BHA67: Addiction, Trauma & Spirituality (feat. Chris Fiato)

todayOctober 29, 2023

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Welcome back to Black Hoodie Alchemy, folks! This week we have another special guest — researcher, musician, and longtime listener of the show — Chris Fiato, here to talk about addiction, trauma, philosophy, metaphysics, and spirituality. Heavily referenced in the discussion is Dr. Gabor Mate, the sentiments found in his book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, and his clinical work in Canada with the psychedelic rehabilitation of heroin addicts.


You can listen to the episode right here or wherever you stream your podcast action!


Chris and I talk about some of the science of addiction and what the scientific literature has to say about effectively processing trauma while recovering from addiction, showing how this all quite naturally folds into analytic psychology and the notion of integrating the Jungian shadow.

We also discuss — after disclaimers that we are not doctors and we are not romanticizing anything, but we are simply sharing our experiences — various psychedelic therapies like mushrooms, DMT, salvia, LSD, and ketamine (technically a not a psychedelic but still). We get into the double-edged nature of these things, and even the potential metaphysics of chemicals being psychological gateways for unexplainable phenomena.

Along the way, we even get into human trafficking in conspiracy theories and proven fact, life on the streets in Massachusetts, and even the epidemic of the well-known fentanyl and its lesser known cohort XYLAZINEHelp spread awareness about this horrifying and quickly lethal combo that combats the effects of Narcan!

It’s all this and so much more this week on Black Hoodie Alchemy! We hope you dig it.


Related BHA’s on addiction and recovery:

23: Ghostbusting the Psyche

12: Mysticism, Magick & Skepticism


the interview with Dr. Gabor Mate that I read from


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my linktree to my books and so much more!


Follow up with the homie if you enjoyed this episode!

Chris Fiato on Youtube

Chris on Instagram


And here’s this week’s featured music! Don’t forget to support that black hoodie rap and all your favorite independent artists!

Hunger Pains – Babylon Warchild

Aquarium – Deca

Strange Times- Deca

China White – Deca


Written by: Anthony Tyler

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