Ayahuasca Treatment for Addiction and Compulsive Behaviours

Can ayahuasca therapy help people overcome addiction and patterns of dependence?


Sponsored 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 gathered preliminary evidence about the safety and effectiveness of ayahuasca-assisted therapy.

Treatment consisted of participation in a five-day retreat (facilitated by independent psychiatrist Gabor Maté, M.D.) including ayahuasca-assisted therapy, which may help reduce problematic substance use as well as addictions, compulsive behavior, and self-harming thought patterns.

This study was conducted in cooperation with a British Columbia First Nations band. The results were published in 2013 in the peer-reviewed journal Current Drug Abuse Reviews.