Isolated from the root of the Tabernanthe iboga plant native to Central West Africa, Ibogaine is an active alkaloid that has shown itself to be an excellent treatment for addiction. It has been used for thousands of years by the Bwiti tribe of Africa as both a powerful healing tool and in rites of passage ceremonies. In the early 1960s it was discovered that it stopped heroin and opiate withdrawal and has since been used to help addicts beat their addiction.

Ibogaine is a unique psychedelic plant with properties that are found nowhere else in the world. But how does Ibogaine work to treat addiction in the brain?

How Ibogaine Works

Unlike other addiction treatments available, Ibogaine offers a unique experience that helps addicts treat addiction in a different and unique way.

Ibogaine is a powerful psychedelic that operates in two ways. First, it addresses the physical withdrawal symptoms that often are the leading cause of relapse. Secondly, Ibogaine puts many addicts in a “waking dream” where they are led on an intense spiritual and emotional journey that helps many addict face fears and traumatic experiences that are often the root cause of the addiction.

Resetting the Brain’s Physical Addiction

Ibogaine first begins by targeting the brain and helping to alleviate withdrawal symptoms caused by drug use. When an addict begins using drugs at a high level, the brain adapts to the chemicals that are released by drug use. Eventually, the brain becomes unable to function properly without high levels of chemicals in the system.

When the addict tries to stop using, the changes in the brain are so severe that the addict begins to experience extremely painful and shocking symptoms, called withdrawals, that often are similar to the worst flu you could ever imagine.

This is what makes breaking addiction so difficult. The withdrawal symptoms, especially from heroin and opiates, make it almost impossible for an addict to stop using. Instead of trying to fight through the pain, many addicts give up and go back to using drugs or alcohol.

Ibogaine works in the brain to reset and heal neurons that have been damaged by addiction. For those who take Ibogaine, these withdrawal symptoms are reduced by 80-100 percent. In many cases, addicts find that their withdrawal symptoms are completely eliminated.

Ibogaine also stays in the system for around 3 month after treatment, continuing to help heal and alleviate any withdrawal symptoms that would normally be a result of not using drugs.

No other drug works like Ibogaine. Some treatments, such as Methadone and Suboxone, are used to treat heroin addiction but can be very addictive and habit forming. Ibogaine, however, is non-addictive and once the treatment is finished there is no further need (or craving) to continue taking it.

This is what makes Ibogaine such a powerful treatment for addiction. By eliminating withdrawal symptoms the addict is able to make their own decisions regarding their future and drug use. They are no longer motivated by pain to keep using drugs. They have the clarity to create their own future instead of being governed by awful drug withdrawals symptoms that make it near impossible to quit using.

Along with the physical healing, Ibogaine also helps many individuals find deeper meaning and healing in their lives on a psychological level. Not all of those who take Ibogaine will have a psychedelic experience, however, every individual who takes Ibogaine will experience the physical healing of the Ibogaine treatment itself.

Addressing Psychological Trauma and Pain

Ibogaine also works on a psychological level. This psychological healing comes from the intense psychedelic experience that Ibogaine can induce.

During this experience, addicts often find themselves face to face with past experiences, fears, and traumatic experiences that are often the root of their addiction. Ibogaine helps the addict address these issues with a new perspective and clarity of mind. In this way, Ibogaine can help heal the addict on a psychological level, a level of healing that cannot be found in any other drug treatment program.

It is often stated that Ibogaine offers 6 months of therapy in one experience. However, it is important to understand that not all addicts who take Ibogaine experience this intense psychedelic experience. Moreover, some of those who have intense psychedelic experiences end up forgetting them, like they would a dream. It is not necessary to have this psychedelic experience in order for Ibogaine to heal the brain physically, but, for those who do, many have breakthroughs that can be very helpful for their future and the entire recovery process.

The Ibogaine Treatment Difference

There is no other treatment like Ibogaine for addiction. Many people that have had success with Ibogaine express how treatment has helped them feel hope for the future and given them a new path forward. Even those who only experience the physical healing from Ibogaine have said that it helped them overcome their addiction and move forward in a more positive direction with powerful determination.

No drug can provide the physical healing that Ibogaine can. And, although drugs like Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, or LSD have been shown to have profound psychological healing, they cannot treat addiction in the brain, on a physical level, the same way Ibogaine can.

Ibogaine cannot force an addict to change. In the end, an addict must have the desire to stay off drugs and alcohol. A proper aftercare and life plan is necessary for an overall successful drug treatment no matter what option you choose.

Also, the more time an addict can stay away from home, or whatever negative environment they have been in, the better success they will have in their overall recovery. With a proper plan, and realistic expectations, any addict can find freedom from addiction and move forward with a successful, long-term sobriety.

 

Resources:
http://www.maps.org/research-archive/ibogaine/ioa-1_maps_protocol_17.2.2009.pdf
https://www.drugs.com/npp/iboga.html