When news surfaced that Scott Disick, the father of Kourtney Kardashian’s children, was in Costa Rica reportedly undergoing treatment for his hard-partying ways, iboga, an African plant used to treat addictions, was thrown into the spotlight. It’s not the first time iboga has made headlines in relation to treating addicted stars, as it’s rumored Charlie Sheen’s ex, Brooke Mueller, as well as countless others who lack fame have tried it. As with magic mushrooms, peyote cactus and South America’s ayahuasca, iboga — which derives originally from Congo and Gabon — could offer a way to treat addiction.
Iboga treatment centers operate outside of the conventional mainstream, and outside of the U.S., where both iboga and its derivative ibogaine are illegal to possess or use without a license. In most other countries around the world, iboga remains legal. Thus the vanguard observational work that is part of the activity of iboga addiction centers is not centered in the U.S., where new and more effective addiction treatments are badly needed to aid a growing population of addicts, specifically those on opiates.