Ibogaine and Addiction
Heroin Addiction, Methadone Addiction, and Other Opiate Addictions
Using Ibogaine Treatment to Target Severe Withdrawal in Opiate Addicts
There is no "best" way to treat drug and opiate addiction. The reality is, whatever works for the individual addict is the best way to treat the addiction. Some individuals respond well to Alcoholics Anonymous, some respond to traditional rehabs, but that continues to leave a good number of addicts without helpful alternatives that can work for them.
Ibogaine is just one alternative that we continue to overlook in the United States. However, many addicts are beginning to find Ibogaine clinics in Mexico and travel to these rehab facilities in order to try a new way to address their addiction--and one they hope works for them.
Ibogaine - How this Alternative Holistic Medicine Works
Ibogaine isn't like other drug treatment methods. It's in its own space. Partially it can be compared to other drug treatment with psychedelic medicines: Ayahuasca being the most prominent of these.
But Ibogaine is still much different from Ayahuasca as well. This is because Ibogaine treats the physical withdrawal in the brain and body.
On a psychedelic level Ibogaine offers the same approach to healing that Ayahuasca does--an intense psychedelic experience that offers the addict a view into their life that can alter how they think of themselves, those around them, their addiction, and their life path.
This has been proven, not just theorized, but proven to have a dramatic impact on the future of the addict. This psychedelic experience can be a turning point in the addicts life that helps them find rejuvenation.
However, unlike Ayahuasca and other psychedelic, Ibogaine has a focus on the central nervous system and the brain synapses. Ibogaine almost literally (further scientific study is needed to prove this) changes the addicts brain chemistry and function and returns it to its previous state--the state it was in before the addiction.
This has been one of the most massive discoveries of the 20th century. A drug that can literally cure heroin and opiate addiction overnight.
It's not the end of the road for the addict. They still need to follow a severely regimented program and get involved in as many productive activities as they possibly can in order to avoid triggers and relapse, but there path, in most cases, is much different from the traditional rehab graduate--the one that most likely is still dealing with some semblance of withdrawal.
Adding together the physical and spiritual aspects of treating addiction makes for a much more powerful approach and leads to many more possibilities for the addict to find success in sobriety.
Ibogaine for Heroin and Opiate Addictions
Ibogaine seems to have been shaped by the Earth herself as a treatment for heroin and opiate addiction. Although Ibogaine as a psychedelic can have a major impact on all addiction, depression, negativity, PTSD, and any other negative or mental illness. Ibogaine treatment works on a physical level only for opiate and heroin addictions.
Scientist do not really know why this is. However, one of the prevailing theories is based around withdrawal itself.
With most drugs: Alcohol, Methamphetamines, Crack, Cocaine--the withdrawal is over after the first few days. Alcohol withdrawals can be some of the worst and, unfortunately, taking Ibogaine during alcohol withdrawals can have very negative outcomes and even cause death. So, most drugs are not causing withdrawal in the body after the first few days, and Ibogaine is not administered to those with these drug addictions during the withdrawal phases.
With opiates and heroin the story is different. Heroin and opiate withdrawals are at their peak when the Ibogaine treatment begins. Addicts go through their entire withdrawal phase, often without recognizing it, during the psychedelic experience with Ibogaine.
About 30 percent of those who take Ibogaine do not have a psychedelic experience at all. For those taking Ibogaine for problems other than opiates this can render the Ibogaine almost useless. No insight into life, no psychedelic process, no introspection.
But for those in heroin and opiate withdrawals even if they do not have a psychedelic experience the Ibogaine still does its job: eliminating all the withdrawals and working to reset the brain chemistry. This is the process for fast acting opiates. However, there are other opiates that block receptors. These present a problem.
Methadone and Suboxone - How they Interact with Ibogaine
The simple answer to how Ibogaine works with methadone and suboxone is that it doesn't. Because these drugs are opiate blockers they literally block the opiate receptors in the brain. And they can last a very long time.
Normal opiates like heroin, oxycontin, and morphine are fast acting. This means they enter the brain, do their job on the synapses, and then the brain eliminates them. This is the process for almost every drug.
However, methadone and suboxone are synthetic drugs created for one specific purpose: keep the user from getting high from opiates. When people try to use more opiates while on methadone and suboxone they have a problem. The methadone and suboxone block the receptors and make it difficult for the addict to get high.
While this works well on paper, the reality is many individuals keep taking pills to get high until it they overdose. Methadone is the number one cause of prescription pill overdoes in the USA.
But because Ibogaine treatment works on the brain receptors methadone and suboxone also block the Ibogaine from doing its job. Those who take methadone or suboxone must first change to a fast acting opiate and allow the blocking agents in the methadone or suboxone to completely leave the body. Depending on dosage and time taking these drug it can be 2-4 weeks or even more for the body to eliminate all of these opiate blockers from the body.
If Ibogaine is taken too early it could be dangerous, however, often the outcome is very little or no effect from the Ibogaine treatment. It is always best to be completely honest about your methadone or suboxone intake when talking with a medical doctor who specializes in Ibogaine therapy.
Is Ibogaine Treatment Right for Me?
If you are interested in Ibogaine treatment the best thing you can do is educate yourself on the process and whether you are healthy enough for Ibogaine treatment. It is a physically grueling process. However, those that find success with treatment often attend regular and become actively involved in productive lives to replace the time that was spent using drugs.
Success is completely possible. Ibogaine is not for everyone. Consult with a proper Ibogaine facility if you are interested in learning more about the process and how it applies to you or your loved one.