Psychedelics and Substance Use Issues with Juliana Mulligan and Dr Andrew Tatarsky

  • Mon 31st Jan 2022, 7pm – 8:30pm UK time (UTC +00:00)
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Substance Use Issues, also referred to as “addictions”, “substance dependence disorder” and “substance abuse disorder”, to name a few, have been highly stigmatized, and its sufferers often demonized and dehumanized. In recent times, harm reduction movements and trauma specialists have made leaps in understanding the nature of substance use issues and in the process have helped individuals to heal by breaking the shackles of stigma. 

Join us for a conversation with some of the leading voices in substance use issues and trauma, two phenomena that are causally correlated, in a conversation about how psychedelics could be a key element in treating substance use issues. 

In addition to an enlightening discussion with leading experts from the Center For Optimal Living, Juliana Mulligan and Dr Andrew Tatarsky, this event will also give us a chance to learn more about an 8-week long training program that Juliana and Dr Tatarsky have organized, featuring prominent trauma and substance use issues research pioneers such as Dr Gabor Mate and Dr Carl Hart.

A combination of compassion, a caring mental health provider and a pinch of a psychedelic can offer individuals struggling from substance abuse issues a chance at healing and creating a new life free from stigma and suffering. “Working With Psychedelics to Treat Substance Use Issues” is an 8 week long virtual training led by globally renowned experts in the field, and it will offer us insight into how we can use psychedelics as our allies in recovery and beyond.




Juliana Mulligan (she/her) 

Juliana has been an active member of the Ibogaine community for nine years, holds a B.A. in Psychology, and is currently working on her MSW at NYU. She has worked in three Ibogaine clinics, completed Andrew Tatarsky's IHRP training, and has presented at multiple Psychedelic and Harm Reduction conferences. She also founded and runs Inner Vision Ibogaine, in which she works therapeutically with people supporting them in preparation for, and in integration after, treatment. Previously Juliana was an opioid-dependent person and in 2011, with the help of Ibogaine treatment, she left opioids behind and set off on a path to transform the way drug users and their treatment is approached. Her work centers around guiding individuals to their own inner power and supporting them in utilizing all life experiences as sources of knowledge and inspiration. She has developed a guide for finding safe ibogaine treatment and is also currently working to create new systems of accountability and responsibility among Ibogaine practitioners and in the greater psychedelic therapy community. Juliana hopes to orient the Psychedelic Program at The Center for Optimal Living to focus on the social justice intersections of the psychedelic community and how to create support for those who use psychedelics. She has been featured and has written for Double-Blind magazine, Chacruna, Woman's Day magazine, and Psymposia.


Dr Andrew Tatarsky

Andrew is a psychologist who developed Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) for treating the spectrum of risky and addictive behavior. IHRP brings psychoanalysis, CBT, and mindfulness together in a harm reduction frame. The therapy has been described in his book, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, and a series of papers. The book has been translated into Polish and Spanish. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the City University of New York and is a graduate of New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is Founder and Director of the Center for Optimal Living in NYC, a treatment and training center; founding member and Past-President, Division on Addiction of New York State Psychological Association, and Member of the Medical and Clinical Advisory Boards of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Dr. Tatarsky trains nationally and internationally.

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