Published March 18, 2018
ROSARITO, MEXICO -There are many who are fighting against drug addiction, who are searching for a second chance for their life. For them, finding the right treatment can be a bit challenging.
One alternative to traditional treatment methods is called Ibogaine, and it is a potential solution for any addict struggling with drugs and alcohol. Many addicts who have tried treatment with Ibogaine claim that withdrawal symptoms from addiction are nearly all eliminated after only one session with Ibogaine.
What is Ibogaine?
Ibogaine is a natural, psychoactive drug found in the root bark of the Iboga plant (or other plants from the Apocynaceae family). It works by healing damage in the brain caused by the drugs that the person is addicted to. Ibogaine also stops withdrawals—especially opiate and heroin withdrawals—almost as soon as it’s metabolized within the body. The psychological effects are equally important to the recovery process, although not all addicts experience these effects.
History of Ibogaine
In the 19th century, European explorers noticed that Iboga, which Ibogaine is extracted from, was used in tribes living in West Africa for medicinal and ritual traditions. Between the 1930s and 1960s, Ibogaine was used as stimulant in France, and marketed under the name Lambarene.
In 1962, a young heroin addict named Howard Lotsof discovered Ibogaine’s effects on addiction completely by accident. He took Ibogaine for its psychoactive effects and found that it prevented withdrawals and allowed him to free himself of his heroin addiction.
The US conducted limited research on the potential for Ibogaine to treat addiction but ended experiments after a relatively short period of time. It’s now considered a schedule I drug and made illegal in the US and several other countries. Countries like Mexico and Canada have continued using Ibogaine to fight addiction with promising results.
Making the choice to pursue treatment with Ibogaine should be based on research and communication with licensed medical providers. Self-medicating can be dangerous and have serious adverse effects. Make sure to properly check the credentials of both the facility and the medical professionals responsible for operating it.
Before starting treatment, the patient will need to undergo certain tests. This can include a number of tests for cardiovascular and overall health. Ibogaine can place undue stress on the heart that can lead to serious complications for those with heart conditions or prior medical issues.
The prospective patient should not use alcohol or drugs for a certain period of time prior to treatment—time varies depending on the addiction. It’s also important that they disclose any physical or psychological problems completely prior to their experience with Ibogaine. After oral administration, the Ibogaine should start to take effect within 45-minutes.
The entire experience can last for up to 12 hours, with certain effects lasting up to two days. After the completion of the initial treatment, the addict should be prepared to rest for a few days. Most of the time spent in clinics is dedicated to the Ibogaine administration and drug detox process. During this time, it’s important to be positive, relaxed, and to have a clean and safe environment surrounded by trained support staff.
Considering the Cost of Treatment
The cost of Ibogaine treatment depends on many different factors. It can change drastically from one clinic to another, but addicts often do get what they pay for. More expensive clinics tend to have more experienced medical staff and better patient amenities. Some can even rival vacation resort settings.
Take the time to learn more about Ibogaine treatment centers and the cost before making a decision. Keep in mind, Ibogaine clinics that charge extremely low prices may be riskier, with unlicensed staff and an ill-equipped medical facility. Some clinics overcharge, and still don’t provide high-quality treatment.
Even a higher quality Ibogaine clinic can’t guarantee results. The treatment is only effective if the addict has a real interest in stopping the use of drugs and alcohol. This is why it’s so important to make sure that the person is mentally prepared to stop using before paying for treatment.
One of the primary effects of Ibogaine is the elimination of withdrawal symptoms. These are the sometimes-painful physical symptoms associated with falling levels of a drug within an addict’s body. As the drug leaves the system, the brain sends out distress signals. These can result in everything from tremors to seizures under some circumstances.
It’s important to understand that Methadone and Suboxone can interfere with Ibogaine treatment. These medications bind and block opiate receptors, preventing Ibogaine from filling the receptors and restoring chemical levels within the brain. A prospective patient must stop using maintenance medications for a prolonged period of time prior to treatment with Ibogaine.
Other Things to Consider
Ibogaine isn’t always suitable for certain mental illness and incidents of addiction. Understanding that there are limits to this treatment help to keep expectations realistic. This isn’t a magic cure-all and needs to be carefully weighed against the risks of treatment.
Many facilities that can provide the best treatment will be certified with a number of different Ibogaine treatment organizations and research entities. Be sure to ask about this when making your decision.
Reaching a licensed treatment facility requires travel, and this can incur additional costs. It’s important to take this into consideration when deciding on Ibogaine as a treatment method. Transportation costs and arrangements will need to be taken care of ahead of time.
Some clinics are using the free airfare idea in order to attract more patients, but this often results in the total costs being higher.
Make sure that the Ibogaine experience is authentic and done in a way that’s conducive with standard medical procedures. There are holistic offers that may not be using the actual medication during treatment.
Every addict deserves to live a life free of drugs and alcohol, and to embrace the person that they have the potential to become. Ibogaine is an excellent tool that increases chances of recovery.
In the end, the only person with the power to achieve sobriety is the addict themselves. Finding the individualized treatment plan that works best for each person is a key factor in personal success.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on Native News Online.