Discovering, understanding, and healing from trauma: the real trip

“Trauma,” as a word, sounds dramatic, like something that occurs only in the ER or in the dark alleyways of places we don’t want to go alone at night. Truthfully, trauma is a pervasive human experience that we have all gone through at one point or another – if you’ve had a bad psychedelic trip, …

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On seeking professional help after a bad trip

There may come a time, in dealing with the lingering effects of a traumatic psychedelic trip, that you may desire the help or guidance of a professional. When I say professional, I’m referring to anyone who is trained in some discipline or system and offers help, counseling, or guidance in exchange for money. This could be …

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How to talk to people in your life about your bad psychedelic trip

Recovering from a traumatic psychedelic trip is an incredibly personal journey that you must, for the most part, go on alone. This is a large part of what makes it so difficult – during a time when you deeply crave support and empathy, many people simply can’t understand what you’re going through and many more …

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Recovering from a bad trip: the mind-body connection

I had been away from home all day, and there I was, stuck in an unexpected Saturday rush-hour, tired, hungry, and restless. The infrastructure criss-crossed all around me like a gray forest blooming everywhere with red brake light berries, and that’s when it really hit me – for the past several weeks, I had been …

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How to understand a bad psychedelic trip

Truly understanding what happened to you during a bad trip can take a lifetime, but beginning the process of analysis, processing, and understanding is one of the best things you can do to demystify the experience and make it less hauntingly frightening. What you experienced was a journey through subconscious landscapes where nothing is masked …

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What to do when a bad trip messes up your relationship

When you have a scary, negative, and just generally bad psychedelic trip, it has a tendency to taint things, such as the room you were tripping in or even the person you were tripping with. The vibe of these things or people can get totally messed up because the experience is so powerful and haunting. …

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What to do when bad psychedelic trips cause anxiety about dying

One of the most common reactions to psychedelics, particularly DMT, LSD, and mushrooms, is feeling like you’re dead, dying, or going to die. Depending on you and your state of mind, this may be a beautiful, peaceful experience or a terrible, horrifying one that leaves you with powerful anxiety. That was my experience. During my …

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