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The support groups that help people process psychedelic trips

The aim, she says, is to offer a space for thoughtful integration—or the mental processing of a psychedelic experience long after the effects of a drug have worn off. It’s an aspect of psychedelic experimentation that’s often overlooked in mainstream culture, but that devotees say is equally as important (if not more important) than the trip itself. The concept of integration has been around in some form or another for nearly as long as people have been seeking enlightenment through mind-altering substances.

But only recently have coaches, therapists, and healers begun to advertise these services more widely and to the general public… “Because of prohibition, people don’t have the kind of support and education to be able to make good decisions about usage,” says Booth, who adds that those who go on ayahuasca retreats in Peru, for example, where it’s legal, sometimes arrive home to find there’s nobody else to talk about their experiences with. “We really would like to create these sort of gathering spaces for people to be able to continue to talk about their experience and how their integration process is unfolding,” she says.

Original Article (Vice Magazine):
The Support Groups That Help People Process Psychedelic Trips
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