In the search for effective tools to face grief: the case of ayahuasca
Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences to deal with. This presentation will display quantitative data to compare the efficacy of ayahuasca in helping people to overcome difficult grieving processes with standard psychotherapy modalities. An online survey was conducted with people who had lost a first-degree relative less than 5 years ago. Participants were assessed through an on-line questionnaire. Main outcome measures included the Texas Grief Inventory and Acceptance and Action Questionnaire. In addition, a qualitative analysis of the ayahuasca experiences during the grief process will be presented. The data indicate that ayahuasca has a significant potential as a therapeutic tool for grief processes, especially combined with psychotherapy.
Debora studied psychology at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). For her Masters research and PhD studies received a pre-doctoral fellowship granted by the Ministry of Health at the Department of Human Pharmacology and Clinical Neurosciences and Drug Addiction Unit (IMIM- Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute). She also conducted research into the subjective effects of ayahuasca, 2C-B, salvia divinorum and was involved in the long-term ayahuasca research project with Santo Daime Ayahuasca Users.