Born and raised in Detroit, MI
Born in Detroit, to a politically leftist Greek American family, Dimitri began writing poetry and music, and also using heroin, at a very early age.
As a teenager, Dimitri formed a band called The Leisure Class. After several years of local success, the band moved to New York City in 1983. There, Dimitri found a home at the Chelsea Hotel, and quickly developed close friendships, notably with Beat legends Herbert Huncke and Gregory Corso.
Dimitri supported himself by working various jobs, such as a bike messenger and dishwasher. His relationship with cocaine, heroin and methadone would last over 20 years. By 2002, Dimitri had a daily habit of $150-200 worth of heroin, plus cocaine and 100 milligrams of methadone.
By forty, he was surrounded by death, including his pregnant common-law wife. Resigned that his life was nearing an end, using the last of his will to survive, Dimitri turned to a radical solution: Ibogaine.
In 2003, he sought out an Iboga treatment center in Europe. Initially he planned to visit his ancestral home in Greece to die after the treatment, but Bwiti and Iboga had other plans. Iboga ended his dependency to drugs (without withdrawal) and started him on a journey of spiritual and emotional recovery.
Returning home with an evangelical zeal, Dimitri sought out and met the father of the Ibogaine movement, Howard Lotsof, who quickly became his mentor. In an effort to bring the medicine that healed him to those without access, he attended approximately 500 underground Ibogaine ceremonies and traveled to Gabon, West Africa, to become initiated into the Bwiti.
In 2011, Dimitri was arrested providing ibogaine treatment. After a protracted legal battle he was convicted with reduced charges. This experience was the impetus for his co-founding of the Universalist Bwiti Society, a state-registered religious institution.
Since 2011 he has been working at the New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE) in Harlem. His innovative group We Are The Medicine is propelling the conversation about spirituality and drug use. Dimitri has simultaneously become an increasingly visible spokesperson on a range of progressive topics, and is sought out by universities and invited to join medical and spiritual panels. He also offers spiritual services and personal consultations that draw on his own training and practice. He is involved in numerous other projects including working on bringing Iboga to Afghanistan and Nepal.
Dimitri currently offers many different services to assist people in need of help. To learn about the different options click here visit the home page of this site.
Dimitri currently has an unscripted television show in development concerning alternative medicine.