an alcoholic’s story & psychedelic medicine


This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Robert Rhatigan struggled with alcoholism for over ten years. When numerous attempts to overcome addiction through will-power and conventional treatment failed, he traveled to the Peruvian Amazon for treatment from local shamans.

  • Ellie (1,363)M December 2, 2014

    YES :)

  • Martijn Schirp (112,779)A December 3, 2014

    He gave an amazing thought out TED talk, Im pretty sure that took a lot of willpower.

    • Martijn Schirp (112,779)A December 3, 2014

      I think you’re absolutely right about the fact that a trip isn’t a miracle cure and you wake up completely changed the next day. The hard work definitely starts after having the insights, and making the necessary changes

  • rezzrovv (0) December 3, 2014

    The Big Book of AA lays out that most people within the early program found relief through a “religious experience”. Psychedelics might have lead to his drinking cessation, or more likely, his experience while under the influence of psychedelics was the bigger factor. I’m not against anyone doing what they want to do, but I think it a leap here to assume his experience with alcoholism and psychedelics would be replicated by anyone else, more less, many others. You can’t conform a “trip” to what you want it to be. If it turns out that certain psychedelics turn off a person’s driving need to consume alcohol, great! But I don’t see it from this TEDx talk.

  • ETithe (0) December 5, 2014

    My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can’t believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do,
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