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Detoxification for a Psychedelic Journey

A Few Days of Preparation May Help You Achieve Your Transformational Expereince Safely

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Why Dextox First?

  • Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when there is too much serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood, sleep, appetite, and digestion. When serotonin levels are too high, it can lead to a variety of symptoms, including. MDMA and many psychedelic substances, such as psilocybin and LSD, primarily affect the serotonin system in the brain. When combined with medications that also impact serotonin levels, there is a risk of developing serotonin syndrome, which is a potentially life-threatening condition. Serotonin syndrome can lead to symptoms like agitation, confusion, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, and even seizures.

  • SSRIs and SNRIs are commonly prescribed to treat conditions like depression and anxiety. These medications work by increasing the availability of serotonin in the brain. When taken alongside MDMA or certain psychedelics, they can significantly reduce the intended effects of these substances. This means that individuals may not experience the therapeutic benefits they are seeking.

  • The interactions between MDMA, psychedelics, and medications can be unpredictable. Different individuals may react differently, and the combination can lead to uncomfortable or distressing experiences, including increased anxiety, confusion, and emotional instability.

  • Safety is a paramount concern when using substances like MDMA or psychedelics, as they can alter perception, cognition, and emotional states. When combined with medications that alter brain chemistry, the risks of unpredictable and potentially harmful reactions increase.

  • In clinical settings, when psychedelics are used for therapeutic purposes, it is essential to have a clear understanding of the individual's baseline mental state without the influence of medications. This allows therapists to better assess the patient's condition and provide appropriate guidance and support during the psychedelic experience.

Detoxification Protocol

  • Before we start a detoxification program our trained physicians assess your medical history, medication regimen, and overall health to determine the best approach.  

  • If necessary, our doctor may adjust or taper the medications that could interfere with the psychedelic experience. This will be done gradually and under medical supervision to minimize withdrawal symptoms or adverse effects. Please be careful, abruptly discontinuing certain medications can be dangerous.

  • Whenever possible we want to consult with the prescribing doctor and any clinicians that you are currently working with.  

  • We make the detoxification as comfortable as possible with 24/7 onsite care.

  • Our psychotherapists will help you set your intention for the journey and help you emotionally prepare for the journey.  

  • Many of our members choose to do the integration therapy after the journey.  Our experienced psychotherapists are able to help our members process their experiences and integrate any insights gained into their daily lives. Integration therapy can be critical for maximizing the therapeutic benefits and addressing any challenges.

  • We tailor the detoxification and preparation process to our member's unique circumstances, considering their specific medications, mental health conditions, and goals.

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  • It's crucial to emphasize that the decision to undergo a psychedelic journey while taking medications that can interfere should be made thoughtfully and with the guidance of experienced professionals. The safety of our members' well-being is always our highest priority. Additionally, we strongly suggest that all legal and ethical considerations and regulations surrounding psychedelic therapy should be followed.

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Ask Your Physician

Before discontinuing any medication, individuals should consult with their healthcare provider, as abruptly stopping certain medications can have its own set of risks and withdrawal symptoms. It is crucial to have a thorough discussion with a qualified healthcare professional who can provide guidance on when and how to safely discontinue these medications if considering the use of MDMA or psychedelic medicines. Additionally, it is advisable to engage in these experiences under the supervision of trained professionals in a controlled and supportive environment to maximize safety and therapeutic benefits.

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