With an opioid epidemic that seems like it will never end, and drug-use and addiction rates continuing to skyrocket out of control, the need for viable treatment options has never been greater. And while traditional drug addiction treatment centers claim they will direct addicts toward a better life, success rates often fall short of what these facilities promise.
Those affected by addiction deserve the success they’re seeking. Which is why many people looking for help are seeking out alternative treatments. Ibogaine is one such treatment, and it is showing unprecedented success rates in treating addiction to drugs.
What is Ibogaine?
As the primary alkaloid found in the iboga plant native to West Africa, ibogaine is an extremely powerful psychedelic substance. It has been used for centuries as a ceremonial and medicinal tool. It is also considered a powerful spiritual conduit. Over recent years, it has been discovered that ibogaine (the alkaloid extracted from the root of the iboga plant) holds outstanding potential in the treatment of all types of addiction, including opioids and opiates, methamphetamines, cocaine, crack, alcohol, and more.
How Does Ibogaine Work?
Treatment with ibogaine typically lasts between 24 and 72 hours, and works by addressing both the physical and psychological aspects of a person’s addiction. There are generally three “parts” to a person’s treatment experience.
Ibogaine first acts to vanquish a person’s physical dependency on a substance by “resetting” a person’s brain back to its pre-addicted state. Neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin are flooded until they reach normal levels, allowing brain chemistry to adjust in a manner that is no longer drug-dependent.
Once the physical aspect of a person’s addiction has been addressed, ibogaine begins to work deeper within a person’s mind (approximately 6-8 hours after onset). It is here patients begin to experience the hallucinations that are a large part of ibogaine treatment.
A Powerful Psychedelic Substance…
Ibogaine is one of the most potent psychedelic substances known. It works deep within a person’s psyche to assist in uncovering repressed memories, emotions, and beliefs they’ve had for years. It often what is uncovered during this period that has led to a person’s current addicted state.
These past memories and/or traumas a person discovers during this phase of ibogaine is typically through the hallucinations they experience. The psychedelic journey ibogaine takes a person on is highly individualized, going deep within their personal psychological make-up. Everyone will experience ibogaine differently, but what they discover is often what is necessary to change their life.
The psychedelic aspect of ibogaine treatment can last 10 hours or more, before a person begins to move into an introspective phase where they can process what was uncovered. Once ibogaine has shown a person the reasons for their current addicted state, it allows them to process all the information it has offered.
Working Through What Led to Addiction
The last phase of ibogaine drug treatment is typically very introspective. It can be a very emotional time as a person comes to an acceptance for what has happened in their life, as well as an acceptance of their addiction to drugs. Understanding the reasons behind their addiction can make it much easier to understand how they became an addict.
Not only does ibogaine help a person come to a state of acceptance for what’s happened in the past, but guides them towards forgiving those who might have hurt them and caused them to turn to drugs in the first place. Perhaps most importantly, ibogaine helps a person forgive themselves for any hurt they’ve caused others while they were addicted to drugs.
Self-forgiveness is a vital aspect of successfully overcoming addiction. Not only does it allow for a person to more easily let go of the shame and guilt that are common in addiction recovery, but can help them work on rebuilding aspects of self-worth and self-esteem.
Things to Consider When Taking Ibogaine
It is important to note that not everyone will experience powerful hallucinations or psychedelic effects when taking ibogaine. What a person “sees” is related to their current health conditions and what type(s) of substances they’re taking. Even if a person does not experience vivid hallucinations, ibogaine still resets the brain and returns balance back to both body and mind.
Because ibogaine is such powerful medicine, treatment can be especially hard on the body. Being physically exhausted and emotionally overwhelmed directly after taking ibogaine are common. Those that take ibogaine are generally advised to stay at the treatment center a few days after treatment is over to ensure proper rest and rejuvenation.
Ibogaine completely resets a person’s energy and recovering from medicine this powerful takes time. In the first hours and days after ibogaine, it’s important for patients to rest and embrace the flood of emotions they might be feeling.
Ibogaine provides a different take on overcoming addiction, offering a way out of the physical dependency and cravings that is unlike any other treatment available. Psychologically, it has shown to offer people a different perspective not only on their addiction, but on life as a whole. Ibogaine helps to establish feelings of positive wellbeing, while inspiring patients to embrace a healthier lifestyle free from negative thought and self-destructive habits.