Ibogaine has been used in West Africa for medicinal and ceremonial purposes for thousands of years, but it has only started to take hold in the western world as an alternative to traditional drug addiction treatment. It is highly effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms in people living with opiate and methamphetamine addiction, and it is shown to be more effective with further studies.
What is Ibogaine, and How Does it Work?
Ibogaine is a psychoactive drug found in various African plants. It has been used in multiple capacities to treat addiction to heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and various other drugs since the 1960s. There have been few formal studies on how it works, but it is believed to affect certain receptors in the brain that are associated with addiction and withdrawal. It seems to activate sigma receptors, which are activated by opioids weakly. This is why Ibogaine often reduces or even eliminates withdrawal symptoms in patients. It also activates 5-HT2A receptors, which are activated by psychedelic drugs such as LSD. This is what gives Ibogaine its psychoactive effects. Psychoactive drugs have been shown to have an antidepressant effect, so it is believed that Ibogaine works similarly.
A single dose of Ibogaine puts the user into a psychedelic state that lasts for about 30 hours. During that time, they will not feel any of the usual withdrawal symptoms that are associated with opiates or other drugs. Many who come out of this state report seeing the world with a kind of clarity that they have not experienced in months or even years due to their drug use.
How Effective is Ibogaine Therapy?
Ibogaine therapy is very effective, with success rates as high as 70 percent. There is still research that needs to be done, but anecdotal and scientific evidence has shown that Ibogaine therapy can help people overcome the worst of their physical addictions.
Is Ibogaine Safe?
As long as Ibogaine is administered in a controlled environment by a medical professional, it is safe. However, no medical treatment is right for everybody. Side effects include low blood pressure, a slowed heart rate, and seizures. As with other psychoactive drugs, some people may experience intense hallucinations. It should be noted that people who have experienced the worst of these side effects have self-administered Ibogaine. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is that Ibogaine be taken in a controlled environment.
It should also be pointed out that addiction is incredibly complicated and is caused by a variety of factors. Ibogaine is highly effective at treating physical addiction and helping people overcome their withdrawal symptoms. This alone can help someone on their path to recovery, but it cannot keep them on that path. Those who are struggling with substance abuse problems will always need ongoing therapy to address the underlying causes of their drug addiction. Iti is never just a physical problem.
If you are struggling with a drug addiction and have not succeeded with traditional recovery programs, Ibogaine treatment might be right for you. It has been shown to reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms while allowing patients to see the world from a new perspective, both of which can help someone begin their recovery. Contact our treatment center for more information or to schedule a visit.