Addiction Recovery FAQ

How can you help with addiction recovery?


To help people with addiction recovery we organize the Addiction Recovery Retreats. These are holistic shamanic healing programs that effectively treat conditions such as alcohol addiction, drug addiction, gambling addiction, PTSD etc. During the recovery retreats a powerful combination of certain traditional Southern American plant medicines, special diet, as well as energy healing is facilitated and administered by highly trained and experienced indigenous shamans in the Peruvian Amazon.
During the Retreats participants are assisted to identify, see and heal deep emotional wounds, which are at the root of any challenges or difficulties they have had in life. Successful addiction recovery is achieved as a result of the shaman guided plant medicine ceremonies leading to physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual healing and transformation.




What is Ayahuasca?


Ayahuasca is a profound visionary plant medicine which works on many levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Consumed during a sacred ceremony under experienced shaman's guidance - it scans the layers of the psyche and addresses the thoughts, actions, and patterns in participants' lives to help move and release staggered toxic energies, thoughts, beliefs, memories, traumas, attachments etc. that don’t serve for their benefits. Please click here to learn more about Ayahuasca Ceremony. Click here for Ayahuasca Ceremony FAQs.




What are the medical restrictions?


Please click here for more information about the medical restrictions. If you have any doubt whether you should join the retreat, please consult with your physician or therapist and inform us as well so we can address all your concerns.




What kind of traditional medicine will shamans use to treat alcohol addiction?


To effectively treat addictions shamans will use a combination of certain traditional South American plant medicines, which among others will include Ayahuasca. ( Click here for Ayahuasca Ceremony FAQs). Depending on individual circumstances shamans might adjust or customize the recovery treatment program for some participants to include additional sacred Amazonian medicines like Kambô, Ajo Sacha, Chiric Sanango, Bobinsana, Chuchuhuasi, Uña de Gato, Lobo Sananga, Hape/Rapé, Mapacho and others. During the retreat participants will only be eating a special diet of rice, fish, peas, plantains - without salt, sugar or spices. (Read our Dietary Guideleines section for more informaion). A cook, an English-Spanish interpreter and other staff members will be on site at all times. Also participants may not be able to take certain medications until the retreat is over. Please let us know if you take any medications or supplements. The addiction recovery process during our retreats is intense and may not be always comfortable - however it is highly effective. It has transformed many lives for better, happier, brighter living. We wish you the best of luck during this exciting journey! We are always here to help you as much as we can.




What are the dietary recommendations?


Please click here for more information about the dietary guidelines - prior, during and post the retreat. It is very important to follow all of the dietary recommendations to ensure you get the best out of the shamanic holistic healing process and to avoid possible complications.




How effective is your Addiction Recovery Program?


Our Addiction Recovery Retreat Program is intense, but highly effective. While there cannot be any guarantees - those who have previously participated in our Addiction Recovery Retreats report a COMPLETE and FULL RECOVERY. For example: while some participants upon arrival from the retreat say that they ' completely lost interest in alcohol ' – others report that they ' now can drink alcohol casually without cravings to continue drinking '.




How long is the retreat?


The Alcohol Addiction and other non-drug related addictions and conditions (such as gambling addiction, PTSD etc.) are 10 days plus 2 days for travel to and from the location. The Drug Addiction Recovery Retreats are 20 days plus 2 days for traveling. Medical restrictions and Dietary Guidelines are the same.




How many participants are in a group?


In order for participants to have a high quality personal experience we keep the retreat groups to no more than 8 people. Most of our retreats are 4 to 6 people. Private and semi-private retreates for 1 to 2 person(s) are also available. Please, contact us and we will be happy to help you.




How much do the Addiction Recovery Retreats cost?


Depending on the location, occupancy level and other factors the 10 Day Addiction Recovery Retreat costs USD $6-$11K all inclusive per person (including round trip economy class airfare from LAX). The 20 Day Addiction Recovery Retreat costs USD $12-$26K or more. If you travel from a different airport, we will accommodate your itinerary with or without extra cost. The retreat trip cost does not include participants' transportation to and from LAX or other departing airport, personal expenses and meals outside of the retreat center. Note that our retreat groups are small (4 to 8 guests) and fill up quickly. We recommend you to submit your Application as soon as possible to qualify and insure your space. The proceeds from the retreats support our programs of helping orphans, abandoned and homeless children, orphanages and foster homes around the world. As we are a 501 c(3) non-profit charitable organization - your payments to Brighter Living Humanity may be tax deductible.




How do I reserve a spot on the retreat?


Once there is a confirmed available spot, to reserve it you can pay the cost of the retreat or a $4K deposit. If you pay the deposit, the remaining amount is due no later than twenty (20) days prior to the departure date. Deposit is non refundable, however if a participant needs to cancel for any reason, he or she can apply the deposit to a later retreat trip within one (1) calendar year from the deposit date. Deposit can be transferred to another participant within one (1) calendar year from the deposit date, subject to the prior approval and acceptance of such prospective participant to the retreat by Brighter Living Humanity.




Is there an age restriction?


Yes. Participants must be 21 or older.




Which country do you organize the retreats in?


We organize our Addiction Recovery Retreats in Peru.




