What is Ibogaine Treatment / Ibogaine Therapy
What Is Ibogaine Treatment
First of all, ibogaine treatment is only for those who are truly ready and determined for the change in their lives. Ibogaine can work only for people who have chosen to have their ibogaine treatment themselves. You cannot be forced by family, loved ones or anyone else. There has to be a will and readiness to change, so that after the treatment you will be motivated to stay on the right track.
Ibogaine is not a magic pill which is going do all the work for you, removing your responsibility from the process. Ibogaine will reset your brain chemistry and give you a window of opportunity to decide whether to go back or be free from addiction. The decision to make is still yours. The difference is that after ibogaine treatment you will finally have the power and strength to say NO. Making that choice will be possible and perhaps even easy for you, but it’s up to you. The chances are that after ibogaine session, the substance that you abused will not be desirable anymore.
What is ibogaine treatment?
Ibogaine treatment involves the ingestion of a flood (full dose) of either: iboga total alkaloid (TA), ibogaine hydrochloride (HCL) or a mixture of both, in the form of capsules. It is required that there is a screening process in advance of treatment, assessing your liver and your blood to be sure that ibogaine is right for you. We will also spend significant time discussing your addiction on the phone and by email, answering all your questions. We will also inform you about the things you must do before coming for treatment. For instance, in the case of alcoholism, you must stop drinking at least three days prior to treatment (and for longer and under medical supervision if there is a risk of alcohol withdrawal syndrome).
Stages of ibogaine treatment
We usually start your ibogaine treatment in the morning. For addicts it is typically the time when they start to experience withdrawal symptoms. Between 30min to 2 hours after ibogaine administration, you will start to feel a bit different and notice that the usual withdrawal symptoms are gone. You may feel a bit anxious or euphoric and experience ataxia (difficulty in standing upright or moving). From this point on you lay down comfortably in a darkened room (it is common to have light sensitivity with ibogaine). You know that movements may cause nausea and vomiting therefore you remain still. The room is very quiet as sounds are usually experienced in an amplified and oscillating way. You will listen to gentle Bwiti music from Gabon, which helps you enter a dream-like meditative state.
Your eyes will remain closed and you may or may not experience visions. You know that at any time you can open your eyes and communicate your needs as there is somebody with you to help you and guide you whenever you need. This acute, most intense stage lasts usually up to eight hours.
In the second stage, which lasts approx. 3-4 hours, several things can happen. Some people still experience visions, although they are less intense and you gradually shift towards more meditative, introspective states. There is now time to evaluate the visionary experiences, which can give you profound insights into your life or the reasons behind your addictive behaviour. You may feel at least a bit exhausted and you may start to drink some water. Most people feel calm at this stage of the treatment. We play softening music which eventually leads you to a well deserved sleep, which is a third stage of the ibogaine therapy. You should note that ibogaine prevents you from sleeping, so it may take many hours for you to fall asleep.
After sleep most patients feel awake, rested and hungry. It’s time to take a relaxing bath and eat some food. You will stay in our facility for the next couple of days to assess your experience and recover your strength. When you feel like it, you can talk to us about your plans for your new life and how to make practical changes to ensure long lasting treatment results. You also have your free massage or acupuncture treatment if you like. You are now on our after-care programme for the next 6-12 months. Depending on your choice we may stay in contact and help you to deal with any issues following the ibogaine treatment.