Recovery- an alcoholic’s story & the reemergence of psychedelic medicine [Video]

Robert Rhatigan recent talk at TEDxABQ on how ayahuasca helped him kick his alcohol addiction.


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. After four challenging ceremonies with a purgative, psychedelic plant medicine his desire for alcohol dissolved and a quest to understand his transformation began.

Related article: How Psychedelics Are Saving Lives

A New York City native, Rhatigan is a Research Scientist with the Geospatial and Population Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. He holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Geography from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from the State University of New York. After starting a career on Wall Street, Robert helped build a successful tech start-up, worked as an environmental consultant, published non-fiction writing and delivered mail for the US Postal Service. Sober and craving free for over four years, he still contends with an incurable case of wanderlust.

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I have much to thank the cannabis plant for myself, but it all couldn’t have happened without the help of “just” some mushrooms. Personally, I just completed my first alcohol-free year and I feel better than ever.

My advice: don’t go out and seek it, instead let the mushroom find you. And when it does, do it. It changed my life, in a positive way unimaginable. Here’s the my complete process:

  1. How To Grow Your Own Magic Mushrooms | The Knowledge
  2. The Magic Mushroom Trip Report | The Medium
  3. The Great Awakening: Regaining Consciousness | The Process
  4. You Might Be Asleep And It’s Time To Wake Up | Realization
  5. That time I went to the Cannabis Cup… And discovered the true magic of the city! | Integration