The question is simple. The answer one would think would be relatively simple as well – however its usually not.

This is due to an illusiveness to the terminology at first glance.

Ironically, we tend to find ourselves questioning the question in order to bring context into play.

When writing or speaking on the subject of ibogaine success rates, we must first put the term success into a context that is reasonable enough to embody the concept of success.

As stated above, I usually respond to this question with a question of my own.

“How would you like to gauge success – for the question’s sake?”

“In a case of opiate addiction interruption for example, would you
choose to consider 1 year clean off of opioids successful?”

If so, then your answer would be that seventy percent are successful.

Seventy percent meaning that 7 out of 10 of the people that use ibogaine for opiate addiction do not relapse within a year’s time.    Setting a time frame, as trivial as it is, is necessary if we wish to accurately designate success in relation to opioids and ibogaine treatment.

If people continue to inquire further (further as in expanding that time frame further out past the one year point), then I answer them accordingly.    Fortunately, for ibogaine’s treatment success rate, the numbers do not change all that much as we add more years on down the line.

The idea of “success” will always remain vague when dealing with personal or transformational events.

If you ask a spiritualist the exact same question, they may respond to the question with an answer claiming a 100% percent success rate.
Their answer of a 100% success rate could signify that everyone who undergoes the experience – are a success unto themselves meaning that they all benefit in some way due to the transformative effects of ibogaine treatment.
From a certain philosophical perspective, they are correct.
I’ll agree with them to the degree that under the influence of ibogaine, people have the ability to face themselves in genuine light.       People, collectively for the most part, come to terms with their previous actions and take responsibility for their “place” in life.    “Place” being defined as their intuition about who they perceive themselves to be as well as how they relate to the outside world we collectively share as reality.


It seems slightly idiotic to state that the success rate for PTSD sufferers
could be considered 100% due to the fact that people don’t consciously
re-traumatize themselves post ibogaine therapy, yet the fact of the
matter is, PTSD sufferers do NOT deal with symptom reoccurrences post ibogaine – so how idiotic is it?

The question is most commonly geared towards opiate addiction so lets stay within that arena and address the 30% that relapse and the demographic that ties them all together.

The relapse rate of people that have done ibogaine is what people seeking out statistics truly want to discover. Now, while the success and relapse rates obviously translate to the same ratio, its the demographics of the relapse rate that holds significant interest for the inquirer.

The relapse rate is 30% just as you’d guess, reading this article.
The demographic of the matter is in years of age

A persons age is the most significant factor playing into the success or failure of someone’s future following ibogaine.

Approximately 3/4 of that 30% of relapsers are in their early twenties. For many reasons the younger addicts relapse more often.   Many speculate this is due to the young adult not being thoroughly “run through the ringer” with their addiction.

The term hitting rock bottom comes into play here in that most of the people that do relapse are usually thought by others
to have not quite hit rock bottom or at least not have been down and out for a significant amount of time to begin to value a life juxtaposed in the opposite direction.

The mainstream medical industry has little choice but to view ibogaine treatment as an experimental medicine due to the scheduled status that ibogaine holds in the United States. That being said, the psychological healing that ibogaine evokes in opioid addicts post ibogaine treatment is hard to call experimental.

The visions that people experience while under the influence of ibogaine commonly include vignettes of childhood, life events, traumas, and triumphs as well.

Some patients may review a series of life events that originally acted as a trigger, later forming addictive patterns and behaviors.    The ibogaine experience can allow a patient to explore ideas about key people they’ve associated with as well as uncover potential reasons for cyclical interactions that may have damaged their confidence and self esteem over the years.

For many people, the ibogaine experience unlocks answers to some of the existential questions of life.

True new beginnings can bring out a new sense of self.   This can translate into feelings of having a new lease on life and this alone may be one of the most powerful catalysts serving to create positive patterns in lifestyles that follows ibogaine therapy.

Breaking the success rate away from the tangible aspects of life for a moment we can begin to reflect on the idea of “success” from an evolutionary, progressive or spiritual perspective for that matter.
The fact that a single ibogaine treatment session can potentially release us from unresolved fear, anger and grief – emotions that plague and traumatize people all their lives is merely one way to look at the medicine as successful all around. And for this way of seeing things, we need no percentages.

Lex Kogan is an American author and medicinal veteran working directly with ibogaine since the year 2000.