Ibogaine & Alcohol Addiction – Testimony From a Recent Patient at Rocky Point Recovery

Here are some quotes from a recent testimonial from a patient that has been struggling with alcohol addiction for 14 years.  This testimonial highlights the true advantage of plant medicine vs. traditional methods of detoxification and rehabilitation.

“I would recommend ibogaine for those who, like myself, can’t stand to live the way they are living for a day longer and know that it is time for a change in their life and have accepted and embraced that change.

It is important that you pick someone and a facility where you feel safe and cared for and these two people do that for you.  Between mentally preparing you for the process, making sure that you have all the preliminary medical work done, filling out the questionnaire, you talk to several therapists which was very helpful before the journey and you can pick who you prefer to work with after, on the other side, when you are reborn, like I was.

The most important thing is that you feel supported during your journey, you feel supported after your journey.  There is zero judgment on anything which is super, super important because we are all very vulnerable at this stage.  They also give you the right tools for after care.

Through and through, if I had to do it again, I would do it again with them.   It is an intense journey…but I wouldn’t imagine myself ever doing it with anyone else.  The setting is beautiful, the people are beautiful, they’re caring, they’re loving and they will be missed.

I tried naltrexone for alcohol addiction and when I tried that drug I realized that you can take it before you’re drinking and it minimizes the impact and “happy trigger” but it doesn’t do anything to stop the cravings, it doesn’t do anything to change the way that your brain is thinking.  There is no drug out there that can solve for what creates addiction, and I believe the plant medicine can.  What you do is reset your brain, you deal with your underlying trauma, you continue to deal with your underlying trauma through therapy and you realize the reason why you became an addict.  Prescription medicines, at least none of the ones I found and believe me I looked, do that.

I am sure a lot of addicts feel this way; when you are an addict it is hard to get up in the morning, you can’t really seem to justify taking care of yourself, and after having the ibogaine something changes in that you value the way you are treating your body.  You can see the beauty that your body can create on a deep level, within your brain.  You can see the way that your body is functioning from literally inside and you want to protect it and covet it, and I didn’t before. I would recommend ibogaine for those who like myself can’t stand to live the way they are living for a day longer and know that it is time for a change in their life and have accepted and embraced that change.”  ~A.K.,  New York

Psychedelic Times article on Health Risks of Ibogaine Treatment

The Health Risks of Ibogaine Treatment and What Every Ibogaine Provider Should Ask You For

 

There haven’t been many ibogaine-related deaths reported in the last five years, but the ones we do know about all seem to have some elusive factor. The 2014 death of a woman in a Costa Rican ibogaine clinic was actually from a heart attack, but the autopsy report was inconclusive as to whether there was ibogaine in her system when she died. Most reports blame the clinic, which was operating outside of Costa Rica’s regulated licensure program for ibogaine providers. They closed after the woman’s death, suggesting the clinic didn’t properly check the patient’s medical history for pre-existing cardiac conditions.

That same year, an Australian man named Brodie Smith died in his hotel room in Thailand. His girlfriend claimed he died after taking ibogaine and having trouble breathing, but the reports here are also convoluted—some accounts suggest he actually overdosed on methamphetamine (the addiction he was hoping to treat with ibogaine therapy) before ever taking ibogaine or still had methamphetamine in his system at the time of administering ibogaine.

The unknown factors in both cases highlight ibogaine’s biggest weakness—lack of regulation. Ibogaine is still illegal in the United States, so finding treatment generally requires leaving the country. Internationally, ibogaine providers run the gamut from professional clinics to hotel room pop-ups.

READ MORE @ https://psychedelictimes.com/health-risks-ibogaine-treatment-what-every-ibogaine-provider-should-ask-you-for/

For Families of Addicts – You Didn’t Cause It

This wonderful article was written for the parents of addicts, it is being shared here with permission of the author, Stephanie Sears.

Here are a few things I’ve figured out along the way in dealing with addiction. These are things I wish someone had shared with me early on. Please know these are my thoughts and my experiences from the last six years of my son’s substance use disorder. These words are by no means a one size fits all approach. You have to do what works best for your family.

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You didn’t cause it.

You can’t cure it.

You can’t control it.

You cannot fix them.

You didn’t do anything wrong. Do you hear me? YOU DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG.

You can’t work their recovery for them. You can support them and make sure they know they are worthy and they are enough but they need to work their own recovery. You should work on yours.

Get yourself and your spouse some help. Therapy and Nar-Anon are good places to start.

