Beginning treatment for an addiction to heroin, OxyContin, or some other highly-addictive drug is a massive step in the right direction for most people.
Then, after putting in the hard work and dedication, many of these people actually achieve another big milestone: switching from their drug-of-choice to methadone, which is meant to help usher them to complete sobriety.
At least, they think this is a major milestone.
Unfortunately, far too often, the truth is that they’ve just begun a new addiction and, thus, another long journey on the path toward getting clean. Sometimes, it’s even harder than kicking the drug that originally brought them to methadone in the first place.
That’s why many have turned to ibogaine for methadone withdrawal.
But is it actually able to help?
What Everyone Needs to Know About Taking Ibogaine for Methadone Withdrawal
As familiarity with it has continued to grow over the last few years, more and more people have touted ibogaine as nothing short of miraculous.
However, while the drug’s potential is certainly breathtaking for many who have experienced it firsthand after years of struggling to beat an addiction, it’s no miracle drug. Even when it does succeed at giving a patient a “blank slate” to start over – which, to be fair, is often – that person is still responsible for making healthy decisions going forward so they don’t relapse.
Why Methadone Addiction Is So Hard to Beat
The biggest problem with methadone is that the reason it’s so “effective” is also the reason it becomes such an obstacle for long-term recovery.
As an antagonist drug, the way methadone works is by binding to the receptors that would otherwise be occupied by the opioids (e.g. heroine) that a patient might take. They are also designed to have much longer half-lives, so they can continue to occupy those receptors for extended periods of times.
The intended result is that, if a patient does use an opioid, it has little to no effect. These receptors are occupied. Ideally, this will keep that person from continuing to use the drug in the future.
Unfortunately, the longer someone takes methadone, the more of it that is in their system. If they want to quit drugs altogether, this is a massive obstacle to their success. It can easily take 30 days – maybe quite a bit longer – before the body is finally rid of all of these drugs. An opioid like heroin can be cleared in less than a week.
So, while many people turn to ibogaine for methadone withdrawal, it faces the same challenge. Ibogaine also works on those receptors that methadone is blocking. Instead of being able to reset them, the drug is denied.
This doesn’t mean that taking ibogaine for methadone withdrawal won’t have any effects, though. You may still “trip.” You may still experience deep feelings of introspection, too.
However, as these effects wear off, the familiar pains of methadone withdrawal will begin seeping back in – along with an overwhelming sense of frustration.
How to Prepare to Take Ibogaine for Methadone Withdrawal
The good news is that methadone addiction is not unconquerable. In fact, you can definitely take ibogaine for methadone withdrawal – as thousands have – and make it out the other side with a second chance at life.
It’s just that doing so requires certain caveats. Ignoring them will mean you may receive a few days reprieve from methadone, but those withdrawals will eventually come looking for you.
As we’ve just covered, the first step to using ibogaine to overcome methadone withdrawals is to first get off methadone.
If at all possible, try quitting methadone either cold turkey or switch to a non-opiate medicine to help manage the pain and withdrawals until you’re ready to begin ibogaine treatment.
Otherwise, you’ll need to switch back to a short-acting opiate until the methadone finally clears your system. Obviously, this can be a very tough decision to make and not just for health reasons. You might feel a sense of failure for returning to an opiate but remember that it’s only for a month or two until methadone no longer stands in the way of your success.
Ibogaine for Methadone Withdrawal
At Experience Ibogaine, we’ll be the first to admit that this drug isn’t for everyone. For the reasons we just covered, using ibogaine for methadone withdrawal isn’t always a realistic option.
Still, we’re very proud of the fact that our facility has successfully helped thousands of people who became addicted to this powerful drug. So, no matter what your current situation is, there’s still hope.
Contact us today and talk to one of our specialists. Once they have a better understanding of your history, including how long you’ve been using methadone for, they’ll be able to recommend whether or not our course of treatment would be right for you.