The decision to get help for addiction is never an easy one, but can be the first step towards a new life that is grounded in sobriety and filled with purpose. After deciding to get help comes the really important decision–what is right addiction treatment for me?
When there are so many different types of treatments to choose from, it can be difficult to understand which will work the best for you or someone you love. Addiction treatment can be expensive and free resources sometimes fall short of the in-depth help many addicts need.
Every year countless addicts attempt to enter into addiction treatment or go to rehab. Unfortunately, for many of these people, it isn’t their first attempt to receive treatment and get the help they need. Every treatment center is different, and what works for one person isn’t always going to work for the next.
A Variety of Choices
Not only are there a variety of different treatment options available, but a number of different ways to treat addiction. Everyone is different and responds differently to different healing methods. While most addictions stem from emotional pain, the way each person experiences and manages this pain is unique to them and their personal situation.
Before choosing treatment, it’s crucial that you understand the different types of treatment available. Is the facility run by licensed medical professionals? What credentials are affiliated with the staff? Does the treatment facility offer the level of treatment you need? Are the values of the treatment facility in line with your personal values and beliefs?
Many addicts aren’t aware that there are different options when it comes to choosing treatment. They assume that traditional treatments like AA, that follow the 12-step program, are their only options and fall short of successful recovery when they realize the core principles of this type of treatment don’t resonate with who they are.
It’s important to remember that everyone responds differently. While some people may respond better to a month-long intensive inpatient treatment program, there are others who are more apt to find success in an outpatient program that allows them to continue to work, go to school, or take care of other obligations.
There are also other “treatment” options that do little more than replace one addiction for another. This is commonly seen in cases of heroin addiction where substances such as Methadone and Suboxone are used to help addicts stop using. While these types of treatment do stop people from using heroin, they create a very similar addiction where withdrawal symptoms are very much the same as those of heroin. They’ve been proven time and time again to be extremely addictive and, when abused, can lead to high overdose potential.
Look At All of Your Options
If you truly want to be free from addiction and begin to rebuild your life it’s vital that you find a treatment that’s going to work. It’s also important to look at all your different options before deciding on what will be best for you or someone you love.
Many psychedelics have proven themselves to be very useful in treating addiction. Substances like ayahuasca, psilocybin mushrooms, and LSD showed promise before being outlawed in the 60s. Although they are illegal in the USA, there are many places individuals can travel to receive these treatments legally.
Another promising psychedelic medicine that has proven to be very effective for treating addiction is Ibogaine. Derived from an African shrub known as tabernanthe iboga, Ibogaine has helped countless addicts find success. As a psychedelic compound, Ibogaine works differently than any other treatment. It is perhaps for this very reason that so many are finding success in overcoming their addictions with this treatment.
Ibogaine works on two different levels of the brain and is responsible for not only helping people get over often extremely painful physical withdrawal, but also helps in working through the psychological aspects of addiction that keep them trapped in their destructive habits.
Ibogaine itself lasts for about 8-12 hours, with treatment centers offering 5-10+ day programs. Costs of Ibogaine treatment vary.
Administered when physical withdrawal symptoms are at their peak, Ibogaine works to eliminate physical withdrawal. In this time, brain chemistry is literally “reset” back to its pre-addicted state.
Also, the psychedelic experience has been compared to a dream state during which repressed memories often resurface. Many individuals face past traumas and painful experiences that have cause the addict to stay in their addiction cycle–whether they are aware of it or not.
Working through these memories is just as important as uncovering them, and this is exactly what Ibogaine helps the addict to do.
Many Ibogaine treatment centers have shown unprecedented success when it comes to treating addiction and serves as a viable treatment option. As with any addiction treatment, receiving aftercare is vital to continued success.
No matter what treatment method you choose, finding the right treatment is the first step, but it is up to the individual to stay positively focused on their new path.
Success is possible, you just have to look for it.