Basic principles

  • Takiwasi is an open therapeutic community, i.e. the doors of the Center are always open, physically and symbolically. No patient is ever held if they do not want to be there. Those who decide to enter and stay are in duty to respect the basic operating rules set out in the Internment Commitment to be signed upon entry.
  • The patient entering our Center must be truly motivated to heal and the fundamental criterion for admission will be their own degree of motivation.
  • The use of allopathic medicinal products is restricted only to emergencies. Psychopharmaceuticals are not used at any stage of treatment.
  • The first three months there will be no contact with the relatives. The patient needs a time of isolation of all external contact for reflection and awareness of his past acts. It corresponds to a stage of "weeding" of both the family nucleus and the substances abused. However, family members will be able to make contact with the assigned psychologist on a schedule.
  • In Takiwasi, during treatment, no means of pressure, manipulation, coercion or violence, physical or psychological are used. Reciprocally, a patient who tries to use such methods towards his peers or the Staff of the Center will be immediately expelled.
  • Human rights and the code of medical ethics, as well as freedom of religious worship, are respected.
  • The therapeutic team consists of doctors, psychologists, healers, educators, as well as ethnobotanists. It is tradition in the Center that all therapists go through a process of initiation and self-experimentation with traditional Amazonian medicine, as this ensures a good empathetic and accompanying relationship in the patient process.
  • Feeding is part of the treatment. Traditional use of plants always requires a dietary diet, i.e. abstaining from certain foods and substances, as well as sexual contact and masturbation. The diet is controlled, avoiding frying, seasonings, coffee, sugar, excess dairy products, etc. In addition, cigarettes are not allowed during treatment.

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