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

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/

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.

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/