The Takiwasi Way of Treating Addiction

Treating addiction is a tricky matter, while it is fairly easy to detox the body from the substance, it is not enough, because the psychological craving and the root cause of the addiction are still present and come back, urging a return to the addictive substance or behavior. Even though the addict knows that his addiction is harmful to his health and well-being the inner urge is so strong that it oftentimes can’t be resisted and relapse occurs. When thinking of addiction I tend to envision heroin, cocaine, alcohol or cigarettes, we typically associate it with an antisocial environment, the typical homeless, drug-addict kind of situation. But in truth we have tons of socially functioning addicts, who use a variety of legally prescribed substances such as opioids and painkillers, antidepressants, stimulants or sedatives. Probably you have such a functioning addict in your family or circle of friends. Apart from addiction to substances we find addictive behaviors such as sex addiction, addiction to shopping, to gambling and to unhealthy eating habits (binge-eating, overeating) as well as to various foods such as sugar, coffee, gluten, cheese and. I find another big addiction many people have without being conscious of it, is addiction to social encounters, people that can’t stand being alone. In the end it does not matter so much what is the substance or behavior a person is addicted to, it is more about a certain pain or emptiness inside that the addict tries to fill with returning to a comforting substance or behavior. I myself have had a difficult relationship with marijuana. As an angry teenager who didn’t feel connected to the society existing around her, a society creating wars and mistreating animals, cannabis helped me feel connected to nature and my inner self. But becoming older I kept using it and it created anxiety, amnesia and paranoia inside of me, and even with all these obvious discomforts, it was/is still so hard to stop smoking!

So how can we address this inner pain end emptiness that creates the urge to return to self-destuctive behavior? Psychological help is needed as well as help from the community around the person, in extreme cases it is necessary to leave your common surroundings and stay in a therapeutical community that supports you in this difficult process of finding better habits. But the problem with addiction seems to lie on a deeper level as Jacques Mabit explains. It is an energetic and spiritual problem. Maybe the addict is acting out a pattern inherited from his family, from his ancestors, it is an energy present in the family history that needs to be addressed. The addict wants to stop but he can’t it is like a possession with a foreign energy that needs to be dealt with on an energetic level.

That is why Jacques Mabit developed a novel approach at the Takiwasi center in Peru, to help people deal with drug addictions. The tripod of therapeutic tools consists of psychotherapy, living in community and shamanic interventions such as the work with master plants, like ayahuasca and tobacco. -> Watch the video where talks about the Takiwasi approach to treating addiction!

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Six years ago I, I had just turned 27, I received my master’s degree in Anthropology. At that moment I was supposed to transition into a working life mode. My passion was with documentary film making, which had been a substantial part of my education. I imagined how a job in that field would be like: I saw myself taking the metro everyday to work, sitting in an office and realising other peoples’ ideas. My heart cramped up at this outlook on life. It just seemed wrong, I didn’t want to be stuck in a treadmill, executing other people’s ideas, I wanted to realise my own. So instead of looking for a job, I separated from my boyfriend, moved back in with my parents and began looking for myself. I spent 9 months exploring shamanism, meditation, systemic therapies, past-life therapies and meditation. I participated in a vision-quest and spend 4 days alone without food in a forest and encountered my deepest fear - the fear of death. I participated in camps that practiced community life and taught the way of the circle, the ancestral way of sharing oneself in a talking circle. I felt the power and the beauty of the shamanic approach and by the end of that year I finally encountered with the amazonian plant teacher ayahuasca. She showed me the perfect harmony of the universe and then she brought me all the way from Germany into the savanna of central Brazil, where I am based now. For the last 5 years I have been drinking a lot of Ayahuasca in various lineages, intensely exploring my Self. I passed through various crises and got stronger along the way. Since the plant medicines and healing modalities that I have encountered have helped me greatly on my path of deconditioning myself of everything alien to me and of becoming more and more who I am meant to be, I feel the call to share this information and my experiences with healing and medicine with more people. I wish for all of us to be conscious and openhearted human beings so we can co-create a new reality on this beautiful earth. Mapping Medicine is a project straight from my heart to yours. I hope it inspires you on your healing journey!