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Ayahuasca-Assisted Treatment for Addiction

Ayahuasca-Assisted Treatment for Addiction

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    MAPS-Sponsored Ayahuasca Research

    Principal Investigator: Gerald Thomas, Ph.D.
    Study Site: British Columbia, Canada

    Sponsored in part by MAPS Canada, this observational study investigated the safety and long-term effectiveness of ayahuasca treatment for individuals suffering from addiction and dependence. Combining Western psychotherapeutic techniques with South American shamanic (Vegetalista) healing practices, this study successfully gathered preliminary evidence about the safety and effectiveness of ayahuasca-assisted therapy.

    The first-of-its-kind study reported significant improvements in measures of mental and behavioral health related to substance use disorders, as well as significant reductions in harmful cocaine use following treatment. The paper describing the results of the study was published in June 2013 in Current Drug Abuse Reviews.