Only days after flying across the world for treatment, the Libertines guitarist walks out of rehab...
Libertines’ PETE DOHERTY has fled his rehab program in Thailand.
The guitarist flew out last week for a rigorous course of rehab at the Thamkrabok Monastery.
The Monastery claim to provide one of the most successful detoxification and rehabilitation programs in the world, having treated over 100,000 patients since its inception in 1958.
However, a spokesperson for Pete said that he left of his own accord at 4.30am local time yesterday morning (June 13).
It is thought Pete was headed for Bangkok.
A statement from the Monastery reads: “Having entered into the free treatment program at Thamkrabok Monastery in Thailand on Thursday June 10, and having vowed to senior Monks “never to take drugs ever again” upon registration, Peter refused to take even his third dose of medication, and has finally today rejected the sensitive and compassionate care offered by the Nuns and the Monks there.
“Despite insistent and concerned appeals from the Monastery’s officials and even his own mother, he demanded his passport and personal belongings and has fled to a hotel in Bangkok.
“Upon leaving the Monastery, Pete signed a declaration stating that: “Thamkrabok Monastery have done everything they could to help me, but I am just not strong enough for this treatment.”
June Brown, the actress who plays Dot Cotton in EastEnders is involved with the charity. She said: “This is a deeply concerning state of affairs. It’s tragic that he has clearly taken the choice to continue using drugs. I am truly concerned for his mother who must be devastated.”
The organisation TKB UK, issued a statement that reads: “Thamkrabok can only help those who truly want to help themselves. The Monastery’s success has been built from treating those who want to stop. If they don’t want to stop, nobody can help them. Without a 100% clear intention of wanting to give up, an addict will always continue to use. We hope people learn from this that Thamkrabok is not an easy route – however for people with clear intention Thamkrabok have the tools they need.”
Doherty’s trip to Thailand to clean up was the reason Libertines pulled out of festival appearances in June, including last weekend’s Isle Of Wight festival.
A statement released at the time read: “Libertines have cancelled appearances at London’s Meltdown, The Isle Of Wight Festival and the Glastonbury Festival due to the illness of vocalist/guitarist Peter Doherty, who is now recuperating in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand.”