IF YOU ARE THE ONE WITH A CHALLENGING RELATIONSHIP WITH DRUGS:
Ready to take matters into your own hands? When it comes to recovery, nothing is more important as your own patience and commitment to change. That said, many people struggle or even fail after getting clean, because they don't realize how much their progress depends on changes in their important relationships. Family ties are invisible and easy to disregard. But don't get sidetracked: how closest people see you can determine how you think about yourself and act. Change of attitude and emotional climate in the family - even when you don't live together - often makes a difference between another relapse and full recovery. Helping you to navigate this change is an important part of our work.
IF YOU ARE A FAMILY MEMBER OF SOMEONE WHO NEEDS HELP:
After 5 years of work in this field, we used a simple test: "would we send our own family member to this program?"
The answer was "yes, but ..." The "but" was a hard-won clinical insight telling us that a realistic path to recovery must engage family members. One person's struggle with addiction is often a sign that the family is stuck the process of life transition. When life transition is navigated well, maturing out of unhealthy habits comes naturally. If not, the dysfunctional patterns tend to prevail, despite the best intentions and sincere efforts of an individual.
Therefore, getting professional guidance and therapeutic support is paramount for the entire family, especially if you are a parent or a spouse. To provide you with the right support we will recommend an integral family counselor in your area or will collaborate with your existing therapist.
Healing the roots of addiction is focusing on family dynamics. Most people reach out to us after they already had tried several options that promise to "heal the roots" of addiction. Sacred plant medicines such as Ibogaine and Ayahuasca are imagined to have magical powers to deliver such healing. Don't get confused:
It is well-researched and understood that addiction is often an unhealthy coping with trauma or attachment disorders that stem from within the family systems. Change of these patterns can take a long-term, well-coordinated effort, in which all family members participate. With the right support, addiction can become the greatest crisis that a family has faced and turned into an opportunity to grow stronger together while learning to appreciate each-others differences.
Over the years, our program has changed and matured to understand the systemic nature of addiction and help families navigate the change together. We work in a very small-scale manner, helping one person and one family at a time.
IF YOU ARE A FAMILY THERAPIST:
Fostering true healing - acknowledging the complex and rich experiences of others - is an antidote to the divisive and violent behaviors we simplify under umbrella terms like "relapse", "lying" or "addiction".
As licensed marriage and family therapist you are aware of systemic nature of dysfunctions in the family.
Addiction to drugs makes psychotherapeutic treatment complicated because an appropriate intervention is often blocked by lack of treatment compliance, self-awareness and stigma associated with physical and social consequences of chronic drug use.
When sacred ceremonial plant medicines are used correctly, they solve the problem of treatment compliance and create a unique opening for depth psychotherapeutic inquiry.
To foster true healing of the roots of addiction, our program is collaborative in nature. We seek to build relationships with practicing mental health professionals, who are primary care providers for people in recovery.
Healing family roots of addiction:
- Does your family see you as addict or as person with addiction problem? Changing perception of who you are goes a long way. Become aware about to how you see yourself & root firmly in healthy self- identity. Notice when others see you differently you and learn to help them understand where you are heading in life, despite the challenges.
- Be 100% safe at all times. Your physical safety is the highest priority. If you are relapsing on drugs, know that you are in a healing crisis, not in your past hell. Practice courage to speak openly about your struggle with those who can understand you without judgement and ask for help.
- Get professional assessment for dual diagnosis. We will help you plan ahead and will connect you with a licensed mental health professionals for online or in-person assessment. Taking psychoactive plant medicines can be safe and effective, or exactly the opposite. Let your process be professionally assessed and supported.
It may seem like a distant dream in the beginning, but within few months a relationship between family members can change and improve. New level of understanding and emotional trust are attainable with the right support
During a family retreat we invite you to stay at a comfortable eco-retreat facility and participate in a variety of therapeutic modalities provided by our affiliated facilitators: licensed family therapists and instructors.
- Naturopathic medicine
- Traditional Amazonian plant medicine
- Acupuncture and Chinese medicine
- Psychotherapy, Art therapy and Family Counseling
- Daily yoga therapy and meditation
- Horticultural therapy
- Sauna (or traditional sweat lodge ceremony)
- Supportive community environment
Scientific research and practical knowledge behind our method:
The Living Clean method is based on important new discoveries in the field of addiction treatment and psychological conditions with the help of psychoactive plant medicines. A body of scientific research and practice provides evidence for the safety and effectiveness of this alternative path to healing:
"Probably the single most important question in Ibogaine treatment is the question of aftercare." MAPS, 2003 "Ibogaine: Treatment options and observations".
"Aftercare - The Difference Between Success and Relapse" Jennifer R. Donnelly (2011) The need for Ibogaine in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment, Journal of Legal Medicine 32:11
"It is extremely important to plan ahead and make use of this time ("window of opportunity" after ibogaine detox") and make use of this time in the most effective manner, because it will pass." Patrick L. Kroupa & Hattie Wells (2005) Ibogaine in the 21st Century: Boosters, Tune-ups and Maintenance, MAPS, Volume XV, Number one.