Here is what you can expect from the moment you arrive in San Diego, to the moment you head back home.
Guests are picked up from San Diego International Airport and driven through the border into Mexico. If you need to make any last minute stops in the United States, please inform the driver (since it isn’t the easiest thing to cross back into the United States and the waiting line can take a couple hours).
Upon arrival to the clinic guests will be welcomed and shown to their rooms. Nursing staff will go through your belongings to make sure you did not bring drugs, paraphernalia, or weapons (all of which will be confiscated without return). We lock up all valuables (wallets, passports, jewelry, money, communication devices, ect.) for safe keeping until two days after your treatment. All guest belongings are recorded and signed off by guest and a member of the staff.
Guests will also read and sign a series of contracts affirming their medical rights.
Each guest then meets with the doctor to discuss the treatment program and retrieve all necessary health information.
After this, guests will be able to settle in, relax, and make themselves at home. Our facility is not a lockdown, lab coat, wake up and eat when we say type of rehab. We want all guests to feel as comfortable as possible.
All guests must contact their families on the first night to let them know they are ok and have arrived safely. This is because they will have the ability to contact anyone until two days after the treatment (because of the nature of the treatment itself).
The house/hotel has a chef present from 8am to 7pm; whenever guests can eat whenever they want. There is a maid here every day to clean the rooms and wash the guests laundry. In most cases, day two is treatment day (see the treatment schedule) and day three is the grey day–which usually consist of a visit to the spa for a massage and other relaxing activities.
The remainder of the week will be focused on developing an aftercare plan and reflection. When a sound aftercare plan is in place activities such as, going to the beach, tacos, movies, museum, souvenir shopping, or coffee can be voted on. The general stay is 5 days, at which point guests will be driven back over the border and dropped off at the airport.
Unfortunately, Ibogaine is not safe for everyone. This is why it is necessary that all guests undergo tests to ensure that they are healthy enough to follow through with treatment.
The first line of screening is done online. When filling out the online application for treatment please give us honest answers and be specific. We need to determine if you are healthy enough for treatment.
Also, because Ibogaine is sensitive, many different drugs can effect the treatment itself. This is why we ask you these specific questions. Don’t worry, just because you are taking a medication doesn’t mean you are excluded from Ibogaine treatment. It only means that your situation will require some specific planning before you can be treated.
Ultimately, the doctor will decide if and when an individual is fit for treatment through a screening process. After you qualify for treatment online, the doctor will go through a prescreening process at the facility. This screening process is based on results from an EKG, blood tests (for liver enzyme function), and through a series of questions about their health.
Once again, honesty is very important. It is not often that guests are turned down for treatment but it does happen. This is for the safety of the individual. Safety and health are our top priorities and we will not treat anyone that shows prescreening risks.
The Ibogaine Treatment
After the test results are reviewed and guests are cleared for treatment, the doctors will formulate the proper dosage based on what drugs they have used, how much they have used, their health, body weight, and sensitivity to the drug based on the test dose. Generally, guests will begin treatment first thing in the morning on day two.
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It is necessary for guest to be in slight withdrawal with an empty stomach before treatment. After the test dose is administered, the flood dose is then given over the next hour. Ibogaine is a stationary experience; guests do not walk around and have interaction. Guests stay in bed for roughly one day. During this time guests will be hooked up to a heart rate monitor and have constant supervision by our doctors and nurses.
Guests usually have no appetite for the first day or two after treatment. The day after treatment (the grey day) guests feel extremely worn out and kind of groggy. However, they will begin to get their strength back. During this day they will remain under medical supervision until cleared by the doctor.
Every individual has a unique experience. Some get visions, some none at all. Some see their entire life, some dig into the root causes of their addictions, and some just feel very euphoric. However, the experience usually teaches the individual something about themselves.
This means diving into root causes of their addictions and ways to solve and prevent further drug use. Often it helps people face the traumas and behaviors they have been avoiding or masking.
Not everyone has these experiences. The best way to approach Ibogaine treatment is with the goal of waking up free from drug addiction. Whether your experience is intense or moderate, everyone experiences the resetting of the brain.
Our facility uses the best in modern medical technology. We want everyone to feel comfortable and safe during every Ibogaine treatment.
In the days following their experience it is recommended that guests write everything down and reflect on it.
Ibogaine is only a detox. It is a very effective and powerful detox, but it is not a cure. The cure comes with living your life after your Ibogaine treatment.
The most important part of this process is developing an aftercare plan with the therapist. There you will develop a path specific to you that will get you to full recovery. Recovery is an individual process that takes daily effort to achieve.
This is why guests will not leave without a specific aftercare plan. Whether it is a personal plan or one that involves a facility we consider it our job to make sure that our guests are ready for the life they have ahead of them. We want everyone to leave the clinic and experience success after their Ibogaine treatment.
Once the process is finished and treatment goals have been met, the guest makes travel plans to get back home. Guests say their goodbyes and are driven back to the San Diego airport.
Guests become like our family. Many of them stay in contact through Facebook and other ways. They leave feeling stronger and better than ever. By using the knowledge and skills they have gained through Ibogaine treatment in their daily lives we know they can have happiness and success in life.