Navigating the Psychedelic Experience: The Importance of Integration

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in psychedelic substances for their potential therapeutic and transformative effects. Research and anecdotal evidence suggest that these substances, when used in a supportive and intentional manner, can lead to profound insights, healing, and personal growth. However, the journey doesn’t end when the effects of the substance wear off. In fact, for many, the real work begins after the psychedelic experience itself. This is where the concept of psychedelic integration comes into play.

Psychedelic Integration: Navigating Insights for Lasting Transformation

What is Psychedelic Integration?

Psychedelic integration is the process of making sense of and integrating insights, emotions, and experiences that arise during a psychedelic experience into one’s daily life. It involves reflecting on and integrating the lessons learned, emotions felt, and perspectives gained during the experience in order to facilitate personal growth and transformation.

Why is Integration Important?

The psychedelic experience can be incredibly profound and can lead to a wide range of experiences, from feelings of interconnectedness and love to confronting deep-seated fears and traumas. Without proper integration, these experiences can be overwhelming and confusing, and the insights gained may not translate into lasting changes in one’s life.

Integration is also important because it allows individuals to make sense of their experiences within the context of their own lives and belief systems. It can help them understand the meaning behind their experiences and how they can apply these insights to their daily lives.

There are multiple ways for a person to integrate their psychedelic experience into their lives, but ideally this is coordinated with the patient’s talk therapist. To learn more and plan your own integration, please use this printable workbook that was designed by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

How to Integrate a Psychedelic Experience

  1. Reflection: Take time to reflect on your experience. Journaling can be a helpful tool for processing thoughts, emotions, and insights that arose during the experience.
  2. Integration Practices: Engage in practices that support integration, such as meditation, yoga, or breathwork. These practices can help you stay grounded and connected to the insights gained during the experience.
  3. Therapy: Consider working with a therapist who is knowledgeable about psychedelic experiences. A therapist can help you make sense of your experience and support you in integrating it into your life.
  4. Community: Connect with others who have had similar experiences. Sharing your experiences with others can help you feel supported and less isolated.
  5. Set Intentions: Before engaging in a psychedelic experience, set clear intentions for what you hope to gain from the experience. This can help guide your experience and give you a framework for integration afterward.


The psychedelic experience has the potential to be deeply transformative, but it is the work of integration that allows these experiences to translate into lasting change. By engaging in practices that support integration, individuals can harness the insights gained during a psychedelic experience to facilitate personal growth, healing, and transformation.