Season 2008 Episode 623

Tripping in Amsterdam

Aired Unknown Jun 23, 2008 on Current TV
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Tripping in Amsterdam
'Sara's house' is a business in Holland run by Sara Glatt - self proclaimed "Iboga Mother" offering a safe place for 'natural trips' and shamanic drug rituals. Her title, Iboga Mother refers to the drug Ibogaine, which is commonly used in her residence for the treatment of drug addiction. An Ibogaine trip is compared with a waking dream, in which "childhood emories flicker through the mind like movies", but is not the only drug available on the menu. Sara has 5 kids (from 5 to 17), and grows peyote in one greenhouse (her 15 yr old son in charge of two nine-foot Cannabis plants in the other). Although drug addicts seek treatment at Sara's house and can often be cured of their addiction, the business also actively promotes the 'Day Trippers' visiting for that alternative holiday in their heads. Over the course of a week, we follow the progress of regulars and first timers looking to kick their habit, alongside the family developments and a business struggling to survive. People travel from all over the world to see Sara, as she is often seen as their last chance to deal with their addiction, but they often bring baggage into the house in terms of violent behaviour. Within the rural setting of her household, we discover a number of characters, and their personal journeys and stories of addiction, and often abuse. Set in rural Holland, the chaotic household reflects a struggling family business campaigning for the positive effects of natural drugs alongside the jarring imagery of a 'family' business consumed by them. Sara offers a convincing argument for the widespread usage of natural highs, but what sort of example will their own family model portray?moreless

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