely a matter I think of staff training, All the villas are enveloped by trees and ferns in an extremely tranquil setting. Sea glimpses and beautiful sunsets provide a peaceful, harmonious and safe place for rehabilitation.

Food
Having so many differing cultures and culinary need requirements; from such a variety of clients; would challenge even the most resourceful chef. The buffet style meals of predominately Thai/Asian origin are a tour of the local cuisine. However I was always amazed at the staff’s willingness to prepare separate dishes on short notice at the request of several clients; always with a smile, and a genuine desire to please with the outcome.

Value
Suffice to say, that even as a holiday destination (excluding the value of the rehabilitation therapy) DARA represents exceptional value for money.

I would suggest that this must be one of the most cost effective treatments available. That stated it in no way detracts from the quality of therapy and care given, which is first rate.

Administration
DARA is currently going through a major growth period where I understand the client numbers are targeted to reach 30. Logistically and operationally there will obviously be teething problems, and further challenges to be met. However as an overall impression I feel the organization is dealing well with those challenges especially given the short time a lot of the staff have been on board

Therapy
Impressions on the delivery of therapy are always going to be personal to each client. I can only relate to DARA through my reasons for coming, expectations and outcome.

I chose DARA for the CBT programme not withstanding that I did not have an in depth knowledge of the 12 step alternative. However I did like the idea of being able to retrain my thoughts and actions and to be able to come to terms with the reasons behind my addictive behavior.

The programme rewards a desire to learn and change

It provides a caring and safe environment to explore those issues, events and consequent behaviours that brought me to the point of finally seeking help.

I was challenged and on reflection came to relish that as a starting point for looking inward.

I commend the diversity and dedication of the counselors and especially the thought and caring of my personal counselor Raymond.

I am leaving DARA with a growing exuberance and calmness that I cannot recall feeling before; period. I also feel secure in knowing that support is only a Skype call away.

I will be back for the follow up week and sincerely hope a refresher programme is made available for those of us who just need that extra support from time to time.

The camaraderie and friendship amongst the clients has proved to be an integral part of the process and I had been fortunate to make many close friends.

I would totally recommend considering DARA Thailand to anyone seeking therapy. Whilst it is obviously an individual’s decision, my experience has exceeded all my expectations “

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Emily wrote:
“It’s hard to put into words just how grateful I am to all the staff at DARA for what they’ve done for me. I’ve been cared for, exercised, challenged, looked out for, entertained, massaged, listened to and encouraged.

I am particularly thankful to Carol, Raymond & David for supporting me through the inevitable ups and downs I experienced here. For the first time in such a long, long time I feel hopeful about the future.

If any future potential clients would like to speak with someone who has been through the program – please let me know.

I will never forget the people I’ve met here and you each hold a special place in my heart. “

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Luigi wrote:
“I had a wonderful experience at DARA and for the first time I had nothing to complain about a rehab I had stayed in or seen.”

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Stacey wrote:
“This has been a wonderful experience. From the facility, to the food, to the staff, everything has been excellent and far exceeds my expectations. Yuwadee and Paul are exceptional at what they do, and are both extremely kind and positive people. Tim is an excellent counselor and very intuitive. Laura is a good and much-need addition to the team. Kitchen staffs are very accommodating. Both outings were good – Lagoona and Thai cooking. Wish I had more shopping time, but I understand the reason for the limitations, Grounds are well kept.”

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Theressa wrote:
“I would not hesitate to recommend DARA as a 1st class treatment centre in every respect (especially reference to the counseling). The staff (at all level) is amazing, brilliant, fantastic…congratulations on a successful team.

Daily program, accommodation, food, fitness facilities together contributed to my having a very positive experience.

Thank you.”

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Elizabeth wrote:
“All is going well for me, 9 months now! Still doing lots of exercise, have lost 7 kg’s since I saw you last, feeling better for it.  Work going well, just the usual juggling act of work, family, exercise and trying to look after myself! So far so good.  I continue to be very grateful for the opportunity I had at DARA and how it has changed my life – no going back for me, am so used to this way of living that ‘this’ is normal for me now. Anyway feel like I was given a second chance.  Thanks for your great support.  Hope all is well for you and your family.

Best regards and hi to the team from me”

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Simon wrote:
“I would highly recommend DARA to anyone serious about changing their life in a positive way. Rehab alone can’t always produce miracles, but DARA certainly gave me the time, space, confidence and motivation to make a radical and positive change in my lifestyle.

The facilities were top quality, and this took a lot of stress out of a potentially uncomfortable situation. Accommodation, food and service from the staff were all exceptional.

The holistic approach including therapy, exercise, meditation and relaxation works at many levels, and brought about a gentle and yet profound change in my personal outlook. I can honestly say it was a life changing experience, and can only thank everyone involved.

Considering the entire package, I can say I was entirely satisfied, and believe it represents excellent value for money. I look back on my stay with many fond memories.”

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Natasha wrote:
“I was pleased that I made the choice to attend DARA. I gained insight on myself through therapy sessions which enables me to step back and think more before acting or impulse decisions. I increased my self-esteem and confidence levels and continue to work on putting myself in positive outcome situations to aid this. I have tools to utilize to help me make the right choices in dealing with my addiction. The programme allowed me to stop and look at my life, and possible changes that need to be made for me.”

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David wrote:
“I have to tell you that you [a treatment staff member] are one of the few persons that has left a ‘mark’ on my life. I admire your inner strength, great personality, and humanity. I am very honored to have met you.”

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Suki wrote:
“The whole experience has been amazing and exceeded my expectations. I have found an inner peace that was truly missing from my life 28 days ago. 

DARA isn’t just a rehab, it’s a 360 degree experience! Fantastic counselors, meditation and P.T.”

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Todd wrote:
“I was extremely impressed with everything.

The Facility
– Very stylish decor.
– I have never seen any hotel/resort do laundry in such an easy and fast manner.
– Little things like clothe hand towels in all the public restrooms (Rehabs don’t do that)
– Amenities in the room were extremely well  thought out.

Staff – Professional
– I felt my tools and education I acquired will be highly more effective in my recovery than what I have experience elsewhere
– CBT works much better than 12-Steps for many!

Staff – House
– The Thai people are extremely friendly, hard working and terribly considerate”

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D.B. wrote:
“This was an excellent experience overall and I think it has brought changes to my life. Hopefully they will be lasting. I appreciated the good balance between group and individual therapy, and the exercise etc. For me personally I found the restrictions on movement outside the resort to be irksome, but understand that the rules need to apply to all equally. However I think that movement outside should be negotiable for clients in their last week or two – its an important element of preparation for re-entry to normal life. I like the philosophy of DARA and think you have an excellent model.”

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Patrick wrote:
“I’ve had a look at your review form and can say that I don’t have much to add except for the usual plaudits of a client who was fully satisfied with the services provided by the entire staff during my stay.  I can’t think of anything critical to highlight or anything more to suggest on top of what you guys are already planning for the program.  I CAN say that [a treatment staff member] was an excellent ‘fit’ for me.  He ‘lead’ me perfectly and challenged me to face what I needed to address to come to grips with my addiction.  That said, I must add that his’s contribution was matched in equal measures by i) insights gained from the other counsellors (the RP sessions were of particular value); and ii) insights gained from sharing experiences with other clients during my stay.

I can also say that I am still quite keen on coming for the ‘refresher’ in maybe 6 months’ time and I would be keen to hear from you as to how that works.  I am sure that my recovery will have progressed to a new phase by then and that I could benefit from some additional ‘wisdom’ which might be appropriate to my circumstances at that time.  I would also love to see how the program has evolved by then!”

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