The Addict’s Family

family issue

One of the saddest components of addiction stories is the complete destruction of the family.  Families of addicts must maintain a clear delineation between the disease that is addiction and the person behind the disease – the person who has basically disappeared.  That person can return and the Ibogaine / Iboga experience is one of the best treatments to not only break the physical addiction cycle, but to cause some deep introspection at the soul level. 

To a family member, it may seem that the addict is completely lost for good.  They don’t care about any of the consequences of their behavior other than getting their fix.  Stealing, cheating, lying, fighting, not caring one iota about one’s life don’t even register for an addict – their entire BEING has be consumed by the addiction.  Even so, that person is still there at the soul level.  They can return.  They can care.  They can love again.  The damage can be repaired.

Ibogaine Treatment Testimonial from Rocky Point Recovery

RPR:  What value did you get from your ibogaine treatment?

H.  I feel a lot more energy, feeling younger, remembering how to care about myself

So feeling younger, what do you mean by that?

I feel psychologically and physically younger.  For a while I was feeling old and worn out and beat up and now I don’t.

RPR:  What did you expect and how did it differ from the actual treatment?

H.  I noticed the changes occurred gradually after the trip. Right after the trip I felt like I was overwhelmed with the awe of it all and slowly I was able to incorporate those feelings into my daily existence.  I felt better as the days progressed.  I guess it is probably because I was tired for a while after it all.  I was a little worried at first that it didn’t work but it did.

RPR:  Give a Brief characterization of addiction before and how you feel after ibogaine?

H.  Before I looked at hard drugs as if they were harmless as weed, not that they were harmless but I just didn’t have a…I don’t know how to say it. It all boils down to caring about myself.  Before I felt like doing those drugs was kind of taking care of me, it was quite a wakeup call to remember how terrible it has been.  It was impossible to maintain the addiction before.  So recognizing that was nice because now I don’t feel like doing that any more.

RPR:  Do you feel ibogaine has helped you physically, psychologically or both?

H.  Yes, both! I definitely feel better.

RPR:  How do you feel about your outlook for the future, where is your head at there?

H.  It is bright. The future is my bitch!  (Laughs).  I think that is a pretty good way to sum up my potential.

I am the architect, the artist of my own universe.  I realize I have some good skills and I need to use them.  I want to focus on one or two things that I don’t mind doing often and make that work.

RPR:  Is there anything else you wish you had known before your treatment so you could have been more prepared?

H.  I don’t think there is anything else I could have prepared for. Key was being calm, trusting the process, trusting you guys, not being anxious.  As far as danger is concerned seemed like I did really well with vitals and things.  With what I was experiencing I thought my heart rate would have been all over the place but it was totally stable.

RPR:  How was your experience with the medical staff?

H.  The doctors and EMTs were so sweet. I was surprised by how into it the doctor was. There was no judgment, no questioning.  He was all about it (the medicine).  It was reassuring.

RPR:  Brief summary of Coca and Romy, do you feel like we provided a caring environment, did we take good care of you?

H.  Oh yeah! I felt spoiled as hell.  I haven’t had that kind of treatment in a while, if ever!

RPR:  What are your thoughts about the therapist and coach?

H.  They are a good asset, for sure.

RPR:  Do you think typical patient will be better served by therapy or coaching or both?

H.  Hard to say what others will need as everyone is so different. I think this would be a good thing for people who have tried other things that haven’t worked because it is so unconventional.  Way different.  The inward looking aspect of it is a big one because a lot of people are so overwhelmed with the external and they lose sight of what is going on inside.  I think when you address what’s inside the external becomes way easier.

RPR:  So you are around 30 years old and have gone through the ups and downs of life.  So how do you think this treatment would be for someone around 18 or 19?

H.  Probably better because you can nip it in the bud. If I had done this years ago I think I would have been way better off.  It would have been easier and I wouldn’t be as beat up.  I think the less beaten down by life you are the easier it would be.

RPR:  Did the facility meet your expectations?  Give us a brief summary of Rocky Point Recovery.

H.  It more than met my expectations. It was very comfortable.  Super relaxing, it was like a vacation – full service!  I really think it was perfect. I am not very critical but I can’t think of anything. It was great and it was super easy.  Normally I would be anxious to get out and be free and do my own thing but I was totally content just chilling here, that’s a big deal.

RPR:  Brief summary, how do you view the medicine? What does it have to teach people?

H.  It teaches you how to find meaning in your own existence and self-worth

RPR:  What advice do you have for anyone else who is taking this medicine?

