Therapeutic Model

The therapeutic model that is applied in the TAKIWASI Center is innovative and unique in its genre. It is characterized by the combination of the resources of psychological and medical conventional therapies with the ones of the Amazonian traditional medicines, mainly through the ritualized and controlled use of medicinal plants with psychosomatic effects on the individual.

Therefore, a curative tripod is conformed, comprising three complementary therapeutic workspaces, which provide mutual feedback:

  • Cohabitation

It follows the general model of therapeutic communities, offering an instance of self-observation and restructuring through the daily life and domestic chores.

  • Psychotherapy

It takes into account a diversity of instruments for the individual or collective approach to the issues that arise with the cohabitation and as a consequence of the use of traditional medicine plants.

  • Traditional medicine plants

They closely accompany the patients in each stage of the treatment, for both the initial detoxification and for the exploration of their own inner world. There is a special emphasis in the ritual and controlled use of medicinal plants with psychosomatic effects, in accordance with the Amazonian tradition

In Takiwasi the human being is considered from his physical, psychological and spiritual dimension. Addiction is understood as a symptom of the emotional and existential discomfort that must be addressed for the modification of the addictive behavior. In the treatment, abstinence is an important part of the rehabilitation process, but it is not enough: stop consuming is not equivalent to be rehabilitate. Understanding the affective bond with the substance is essential for healing. Rehabilitation as an objective is not limited to non-consumption, it implies an integral restructuring of the person that starts from self-knowledge and taking responsibility for their own process and their own life.

Poison Plants or Remedy Plants?

A look at the treatment of addictions in Takiwasi with testimonies from patients and Dr. Jacques Mabit