5 Tips Before Travelling Abroad for Psychedelic Healing

5 Tips Before Travelling Abroad for Psychedelic Healing

While healing with psychedelic medicine is nothing new, there has been a recent surge in interest of several psychedelic substances. As old ideals are shattered, people are discovering alternative ways to heal everything from anxiety to addiction, and they’re finding them in places all over the globe. Psychedelics Catching Your Attention? Native to the Peruvian jungles, ayahuasca has become the alternative treatment of the 21st century. Considered sacred by South American tribes, ayahuasca is also known as “the vine of the soul”. It is said that ayahuasca cleanses the negative energy of a person and connects them to their own divinity. So transformative can an experience with ayahuasca be that countless people travel to Peru every year to receive this sacred treatment. Ayahuasca, however, isn’t the only psychedelic healing that’s got people headed out of the country. Ibogaine, a psychedelic native to West and Central Africa, has shown unprecedented potential in treating addiction. Those who have taken ibogaine speak of the power it contains to stop physical withdrawal symptoms in their tracks, something obviously welcomed by those who suffer from excruciating withdrawal symptoms when coming off drugs like heroin. The popularity of ibogaine has increased exponentially in recent years, most likely in respond to the opioid epidemic that is affecting people from every demographic across the nation. New ibogaine clinics just across the US border are popping up all the time and provide an easy way for people to receive treatment close to the US. Because the popularity of psychedelic medicine is quickly gaining momentum, travelling to receive medicine that has been sacred for centuries is becoming the “new...
In and Out of Rehab? It May Not Be Your Fault

In and Out of Rehab? It May Not Be Your Fault

There aren’t many statistics on how many times someone goes to rehab before making a successful recovery, but for a lot people it’s definitely more than once. To go through rehab, relapse, go back to rehab, relapse again, and go back to rehab again isn’t uncommon. It actually happens more than a lot of people are even aware of. The thing is, most people believe that rehab is the end all, be all solution for addiction. Many people also believe that 12-step programs like AA are the only way to successfully make it through. If this is the case, why are we seeing so many people go in and out of rehab? The reality is these programs don’t always work. And while many people swear by them, there are others that argue these programs are outdated and lack the evidence to support the success they swear by. These traditional programs might work for some, but what about the vast amount of people that are attending rehab three, four, or even more times and still not making real progress? Who’s Fault is it? Some would say it’s the fault of the patient. That they aren’t willing or ready to fully commit to recovery. When the 12-steps don’t work (which are often integrated in with traditional rehabs), AA assumes it’s because the person is somehow weak or not ready to make the commitment to stop using. The Big Book (AA’s bible) has this to say about someone that doesn’t find success with the 12-step program: “Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do...
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