H.  Those first couple of days are really crucial days to keep thinking. Don’t be discouraged if people seem like they are falling back and kind of sad. They will more than likely figure out the reason why.  I didn’t know why I was all depressed and bummed out and it is still kind of beyond me but something changed.  I still can’t pinpoint it.  It’s not even an idea, words can’t describe it. It’s like you just have to feel that love again.  I used to be able to look at a puddle of mud and see the beauty in it but I lost it, now I have that back.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH OUR WORLD? IN-SHADOW PAINTS THE PICTURE!!!!

In-Shadow from Lubomir Arsov paints an incredible picture of the complete destruction and degradation of modern society.  Why do we succumb to drug addiction and other self destructive behaviors?  Why? Why? Why? Why?  Because we are completely numb, disconnected, poisoned, programmed, and out of touch with spirit.  This amazing short film and social commentary paints the picture.   Absolutely stunning images!

IN-SHADOW – A MODERN ODYSSEY – ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Opioid drug crisis: could the whole US Congress be impeached?

this is a must read from the brilliant Jon Rappoport:

 

by Jon Rappoport

September 30, 2019

First, a little background. Then I’ll get to the Congress. And Obama.

Severe addiction, mental dislocation, death. Millions of people are facing the devastating effects of the pharma drugs called opioids, on the streets of America—illegally trafficked.

2 MILLION OPIOID ADDICTS IN THE US.

300,000 DEATHS SINCE THE YEAR 2000 IN THE US.

Those are the official estimates, as of about 2 years ago. The numbers are rising.

We need to understand that people with deep physical pain should be able to obtain sufficient painkillers from doctors. Shortages being experienced are coming from drug over-enforcement in the wrong direction.

The situation is made more complex by the fact that traditional morphine, plus another few synthetic opioids, would be sufficient to handle all patients’ needs. BUT, when I started counting the pharmaceutical opioids in the marketplace, I stopped at 50. This is insane. There is absolutely no need for all these derivatives. And they make regulation and enforcement far more difficult. But the drug companies don’t care. They pursue profit.

Where are all the opioids that are maiming and killing people coming from? Who is launching these drugs on to the streets of nations?

Three main criminal sources of US opioids: pharmaceutical companies, like Purdue, who’ve filled gargantuan orders they KNOW are going to traffickers; Chinese labs; and Mexican processors and smugglers.

READ MORE @ https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2019/09/30/opioid-drug-crisis-could-the-whole-us-congress-be-impeached/

How A Powerful Psychedelic From Africa is Treating Opioid Addiction…& the U.S. Doesn’t Care

Fantastic article from Elizabeth Bast & Lorna Liana

The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recently called for a state of emergency in dealing with the opioid epidemic, which now kills more than 100 Americans daily. Addiction to opioid painkillers has been fueling the dramatic rise in heroin abuse and overdose in the United States. People who abuse or who are dependent on prescription painkillers were found to be 40 times more likely to abuse heroin.

Heroin is a low-cost alternative for people addicted to opioid painkillers whose prescriptions have run out. To make matters worse, dealers are cutting fentanyl – a cheap, synthetic opioid that can be 100 times stronger than morphine – into everything from cocaine, to MDMA, to heroin, which dramatically increases risk of drug overdose. In Vancouver, heroin is believed to have been all but replaced with fentanyl.

The opioid commission made the following recommendations:

  • Expanding capacity for drug treatment under Medicaid
  • Increasing the use of medication-assisted treatments, like buprenorphine and suboxone, for opioid disorders
  • Encouraging the development of non-opioid pain relievers
  • Mandating that every local law enforcement officer in the nation carry naloxone, the drug that rapidly reverses opiate overdose
  • Improving the detection of fentanyl at the border
  • Improving training on painkiller prescribing for doctors

Sadly, measures to address addiction treatment are woefully inadequate. Even when an overdose doesn’t kill, heroin addiction often leaves the user with an abysmal quality of life.

READ MORE @ https://entheonation.com/blog/iboga-ibogaine-opioid-addiction/

 

 

My Experience With Ibogaine as the Addiction Interrupter

This is an excellent post from a Reddit forum on the Ibogaine treatment journey.

A little back story..

