How to integrate the psychedelic experience into our everyday lives is a popular topic nowadays with an increasing amount of therapists offering this specialized service. But without considering the broader context their integration can never be complete. Until everyone will be able to speak about their experience with their doctors, therapists, teachers, students, or parents, there will be work to be done.
In order to address the challenges and harms of psychedelic use it is important to integrate the ‛psychonaut’s’ experiences on an individual as well as social level. Although tools and techniques to integrate are present all over the world, most often mainstream restrictive regulation is not effective at harm reduction and can cause more harm than benefit. However, individual and local efforts, as well as past experience, show that their sensible regulation is possible and we as a species have the capacity to use psychedelics responsibly and safely, while assure maximizing benefits and minimizing risks.
Currently we focus on harm reduction which constitutes the primary base of integration. From there we move to harm-prevention strategies based on education and practice, and the final base of focus is on gaining potential benefits from psychedelic use. Currently, we try so hard to avoid risks that we can forget to weigh them with the potential benefits and so don’t realize that to do nothing can often cause bigger harms.
We are missing standards of best practices, safety guidelines, ethical committees, as well as social and mental health services for psychedelic users.
How can we integrate the non-ordinary experience as individuals, and as a society? What services should be established? How can we use psychedelics safely and responsibly? How should sensible regulation look like? What aspects should current education incorporate? Is harm-reduction always the best strategy? Can the potential benefits justify risky treatment?
Selected Lectures in Integration Track
Dr. Friederike Meckel Fischer: If You Can Change Your Mind – You Can Change Your Life. Integration – a Process
Dr. Ben Sessa: Child Abuse, Trauma, MDMA Therapy and The Future of Medicine
Ciara Sherlock: Psychedelic Experience Weekend
Richard Miner Furr: Bridging Ayahuasca and Psychotherapy – A New Model for Psychotherapeutic Integration in the 21st Century.
Juraj Styk. M.D.: The Psychotherapeutic Competence of the Psycholytic Therapist