Thamkrabok Monastery has a reputation for its cold-turkey detox


When the morning mist clears from Thamkrabok Monastery, it reveals granite cliffs looming over a sprawling complex of temples and mammoth Buddha statues.

Sometimes around noon, you can find a group of foreigners sitting on a wooden porch overlooking a pond, talking with monks (some of them also foreign) about destiny, self-reliance and karma.

Globalp 1aOne could mistake this place for a spiritual retreat, but in fact, hardly anyone comes here as a tourist.

Most of the people who visit Thamkrabok are struggling with addiction and seeking treatment at the…