I’m 4 weeks post ibogaine treatment for a severe 7 year opiate addiction. I had a back surgery, chest surgery and 4 knee surgeries which kept me in the pain pill, maintenance meds, heroin hell cycle, for way too long. I had two stays in conventional rehab in the states, 6 years of addiction therapy with a specialist, maintenance meds (suboxone) 4mg 4 times a day to treat “chronic pain” totaling 16 mg a day. I’ve also seen psychiatrists claiming that I had mental health issues but no firm diagnosis because of my substance use disorder but they’d prescribe SSRIs anyways. I’ve also had a poly substance abuse disorder since I was 14 so over two decades of this awful virus. I call it a virus and not a disease because once I had ibogaine I realized that it was all a choice. Ibogaine taught me that I’m the solution to my problems, no matter how difficult they may seem.

The Flood dose and days leading up to it…..

READ MORE @ https://www.reddit.com/r/Ibogaine/comments/cmhith/my_experience_with_ibogaine_as_the_addiction/

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IBOGAINE TREATMENT

Ibogaine is a psychoactive compound found in several different plants, most commonly the Tabernathe iboga found in parts of Africa. It has been used traditionally by people in certain regions of West Africa for thousands of years, where it is used for its medicinal and psychoactive properties.

In the modern world, ibogaine is becoming popular as an effective treatment of addiction and withdrawal symptoms. It has been used to help people addicted to substances such as opioids, cocaine, amphetamines and alcohol.

This is how one heroin addict described his treatment with ibogaine:

“As it starts to take effect I feel an intense wave of energy emanating from the centre of my chest that permeates my entire body. This euphoric state also brings me instantaneous relief from the discomfort I was feeling after going without heroin for almost 24 hours.

READ MORE @ https://thethirdwave.co/ibogaine-treatment/

African plant outlawed in US may offer treatment for addicts

By Chris Kilham, | Fox News

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.

READ MORE @ https://www.foxnews.com/health/african-plant-outlawed-in-us-may-offer-treatment-for-addicts

New Studies Confirm the Effectiveness of Ibogaine in Stopping Opioid Addiction

New Studies Confirm the Effectiveness of Ibogaine in Stopping Opioid Addiction

Dylan Charles, Editor
Waking Times

The opioid crisis in America has reached epidemic levels and overdose deaths continue to rise. While the destructive effects of heroin and pharmaceutical opioids ravage communities and destroy families, the federal government is considering harsh new mandatory sentences for opioid crimes, demonstrating a heart-breaking disconnect from reality when it comes to disrupting dependence on these insanely addictive and deadly drugs.

“In 2015, the most recent year tracked by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more that 52,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses, or about 144 each day, with the majority of those deaths opioid-related. Nationwide, fatal opioid overdoses increased 652 percent from 2000 to 2015, according to CDC statistics, and every indication is that the problem has grown worse in 2016.” [Source]

Opioids in the U.S. are far more deadly than terrorism and even firearms, yet because they fall into the uncomfortable category of addiction and are primarily the result of the legal pharmaceutical industry, the problem is largely ignored by mainstream media, and the government authorized solutions don’t help.

READ MORE @ https://www.wakingtimes.com/2017/06/08/new-studies-confirm-effectiveness-ibogaine-stopping-opioid-addiction/

As Canada Marijuana Laws Look Up, Drug Policy Surrounding Ibogaine Under Fire

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Psychedelics have made recent news in Canada, as a medication containing ibogaine receives clinical criticism, and recently elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau advocates for recreational marijuana law reform. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

It’s both an exciting and challenging time for advocates of therapeutic psychedelic plants in Canada. Known as one of the more progressive countries in the world when it comes to drug policy, Canada has allowed medical marijuana use for over a decade and is famously lax in tolerating recreational use. Beyond that, Canada is one of the few Western countries that hasn’t specifically outlawed the use of the psychedelic ibogaine. As a result, many ibogaine clinics have appeared across Canada to treat serious addictions to substances like heroin and cocaine. But in the last few months, two major events have transpired that are putting Canadian ibogaine providers on their toes and giving Canadian cannabis users more to look forward to.

READ MORE @ https://psychedelictimes.com/as-canada-marijuana-laws-look-up-drug-policy-surrounding-ibogaine-under-fire/

7 Ways to Get Rid of Drugs Once and For All (IBOGA MENTIONED)

Drug addiction is a chronic disease that addicts, unfortunately, have one of the hardest times escaping. With the help of addiction centers and treatment facilities, however, it’s possible. The battle is long, and the road to staying sober is even longer and filled with countless obstacles. Drug addiction often refers to the abuse of heroin, alcohol, cocaine, tobacco and an assortment of medical pills. With the help of a guide, here are several ways to remove drugs from your life for good.
1. Meditation

Meditation has been scientifically proven to have reduce psychological triggers associated with substance abuse. It also enhances our lives by making us more aware of the beauty surrounding us. It promotes mindfulness and the awareness of our thoughts and emotions, helping us manage our addictions once and for all.

