The Aftercare Project is dedicated to the psychological and spiritual well-being of participants following challenging ayahuasca experiences.
Every day, new research gives us greater insight into ayahuasca’s healing potential. However, it is very important to note that healing with psychedelics is never a guarantee. We do not advocate for the use of psychedelics as a means of healing. However, it is known that many centers cannot provide ongoing integrative or psychotherapeutic services that are needed by some who continue to seek help after their trip, especially when dealing with serious trauma from a biomedical (or Western) framework. At times, trauma has been reported as a result of the psychedelic experience itself.
The mission of The Aftercare Project is to offer some precautions and a structured safety net for those participants who need more than what is available through the treatment center. Our vision will help to connect folks in need of counseling resources, and learn more to help develop integrative techniques and training protocols to support both participants and their caregivers, as they move forward on their healing journey.
In addition, The Aftercare Project will offer materials for those traveling abroad. These materials will include:
- Pre-trip preparation materials
- Support with pre-screening
- Safety information
- Cultural education
- Management of expectations & dispelling of myths
- Links to sister projects, programs, research, & resources, all in one space
24-hr support will also be made available through an anonymous, secured, web forum with specially trained counselors.
Should a referral be requested, online counselors will support the matching of clients to therapists, as needed.
Anonymous feedback regarding all member counselors and therapists will be solicited in order to ensure the highest quality continuing care is offered.
The Aftercare Project is dedicated to compassionate support and collective healing. We believe that communities are only as strong as the support they offer to members most in need. We believe that one person’s healing leads naturally to the healing of others. If you believe as we do, we welcome you to become a part of this work.
For more information on our project goals, see our Statement of Purpose here.
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