Ibogaine works to treat addictions differently based on the addiction. However, although there are many varying degrees of addictions and the protocol regarding their treatment, most of these treatment approaches fall into one of these three categories:
- Heroin and opiate addiction
- Long-acting opiates and blockers like Methadone and Suboxone
- Other addictions that are non-opiate based–including alcohol, methamphetamine, Adderall, crack, cocaine, and tobacco
For each of these addictions, Ibogaine can have a massive positive impact. However, there are some specific differences in how these addiction affect the brain’s neurochemistry.
Heroin and Opiate Addiction
Ibogaine is most effective for short acting opiates and heroin.
There may be a slight difference in what the Ibogaine community refers to as “short-acting” and mainstream medicine.
What matters is that the drug is not still being released in the body when Ibogaine is taken.
Ibogaine is taken at peak withdrawals, as the drug begins to leave the body.
This list includes Dilaudid, Demerol, Percocet, Codeine, and OxyContin. Most of these drugs do not stay in the system for long and do not contain a blocker.
Heroin is also a short acting opiate.
Being on these types of opiates before taking Ibogaine is the safest. Ibogaine can be given at the peak of heroin or opiate withdrawal.
This is where Ibogaine is most effective.
Ibogaine for Suboxone and Methadone – Long-Acting Opiates
Suboxone, Methadone, and other opioid antagonists (blockers) do not work well with Ibogaine.
These drugs block the very receptors that Ibogaine works to heal.
Sure. When taken with these drugs in the system, some addicts can still experience the euphoria and “trip” that can come from using Ibogaine.
However, the Ibogaine will not be able to be effective at treating the addiction and working on receptors.
Please beware! Anyone who tells you otherwise may be taking advantage of desperation. This is simple science. If receptors are blocked, Ibogaine can do little to help–especially for the long-term.
These drugs can take weeks to be eliminated from the system.
Ibogaine for Other Strong Addictions
Ibogaine can be effective for those struggling with other strong addictions.
These include, but are not limited to, alcohol, methamphetamine, Adderall, crack, cocaine, and tobacco.
This is because of the way Ibogaine operates on the brain. It can have a replenishing effect, while also stimulating natural chemical production.
However, each addiction has a different protocol and must be addressed in its own way.