READ MORE @ https://baltimorepostexaminer.com/7-ways-to-get-rid-of-drugs-once-and-for-all/2018/10/23

Dr. Mercola Lambasts Big Pharma and Government on Opioid Addiction

By Dr. Mercola

Since 1999, the rate of drug overdose deaths has tripled in the U.S., rising to 63,600 deaths in 2016. This represents a 21 percent increase in deaths from 2015 alone, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) report.1 The majority of the overdose deaths — 66 percent — involved opioids, a class of drugs so addictive and dangerous that the opioid epidemic was declared a public health emergency in 2017.

To put this in perspective, drug overdose deaths from opioids totaled 42,249 in 2016, which is over 1,000 more deaths than were caused by breast cancer that same year.2 To say it again, more Americans are now dying from overdosing on opioids than from breast cancer. Such deaths have also surpassed deaths from AIDs during the peak of its epidemic.

Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), told the Daily Journal, “We’ve gone well beyond [the AIDS epidemic] now … It’s hard to take in.”3 The death rates for 2017 appear to be rising still, with provisional data already at an estimate of more than 66,000 overdose deaths. “The fact that the data is incomplete and they represent an increase is concerning,” Anderson told CNN.4

READ MORE @ https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/01/09/opioid-overdose-deaths-rising.aspx

Can Plant Medicine From Africa End the Opioid Epidemic?

An End to the Opioid Epidemic? New Study Suggests Ibogaine Treatment Could Be a Game Changer

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opiate epidemic
Ibogaine is a naturally-occurring psychoactive compound frequently extracted from the root bark of Tabernanthe iboga, the plant source of ibogaine, which has its origins in the Bwiti cult of Gabon, a Central African religious group (1). In Gabon, the government has declared iboga as “a national treasure,” but in the U.S., ibogaine is listed as a Schedule I drug, meaning it is considered to have high abuse potential and no medical value. In other countries such as New Zealand, Mexico, the Bahamas, Canada, Australia, Spain, Brazil, Costa Rica, and South Africa, ibogaine treatment is currently used in clinical and medical contexts for treating substance use disorders (SUD). In these contexts, the ibogaine is often derived via semi-synthesis from a more widely available alternative African plant called Voacanga africana.
How ibogaine works in treating addiction is not yet fully understood. It is known to possess multiple mechanisms of action that can simultaneously alleviate the acute symptoms of opioid withdrawal, reduce opioid use and cravings for extended periods or permanently, engender novel insights about the psychological origins of one’s addiction, and improve mood. Human anecdotal reports and case studies have also indicated that ibogaine can help reduce cravings to a variety of other highly addictive drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines, and alcohol (2). Additionally, iboga has a host of medical benefits including antifungal and anti-parasitic properties, and is being investigated as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease due to its ability to regenerate dopamine cells in the brain.
READ MORE at https://psychedelictimes.com/opioid-epidemic-ibogaine-treatment-game-changer/

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic, or manufactured Opioid.  In the last 5 years, deaths from Fentanyl or similar Opioid synthetics have overtaken Heroin deaths.  The numbers are astounding and frightening. Drug overdoes remain the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years of age.  Of the 64,000 overdose deaths in 2016, approximately 20,100 were Fentanyl (or similar synthetic), 15,400 were Heroin, 14,400 were due to prescription opioids, 10,600 Cocaine, 7,600 Methamphetamine, and 3,200 Methadone.  If we subtract out the Cocaine and Meth overdoses, a little quick math shows us that Opioids, both natural and synthetic account for about 83% of the overdose fatalities in the United States.

Clearly, we have a crisis and that crisis is caused by our medical establishment’s willingness to over-prescribe Opioids to control pain. Once hooked on the prescription medication, addicts often move to heroin as it is easy to obtain and much cheaper than the prescription version.  Fentanyl is a fine powder.  It is extremely potent and can be made into imitation prescription pills, blended with heroin, or sold as street heroin.  Many Fentanyl deaths result from unknown or unintended exposure to this synthetic that is easily imported into the U.S. due to it’s intense potency.

The picture in this article, sums up the danger of Fentanyl.  READ MORE at https://www.statnews.com/2016/09/29/why-fentanyl-is-deadlier-than-heroin/

Why fentanyl is deadlier than heroin, in a single photo