Not trying to be a downer but relapse can happen many times and it doesn’t mean they can’t get clean and stay that way. They have to learn how to be and stay sober. Strive for forward movement not perfection. Try not to make them feel bad for setbacks. Life is full of setbacks.

Don’t take it personally when they/if they lie to you. Addicts will do and say anything for their next fix. It’s truly not personal.

Realize your loved one has a disease and it is recognized by the American medical association as such.

Although your loved one has a disease and that disease is not their fault, not fighting the disease is. They need to fight. It’s an insanely tough fight.

Don’t enable. Which means don’t do anything for your loved one that he/she can do for themselves. This is A LOT harder than it sounds. Having said this, loving your child and keeping them close is not enabling. The whole “rock bottom” approach IMO is archaic thinking. Rock bottom is a place where some go to get better but it’s also a place where some of our babies die. The opposite of addiction is connection. Stay connected if it’s safe for you to do so.

Don’t judge your loved one. I know it sounds crazy to say this when sometimes they are making bad decision after bad decision but it’s not your place to judge. It’s your place to love them through it.

Don’t say….. “You need to” or “If you would just” and instead say “How can I help?”

Don’t forget to tell your loved one you love them. Tell them daily. They need to know you still love them even though they are not perfect. This sounds easy but dealing with an addict in active addiction is nowhere near easy and some days you will feel like you couldn’t possibly utter the words I love you. But do it anyway. It’s important.

Remember, the opposite of addiction is connection.

Meet them where they are. What this means to me is to lower or completely get rid of expectations for how I think things should go and how things should be. When I expect things to go a certain way I’m almost always disappointed and my son feels that. It hurts him and that’s not something I ever want to do. Since I can’t control or change things I choose to meet my son where he is. This has made our relationship immensely better and has brought us even closer.

Although you can’t fix them, please don’t disregard the part a supportive family can play in an addict’s mindset and recovery. Family support matters.

Do not sit in shame. Addiction needs to be talked about and often. Do all you can to stop the stigma of addiction.

Addiction is a family disease.

Never forget, where there is life, there is hope.

Never, ever give up.

One day at a time. Don’t get ahead of yourself.

Be thankful for the good days.

Live in the moment.

If no one has told you they love you today, I do.

Fantastic Reddit Post after Ibogaine Flood Dose

Great Account of an Ibogaine Flood Dose for Addiction Treatment

The time had finally come for me to take my flood dose around 8:30am, I was ready. I wasn’t afraid to take the ibogaine anymore like I was the months and days leading up to it. I figured that I was already knocking on deaths door with the severity of my using. So if I were to die, at least I’d die trying to heal myself. So the nurses hooked me up to an EKG, IV and blood pressure machine for safety precautions. The doctor weighed out my pills according to my body weight before dispensing them he said, “This medicine has been used for hundreds of years by the Bwiti tribe as a right of passage. You should feel honored to have this opportunity” and I was. So by this point my withdrawals were starting to become unbearable, so I looked at him with zero hesitation and popped 7 pills of ibogaine. After 35-40 min I could feel tingling in my all my limbs, I also felt a burning in my chest. It actually felt really nice, almost a bit euphoric. As I lay there I could feel the medicine take over my entire body, as if an extraterrestrial had entered my bloodstream and was taking over. I could feel it doing it’s work on my brain repairing the virus known as addiction. The first part of my waking dream was very introspective. I realized that I loved myself. I didn’t want to harm myself ever again. I also gained some other other personal insights. The second part of the dream was about Gaia, the universe and how we are all connected. I never had been spiritual and considered myself an atheist but after seeing what the plant showed me I believe in “One”. I didn’t expect to come out of the experience becoming spiritually woke but I was. I went in to ibogaine treatment hoping to kick heroin and possibly cigarettes but to my surprise the medicine revealed all of my my addictions and interrupted every single last one of them. I’m one month post ibogaine and no longer addicted or craving. After my trip I didn’t smoke another cigarette and I immediately threw them in the trash. I also stopped drinking caffeine, eating processed foods, meat/animal products, alcohol, social media (FB/IG), sneaker-head addiction, I became a minimalist, I’m also more mindful of how I speak to people, what I watch on tv or YouTube, I make sure I limit my usage. This was all so unexpected especially becoming a vegan.

READ MORE @ https://www.reddit.com/r/Psychonaut/comments/cmhnj8/my_experience_with_ibogaine_as_an_addiction/