What is ibogaine therapy?
Any addiction, whether drug, alcohol, or gambling is primarily a mental addiction. Getting rid of it is not so easy. A person develops a dependent behavior model and stable reflexes. The usual techniques and long classes on psychocorrection do not always give the desired result.
Ibogaine therapy refers to alternative methods of treating various addictions. A short-term course can fundamentally change a person’s consciousness, help to consciously understand internal problems, leave behind alcohol and drug addictions, and gambling. While ibogaine itself has no addicting effect.
Ibogaine is a natural psychoactive substance (iboga root extract), which for many centuries has been used for medicinal and ritual purposes in West Africa.
The substance in small doses acts as a stimulant – removes fatigue, enhances energy. If the dosage is higher, a person gets an effect that resembles a dream during wakefulness – he sees vivid dreams and memories previously supplanted by the subconscious.
At a scientific level, the effect of this substance began to be investigated in the 60s of the last century. In the course of the research, it was found that ibogaine assists in the objective perception of difficult experiences and helps to close emotionally unresolved conflicts. The discovery of the effect of getting rid of craving for psychotropic drugs without withdrawal syndrome was accidental. This happened in 1962.
NIDA (the US National Institute on Drug Abuse) began developing ibogaine in the early 1990s. It fully financed preclinical trials of the drug in animals and, after proven safety, the clinical trials in humans conducted at the University of Miami. The obtained results proved that ibogaine suppresses the brain’s need for opiates, stimulants, and alcohol, significantly reduces the withdrawal symptoms in opiate addiction. It was reported that the drug does not have a neurotoxic effect, it effectively reduces tolerance to alcohol and opiates (receptor sensitivity returns to its initial state).
MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Research) has conducted studies that have shown the efficacy of ibogaine therapy. According to the results, 80-85% of patients for at least a year after the procedure did not continue to take psychotropic drugs.
A number of studies have also been conducted in Brazil. They showed that 61% of patients undergoing combination treatment (ibogaine in combination with psychotherapy) consciously stopped taking cocaine, crack, cannabis, and alcohol. In addition to the fact that the amount of toxic substances and negative consequences associated with the use of narcotic substances is reduced, the general condition, social and financial state of patients and their relations with loved ones have improved.
After detoxification with the use of ibogaine, absolute abstinence from taking psychotropic substances is observed much more often than in other traditional treatment protocols.
The main safety condition is constant medical supervision throughout the entire course of treatment, a comprehensive examination of the patient, which is carried out in the MedicoMente medical center.
- congenital heart defects;
- heart failure;
- strokes and other vascular pathologies;
- severe mental disorders.
A prerequisite is comprehensive preliminary detoxification, necessary to prevent serious consequences with the combined effects of drugs, alcohol, and ibogaine on the body. Especially if psychostimulants and/or opiates were taken for a long time.
It is important to understand that self-treatment with ibogaine is dangerous and strongly not recommended. The expected result without any harm is only possible by taking the drug under medical supervision in a medical center, using unrefined plant raw materials.
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