Therapeutic Model

The therapeutic model 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 those of the Traditional Amazonian Medicine, mainly through the ritualized and controlled use of medicinal plants with psychosomatic effects on the individual.

Therefore, a curative tripod is conformed, which includes three complementary therapeutic workspaces, providing mutual feedback:

  • Community life

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

  • Psychotherapy

It takes into account a diversity of instruments for the individual or collective approach of the issues that arise during the community life and as a consequence of the use of traditional medicinal plants.

  • Medicinal 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 being rehabilitated. 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 inside the addiction treatment protocol proposed at Takiwasi with personal accounts from patients and Dr. Jacques Mabit