Do I need a passport to go on the retreat?


If you are a US citizen you do need a passport valid for six months for international travel and admission into the United States. One page is required for an entry stamp. If you are a permanent resident of the US, you will need to present a passport from your country of citizenship or your refugee travel document to travel to a foreign country. In addition, the foreign country may have additional entry/exit requirements (such as a visa). When you re-enter the United States after temporary travel abroad, you will need to present a valid, unexpired “Green Card” (Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card). Please double-check with the USCIS, USCBP and DoS websites for current rules and regulations.




Do I need an entry visa?


If you are a US citizen you will be granted a free entry visa valid for up to 183 days upon arrival to the port of entry in Peru. If you are a citizen of another country please consult with the Peruvian consulate in your country for information on entry visa from your country of citizenship.




How long is the flight?


The flight from LAX to Lima, Peru is about 8.5 hours plus 1.5-4 hours layover and another 1.5 hour flight to Iquitos or Pucallpa. The whole trip usually takes 12-14 hours.




Do I have to know Spanish in order to participate?


No. An English-Spanish interpreter will be on site to help with communication. If you are not fluent in English or Spanish let us know. We will try to arrange an interpreter on site for you as well.




What is the weather like there?


Please click here for the weather report in Iquitos area of Peru.




How often do you organize retreats?


We try to organize our Addiction Recovery Retreats every month.




When is the next available retreat date?


We try to organize our Addiction Recovery Retreats every month. Since space is very limited the retreat groups are filled quite rapidly. Availability spots change fast. Please complete the Retreat Application Form and we will respond to you shortly.




Can you help with other substance abuse addictions?


Yes we can. The Substance Abuse Recovery Retreat is 20 days plus 2 days for travel to and from the location. During the retreat the facilitating shaman will include certain plant medicines to help heal drug specific addictions. Medical restrictions, dietary guidelines and retreat guidelines are the same. Contact us for more information. We will try our best to help you.




Do you organize detox and other spiritual retreats in the Peruvian Amazon?


Yes we do. Medical restrictions, dietary guidelines and retreat guidelines are the same. Fill out the Application Form to qualify and reserve a spot.




I have a question that was not covered here.


Please send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as we can.




Do you provide post retreat support?


Yes of course. Upon your return it's important to be surrounded with people who are on the same path as you, who understand you and who can help you if you are having a hard time. We have a private Facebook group for everybody who has attended our Retreats. That is a great tool to build relationships with people you go through your retreat with, as well as get continued help and support from our facilitators and former participants.
In addition private coaching and integration sessions are available at additional cost.




How much experience do the shamans you work with have?


Each of the indigenous shamans we team up with have 30 to 50+ years of experience treating participants with traditional South American plant medicine as well as holistic energy healing.




How many Ayahuasca ceremonies are facilitated during the retreat?


As a general rule, during the 10 Days Addiction Recovery Retreat participants will be facilitated with 4-6 volunteered Ayahuasca ceremonies. Longer retreats will include more ceremonies and more medicines. Depending on specific individual circumstances, the shaman will customize the program for each particular participant.




Can you help with nicotine or marijuana addictions?


If you would like to also quit smoking, during the retreat you may ask the facilitating shaman to help you heal the nicotine and/or marijuana smoking addiction.




Which forms of payment do you accept?


You can pay by check, money order, credit card or cash. A 3% convenience fee will be applied to credit card payments.




How different is your program from other addiction recovery programs?


When people who have addictions attend AA or other support group meetings or stay at rehabilitation places, they are still addicted to alcohol, drugs etc, although currently may not be using. Through the use of shamanic plant medicine our Addiction Recovery Retreat Programs provide unique tools and means to successfully heal the addiction to regain the state of mind that people have been in before the addiction. In other words, our programs address the cause rather than the symptoms.




Can you help with PTSD?


Yes we can. Ayahuasca is also very effective in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The PTSD Recovery Retreat is 10 days plus 2 days for travel to and from the location. During the retreat the facilitating shaman will include certain plant medicines to specifically help heal PTSD. Medical restrictions, dietary guidelines and retreat guidelines are the same. Fill out the Application Form to qualify and reserve a spot.




Can you help with gambling, shopping, sex and other addictions?


Yes we can. Addictions are not the problems in themselves. They are the results or outcomes of pre-existing issues. Ayahuasca addresses and works through the causes of energetic disbalances, helping a person get to the core of the issue and heal it. During the retreat the facilitating shaman will include certain plant medicines to help heal specific addiction(s). Medical restrictions, dietary guidelines and retreat guidelines are the same. Fill out the Application Form to qualify and reserve a spot.​​​​​​​




What kind of drug addictions can you help with?


Heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, prescription opioids, ketamine, necotine, marijuana and others. The programs addresses the roots of the addiction(s). Addictions are not the problems in themselves. They are the results or outcomes of pre-existing issues. Ayahuasca addresses and works through the causes of energetic disbalances, helping a person get to the core of the issue and heal it.During the retreat the facilitating shaman will include certain plant medicines to help heal drug specific addictions. Medical restrictions, dietary guidelines and retreat guidelines are the same. Fill out the Application Form to qualify and reserve a spot.





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