For centuries – perhaps even millennia – visionary plants like iboga, ayahuasca, peyote and mushrooms have been used to help heal mental, emotional, physical and spiritual suffering. The communities that use these plants have developed a deep understanding of how they work, and have become highly skilled at using them to transform the painful parts of the psyche.
In all of these shamanic cultures, the need for preparation and integration of the visionary experience is seen as absolutely essential to the outcome of the healing process. Simply ingesting a psychedelic medicine with no preparation regarding how to navigate the experience invariably results in people failing to find what they are looking for.
The same goes for anyone hoping to achieve recovery from addiction using psychedelic therapy. To understand what must be done in order to prepare the mind during the pre- and post-treatment stages, take a look at this series of articles published by The Third Wave.