Love Unbroken: From Addiction to Redemption is a story told by Pam and her mother of Pam’s ten-year descent into extreme drug addiction and the unusual path to recovery they both followed.  The Santo Daime helped Pam break through her despair and self-loathing to experience God within her. This realization offered a beacon of hope that sustained her during her darkest years as a homeless street addict, and then helped her have faith in her recovery. Both mother and daughter discovered–with the aid of the ceremonial use of Daime (ayahuasca) — a love that is unconditional, indestructible, and always present — love unbroken.

Praise for Love Unbroken:

A harrowingly honest narrative of trauma, suffering and addiction, Love Unbroken is also a triumphant story of soul redemption–redemption not as a final event but as an ongoing process aided by surrender, love, grace, spiritual humility and also by Amazonian plant  medicine.  This courageous tale helps us question our unexamined assumptions about drugs, drug addicts, addiction, and treatment.

Gabor Maté M.D.

Author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction


Love Unbroken not only tells it like it is–giving us a very real picture of addiction–it also offers help and hope to those caught in the disease and to their family members who suffer along with the addict.  The story is compelling, and the spiritual message is uplifting. The unusual story of Pamela’s recovery should interest all those who are open-minded about how addicts can recover.

John Giordano, C.C.J.S., MAC, CAP, founder of G&G Holistic Addictions Treatment Program in N. Miami Beach, Florida


I could not stop reading Susan Thesenga’s Love Unbroken. It is stirring, riveting, humbling, and heart opening.  The details may be specific to her own life, but the revelations are for us all.  May it benefit many!

Gangaji, contemporary American spiritual teacher

Author of Hidden Treasure: Finding the Truth in Your Life Story

Love Unbroken is, on one level, a harrowing account, written with great sensitivity and honesty, of addiction, loss and despair. On another level, it both points to and expresses the unconditional and indestructible love that shines at the heart of all experience when everything else has been broken or lost. On every page one feels that Susan Thesenga is being stripped bare but, at the same time, being taken more and more deeply into this love. The reader cannot help but feel both the heartbreak and the love that shines underneath it.

Rupert Spira, non-dual teacher, and author of The Transparency of Things

and Presence, Volumes I and II


Beautifully written!  Love Unbroken is the riveting story of one family’s journey through the torments of addiction.  It gives us a window into the life of a young woman who spent years on the streets and struggled with relentless mental illness.  It also gives us a window into her spiritual awakening, and the bonds of loving that grow ever more deep and clear within her family. Filled with wisdom and hope, this book will touch all who seek true freedom.

Tara Brach,

Author of Radical Acceptance


Love Unbroken speaks to humankind’s opportunity to discover its true expression as love in action.  It will serve to foster the medicines of nonjudgment and compassion that all facets of society crave.


Spiritual teacher, Open Gate Sangha


When do we give up on our children?  When have we reached the end of our rope?  In Love Unbroken Thesenga answers these questions with “Never.”  This is a true story of how love can survive in the midst of betrayal, disappointment, and addiction.  The book is written from the heart and poignantly touches on the many perils along the path to recovery.

Matt Flickstein, Director of Forestway,

Author of Journey to the Center, Swallowing the River Ganges and Meditator’s Atlas: A Roadmap to the Inner World.


A compelling story about a young woman’s struggle with addiction and the healing she received working with ayahuasca, described by the author as “the only medicine strong enough to break through Pamela’s deep despair and self-loathing.” Love Unbroken needs to be widely read.

–Rick Doblin, Ph.D.,

Founder and Executive Directive of MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a non-profit research and education organization)


The longer I study addiction, the more I realize that I’m really studying trauma; sometimes psychological, physical, or sexual, and too often all three. Research suggests that ayahuasca can allow individuals to address unresolved trauma from their past, providing a renewed sense of hope, self-worth, and understanding. Love Unbroken is a story of pain and loss eventually overcome by self-discovery, love and compassion with the help of one of mankind’s most fascinating plant medicines: ayahuasca.

–Philippe Lucas MA

Research Affiliate – Center for Addictions Research of BC

Coordinator – Observational Study of Ayahuasca-Assisted Addictions Therapy


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