Do I need a psychedelic trip sitter?

Do I need a psychedelic trip sitter?

Published on:

November 6, 2023

A trip sitter, similar to a travel companion, is often a trusted friend or family member who is there to support you while you're on your psychedelic journey. They can help you stay safe, comfortable, and grounded throughout the experience. They can also offer guidance and reassurance if you start to feel overwhelmed or confused.

Even though trip sitters can help keep you safe many psychedelic users prefer to go solo which brings up the question: when should I consider having a psychedelic trip sitter? To answer this question, its good to reflect on your experience level, preferences and what brings you comfort.

1. Experience level: If you are new psychedelics or your feeling anxious about your journey, having a trip sitter with you can be particularly helpful. This can help tame anxiety and instil a greater sense of safety allowing you to get into the right mindset on your journey day. Because psychedelics can be unpredictable, you may find it reassuring to have a calm, compassionate voice of reason which can particularly helpful if you encounter a challenge or difficult part of the journey. Also, immediately after the experience, it can be very supportive to have someone assist you with simple things and discuss anything you want from your trip.

2. Preferences: Many people prefer to use psychedelics on their own because they feel more comfortable doing so. What brings a sense of safety and comfort varies from person to person and so carrying this feeling into the psychedelic journey can be beneficial. Again, many first, second and third time users prefer to have a trip sitter so they can learn about the psychedelic landscape in confidence.

Now if you're planning to use psychedelics on your own, it's important to approach the experience with care. Consider starting with a lower dose in a setting where you feel safe and comfortable. Ensure you do the basics well which includes prepping the set, setting and your intention - be thoughtful here. Have a trusted friend or family member on call and let them know what you are doing and when they should check in with you. After your experience, allow yourself to rest and integrate what you've learned over the weeks and months ahead. This could involve spending time in nature, journaling, or talking with a trusted friend or therapist.

The decision to have a trip sitter is a personal one, and should be based on your experience level, your own preferences and comfort level. If you do choose to have a trip sitter, it's important to choose someone who is trustworthy, experienced, and understands the responsibilities involved. If you choose to travel solo tell someone what your doing, where your traveling to, and when they should check in with you.

If you would like to learn more about trip sitter's, please review Entheo's guidebook.