AfterParty Answers: If I Take Ayahuasca, Will I Never Want to Drink Again?

AfterParty Answers: If I Take Ayahuasca, Will I Never Want to Drink Again?

AyahuascaOver here at AfterParty, we receive an onslaught of questions from people about addiction and recovery. And well, our video series AfterParty Answers gives us an opportunity to address them. In this episode, Anna David and Danielle Stewart examine past AfterParty stories to answer a reader’s question: is it true that if you take Ayahuasca, you’ll never want to drink again?

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Here’s the deal: plenty of people out there believe that a shot of Ayahuasca will cure people of the desire to drink. Anna and Danielle are unabashedly opposed to this idea, not only because having a shaman give you an herb so that you’ll vomit and trip out for hours sounds like their collective idea of hell but because they don’t believe that one shot of anything will cure an alcoholic or addict of the desire to use or drink.

Still, there are studies out there that support the positive impact this Peruvian herb can have, including one that Tracy Chabala wrote about where one participant had a reduction of 62 percent of depressive symptoms after just one day (within a week, this reduction climbed to 72 percent). Tracy concluded: “Respecting each person’s path to recovery is important to me, so if it’s something you want to try, be my guest.” Another essay we ran from a sober gal, however, had her concluding that a dose of Aya wouldn’t be okay for her sobriety.

There are, of course, many nuances to this query. So if you want our complete answer, check out this vid. While the girls aren’t in any way medical professions (emphasis on “aren’t in any way medical professionals”), they are sober folks who have not only grappled with some of the issues being asked about but have also written scads of articles for this very site on them. Tune in every Wednesday to see what you, our faithful readers, want to know.



  1. Some readers may know this: Bill W experimented with hallucinogenics to help with depression. It’s not a big secret that they MIGHT seriously help with depression.

  2. In all respect to you two and I mean that, there may be more to this LSD trip, Ayahuasca , Peyote sweat lodge, eastern purging, Asian remedy, natural or holistic or mind altering , or or equine wolves dogs, kittens in nursing homes, behavioral therapy, reward yourself constantly thing.

    Many are brought to a Spiritual realm of life from mans finely crafted front door, Religion? which is if you think about it? A scientific approach to Spirituality documented with it’s man made facts and figures and timeline. Sure, I mean you can’t deny some have been tapped on the shoulder or even run down in the street by Jesus. One day a absolute mush head and the next time you see them it’s all hats and horns for the one true GOD or Lord of the rings! Why? well it says it right here in Gods word.

    What if Spirituality is like that Shawn Colvin get out of this house video, like walls in a desert or a western movie set with big storefronts but wide open back, so wide in fact that there is no back door, there is just everything else. . WOW, the coffee is strong this morning, I’ll regret this post for sure….

    ok, I’m Big Book 12 Steps AA. I go online or to Big Book 12 Step meetings and seek out others who believe as I do but never actually find them. I can get similar reactions, perceptions, attitudes or even philosophies of life living sober but the same as me? Nope. Why would that be? Well? We are all different.. I like to think that if I feel you feel or what I think you must think also. I am self centered and seek emotional security there, arranging people. I don’t believe that because I have something that works for me then it must work for everyone? I am not everyone.

    I’m just me. To participate in life I must be open minded to you and your beliefs. Or like we can witness on any hap hazard recovery thread today, force others to come to me and my beliefs. Be an example of power over the power of example.

    So, oops, I’m drooling…. So does Ayahuasaca alter the Spirit in those who believe addiction a Spiritual malady? Sure, probably, maybe.. Although I wouldn’t put anything in my mouth found in the Amazon, who knows? Kids there eat spiders as big as my Market Basket pre made mashed potatoes, I guess nobody told them it’s freaken disgusting.

    • Oh.. Critical point of interest. Season 1 episode 4 of “Ash vs Evil Dead” has Ash taking Ayahuasca. Very informative, factual. Kind of like watching the sober people movie to find out what it’s like to be Alcoholic.

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