04 November 2019

Plant based assisted therapy for the treatment of substance use disorders - part 2. Beyond blurred boundaries.

This article is the second part of a research that aims at giving a global overview of centers using herbal or animal derivatives for the treatment of substance use disorders, also providing a reflection on the concept of drugs as medicinal or toxicant agents depending on the context of use, culture and policy. Authors: Matteo Politi, Fabio Friso, Jacques Mabit. Published in Revista Cultura y Droga.

31 October 2019

Drug abuse prevention project

Since July, the Takiwasi Center has been carrying out a drug abuse prevention project among 5th grade students of high-school of the city of Tarapoto, San Martin region.

15 October 2019

The ritual ceremony of purgahuasca

The ritual ceremony of purgahuasca is one of the therapeutic procedures from the traditional medicine of the Awajún ethnic group that was included in the therapeutic protocol of the Takiwasi Center. Purgahuasca is a little concentrated ayahuasca preparation that is taken as in a purge session.

09 October 2019

Retreat/Diet Testimonial

In his testimonial about the retreat/diet in Takiwasi, Eugenio tells us that diet is one of those experiences that marks a before and after.

10 September 2019

Treatment and outcomes at Takiwasi Center, a Peruvian therapeutic community: identifying patient-related indicators

Substance abuse is a major public health concern, with over millions of people suffering from it worldwide. Although there is an abundance of treatment options, many of these rehabilitative trajectories are subject to “drop-out”. In addition, “drop-out” is a significant risk factor for relapse. There is an urgent demand for effective treatment, which would enable patients to reduce abuse and prevent relapse. Takiwasi is an addiction treatment centre that combines traditional Amazonian plant medicine with conventional western medicine and psychotherapy. The purpose of this paper is to explore whether socio-demographics factors, such as education level and occupation, psychiatric comorbidities and primary drug use, are associated with treatment non-completion of Ayahuasca (AYA)-assisted addiction therapy.