Taking a Walk on the Dark Side: an article by Bruce Tobin
For those interested in the Psychedelics in Psychotherapy movement, I’d like to share with you my friend & teacher Dr. Bruce Tobin’s paper about how it could be the greatest enthusiasts for psychedelics, not skeptics, that get in the way of the success of Psychedelic Renaissance 2.0:
“Research to date shows that many patients require more than one psychedelic session for optimum treatment results. But we also know that overuse or abuse of psychedelics can play a role in the onset of some true DSM mental disorders. And we also know that psychedelic induced peak experience has real therapeutic value only when those experiences are properly digested and “integrated” into one’s daily life so as to achieve lasting change. This “psychedelic psychotherapy” process takes time, depending on the person and the material they are trying to understand and accept. It might well take months. Over-use is inevitably counter-productive. As the 60s philosopher Alan Watts said, “When you get the message, hang up the phone”. (p.3).”
“Yes, psychedelic substances do have some special properties that affect perception and cognition. But the important thing about the therapeutic use of psychedelics is that it’s not about what the medicine does to you, it’s about the emotional work that you are willing and able to do with the medicine’s assistance: that’s what leads to the lasting changes. In the most productive cases, that work begins well before the medicine session, and continues well after it.” (p.4).”
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