Ibogaine is a psychoactive drug found in nature in the West African shrub iboga. It is a mild stimulant when used in small doses, but taken in larger doses, it produces psychedelic effects. It has been used for centuries by the Bwiti religion in various healing ceremonies and initiations. In the past fifty years, some people have turned to this psychedelic substance with the vain hope that it might help them combat substance abuse.
Some ibogaine users have reported that they have have felt fewer drug cravings after the use of this drug, but it appears that any improvements that may have occurred were temporary. Ibogaine causes hallucinations. These may convince some people that they have changed their viewpoints , but in actuality, they are under the influence of this hallucinogen. Ibogaine is classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States, meaning it has a “high potential for abuse, and no currently accepted medical use.” There are however, at least twelve international locations and some suspected underground locations in the US that have made a business of providing this “treatment” to drug abusers.
The problem with this treatment is that ibogaine is just another drug. These supposedly-therapeutic changes in viewpoint were instigated by the abuse of another drug. The ibogaine user may find himself in trouble again in a day, a week or a month.
Other people who have tried this treatment have felt that they never really got rid of their cravings using Ibogaine. Besides this, there is a risk of death from use of this drug. The rate of mortality of Ibogaine users is said to be one in 300 persons. However, this may be a conservative mortality rate, as many uses of the drug occur in unauthorized treatment locations, so much of what goes on is unreported. At least 19 people have died while taking Ibogaine. Ibogaine can create damage to one’s heart, and in many of the clinics in the twelve countries where it is legal, programs include close medical monitoring as part of the treatment.
The entire justification for the use of ibogaine was the work of Mr. Howard Lotsof. When he felt that he saw an improvement in his drug cravings after abusing ibogaine, he then made it his life’s mission to try to help others get off heroin using the substance. But since ibogaine program statistics and results are sketchy at best, it is impossible to determine the validity of the claims of programs that use ibogaine.
The Solution for Drug Addiction is not More Drugs
Fortunately, for many people, the actual solution to drug addiction can be found at Narconon centers worldwide. There are more than fifty locations where one can put substance abuse behind him for good. The Narconon program addresses both the physical addiction and the mental or emotional reasons for using drugs. For more than seven of ten graduates from this program, it has been the last drug rehab needed, and has resulted in long-lasting sobriety.
The key to handling drug addiction is not to put people on other drugs or to create psychedelic “highs” which may make them change their mind about using drugs again.
The real answer is to handle the cravings and the emotional guilt and depression that accompany drug addiction.
Narconon Offers a Real Solution for Drug Addiction
The person working to build sobriety at Narconon drug rehab is closely assisted and supervised through withdrawal by a Narconon trained staff member. This staff member will see that the person receives adequate nutrition and other support throughout the period. The person may need some gentle assists, like a mild massage, to help him through the aches and pains that may occur. He is also given some orientation exercises at this time to help him to realize where he is, and he can discover that he is now in a very safe environment in which to recover.
Soon after withdrawal is complete, he will begin on the unique Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This deep detox involves daily time spent in a dry-heat sauna, along with more nutritional supplements (vitamins, minerals, and healthy oils) and daily moderate exercise. The result of this program is that one experiences (from actual reports) far fewer and often no more cravings for more drugs.
The mechanism is that drugs leave toxic residues in the fatty tissues of the body. These will remain there for years, long after the person has stopped taking drugs.. When the person eliminates these residues by completing the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, most people experience a new, fresh and clean feeling, and many say they feel many years younger as well.
Once one has completed this deep detoxification, then he begins the life skills portion of the Narconon program. This involves six more courses to teach one how to make healthier, drug-free decisions for the future. These courses form a foundation for a future life that does not include the need to resort to drugs.