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Afterglow & Integration: Creating Lasting Change with Psychedelic Therapy

Afterglow refers to a feeling that one may have the day after a psychedelic experience. It is a sense of being in flow. The colors seem brighter, your mood elevated, your energy increased, your creativity inspired. It is possibly related to a period of increased neuroplasticity following psychedelic use. You may feel happier, more open, and more mindful. What is the best way to take advantage of this period and create lasting change in your everyday life? The next step is integration.


Integration for Lasting Effects

Integrating your psychedelic experience is an essential part of the therapeutic process. It ensures that the insights gained on your journey translate into real, lasting changes in your everyday life.

Common methods of integration you can perform on your own include journaling, drawing, and developing meditative practices. Combining psychedelic therapy with mindfulness meditation may be especially beneficial. To maximize the long-term impact of integration for mental health conditions, the assistance of a licensed professional is recommended.


Individual Therapy

One type of integration is ongoing individual therapy. What this involves depends on your therapist and your diagnoses. Psychedelics are believed to be effective with a range of approaches, because they increase your receptivity to the approach, whatever it may be.


Individual integration therapy could include:

1. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on changing unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviors.

2. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which involves learning how to confront and accept emotions.

3. Internal Family Systems (IFS) model which follows the belief that the mind is made up of sub-personalities.

4. Traditional psychoanalysis which focuses on the effects of past experiences.


No matter the approach, your therapist will help you to process your experiences and achieve permanent change.


Group Therapy

Group therapy is another possibility. Psychedelics have a long history of being used in group settings. Not just in a clinical context, but in indigenous cultures going back thousands of years. More recent studies have supported its effectiveness.

Not only does it save time and money, but the feeling of connectedness it promotes may be the key to why psychedelics work in the first place. Sharing your mysterious journey with people going through something similar can be validating.

Nushama offers group therapy sessions to patients. Another valuable resource for people undergoing ketamine-assisted therapy is Roots to Thrive. They offer what can be considered the gold-standard for group cohorts, meeting weekly for 12 weeks, building resilience and fostering community.


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