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The Coming Age of Ibogaine Treatment for Addiction 

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Ibogaine has been accumulating a strong reputation through the years of anecdotal first hand user experiences for treating opiate and other substance abuse conditions. Ibogaine is known as the only non opioid substance that can alleviate opiate withdrawal in about 45 minutes.

As society continue to have huge problems with addictions that costs their economy billions per year. There hasn’t be a major breakthrough in addiction treatment for decades. Ibogaine may be worth researching further.

Substance abuse addiction — whether through alcohol, pharmaceutical medications or street drugs — has become a widespread and systemic concern, especially in the United States, over the past decade.

According national surveys conducted via drugabusestatistics.org:

  • 13.5% of Americans 12 and over used drugs in the last month, a 3.8% increase year-over-year.
  • 59.277 million or 21.4% of people 12 and over have used illegal drugs or misused prescription drugs within the last year.
  • 138.522 million Americans 12 and over drink alcohol, and 28.320 million or 20.4% of them have an alcohol use disorder.
  • 25.4% of illegal drug users have a drug disorder.
  • 24.7% of those with drug disorders have an opioid disorder; this includes prescription pain relievers or “pain killers” and heroin).
  • Over 70,000 drug overdose deaths occur in the US annually, and the number of overdose deaths increases at an annual rate of 4.0%.

And with only 1/3 of those treated in Western rehabilitation/detox facilities able to stay sober in the long-term, the question becomes: What is missing in clinical detox treatments — and how can the application of Ibogaine in detoxification support lasting sobriety?

With over a decade experience using Ibogaine in clinical and safe treatment therapy for substance abuse, our team has observed time and time again the missing piece — and it’s something that we have only seen Ibogaine able to access.

In traditional Western rehabilitation, the focus is primarily to detoxify the body, or cleanse it from substances. But physical detox is only one part of a deeper problem. When a person is discharged from clinical rehab, and reenters their regular life — complete with all the old triggers, toxic relationship dynamics, patterns of instability and disharmony — cravings arise, the need to “numb” resurfaces, and generally, so does substance use.

The reason that initially propelled an addict to become an addict — and turn to methods of substance abuse to numb or distract from trauma and pain — is a core wound or trauma that is never accessed, addressed, or fully and completely healed through a solely physical detoxification.

Those core wounds are deeper, and an emotional/psychological factor is completely unmet through the use of Western rehabilitation. The only way to heal from addiction and dis-create the patterns of substance abuse is to confront and heal from the deeper wound that created the toxic pattern to begin with.

Ibogaine, in addition to offering arguably the most profound and rapid physical detoxification process available, simultaneously allows the experiencer to work through the issues and traumas that created addictive patterns.

In a single Ibogaine treatment process/retreat, physical detoxification is bolstered by the plant’s ability to face and work through trauma, leaving an individual not only physically sober — but with a renewed sense of peace, acceptance and objective understanding of why traumas occurred and how they are part of a greater plan on the healing journey. The understanding that everything that happens in our life happens for a reason, to create inner strength, resilience, forgiveness (of oneself and others), and wisdom — and ultimately the ability to share our stories to help others heal — is what unveils the capacity to live a life in happiness and purpose.

With regard to Ibogaine’s propensity for rapidly facilitating this work, a MAPS study was conducted that focuses on the fact that Ibogaine remains in the body for up to one year after ingestion, profoundly influencing the critical time when addicts generally relapse. The study concludes that, “A single Ibogaine treatment could reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms and achieve either cessation from opioids or sustained, reduced use for up to 12 months following treatment. The results indicate that Ibogaine may have a significant pharmacological effect on opiate withdrawal.”

In addition to longevity, Ibogaine has been studied for its unmatched ability to eliminate or significantly reduce the experience of detox symptoms — a difficult part of getting sober that affects a person’s mental and physical comfort and often is so challenging that they turn back to substances.

Matt from https://ibogaine.io in Costa Rica says “ibogaine accelerates the recover time for addicts. One of the main reasons addicts don’t feel better when they are clean is because the body and brain takes a long time to recover after an opiate addiction. Ibogaine is able to allow them to get through the withdrawal and also recalibrate their brain chemistry to a healthy state. Without ibogaine this process could take 12-18 months. Opioid abuse hits all areas of the brain chemistry like serotonin, adrenals, ibogaine brings it all back together.

A clinical study by Dr. Deborah Mash concluded, “Ibogaine is extremely effective in providing a painless detoxification from opiates and opioids. In nearly all cases, objective and subjective symptoms of withdrawal were either eliminated or seriously attenuated with a single dose administration of Ibogaine.” This significant decrease of detox symptoms is most noted in the opiate detoxification process, but extends to all substances, including alcohol, nicotine, pharmaceutical and street drugs.

Another piece that makes Ibogaine treatment stand alone is that the profound effects are noted immediately upon completion of a retreat or clinical experience with the plant.

According to a US/Netherlands study of opiate addicts, “Full resolution of the signs of opioid withdrawal without further drug-seeking behavior was observed within 24 hours following treatment.”

Over the past 12 years, we have treated thousands of individuals for substance abuse with Ibogaine — many of them arriving our facility after up to 30 years struggling staying sober, and with multiple Western rehab stays unsuccessful.

The potential for lasting sobriety and the healing of core wounds through the use of Ibogaine proves itself with every treatment. The only limit to its potential? A person must truly want sobriety for themselves — not to appease partners, family members, or friends. The experience of Ibogaine meets us exactly where we meet ourselves, and so no matter how dark, how long, or how hopeless addiction seems, the authentic desire to change is all that we ever need.

Felicia Wilson


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