Ibogaine is a psychedelic substance extracted from the Iboga bush, which is found in West Africa. It is generally used to treat drug addictions.
In this article, you will learn everything related to Ibogaine, its side effects, risks, and of course, how the therapy will help you overcome your addiction and the depression caused.
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What is Ibogaine?
Iboga is the Tabernathe iboga root's bark, a shrub-like plant native to West Africa and is traditionally used in healing rites and ceremonies; the primary alkaloid is Ibogaine (the other two are ibogalin and ibogamine), but we will focus on the first.
It is a natural psychoactive substance that stimulates the central nervous system as it has powerful neurodegenerative effects, which are caused by its complex interactions with different neurotransmitter systems. By treating the individual as a complete being, we will treat addiction from physical and emotional reactions to achieve the patient's well-being.
Where Does Ibogaine Come From?
Ibogaine is a naturally occurring medicinal alkaloid found in several plants around the world. The most important of these is Tabernanthe iboga, which has been used for thousands of years in its endemic habitat of Gabon as a tool for healing and spiritual initiation.
Ibogaine Treatment Background
Since the early 1980s, Ibogaine has been increasingly used to detoxify from opioids and other drugs. Its use has expanded through the personal experiences of those who have used the treatment. Many of them noted that it was enough to assist in long-term, lasting changes to problems that affected their lives.
In addition to the general benefits of stopping substance abuse, the treatment generally leads to:
- Improves quality of life
- Improve interpersonal relationships
- Eliminate addictive behavior
- Improve our behavior
- Eliminate anxiety and stress
At Nouvelle Vie, we have seen these changes take place first hand, and while this is not a "cure" for addiction, it dramatically supports a transition that can otherwise be very difficult to make. For some, it makes this change finally possible.
How Does Ibogaine Work?
By desensitizing dopamine neurotransmitters, Ibogaine dramatically reduces the accumulated tolerance and the resulting withdrawal symptoms. Simultaneously, this prepares the body to achieve homeostasis of its resources without external craving stimulation.
As a result of the functioning of dopamine, the memories and memory of the use can prevail. However, the physiological impulse to use the substance is significantly reduced and allows them to find satisfaction in other life areas that have been neglected.
One of the essential functions of Ibogaine is the re-sensitization of the dopamine system. Withdrawal symptoms from opioids are generally caused by the accumulation of tolerance, requiring continued use of the drug in higher and higher doses to achieve a sense of balance.
When the body is accustomed to an external source of dopamine, it continues to look externally instead of seeking homeostasis by other methods. This dopamine repair is tangible. It is best illustrated by the anecdotal reports of people with Parkinson's disease, which is caused by a degeneration of dopamine neurons in the mid-brain, results in loss of muscle coordination and also depression.
After 30-days of micro-dosing Ibogaine, some people have a satisfactory motor control return – eating with utensils, button a shirt, smile, etc. Although fewer in number than addiction treatments, these cases clearly illustrate the vital capacity of Ibogaine on the dopamine system.
At Nouvelle Vie Holistic Center, our mission is to create a space of harmony and security where ibogaine treatment is provided with humanity, compassion, and medical professionalism. Our treatment protocols are based on a holistic approach to medicine that focuses on the intersection of mind, body, and spirit.
Our staff is highly trained and experienced in ibogaine treatment and recovery and are dedicated to providing complete care options at some of the most affordable rates available. Every treatment at Nouvelle Vie includes the following:
- Medical stabilization
- Transfer from the airport to the facilities
- Laboratories, blood test and EKG
- Medical evaluation
- Personalized food plan
- Coaching sessions distributed before and after treatment
- Ibogaine treatment
- Medical observation during treatment
- Observation by nurses 24/7
- Massages sessions
- Hyperbaric chamber sessions
- Reiki sessions
- Intravenous vitamin and amino acid therapy after treatment
- Physical conditioning if required
- Recreational activities, such as:
- Walks to the beach
- Car trips to points of interest
The Visionary Experience
On an emotional and cognitive level, Ibogaine is described as neurogenic, meaning that it stimulates "waking dreams." Some people, although not all, experience visual content that significantly resembles dreams and often is laden with personal meaning and significance. This can bring a new perspective on various aspects of life, relationship with the past, future, the body, the Earth, or spirituality.
Even for people who don't experience these types of visions or whose visions don't appear meaningful or clear, the other treatment benefits remain.
Changing relationships with the body, family, and new outlooks on life can still emerge from primarily physiological experiences.
After hearing many people go through treatment and say things like, "I thought that I was prepared, but I realize now that there is no way that I could have prepared for that". The most effective preparation is to come to the treatment without any particular expectations for this aspect of the experience.
An attitude of curiosity and exploration allows this material to emerge. Many people find that some of the most important reflections and altered perspectives appear long after the acute neurogenic experience.
Ibogaine has complex mechanisms of action that affect the body in many ways. One of these is that it has specific cardiac effects that need to be closely monitored. There are risks for those who have certain pre-existing cardiac conditions or for people who are on certain types of medications before treatment.
To prevent adverse reactions from ever occurring, we conduct a thorough screening process that includes cardiac screening, blood tests, and drug screening.
Ibogaine therapy will cure your addiction.
At the end of the treatment, what is achieved is the integration process to which the individual was subjected. This redefinition of identity continues to develop in daily life during the following months (years) and its interpersonal dynamics within its environment.