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 from many individuals struggling with these types of addictions. However, results are varied—often based on the individual and what they are trying to get out of their personal Ibogaine treatment experience.
Ibogaine works to treat these addictions in two different ways. The first is by refreshing and resetting 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 their past in a unique way.
These two methods are what make Ibogaine treatment such a unique alternative to other, more traditional, forms of addiction treatment.
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—like Serotonin and Dopamine—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 changed.
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 the brain no longer has enough Serotonin or Dopamine to make us feel normal. When the chemicals produced by drugs or alcohol are removed, the brain starts to heal itself—which 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 is longer for heroin and opiate addicts. However, for other drugs and alcohol it can still take weeks or even months to completely overcome.
Ibogaine helps 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
With many of these drugs, a portion of withdrawal will have to be overcome naturally before Ibogaine can be taken.
Each drug varies, but certain criteria will have to be reviewed before an addict is cleared for Ibogaine treatment.
Many of the unfortunate deaths related to Ibogaine treatment were cause from individuals mixing these drugs with alcohol.
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 exact same liver enzyme.
So, 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, two days to a week 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—but also preparing for the possibility of not remembering the psychedelic aspect.
For those that do experience the psychedelic components, the Ibogaine experience can be harsh, but necessary.
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.
This mixture of a 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 dealing with these issues that cause addictive behavior.
Along with this, many addicts often follow their Ibogaine experience with a Shamanic psychedelic called 5MEO-DMT, which offers a very intense but less harsh experience.
Coupled with Ibogaine, this experience can be very insightful. It also gives those who do not have a psychedelic experience something to hold onto that can be effective at helping them uncover their own individual issues and struggles.
The psychological healing that comes from these psychedelic experiences can be very helpful at moving an addict out of their current mindset, and into a more positive, confident mentality that can help motivate them to positive forward progress.
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.