Ibogaine Treatment Success Rate

As Ibogaine treatment becomes more popular, Ibogaine treatment success rate statistics become a bigger topic of conversation. Ibogaine is relatively new as an addiction treatment. It has only been used for the past few decades, and the volume of addicts treated with Ibogaine is much lower when compared to traditional treatment methods.

We can, however, get an idea of the success rate of Ibogaine treatment from studies that have been performed to date. In order for these numbers to mean anything, we must first understand what kind of success rate comes from traditional rehabilitation programs, and then compare them to the studies done on Ibogaine treatment success rates.  This way, we can have relatively accurate expectations when deciding what treatment approach to take for ourselves or our loved ones.

Traditional Rehab Success Rate Statistics

Traditional rehab facilities claim anywhere from 30-90 percent success rate. However, according to the American Addiction Centers, even a 30 percent success rate is too high of a number. This is because that 30 percent success rate only includes individuals who have finished the entire rehabilitation program. This means traditional rehabilitation centers can come up with “hoops” that, if an addict did not go through in a very specific way, can disqualify them from being part of the overall success rate statistics.

In Lance Dodes book, “The Sober Truth,” he puts traditional rehab and Alcoholics Anonymous model success rates at around 10 percent. This is shockingly low. And, because almost every traditional rehab facility uses some form of the Alcoholics Anonymous model, addicts, in the United States especially, are not offered much in the way of alternatives to this model.

They can choose between which building to go to, but in the end almost every rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol addiction in the United States is based on the same failing model. This gives us more insight into why the epidemic we currently face can seem so difficult to overcome.

Let’s compare this to studies done on Ibogaine treatment.

Ibogaine Treatment Success Rate Statistics*

success of ibogaine treatmentThe success of Ibogaine treatment starts with the ability to reset and repair the brain. Ibogaine drastically reduces, and in most cases eliminates, withdrawal symptoms. This should give Ibogaine, in theory, a leg up on other traditional treatment methods that cannot deal with these severe withdrawal symptoms as effectively.

However, on a long-term basis, the effectiveness of Ibogaine depends on many factors, the most important being aftercare–or time spent away from the addict’s previous environment.

In any program, Ibogaine or not, the overall success rate among patients will always be higher the longer the duration away from the using environment is.

A 30-day program is much better than a 10-day program, and a 60-day program is much better than a 30-day program.

Time is always a major factor.

There have been two major studies done by MAPS, a research center which focuses, for the most part, on psychedelic and plant medicine. Let’s take a look at these two studies and see if we can’t break down the facts when it comes to Ibogaine treatment success rate statistics.

Study A


The first overall factor here, in this study, is the data that relates to reduction in withdrawal symptoms–based on the SOWS scale. The SOWS scale is merely a series of questions that helps to determine how bad withdrawal symptoms are.

In this first study, patients reported a 55% reduction in their withdrawal symptoms 30 hours after treatment.

It is important to note, however, that 50 percent of those who were treated in this study were using methadone, which is an opiate blocker. Ibogaine cannot work effectively while methadone is in the system. It is unclear if MAPS knew this information before, or if this particular study gave them that data, but we do know now that methadone cannot be effectively treated by Ibogaine.

These same patients were surveyed 30 days after treatment. 50% reported that they had not used opiates since their Ibogaine therapy treatment.

Study B


This study is more on point with how Ibogaine should be used. However, it is important to note that both of these studies were with relatively small sample sizes. On a large scale, these results would likely vary, although it is unclear how much.

This study had 14 participants.

After the treatment, the average withdrawal reductions was 77%, 2-4 days after the patients had taken the Ibogaine.

Some of these patients were not available for follow up study. However, of those who were surveyed, these were the results.

3 months after treatment – 8 subjects were tested. 1 tested positive for opiate use in the past 30 days.

6 months after treatment – 7 subjects were tested. 1 tested positive for opiate use in the past 30 days.

12 months after treatment – 8 subjects were tested. 2 tested positive for opiate use in the past 30 days

Breaking this down, this means that, 12 months after treatment, 75% of those patients who were surveyed had not used opiates in the last 30 days.

This study fits more in line with Ibogaine treatment success rate statistics because of the one simple fact–the majority of those treated during this study were addicted to opiates or heroin.

Ibogaine Treatment Success Rate Breakdown

The Ibogaine treatment success rate statistics here show promise. We must take this with a degree of skepticism because of the small group of subject tested. Hopefully, in the future, more tests like this will hopefully be done with the same emphasis on scientific observation.

From our own personal experience here at Experience Ibogaine, we agree that those suffering from heroin and opiate addiction always, in every case, see a significant reduction of withdrawal symptoms from heroin and opiate abuse.

With the reduction in withdrawal symptoms, the addict is more likely to stay clean. This reduction in withdrawal is similar to what an addict would experience if they were off of heroin or opiates for 14-21 days. Ibogaine, essentially, gives an addict a 14-21 day head start on their addiction recovery. We can see how this would raise the success rate statistics for any addict, but still leaves room for improvement and aftercare.

The Need for Ibogaine Aftercare

Because addiction is so strong, aftercare and group meetings can have a major impact on the success rate of Ibogaine treatment. In all cases, time is a massive factor. The longer an addict can stay away from their using environment, the better–and staying away indefinitely is the most effective solution.

If staying away from home, or the using environment, is not possible, then we strongly encourage each individual to get involved and be completely dedicated to some kind of AA, NA, or SMART recovery meeting programs.

The success rate of Ibogaine, in the end, depends on the person. However, it seems that from a statistical standpoint Ibogaine treatment can have a massive impact on long-term addiction treatment success. Ibogaine treatment is the only drug treatment available that addresses the physical addiction, as well as the many of the underlying psychological issues that can lead to addiction.

Ibogaine is not a cure, but it can be useful to those looking for alternatives to traditional treatment methods.