Although Ibogaine has been shown to be exceptionally effective for opiate and heroin withdrawal, it can also be an effective solution for those struggling with other strong addictions.
This article applies to those considering Ibogaine as a treatment for addictions to alcohol, methamphetamine, Adderall, crack, cocaine, tobacco, or other non-opiate based addictions.
In the past, Experience Ibogaine has seen impressive results when treating addicts who are struggling with these types of addictions. However, these results are varied—often based on the individual and what they are trying to get out of their personal Ibogaine treatment experience.
There are two key factors when treating addiction with Ibogaine. The first is how Ibogaine can refresh and reset the brain’s chemistry and neurological pathways.
The second is during the psychedelic experience, where the Ibogaine helps many addicts find truth about their life and face their past in a unique way.
These two factors are what make Ibogaine treatment such a unique alternative to other, more traditional, forms of addiction treatment. But first, let’s get a clear understanding of how addiction works in the brain.
How Addiction Changes the Brain
When an addict begins using drugs or alcohol on a regular basis, the brain begins changing the way that it functions in order to accommodate the new level of chemicals that the brain is receiving.
Each drug works differently. However, the net effect is often the same.
These drugs not only affect the chemical levels of the brain, but, also, they change the way many neurons work. The neurons, the part of the brain that accepts our “feel good” chemicals, change to be better at accepting drugs produced by these substances.
This has a massive effect on the natural operations of the brain. If we stop using these substances, our brain is left with two issues:
- It cannot produce enough of its own natural chemicals to make up for the flooding of chemicals that comes from using drugs.
- The naturally produced chemicals in the brain are less effective within the structure of the brain because of the way these neurons have been altered.
When we stop using drugs or alcohol, the brain is left with a massive Serotonin and Dopamine deficit.
This is where withdrawal comes into play.
What is Physical Withdrawal?
Withdrawal starts when we stop using drugs or alcohol. The brain is no longer receiving enough chemicals to feel normal. The brain also cannot produce enough natural chemicals to balance us out. So, when the chemicals produced by drugs or alcohol are removed, the brain starts to heal itself and normalize. But this process of recovery can take days, weeks, or even months.
During this time, we are likely to feel severely depressed. Massive flu-like symptoms often follow such as fever, body aches, cold sweats, hot sweats, and in extreme cases even seizures.
Physical withdrawal can be longer and more severe depending on the drug. And alcohol can be one of the worst, and can sometimes be so extreme that it can lead to death if not properly supervised.
But Ibogaine can help to address these issues that have been caused by heavy drug or alcohol abuse.
Ibogaine Helps Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
Ibogaine works on the neurological pathways in the brain to help overcome these withdrawal symptoms. Often, addicts overcoming these addictions can feel “foggy” while their brain adjusts to normal functional levels.
This can last for a long time. It can be painful, as well as frustrating, which is why many addicts often go back to using to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
But Ibogaine helps to replenish and renew the brain’s function. This allows addicts to feel normalized much quicker. The brain’s chemical levels are normalized, endorphins are released, and the addict is often able to feel clarity much quicker than through the normal healing process.
This can often give addicts a major leap forward in their complete drug recovery process.
One alcoholic said this, “Ibogaine gave me what I needed.” She wouldn’t tell us more than that, but she had a huge smile on her face.
The Ibogaine helped her in ways she couldn’t explain.
How you feel is often a major part of addiction recovery. Ibogaine can help you return to feeling normal.
Individual Drug Protocol
The only downside of using Ibogaine to treat these drug addictions is that a portion of withdrawal will have to be overcome naturally before Ibogaine can be taken.
Ibogaine cannot be taken while these drugs are in the system, or if the liver is not functioning properly.
Each drug varies, but usually it takes 5-7 days for these drugs to flush out of the system.
Liver function is also important. This aspect usually only applies to those who have a heavy alcohol problem. Alcohol affects the liver directly, and it can take even more time for levels to return to normal function in order for Ibogaine treatment to be an option.
