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There's a new way to get help for people trying to overcome drug addiction. In Thailand, several Buddhist temples have become rehab centers. Here's a report from Vietnam's VTV4.
The Thamkrabok Monastery is in the mountainous region of Thailand. With contributions from the public, this temple is similar to others that have become rehabilitation centers for people wishing to rid themselves of addiction. Everyday around two in the afternoon, the patients kneel in a line to drink a special medicine that the temple produces. After drinking they vomit continuously. According to the monks at Thamkrabok, this medicine is but 1/10th of the treatment process. The rest depends on the will of the patients, their determination to kick their addiction. They have to follow strict rules if they want to rid of their problems. They are prohibited from doing many things like listening to music, and travel outside the monastery. Even their daily diet is regulated by special food. The patients believe that these strict methods will help them focus and not be bothered by the outside world.
Kate, Addict Patient:
I used to be a heavy drug user. I would spend all my money on drugs. It made my family and friends very upset. I want to return to a normal life. That's why I am here.
After the patients are cured, they receive a certificate printed on rice paper saying, "I will never touch drugs again." After reading this phrase, they will eat the certificate. An action to solidify their pledge.
How much do the monks charge to help people beat their addictions? Only three bucks a day.