Writings

We’ve put together a list of books and manuals focusing on providing support to people during and after their psychedelic experiences

Psychedelic Crisis 101: A Guide to Supporting Others in a Psychedelic Emergency
is the first in a two-part series by Fireside Project Advisory Committee member and founder of It’s Okay Psychedelic Harm Reduction, Adam Rubin. This manual gives a brief overview of important concepts to understand if one is acting as a support person to someone undergoing distress under the influence of a psychedelic.

Psychedelic Integration: Returning from a Profound Experience
is the second in a two-part series by Fireside Project Advisory Committee member and founder of It’s Okay Psychedelic Harm Reduction, Adam Rubin. This booklet discusses what might be happening in one's psyche after a psychedelic experience and suggests practical methods to process and make the most out of the experience.

The Manual of Psychedelic Support
is a comprehensive guide to setting up and running compassionate care services for people having difficult drug experiences at music festivals and similar events. The Manual grew out of the work of its original creators at KosmiCare, the psychedelic care service at the iconic Boom Festival in Portugal.

The Zendo Project is the author of the 4 Principles of Psychedelic Harm Reduction. They are an organization created by MAPS (the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) which offers trainings, education, and support services at large scale music and arts festivals.

The MAPS Zendo Project’s Training Manual describes the four principles of psychedelic harm reduction:

  • Create a safe space
  • Sitting, not guiding
  • Talk through, not down
  • Difficult is not the same thing as bad

Erowid is a member-supported organization providing access to reliable, non-judgmental information about psychoactive plants, chemicals, and related issues.

They have a page devoted to integration tips and another page that answers questions about helping someone through a bad trip, psychic crisis, or spiritual crisis