55 min

EP 016 | Shawn Patterson, Army Combat Veteran on Healing PTSD with Ayahuasca The Psychedelic Integration Podcast

    • Alternative Health

On this week's new episode of The Psychedelic Integration Podcast, we're sharing a remarkable plant medicine and integration success story from one of our closest friends and integration coaching clients. Shawn Patterson is an Iraq combat veteran who served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. In this episode, he speaks openly about the traumas he experienced both on and off the battlefield, and how those traumas ultimately led him to a path of healing his PTSD through working with ayahuasca and other plant medicines. We are honored to share this very personal and inspiring story with you.

EP 016 | Shawn Patterson, Army Combat Veteran on Healing PTSD with Ayahuasca

In this episode, Shawn shares about...


Growing up in the 90's era of street crime, drugs, and choosing to join the Army as a way out
Enlisting and heading into basic training one month after September 11th
Transitioning from civilian life into military life, where emotions like fear were not encouraged or expressed
Going into combat in Kuwait in 2003, at the beginning of the Shock and Awe phase of the Iraq War
The reality of life in the military, getting into a rhythm, and normalizing living in a war zone
Surviving, training, and the strong character of people living with the daily threat of combat
Coming to terms with possibly not making it home
Returning home after a year on the front lines, feeling older than your age, and feeling alien after the experience
Feeling anger around veterans being portrayed as victims in the media
What the PTSD and trauma experience looked like for him
Using drugs and alcohol as an ineffective coping tool and hitting multiple rock bottoms
Deciding to work with ayahuasca in Ecuador and facing unrealistic expectations
Working with plant medicine over time with a spiritual community
Getting help from the VA, and why the pharmaceutical approach doesn't solve the whole problem for everyone
The problem with 12 step programs
Finding a winding spiritual path with plant medicine and digging into core issues
Getting reminders and new perspectives from ayahuasca and feeling empowered to make life changes
Shifting his consciousness toward self-care and away from the victim mentality
Cultivating gratitude
Making big decisions and life changes with the guidance of the medicines
Building a long term, respectful relationship with ayahuasca, San Pedro, and peyote
Following a minimum effective dose strategy coupled with integration and doing the work
The BIG integration lesson
Plant medicines and appreciating being sober
Avoiding patterns of taking plant medicine without purpose
Advice for veterans who are interested in working with plant medicines

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review HERE. Positive reviews help us reach more people who are seeking transformation with psychedelics. You can write a review on Apple Podcasts by going to the Ratings and Reviews section and clicking on Write a Review. Thank you for your support!

On this week's new episode of The Psychedelic Integration Podcast, we're sharing a remarkable plant medicine and integration success story from one of our closest friends and integration coaching clients. Shawn Patterson is an Iraq combat veteran who served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. In this episode, he speaks openly about the traumas he experienced both on and off the battlefield, and how those traumas ultimately led him to a path of healing his PTSD through working with ayahuasca and other plant medicines. We are honored to share this very personal and inspiring story with you.

EP 016 | Shawn Patterson, Army Combat Veteran on Healing PTSD with Ayahuasca

In this episode, Shawn shares about...


Growing up in the 90's era of street crime, drugs, and choosing to join the Army as a way out
Enlisting and heading into basic training one month after September 11th
Transitioning from civilian life into military life, where emotions like fear were not encouraged or expressed
Going into combat in Kuwait in 2003, at the beginning of the Shock and Awe phase of the Iraq War
The reality of life in the military, getting into a rhythm, and normalizing living in a war zone
Surviving, training, and the strong character of people living with the daily threat of combat
Coming to terms with possibly not making it home
Returning home after a year on the front lines, feeling older than your age, and feeling alien after the experience
Feeling anger around veterans being portrayed as victims in the media
What the PTSD and trauma experience looked like for him
Using drugs and alcohol as an ineffective coping tool and hitting multiple rock bottoms
Deciding to work with ayahuasca in Ecuador and facing unrealistic expectations
Working with plant medicine over time with a spiritual community
Getting help from the VA, and why the pharmaceutical approach doesn't solve the whole problem for everyone
The problem with 12 step programs
Finding a winding spiritual path with plant medicine and digging into core issues
Getting reminders and new perspectives from ayahuasca and feeling empowered to make life changes
Shifting his consciousness toward self-care and away from the victim mentality
Cultivating gratitude
Making big decisions and life changes with the guidance of the medicines
Building a long term, respectful relationship with ayahuasca, San Pedro, and peyote
Following a minimum effective dose strategy coupled with integration and doing the work
The BIG integration lesson
Plant medicines and appreciating being sober
Avoiding patterns of taking plant medicine without purpose
Advice for veterans who are interested in working with plant medicines

If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review HERE. Positive reviews help us reach more people who are seeking transformation with psychedelics. You can write a review on Apple Podcasts by going to the Ratings and Reviews section and clicking on Write a Review. Thank you for your support!

55 min