Many of the unfortunate deaths related to Ibogaine treatment were cause from individuals mixing drugs or alcohol with Ibogaine. This is why these protocols are so important. Ibogaine can be completely ineffective if these drugs are in the system, or worse cause complications that can be more severe.
To make sure Ibogaine treatment is successful and safe, here is a good idea of when Ibogaine can be taken based on the addiction.
The negative reactions of Ibogaine, from heavy alcohol use, stem from a lack of proper liver enzyme levels.
Ibogaine and alcohol are metabolized, or changed by the body, with the same liver enzyme.
When an alcoholic has used alcohol for years, these liver enzyme levels are extremely low.
It can take days, or even longer, for liver enzyme levels to return to a high enough level for Ibogaine to be safely administered.
This depends on many different factors. Often age, length of alcohol abuse, and other health factors play a major role in the return of these enzymes.
This is why every patient undergoes a liver enzyme test before being cleared for Ibogaine treatment.
Methamphetamines and Cocaine (Including Crack Cocaine)
These drugs can take longer to leave the system. Mixing these drugs with Ibogaine can be fatal. Although liver enzymes also play a factor, they are not the major issue for those looking to take Ibogaine after being addicted to these substances.
It can take, usually, 3-7 days for methamphetamine and cocaine to leave the system.
Once these drugs have left the system, Ibogaine will be safe to take (based on other health tests being done).
Adderall addiction is similar to methamphetamine and operates in a similar ways as methamphetamine. Although Adderall may take longer to leave the system (usually up to 24 hours longer), the same protocol as methamphetamine applies.
Once the drug has left the system, it can no longer have a negative impact by mixing with the Ibogaine in the body.
There are no firm protocols with Ibogaine for tobacco users. Not many individuals have used Ibogaine to treat their specific tobacco addictions.
However, many of those who took Ibogaine for other addictions found that it had a positive improvement on their tobacco addiction. There are also studies that suggest Ibogaine has a positive effect by interrupting tobacco addiction.
There are other addictions that Ibogaine can help with. If you are experiences an addiction not mentioned on this list please contact us. Each of these addictions must be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Ibogaine Treatment for Psychological Withdrawal
Along with the physical treatment for addiction, Ibogaine also has the ability to target the psychological issues that are often the root cause of the addiction.
It is important to note that not all Ibogaine users will go through the strong psychedelic experience that is often associated with Ibogaine.
Also, some users will have an intense psychedelic experience, often describing it in detail during their “trip,” but will wake up having forgotten most or all of their experience.
This does not apply to the majority of addicts, but it does happen. It is best to go into an Ibogaine treatment hoping for the best—expecting a reduction in physical withdrawal symptoms and healing in the brain—but also preparing for the possibility of not remembering or experiencing the psychedelic aspect.
For those that do experience the psychedelic components, the Ibogaine experience can be intense.
During the Ibogaine experience, addicts are often shown their past. This means coming face to face with decisions they have made, traumatic experiences they are trying to avoid, and people they have hurt in their lives because of their drug addiction.
Ibogaine is able to put the addict in a more accepting state. Many addicts are able to accept past decisions and trauma with a new perspective—giving them the ability to move forward in a positive way.
Addicts often say the Ibogaine showed them exactly what they needed to see—but they also admit they never want to take Ibogaine again.
The difficult experience, mixed with the emotional release and acceptance, makes the psychedelic experience from Ibogaine treatment one of the most effective for those dealing with addiction and other underlying issues that often promote addictive behavior.
Is Ibogaine Right for Me?
Ibogaine is not for everyone. However, those who have tried other traditional treatment methods without success may find that Ibogaine offers an alternative approach that could be promising.
Not every treatment works for everyone. Some addicts must try multiple methods in order to find success in recovery.
Ibogaine has been shown to be effective at treating all of these addictions on some level.
Ibogaine is not a cure. It will not force an addict to stop using. However, it can have a massive impact on you or your loved one’s addiction.
Talk to one of our specialists today about finding the right cost and getting the best Ibogaine treatment for your specific situation and whether Ibogaine treatment is a good option for you.