Aftercare and Integration
If you’ve heard of ‘psychedelic integration’, it’s important to have an idea of ‘integration of what, from what into what?’. Typically, it means ‘integration of ideas, insights, visions and discovered memories from my recent psychedelic experiences into my pre-existing sense of self, my identity, my autobiography and my conception of reality’.
Psychedelic experiences can disrupt your sense of self, your sense of what matters, what is real or a dream, and what is a memory or an invention. This could be distressing, or it could be just something you’re curious about. Perhaps there is some unrealised potential that you wish to investigate or a question that won’t let you go. Getting to grips with these things is broadly what we mean by psychedelic integration.
Read the full article by Adam Knowles, existential psychotherapist and ayahuasca researcher.
Legal prohibition of psychedelic compounds has meant that psychedelic substances are still being used, but often in unheld and unsupported ways, or without adequate provision for post-experience integration. Casual practices that do not take place within a well-held and cared for setting, or without the appropriate preparation and psychological set can lead to difficult, disorienting, and sometimes traumatic experiences, which may be more difficult to understand and integrate without support.
TRIPP Network offers services that complement harm reduction initiatives, seeking to minimize the risks that can occur from the unsafe use of psychedelics, and from drug policies that contribute to the associated dangers. Research has shown that difficult psychedelic experiences that can be adequately processed and integrated can become powerful agents of positive psychological and spiritual transformation.
Psychedelic aftercare can cover a very broad spectrum, on one end assisting those that aim to support the insights and healing potential of their recreational/exploratory/ceremonial use into everyday life, and on the other end assisting those that seek support because they have had a psychologically harmful and traumatic psychedelic experience. TRIPP network is set up with the aim to assist those from across this spectrum that are seeking support.
TRIPP Network offers:
- A UK wide psychedelic aftercare therapist database
- A UK wide psychedelic research participation database
- A UK wide psychotherapist network that collaborates to develop and support psychedelic integration as a specialist field
Everything You Need To Know About Psychedelic Integration By Jasmine Virdi