Ibogaine Treatment - An Overview
Ibogaine treatment’s principle use is its facilitation of a painless detox period for drug addicts. The drug has also been recognized for its removal of the effects of conditioning in addicts and its promotion of long-term drug abstinence.
While ibogaine treatment may represent a major medical breakthrough, there is an inherent level of risk with ibogaine treatment. Ingesting too much of the substance, being excessively thin, or suffering from liver or heart problems are dangers associated with this type of treatment. Subjects have reported experiencing muscle tremors, spasms, and feelings of internal energy shifts. See Treatment Methods for more information on Ibogaine treatment.
Ibogaine Treatment Screening
When deciding whether or not to take ibogaine treatment, individuals should be wary of listening to the advice of just one individual. Due to ibogaine’s potentially life-changing effects, individuals who have had extremely positive experiences may allow their enthusiasm to override the safety concerns. Likewise, potential ibogaine users should not let one of their peers’ negative experiences stop them from seeing for themselves what ibogaine has to offer.
Any treatment provided by an experienced and knowledgeable ibogaine therapist will include a medical and psychiatric review for the patient’s safety. We provide a screening process to help ensure client safety.
- General good health – Applies to all possible candidates seeking ibogaine treatment for opiate related addictions or psychological reasons
- No past psychotic breaks – Excludes specific groups of individuals, i.e. people that have shown elements of schizophrenia in personal history.
- No heart problems – Applies to all applicants that wish to experience an ibogaine treatment in the classical tradition.
- No serious liver problems – Applies to all candidates that may have compromised hepatic function.
How Long is a Treatment Session?
Does It Hurt?
Many ibogaine treatment centers claim that certain factors such as the time span of an addict’s addiction as well as the substance of abuse can permit some withdrawal signs. Ibogaine treatment centers state that theses percentages range from 0 to 15% of what a person would have to suffer through without ibogaine treatment.
After two decades of offering ibogaine to the west, I Begin Again treatment centers can state that opiate withdrawals should be eradicated within the first dose given and following that, the acute and post acute withdrawal symptoms should be controlled entirely throughout all opioid related detox sessions.
Former addicts may experience some insomnia after the treatment for up to 3 weeks, which is responsive to sleeping medication.
Post ibogaine treatment, many patients realize that the 18 – 21 day interval of insomnia following Ibogaine treatment, is due to the brain’s regulating affects of GDNF functioning at higher levels in the frontal areas of cerebral territory.
What Will I Experience?
This depends, to some extent, on the purpose for which the ibogaine is being ingested. A long-term heroin addict will not necessarily have the same experience as a patient wanting a resolution to chronic depression, post-traumatic-stress-syndrome or anxiety. Nevertheless, all will find that their treatment involves both physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions.
- 40 minutes after ingestion a buzzing in the ears heralds dreamlike visions, dancing lights, flashes of images, symbolic or actual representations of current subconscious themes.
- Some 2 to 4 hours later these “waking dreams” will slowly fade away giving room to what is often described as resetting the biochemistry of the brain, i.e. an integration of the first phase.
- 20 to 36 hours after ingestion the last signs of dizziness, ataxia, inability to sleep will disappear and the patient is fully functional again.
- 48 – 72 hours later, an Ibogaine therapy patient will realize the resetting effects of ibogaine’s metabolite, noribogaine, primarily, with an obvious increase in endorphin output affecting the patient with a general sense of well-being that is known as the renaissance effect.