You don’t hear much about drug rehabilitation in countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Malaysia. There may be a very good reason for that. All these countries have drug rehabs that resemble concentration or forced labor camps more than anything a humane person would think of as a drug rehab.
First, each of these countries has drug rehab “treatment” that is compulsory for addicts. Once the addicts are collected up, they may be detained for as long as four years in “rehabilitation” centers that put them to work under inhumane conditions at minimal pay. In Vietnam, some work long days shelling and sorting cashews, one of the largest crops in that country.
Second, there is nothing approaching drug rehabilitation treatment. Instead, there are beatings and torture. A woman who had spent time in one of these facilities appeared before the International Harm Reduction Association conference to describe her experience. Before she broke down in front of the group, she described the detention center as a place “where they don’t care what age or sex you are, and where there was no toilet, food, water, nor mosquito nets.” She said she had seen one of her friends die as a result of a beating, another drowned while trying to escape, and a fellow inmate was electrocuted.
A YouTube video posted by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union shows adults and children incarcerated in small cottages with bars across the doors at a drug detention center in Cambodia named “Kor Kor.”
A Canadian human rights worker studied Thailand’s compulsory drug rehabilitation system and reported that out of 84 such centers, 50 were run by the military, not medical personnel. Most people in those centers waited longer than the maximum 45 day period to find out if they would be remanded to long-term treatment. They were held in conditions so crowded that they could only sleep on their sides. There was no water or medical treatment.
From Vietnam, it was reported that compulsory drug rehabilitation for people “who are in danger of relapse” could be ordered for two years. The relapse rate for these centers is 90% to 100%.
In 2010, Joe Amon with the group Human Rights Watch stated the obvious when he said that, “The UN, the Global Fund, and many others have called upon Cambodia to close all compulsory treatment centres…Compulsory treatment, beatings, electric shocks, unproven experimental ‘cures’ are not appropriate ways of helping people with drug addiction.”
In Vietnam, between 35,000 and 45,000 people are being detained in these centers. Without recourse to courts or lawyers, they may be incarcerated for as long as four years. Of course, if they relapse, they may go right back again. In 2010, 600 inmates in one such center risked their lives to overwhelm guards and break out.
Narconon Centers in Asia Provide a Dramatic Contrast to Compulsory Treatment
In contrast, there are the Narconon centers in dozens of countries around the world, including Taiwan and Nepal. At Narconon centers, each arriving person is cared for with generous doses of nutritional supplements and gentle reorientation exercises to help them through withdrawal. A thorough drug detoxification process follows to enable each person to flush old stored drug residues out of their fatty tissues, remnants that might contribute to cravings in the future.
After this comes the life skills component of the Narconon program, where each person has a chance to examine their earlier way to life and learn new patterns of behavior and decision-making.
The result is a drug recovery program that enables seven out of ten graduates to stay clean and sober long after the return home.
This kind of drug treatment is a very far cry from compulsory incarceration and forced labor. Wherever the Narconon program is administered – Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa or the Americas, the emphasis is completely on results. Since 1966, the Narconon program has proven that it gets the result of sobriety on the majority of its graduates.
If you would like to find the Narconon center nearest you, contact the international offices of Narconon at 1-800-775-8750 today.