Ibogaine treatment for opiate addiction continues to gain traction. As traditional methods of treatment are failing, many individuals are searching for new and more effective options.
Abuse of prescription medications has reached a new level and Americans are abusing pills more than any other country in the world. We are responsible for consuming 99 percent of the world’s Vicodin and 80 percent of the world’s Percocet and Oxycontin. But how are we addressing this problem?
The Failure of Traditional Rehab
With opiate and heroin addiction rates on the rise many individuals, and governments, are turning to these traditional methods of rehabilitation to curb the drug epidemic. However, it isn’t working. With traditional rehab success rates between 5 and 10 percent, many addicts are caught in an in-and-out of rehab cycle. . Although traditional treatment methods do work for some, they do not work for everyone.
But we have adapted a one-size-fits-all policy on drug treatment. And, when that doesn’t work, we look at putting more money into the system to solve the inadequacies. But nothing ever really changes.
In the 1960’s many psychedelic drugs were being tested. Not only did many of these medicine’s–such as LSD, psilocybin (magic mushrooms), ayahuasca, and Ibogaine–show huge promise in the 1960’s, but even today clinics around the world are proving how effective they can be at treating addiction.
Dr. Gabor Maté, globally recognized addiction specialist, has time and time again spoken on the effectiveness of ayahuasca for treatment. Other psychologists and psychiatrist continue to push for more trials on the psychedelic LSD because of the promises it showed back in the 1960s.
But even though these psychedelic compounds have shown fascinating results, they still only address the psychological addiction. However, there is one drug that has proven itself effective at not only treating the psychological effects of addiction, but the physical effects as well.
Why Ibogaine Treatment Works for Opiate Addiction
Ibogaine seems tailor made for opiate addiction. Although it has the ability to treat all addictions, it has an uncanny knack for targeting opiate addiction in the brain. Ibogaine works on two levels, the physical and the psychological, to treat addiction in a way that no other treatment can. Let’s dive deeper into both levels of addiction.
Many traditional methods focus on getting people out of withdrawal. Withdrawal is the most difficult part of addiction. In fact, most opiate addicts do not stop using opiate because of how heavy the withdrawals are. This is because the brain has become specifically wired to operate on opiates. If you take the opiates away, the brain cannot function properly.
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It can take months, sometimes even years for the brain to heal from the severe changes that opiate addiction makes to the brain’s core. Couple this with the dangers of opiate overdose and we have a ticking time bomb.
Ibogaine is taken at the peak of withdrawal. This means that the addict takes the Ibogaine about 12 hours after their last opiate dose (this does not include long-acting opiates*).
The Ibogaine works to target the brain’s core. It works by resetting the structure of the brain back to the way it was before the addiction. By doing this, the addict comes out of the Ibogaine experience without having to experience any major withdrawal symptoms.
For an individual who has been unable to get past severe opiate withdrawal, Ibogaine offers them a way to reset their brain. They are given a new chance to stay off of drugs and beat their addiction forever.
Physical withdrawal plays a major part in keeping the addict hooked to opiates. However, past traumas or hurtful life experiences are often at the core of the addiction, and are usually the reason the addiction started in the first place.
According to Dr. Gabor Maté “a hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviors.” Often, the addict is unaware of the experiences they are trying to cover up. It can be subconscious and unnoticed.
Ibogaine is an intense psychedelic experience. The addict is put in a “dream like state” where they remain for 8-12 hours. During this time many addicts describe seeing their past traumas, hurtful experiences, and reasons for their addiction.
Ibogaine does not do this in order to strike fear into the addict. The opposite is actually true. Ibogaine works by making the addict more accepting. In this way, the addict is able to confront their past, and deal with their hurtful experiences in a positive way. By healing themselves, facing what they have done, and accepting that the past is the past, addicts find themselves free from many of the awful and painful memories and traumas that have kept them addicted. Addiction is a defense mechanism they no longer need.
Moving on from Opiate Addiction
Once both the physical and psychological issues have been addressed the addict has a much stronger chance of future success. The process is unique. However, many addicts are searching for a new way to approach their addiction and Ibogaine treatment offers them hope that they couldn’t find anywhere else.
Ibogaine does not cure addiction, it merely a physical detox with the possibility for a psychedelic experience. And although Ibogaine is the most powerful addiction treatment that is available today, it cannot for the addict to stay off drugs. By developing a strong aftercare plan as part of the Ibogaine treatment process addicts put themselves in a much more empowered position. Ibogaine can give the opiate addict the tools for a successful life in a way that no traditional treatment method can.
*This article is for educational purposes only. Please do not take this information to be medical advice.